On a Final Note

By Leslie Westbrook   |   April 29, 2021
Brad Bartholomay (November 29, 1949 – December 23, 2020)

A true Montecito treasure, Brad Bartholomay (November 29, 1949-December 23, 2020) went on to greener pastures in the sky a few months ago. I meant to note his passing, but was waiting for word from his beautiful daughter (Fiesta flower-girl-turned-architect) Schuyler Leigh Johnson, who I do believe got caught up in the whirlwind of grief, shock, work, young motherhood, and the rubbery passage of time. Her sweet memoriam ran in this paper two weeks ago, but inadvertently Brad’s handsome photo was left out. I wanted to make sure it was in print and this gives me a chance to add my fond farewell to a swell fella. Brad was a solid Republican Ranchero Vistadore to my solid liberal leanings, yet we had a fine friendship and sweet romance for a short period of time back in the last century. Brad’s legacy will live on in his amazingly beautiful landscaping, hardscaping, and pool and spa designs. His clients ran the gamut from Michael Douglas (I know this because some of his leftover stones were used for the front stoop of my former Summerland beach shack) to the owners of many of Montecito’s finest, gated estates.

In addition to his daughter and siblings, girlfriend Debbie Nowlin and others, I know his best friends Erik Black and Michael Benson are especially missing their sidekick. 

Rest in peace, young cowboy. Heaven has gained a true gentleman.


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