Rhythm City actor commemorated: 'Farewell, Jamie Bartlett, see you in the morning'

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  • Jamie Bartlett’s partner, Rosa Onious, gave an emotional tribute to the award-winning actor at his memorial service.  
  • Bartlett died on 23 May from cardiac arrest in his Johannesburg home.
  • Other industry colleagues also spoke fondly of the veteran actor during the service.

Rosa Onious gave an emotional tribute to her partner and veteran actor Jamie Bartlett at his memorial service on Monday.

The service was held at the Zone 6 Venue in Soweto. Bartlett, who died from cardiac arrest on 23 May, was buried in a private ceremony in Cape Town last week.

"I'm angry, I'm sad, but I'm trying to understand that there's a purpose for him wherever he is. A part of the house still smells like him, and it's difficult, it really is," she said as she grappled with her emotions on stage.

Onious also spoke about how she did not know how she would continue without him. "I don’t know how I'm gonna do this, but I'm gonna have to do it. I could never, ever picture myself without him."

"I remember on the morning that Jamie passed, he told me how much he loves me and that he never sees his life without me in it, and I feel the exact same," she said.

The heartbroken Onious also touched on how she knew she found love early in their relationship. "Ever since that day, I knew that I had found the one; I found love."

She added that she appreciated the messages of love and support she received from people. "Please continue to show love, to send the most heartwarming messages. I need it; that’s exactly what's getting me by day by day."

The memorial service was hosted by media personality Zola Hashatsi and former Rhythm City actor Samkelo Ndlovu. Bartlett starred as David Genaro on the now-defunct soapie until 2019.

Other attendees who spoke fondly about their relationships with Bartlett included James Ngcobo, former Rhythm City writer Craig Higginson and former Rhythm City actor Noninzi Williams.

Higginson retold the story of when they met in high school and how Bartlett bridged the gap between himself and the people.

"It's a beautiful character [trait] that we take for granted," he said.

Williams, meanwhile, spoke about how the thespian always had something to advise and something to teach.

Mpho Molepo, who was also a cast member on Rhythm City, said Bartlett became a friend who was "always there" from the time they met in July 2017.

"Farewell, Jamie Bartlett, see you in the morning," he said.

While hosting the memorial service, Ndlovu also spoke about how Bartlett commended her for "resurrecting" his passion for acting when she joined the soapie, and they shared a scene.

Watch the full service here.

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