Deaths of Local Interest – Oct. 17, 2017

By on October 18, 2017

Dr. Charles “Charlie” D. Bortle, 58, of Lititz, lost his battle to renal cell carcinoma on Oct. 8. He began his medical career as an EMT and orderly. As he continued his education, his career included being a paramedic, respiratory therapist, flight medic, ordained minister, clinical coordinator for St. Joseph’s Hospital paramedic program, Director of the Albert Einstein paramedic program and most recently, the Director for the Einstein Center for Clinical Competence. He also taught for LEMSA, Distance CME, Arcadia University, and the University of Philadelphia. His daughter, Erin Spohn, wife of Brett, lives in Ephrata.

Charles E. “Gene” Cummings Jr., 77, of Lancaster passed away Oct. 9 at Hospice & Community Care surrounded by his family. After his professional start in Denver and then Baltimore, Gene arrived in Lancaster in 1970 to serve as general manager of The Hamilton Club for 15 years. He then served as the general manager at the Country Club of York retiring in 1999. For over 40 years until his death, Gene and Pat ran a successful antique business based at Stoudt’s Black Angus Antique Mall in Adamstown. Gene was a U.S. Navy Veteran serving his country from 1959 to 1961.

Joseph F. Keith, 45, of Madera, passed away Oct. 9 at his residence. He was a third shift supervisor for Boyer Candies. He loved his family and his animals. His twin brother, Robert (Kathy) Keith; and a sister, Susan, wife of Mike Adams, live in Stevens. His sister, Teresa (Greg Flemming) Buck, resides in Denver.

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