Dr. Charles D. Bortle, 58, director for the Einstein Center for Clinical Competence, professor, author

By on October 18, 2017

Dr. Charles “Charlie” D. Bortle, 58, of Lititz, lost his five-year battle to renal cell carcinoma on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017.

Charlie graduated from Franklin & Marshall College in 1982, and the University of Phoenix, where he earned his master’s degree in 2003 and EdD in 2007.

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.

Charlie was a contributing author in the Merck Manual, Nancy Caroline’s Paramedic Textbook, and the Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook.

Charlie is survived by his loving wife: Deborah (Hanna) Bortle, with whom he celebrated 27 years of marriage; three children: Erica Cammauf, wife of Nicholas, of Lancaster; Erin Spohn, wife of Brett, of Ephrata; and John Bortle, of Lititz; six grandchildren; Darren, Taylor, Nathan, Brennan, Jayson, and Logan; and his sister: Gail Gwozdz, wife of Michael, of East Long Meadow, Mass.

He was preceded in death by his sister: Christine Miller; and parents.

His family will never forget their trips to Disney and Deerbrook, where many family memories have been made.

Charlie has inspired many people both professionally and personally, and his legacy will live on for many years through the love of his family, friends, and the health care practitioners he has influenced.

Memorial Services for Charlie will be held at 2 p.m., on Sunday, Oct. 29, at Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz. Family and friends will be received at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Charlie’s name may be made to Hospice & Community Care, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604.

To leave the family an online condolence, visit SnyderFuneralHome.com. Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, Lititz, is handling the arrangements.

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