PA Right to Work, Inc. President Susan Staub paid tribute to Mr. Bortz. “One of this life’s finest; our dear friend and my mentor, Wayne Bortz, has passed into the hands of our loving God. That his life was both well and fully lived is evident. The #1 cause in his life was Right to Work for all Pennsylvanians.
A WW ll Veteran whose service was distinguished, Wayne loved freedom. He devoted his post-war life to family and to freedom from coercive, compulsory unionism. He could not and would not accept what he believed with his whole heart to be a scourge on our society and a cruel slap in the face to those who like him fought to save the world from despots and dictators; he knew many who did not come home.
Positivity, to encourage and to inspire freedom from coercive thugs was his great gift to me. No matter how tough his path was, Wayne Bortz never, ever complained. He travelled extensively, including a trip to Argentina with Pa Right to Work Chairman, John E. Mumma.
Wayne Bortz was a gentleman in every sense of that word. He was also fiercely protective of our cause and fiercely protective of me although I didn’t know that until much later in our working relationship.
He only asked one thing of me, ever…that I never give up. I never have;I never will.
The streets of Heaven are filled with angels, good souls, and Wayne Bortz walks among them. We will meet again; of that, I am certain.”
Here is Mr. Bortz’s obituary:
Wayne was co-owner of Bortz Chocolate Company for 40 years, serving as president for the last 25 years of his career.
He was a former two-term commissioner for Cumru Township and was a past president of the Pennsylvanians for Right to Work.
Wayne was an inventor, master bridge player, furniture maker, and traveled extensively around the world. An avid sportsman, he enjoyed golfing, skiing, hunting, fishing and hiking; he flew planes and skied into his 80s. He was also the concert master violinist in the Reading Senior Orchestra.
Wayne is survived by nine children: W. Scott, Wyomissing; Craig, Steubenville, OH; Susan Carr, Reading; Nancy Aulenbach, Fleetwood; Robert, Exeter Township; Daniel, Reading; Michael, Denver, CO; Theresa Stork, Bernville; and Justin, Reading. Also surviving are 21 grandchildren: Eric, Annie, Peter, Nancy, David, Valerie, Jessica, Sarah, Amy, Angela, David, Patrick, Skye, Briana, Alex, Gene A, April, Houstan, Hailey, Ethan, and Jack; and 17 great-grandchildren: Juniper, Melody, Cain, Jude, Mazie, Piper, Quinn, Aydan, Archer, Michael, Alex, Mary Jane, Lila, Elijah, Gaby, Evan, Ella.
He was predeceased by one son, Eric, and one brother, Richard.
Friends and family are invited to Viva Bistro and Lounge, Park Rd., Wyomissing, for a celebration of Wayne’s life on Sunday, October 12 from 1 to 4 p.m.
Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc., West Reading is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be recorded at www.kuhnfuneralhome.com.
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