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FLINTSTONE - Alan Hope Porter, 86, of Flintstone, passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center surrounded by his family.
Born May 4, 1931, in Terra Alta, (White Oak), W.Va., Mr. Porter was the son of the late Norman S. Porter and Ellen (DeWitt) Porter. He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Norman S. Porter Jr., and Stephen Bragg; a brother-in-law, Larry Holbrook; and a sister-in-law, Wanda Porter.
A graduate of Allegany High School, class of 1950, Alan also graduated from the McKerry School of Mechanical Dentistry, Philadelphia, Pa. He was a United States Naval Reserve Veteran where he was in the Hospital Corps. Alan was owner and operator of Porter Dental Lab since 1955. In 1954, Alan opened the first gym in Cumberland on Centre Street. In the early 1970s, he opened the Venus Health Spa also on Centre Street. In the 1950s, Alan and Bill Burkey founded the Cumberland Bow Hunters Club and was the first person in Allegany Country to shoot a deer with a bow when licenses were first issued. Alan was a huge fitness enthusiast and body builder and participated in the Mr. Maryland Body Building Contest where he placed second. In 1968, Alan bought the Porter Farm in Flintstone and over the years has beautified the 300-acre property and enjoyed all that nature had to offer.
A beloved husband, father, and pap, Alan is survived by his wife of 25 years, Sharon Porter; his son, Gregory Alan Porter and wife, Cathy DeMott; and his stepdaughter, Crystal Rittenhouse and significant other, Dave Baylis. He also leaves behind his sister, Joann Holbrook; his grandchildren, Kyra and Bryan Rittenhouse; his close friends, Larry Grove and Stan Kline; his canine friend, Bart; his feline companions, Bitsy and Jagger; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received at the Adams Family Funeral Home, P.A., 404 Decatur St., Cumberland, (www.AdamsFamilyFuneralHome.com) on Friday, July 21, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m.
A funeral service will be conducted at the funeral home on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Fred Iser officiating. The family will also receive friends one hour prior to the service.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Watkins, Dr. Yin, the staff at the Schwab Family Cancer Center, and the staff on 7N, especially, Amanda, Camille, and Chassidy for all the care and compassion given.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Schwab Family Cancer Center, 12500 Willowbrook Road, Cumberland, MD 21502, Attention: Julie, Hardy.
Published on July 19, 2017
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