Former Point Pleasant, West Virginia resident Beau Robert Shertzer, 71, passed away peacefully October 22, 2015 in Windermere, Florida. He is pre-deceased by his brother, Bobby, parents Bob and Helen Shertzer, and his partner of 40 years, Dr. Laird Ward.
Beau, moved to Point Pleasant in the late 1950's and became part of the fabric of the community right away. A talented dancer, Beau performed on stage and television throughout the region during his elementary and junior high years and was associated with the PPHS Band as a show manager and announcer for band performances until he entered Marshall University. Summer Stock was spent on the Show Boat "Rhodadendron", and performing, against much advice, in many children's polio wards . Representing his State, he was a true ambassador, and was given the honor of performing for "The Ted Macks Amateur Hour". Over the years, Beau hanced his fame with Christmas Shows, and organized lavish parties.
Beau served his country during the Vietnam War as a medic and received the Bronze Star for heroism. He graduated from Marshall University and joined the VA hospital system in Washington, D.C. After a fifteen year tour with the U.S. Goverment, he entered the private sector when he joined up with the Paoli Memoiral Hospital. He went on to become affiliated with a major hospital system in Philadelphia, from which he eventually retired and moved to Florida to care for his parents and brother.
Shertzer never lost his love for dance and joined with his brother to perform at both Walt Disney World and Universal Studios in Florida as a dancer and performed in local clubs as a singer. He was a consummate host and a generous philanthropist. Most recently, Beau recruited friends from the PPHS classes of 1963 and 1964 for a party at his home in order to raise money to fund an athletic scholarship awarded by the PPHS Alumni Association to honor his father, Coach Robert Shertzer.
Flowers are welcome. Condolences are welcome and may be posted on the Collison Carey Hand website.
A Funeral Mass at Resurrection Catholic Church will be held Saturday, November 7, at 10:30am. A visitation will be held Wednesday, November 4, 2015 from 5-7:30pm at Collison Carey Hand Funeral Home, 1148 E. Plant Street, Winter Garden, FL 34787.