Gerald W. “Gerry” Robertson,
82 of Boiling Springs, died unexpectedly on Saturday, December 2, 2017 in Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill. He was
born on June 29, 1935 in Detroit, MI, and was a son of the late Ray and Fay (Pendleton) Robertson.
was a 1953 graduate of Republic High School in Republic, MO and earned his Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees
in 1957 and 1959, respectively, at the University of Kansas. He was a proud euphonium player and librarian in the KU
Band. He retired in 1999 after 30 years of service from Harrisburg Area Community College. While there, Gerald
was a Professor of Humanities and Fine Arts, directed the College Choir, and produced a number of musical theater productions.
He was the Director of Music for 17 years with the former Allison United Methodist Church, Carlisle, and conducted the annual
holiday performance of Handel’s Messiah. He was a delivery volunteer and former President of the Board of Directors
with Carlisle Meals on Wheels, a former President of the Board of Directors with Carlisle Salvation Army and a member of the
Board of Directors with the Carlisle Opportunity Homes.
is survived by his devoted wife of 38 years, Deborah E. (Boeshore) Robertson, five children; W. Stephen (wife, Holly Steuart)
Robertson of Columbus, GA, Risa D. (husband, Richard) Armstrong of Levittown, Robyn A. Sealover of Mechanicsburg and Christopher
W. (wife, Julie Reznicek) Holtry of Midlothian, VA, one brother, Kenneth (wife, Arlene) Robertson of Champagne, IL, one daughter-in-law,
Molly Robertson of Camp Hill, one brother-in-law, Douglas (wife, Amy) Boeshore of New Cumberland, ten grandchildren; Rosstyn
Robertson, Russel (wife, Pamela) Robertson, Sarina (husband, James IV) Keiser, Stephanie and Scott Sealover, Randal Jr., Rachael,
and Rebecca Robertson, Noah and Amelia Holtry, and three great-grandchildren; Ryder Robertson, Liam and Luca Keiser, one niece,
and two nephews. He was preceded in death by one son, Randal R. Robertson who died in 2016 and one son-in-law, Dennis
Sealover. He was also preceded in death by his beloved dog, Ozzie.
In retirement, Gerald enjoyed travelling to study the arts of Europe and the American Southwest, family summer vacations
waterskiing at Lake Wallenpaupack, snow skiing in Vermont, and family pool parties and picnics.
of family and friends will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Ewing Brothers Funeral
Home, 630 S. Hanover St., Carlisle. In honoring his wish, Gerald’s body will be donated through the Humanity Gifts
Registry to the Penn State College of Medicine. Memorial contributions may be made to the Carlisle Opportunity Homes
at PO Box 517, Carlisle, PA 17013 or to Meals on Wheels of Carlisle at 42 Bellaire Ave., Carlisle, PA 17013. Please
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Dear Debbie & family,
I was so very sorry to hear of Gerry's
sudden passing. I remember well his days as choir director at Allison. He was always upbeat and jovial. I will think about
you all this Saturday. I wish I could be there but I will be visiting my daughter and her family in NJ this weekend. You have
my deepest sympathy. Gerry will be missed. May God's grace help you through this difficult time.
Linda (Lebo) Moll
Gerry was a very good musician as I sang under his direction and worked with him at the former
Allison United Methodist Church. I had the pleasure of traveling with him and Deborah for a Cantate Carlisle tour and enjoyed
their company. Our sympathy go with Deborah and family.
I was one of those squirrely teenage voice-changing boys under Mr. Robertson s
musical direction at Allison UMC in the 1970s. While we drove him crazy at times, he really was one of our favorite music
teachers - and we always looked forward to being with him and having fun at choir. Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat;
as well as trips to HACC for Godspell - were truly memorable. Thank you Mr. R. for your patience and inspiration. Requiescat
With sincere sympathy to the Robertson family. Gerald will be missed
by all of us. You all are in our hearts and prayers
Angie and I are shocked at learning of Gerry's passing. Our thoughts are with you.
Debra, I am so sad about your loss. I know how close you and Gerry have been all these
years. So difficult to lose a loved one,particularly before Christmas. The good Lord must have needed a really fine musician.Thoughts
are with you, Deb.
Hi Deb, So sorry about Gerry! Couldn't believe it. Also sorry about not getting
to the visitation. I know your pain, keep the faith. Praying for you.
Love, Uncle Russ
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