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Celebration of Life

Emerald Fire Company
Sunday January 13th, 2019

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John Ortiz

John H. Ortiz, 54, of Walnutport, passed away, Tuesday, January 1, 2019 in his home.  He was the husband of Kristi L. (Yenser) Ortiz, they were married on November 22, 2018.   Born in Philadelphia on February 10, 1964, he was the son of Janice (Reinsmith) Ortiz of Slatington, and the late John Ortiz.   John was employed by Lehigh Engineering Associates for 30 years working as a Project/IT Manager.  John had a natural vocal talent which was obvious at a young age. His vocal abilities and magnetic personality brought him to center stage in high school musicals and the choir. In the 1980s he was the front man of the band Bam Bamm which toured up and down the east coast and also recorded an LP. A firm believer of expanding community relations, he volunteered his musical talent at numerous community fundraisers as a member of Shaky Jake, and most recently Greystone, a duo with Mike Peters. Known for his quick wit, his infectious smile, and his kind heart, John was loved by many and will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him.
In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by a sister: Louisa Day of Bethlehem; Step-sister: Emily Spells of Fl.  He was pre-deceased by a brother Stephen Ortiz.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 P.M. on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at the Emerald Fire Company, 7748 Penn St, Slatington PA 18080.   A luncheon to immediately follow.   Arrangements are under the direction of Harding Funeral Home, Slatington.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in John’s name can be made to the Slatington Public Library, 650 Main St, Slatington PA 18080

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Kristi and family the celebration of life you had for John was more uplifting than I can put into words.  Everyone spoke from their hearts.  Your description of your life with John and the things he did was sentimental and funny at the same time.  You ended the memorial with your John singing the Beatles song "Let it be". There were quite a few of us who remember the story behind that song, and it was instant tears. Paul McCartney wrote it after his mother whose name was Mary appeared to him in a dream, telling him to Let it BE, life is good,  I'm safe on the other side we'll be together again.  Let it be. She died of cancer when  he was only 14 yrs. old. Live on, let it be. Some of us cried for joy knowing that Johns problems with cancer are all over.  He is safe with his bother and all the other loved ones we remember.  Keep smiling, John would want that, let it be.  He was a good neighbor. Rest well John and we all will let it be. Love, Keith and Carole

Carole and Keith Bellhorn Jan 15 2019 12:00 AM

Kristi, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time.  I'm so sorry for your loss.

Zsasha Diaz Jan 10 2019 12:00 AM

Worked with John when he was in Bam Bamm. Incredible voice, second only to his sense of humor. I miss him already.

Michael Au Jan 9 2019 12:00 AM

Hugs for you Kristi. Sending you much love and many prayers

Stephanie Bunt Jan 8 2019 12:00 AM

John was a truly gifted & talented young man who was taken much to soon from all of the friends & families he touched.  He could touch your heart or your funny bone with his gift of music & humor.  So sad to have realized he will no longer be singing for us.  God Bless his family as they cope with his loss.  Heaven has gained a beautiful voice.  Keep the memories you shared and hopefully they will help you get through this very sad time.

Anna Mary Milot Jan 8 2019 12:00 AM

Kristi, You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Maria Wickham Jan 7 2019 12:00 AM

Kristi I am so sorry for your loss, I hope you find comfort in all of the memories the 2 of you shared. The choir of angels gained a new beautiful voice.John you will be missed by many.   Rest well my friend.

Wanda Jan 4 2019 12:00 AM

Kristi and family, I am so so sorry for your loss. Remember he is always with you. If you need to talk or anything I am here. God bless!

Scott Henderschedt Jan 4 2019 12:00 AM

Kristi and Family,I am so sorry to hear about John.  He was one of the most upbeat person I ever met.  What a blast everyone use to have with him during his Shakey Jake years at the Diamond Fire Company.  I also remember in high school when he got the main part in the King and I how he shaved his head for the part.  I know it is a great loss for you however it was a great loss for the entire Northern Lehigh community and we are all feeling your pain.  He is resting now and making music in heaven.  John rest in peace my friend until we can all be back together again.

Harold Greene Jan 4 2019 12:00 AM

Kristi, and family.  We send our thoughts and prayers for your loss.  John was a very talented guy and was a great guy to be around.  Treasure the memories and he will always be with you.  He is now your guardian angel watching over you.  When John and Mike played music together you knew that they enjoyed playing their music.  Just this morning I heard the song the House on the rising sun that they would play.  He always had a smile and Kristi you and John were so happy.

Sharon and Ed Hartman Jan 4 2019 12:00 AM

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