George F. Bottorf
CUMBERLAND — George F. Bottorf, 92, of Cumberland, passed away Sunday, August 29, 2010.
The son of the late Margaret and Fred Bottorf, he was born June 8, 1918 in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania.  He married the late Olive I. E. Bottorf in January of 1942.  They resided in Cumberland and were married for 54 years.
George was employed by the Celanese Corporation as the Chief Chemical Engineer.  After retirement, he taught himself accounting was employed by the Cumberland Country Club.
     A graduate of Lock Haven High School in 1936 and Penn State University in 1940, George excelled in academics.  He was a member of numerous mathematic and science societies.  He was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
George’s passion was the game of contract bridge.  He traveled and played against the top players in the country.  He later directed numerous tournaments and the local ACBL for many years.  He invented and patented a process to play a form of bridge.  He obtained the level of Silver Life Master.  Only 3 people in the local area achieved this level, George, his wife Olive and long time friend, Dr. Peter Halmos.  George won numerous events and was awarded the key to the city.
He enjoyed the game of golf.  He won several tournaments and scored two hole in ones.  George was a former member of the Cumberland Country Club.  Other hobbies included chess and bowling.  George enjoyed his later years watching his granddaughter play sports.
Friends are welcome to celebrate his life at the Markwood Funeral Home, Keyser, W.Va., on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, 108 Virginia Ave., Cumberland, on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be conducted at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, Cumberland, on Thursday, September 2, 2010 at 10 a.m.   A private interment will follow the service.
The family would like to thank all of those who have cared for and loved George over the years.  You kindness will never be forgotten.
Condolences may be sent to the family after Mr. Bottorf’s obituary at www.markwoodfuneralhome.com.