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August Joseph Dobish

Born: Thu., Nov. 18, 1937
Died: Mon., Mar. 29, 2010

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August Joseph (Dutch) Dobish has moved on to another great adventure! He leaves on earth to rejoice his life his beloved wife, Nancie, his three cherished daughters, Deborah Ebanks and Katherine Childs (husband Chris) of Newark, New York, Dr. Heidi Dobish (husband Donald Patchell) of Shepherdstown, West Virginia and two adored Stepchildren, Lisa Sheehan (husband Mark) of Sun Valley, Idaho and Hans Phillips (wife Desiree) of Santa Cruz, California. He is a loving grandfather to Aliana and Elijah Ebanks, Sarah, Evelyn, and Liam Childs, Mabel Rose and Max Dobish Patchell and his step grandchildren, Sean Robert and Morgan Taylor. Two older brothers, Herbert and his wife Rose Brown of Sanford, Florida and Raymond Brown and his companion Jane Norman of Alexandria, Virginia also celebrate his life as do many nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased in 1983 by his father, August Thomas Dobish, in 1996 by his mother, Sarah Agnes Morgan, in 1985 by a son, Max William Dobish and in 1997 by a grandson, Max Christopher Childs.

Dutch was born in Endicott, New York on November 18, 1937 where he attended grade and high school. His higher education began at Union University in Albany, New York, where he was President of his class and he received a B.S. in Pharmacy. He married a classmate, Elsbeth Gorem, and they moved to Newark, New York to begin a family. In Newark, he owned and operated Wildhacks Pharmacy and became involved in many community activities: the Jaycees, he was a member of the Library Board, Grant Writer, Water Department Officer, and Speechwriter for Mayer Nick Neuhard and Campaign Manager for the Democratic Party.

Acting part time with the Newark Players and Rochester Theartre Group nurtured Dutch. He decided to try his luck in NYC where for approximately ten years he was successful making commercials, industrial films and soap operas to make ends meet, while at the same time studying and acting in the theatre, to feed his soul. He had since divorced his first wife and met the love of his life, Nancie, while performing Off Broadway in an original play. They moved to California to audition for the TV season but Dutch grew restless and decided to follow another dream; to be a country lawyer. He and Nancie moved back East to a little cottage in the woods outside Cornwall in The Hudson Valley. Nancie commuted four hours each day to her office in NYC and Dutch worked double shifts as a Pharmacist on weekends and attended Law School four nights a week until he received a J.D. from Pace University School of Law in 1988. He then opened a law practice in Goshen, New York, realizing his dream to be a country lawyer.

As fate would have it, Dutch was recruited by Rite-Aid, a Fortune 500 Company in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania when they found out he had a degree in Pharmacy and Law. He held positions such as Government Affairs Attorney, Attorney in Health Care Law, and Vice President for Regulatory Law.

Upon leaving his corporate position in 2008, he launched a Consulting/Coaching firm and began helping people change their businesses and their lives. His leadership will be sorely missed by all his clients.

He was a member in good standing of the New York State Bar Association and the American Society for Pharmacy Law and a member of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC and past President of BNI of Hershey, PA.

Dutch was an renaissance man, intellectual, avid reader, writer and poet. His interests were many and varied. He loved to work with his hands, especially with wood, designing, and making many pieces of furniture for his and his children's homes.

A Celebration of Life Party will be held at 6:30 p.m., April 10, in the Metropolitan Room at the Harrisburg Towers Hilton Hotel at 2nd and Main Street. Please come prepared to tell a story, sing a song, read a poem, relate a remembrance of our dear friend or just hang and reminisce. In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Hospice of Central Pennsylvania or the Cancer Society. Arrangements by Auer Cremation Services of PA, Inc.

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