Jeffrey Lortz

Jeffrey Mitchell "Mitch" Lortz

Friday, August 19th, 1994 - Saturday, August 10th, 2019
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Jeffrey Mitchell "Mitch" Lortz passed away peacefully on August 10th after a 4-year battle with cancer. Mitch was the loving husband of Sydney (Bache) Lortz. He is also survived by his brother, Patrick Lortz; mother, Jacqueline Lortz; and father, Jeffrey Lortz; four grandparents, Brenda (MacWilliams) and Bradley Lortz, Barbara (Bresnahan) and Donald Huntress and aunts, uncles, cousins, and his dog, Meatloaf.

Mitch was born in Framingham, Mass, graduated from Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, and attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Mitch passed away just shy of his 25th birthday. Although his life was not long in length, it was in significance. He possessed a unique ability to make fast and lasting impressions on everyone that he met. Mitch was independent and a true original in every sense. Mildly distinctive without being showy. Rebellious without being disobedient. He saw structure as guidelines not hard and fast rules. His creativity and ingenuity showed up as a kid playing Legos and flashed brilliantly as an adult in his blog. Mitch's battle with cancer revealed his true character - a relentless fighter who deflected pity from others and never had any for himself. He evolved into a young man who accepted his fate, but never let it define him, only ever using it as a platform to help others.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 16th at 3pm at the First Congregational Church, 21 Church St, Winchester, MA 01890.

In keeping with Mitch's spirit, we ask you to dress casually and colorfully.

A Celebration of Life will immediately follow at the Boston Marriott Burlington, One Burlington Mall Road. Burlington, MA 01803.

Please feel free to join us for the celebration, regardless of whether you are able to attend the service.

To honor Mitch's spirit for helping others afflicted with this illness, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Mitch Lortz to Dr. Edwin Choy's (Mitch's Oncologist) Sarcoma Research Fund at Massachusetts General Hospital. Donations may be made online at, or checks can be mailed to:Massachusetts General Hospital Development Office Attn: Keith Erickson 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540 Boston, MA 02114.

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    Friday, August 16th, 2019 | 3:00pm
    Friday, August 16th, 2019 3:00pm
    First Congregational Church
    21 Church Street
    winchester, MA 01890
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Brenda Lyons

Posted at 10:01am
Jackie,Jeff and Patrick,
So sorry to hear about Mitch, we remember him fondly in the AB youth hockey days, what an amazing young man to write so eloquently on his blog about all the challenges he faced and the humor he used, he is quite an inspiration for others going through serious illnesses as well as those of us who think we have it rough and can now look at life in a different way May in rest in peace Love, Brenda Kevin Brendan & Patrick Lyons

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