Alan Hope Porter Monday, May 4, 1931 - Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Flintstone, MD – Alan Hope Porter, 86, of Flintstone, MD, passed away Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center surrounded by his family.
 
Born May 4, 1931, in Terra Alta, (White Oak), WV, Mr. Porter was the son of the late Norman S. Porter and Ellen (DeWitt) Porter.  He was also preceded in death by two brothers: Norman S. Porter, Jr., and Stephen Bragg; a brother-in-law: Larry Holbrook; and a sister-in-law: Wanda Porter.
 
A graduate of Allegany High School, Class of 1950, Alan also graduated from the McKerry School of Mechanical Dentistry, Philadelphia, PA.  He was a United States Naval Reserve Veteran where he was in the Hospital Corps.  Alan was owner and operator of Porter Dental Lab since 1955.  In 1954, Alan opened the first gym in Cumberland on Centre Street.  In the early 1970s, he opened the Venus Health Spa also on Centre Street.  In the 1950s, Alan and Bill Burkey founded the Cumberland Bow Hunters Club and was the first person in Allegany Country to shoot a deer with a bow when licenses were first issued.  Alan was a huge fitness enthusiast and body builder and participated in the Mr. Maryland Body Building Contest where he placed second.  In 1968, Alan bought the Porter Farm in Flintstone and over the years has beautified the 300-acre property and enjoyed all that nature had to offer.
 
A beloved husband, father, and pap, Alan is survived by his wife of 25 years: Sharon Porter; his son: Gregory Alan Porter and wife, Cathy DeMott; and his stepdaughter: Crystal Rittenhouse and significant other, Dave Baylis.  He also leaves behind his sister: Joann Holbrook; his grandchildren: Kyra and Bryan Rittenhouse; his close friends: Larry Grove and Stan Kline; his canine friend, Bart; his feline companions: Bitsy and Jagger; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
 
Friends will be received at the Adams Family Funeral Home, P.A., 404 Decatur Street, Cumberland, MD, on Friday, July 21, 2017, from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M.
 
A funeral service will be conducted at the funeral home on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at 11:00 A.M., with Reverend Fred Iser officiating.  The family will also receive friends one hour prior to the service.
 
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Watkins, Dr. Yin, the staff at the Schwab Family Cancer Center, and the staff on 7N, especially, Amanda, Camille, and Chassidy for all the care and compassion given.
 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Schwab Family Cancer Center, 12500 Willowbrook Road, Cumberland, MD 21502, Attention: Julie, Hardy.
 

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To the Alan H. Porter family,

     Very sorry to read about the passing of Alan.  He was a great person and certainly loved the outdoors.  Having researched and surveyed his property many years ago, I am familar with his farm and very aware of how he treasured the land and took care of it.  I had just recently been thinking of him and wondered how he was doing.  When my son was young, I floated him up the creek in a canoe at Alan's invitation.  Although his physical presence is gone, the memories will live on forever.  My sincere sympathy to the family.  John  

My deepest condolences to the Porter Family. Alan was a great man and a father figure to me and taught me many things. He will be missed

Sharon I am so very very sorry to hear about Alan. I had a feeling that something was wrong when you didn't show up for the luncheon and I never heard from you. I should have called you much sooner but didn't try until yesterday. I don't check my Facebook too often but this evening I just happened to look at it and saw Crystals comments about Alan. I was shocked and feel so sad for your loss. Love you Sharon and God bless you.