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Pa. supervisor dies

March 21, 2001

Pa. supervisor dies



WAYNESBORO, Pa.

By RICHARD BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


Quinter "Buzz" Baumgardner, a Washington Township Supervisor for the past 13 years, died at Waynesboro Hospital Tuesday morning after suffering a heart attack.

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Township Administrator Mike Christopher said Baumgardner, 71, complained of chest pains Monday morning and his wife Bonnie drove him to the hospital.

Christopher said he visited Baumgardner in the hospital's intensive care unit Monday night and found him to be in good spirits.

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"We had a great conversation. He knew who I was and we talked a little about township business," Christopher said.

A helicopter had been called to fly Baumgardner to a hospital in the Washington, D.C., area Tuesday morning, but he died before he could be transported, Christopher said.

Baumgardner won his first six-year term on the board in November 1987 and was sworn in in January 1988. He was last elected in November 1999.

Christopher praised Baumgardner for his knowledge of the township, his experience and the business skills he brought to the board of supervisors.

"He was always proud of the fact that in his 13 years on the board there has never been a tax increase," Christopher said. "And we did a lot of things in those years."

Baumgardner worked for, managed and opened several Lowe's stores in the region before he retired, Christopher said.

"He will be a major loss to the township. He was intelligent, articulate and he could go right to the meat of an issue," Christopher said.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by five children, 10 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Under Pennsylvania law the supervisors have 30 days to appoint Baumgardner's replacement on the board. The appointee will serve out the rest of the year and will have to run for election for the remaining four years of Baumgardner's six-year term.

All of the township's supervisors are Republican.

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