Keith S. Seltzer
April 20, 1964 - June 17, 2019
Keith S. Seltzer, 55, of New Gloucester, passed away suddenly on Monday, June 17, 2019. Keith was born in Brooklyn, New York, on April 20, 1964 and was raised in North Bellmore, New York.
Keith was the son of Norman Seltzer and the late Harriet Seltzer; and the step-son of Linda Seltzer. He was educated at Mepham High School class of 1981. Keith went on to earn a B.S in Geology from the University of Arizona.
After college, Keith decided to combine his love of people and his desire to help them by becoming a physical therapist, studying at Hunter College, in New York City, where he obtained a degree in Physical Therapy.
Keith spent many years working as a physical therapist in Arizona before moving to Maine. Keith then joined the staff at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Auburn, working at the hospital for over fifteen years. Keith was loved by his coworkers and patients. And he loved them. Keith was a dedicated professional and felt true and deep gratification from his work. He also took great pride working in the same hospital as his brother-in-law, Dr Richard Kahn.
Outside of work, Keith gave all of his heart and soul to his friends and family. His sister Sandy and Keith were as close as siblings could be. No distance was too far for Keith to travel to visit or to celebrate his family. Keith took great joy in every life event, accomplishment and milestone of his family members from Maine to Florida.
Keith was dedicated to his Jewish faith and was a member of Temple Shalom in Auburn. He greatly enjoyed conversations and breaking bread with Rabbi Sruli Dresdner.
Outside of work and family Keith enjoyed numerous passions. Everyone who knew Keith knew about his fascination for just about everything. He lived in beautiful awe of the world around him and had the deepest joy of learning. He also loved creating with his hands.
As one small example, when Keith moved into his home in New Gloucester Maine, he re-created one of the rooms to be an exact replica of a room from 1843. He hand-wove the bed himself in the style of artisans of that time period. He painted the walls creating paint from that era. And completed the room with original literature from that year. Keith was a true historian at heart and knew so many facts and figures it was mind-boggling.
Among Keith’s many other passions: he loved to make jewelry and often gave hand-made pieces to friends and family. He also donated pieces to fundraising causes.
He loved photography, restoring old pin ball machines, antique sewing machines, old victrolas, and loved furniture-making in general. Keith won a blue ribbon at the Cumberland Fair for making a beautiful hand-crafted wooden table.
Keith loved his cat Kitty like his own child. Keith would want everyone to know that Kitty was adopted by the parents of one of the shelter employees who came to Keith’s house immediately upon his passing.
The beautiful soul, Keith, is survived by his beloved family including: his cat Kitty, his father Norman Seltzer and his step-mother Linda; his sister Sandy Kahn, and her husband Richard Kahn and their two daughters, Erica and Michelle; his step-sister Jennifer Dorfman and her fiancé John Beckley and Jennifer’s children Jacob and Sara; his step-sister Lauren Gross and her husband Alan Gross; and their children Stella and Hailey.
Keith was pre-deceased by his Mother Harriet Seltzer; his brother, Arnie Seltzer; and his beloved dog, Doggie.
We are so grateful for having known Keith and being loved by him. We will miss his countless jokes, fun historical anecdotes, incredibly thoughtful hand-picked and often hand-made gifts, and overall Keith’s genuine interest in all of our lives, and in the world around him.
Keith, we will miss your curiosity, brilliance, your many passions and your incredible sense of humor. We will miss hearing about how much you loved us every time we spoke. We will miss telling you in person how much we love you. Albert Einstein once said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” You always chose the latter.