Obituaries » Charles H. Mintz MD
Charles H. Mintz, M.D. age 76, died peacefully in his sleep at the home of his daughter in Seattle, WA on Saturday, December 20, 2014, less than three months after the passing of Rina, his beloved wife of 49 years. Born in Philadelphia, PA, Chuck spent his very early childhood years in the city, then his family moved to south Jersey, living in Camden, Pennsauken, and Merchantville. He graduated from Moorestown High School in Moorestown, NJ, where he participated in many extracurricular activities. He especially enjoyed being a member of the swim team, where his teammates dubbed him “the merman.” He earned both his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. Chuck completed his internship at Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ. He maintained certifications with the American Board of Family Medicine, the American Academy of Family Practice, and the American College of Alternative Medicine throughout his career. Between finishing medical school and beginning his internship, Chuck met Rina. In just a few months they both knew they had found “the one,” and were married in 1965, just before Chuck reported to the Navy for active duty. Chuck had enlisted in the United States Navy while in medical school in 1962. During school breaks he served in the Navy’s Experimental Deep Sea Diving Unit and at Chelsea Naval Hospital. Upon completion of his internship in 1965, he reported for active duty and was stationed with the United States Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune, NC, where he served first as a Battalion Surgeon, then as Regimental Surgeon until 1967. It was during their time at Camp Lejeune that Chuck and Rina started their family. When Chuck retired from active duty in 1967, the family moved to Millville, NJ. He and Rina had their second child soon after. The city remained their home for 47 wonderful years until their deaths in 2014. Chuck practiced medicine as a family doctor in Millville for almost five decades. Over that time, his patients became his extended family. He shared so many of life’s meaningful events with generations of local residents, from the joy of delivering their children, to the anxiety of a frightening diagnosis, to the relief of a recovery, to the mourning of the loss of a loved one. He especially shared many laughs over the years. He couldn’t wait to repeat a joke heard earlier in the day from a patient, though it was usually hard to understand because he’d laugh so hard trying to tell it. It didn’t matter – just seeing him laugh like that made the listener crack up anyway, even if they never got the joke. Chuck was grateful his profession created many opportunities to engage with the community. He was a Preceptor for medical students from Temple, Johns Hopkins, and Georgetown medical schools. He held many positions on the Executive Board of Millville Hospital, including President. He also served as a Director on the board of Millville Savings. At the county level, he served as the Assistant Cumberland County Medical Examiner. For years he conducted physicals for migrant workers’ children, providing many their only access to medical care of any kind. He acted as their family doctor, dentist, eye doctor, and counselor. For over 30 years he served as the school doctor for the Millville Public Schools and as the team physician for the high school athletics department, including his beloved Millville Thunderbolt football team. He was especially excited to be selected as physician for the Babe Ruth Girls’ World Series and was honored to throw out the first pitch. In recognition of his civic contributions, Chuck was named Outstanding Citizen by the Millville Chamber of Commerce and received the Millville Thunderbolt Club’s Lifetime Achievement Award. What a list of accomplishments. But for all who knew Chuck as Dad, Pop Pop, or Doc, he was so much more than his resume, so much more than his many achievements. We will remember his caring nature, his optimistic outlook, his whole-body laugh, and his genuine interest in the lives and well-being of everyone he encountered. It was hard not to smile around him. He tried not to take himself or life too seriously, and no matter how tough a day he had, he almost always slept well! His passing has left a gaping hole in our daily lives, but we are grateful for the abundant memories he has also left us to help fill it. Chuck is survived by his son Nathan Mintz of Hong Kong; his daughter Jennifer Mintz Clark and husband Jeffrey Clark of Seattle, WA; his grandson Hayden Clark of Seattle, WA; his brother Robert Mintz and wife Jackie; sister in law Nina Solomon Dubroff; stepsister Patricia Metzger; four nieces and nephews; and nine grand nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his loving and devoted wife of 49 years, Rina Mintz, and his parents, Joseph and Beatrice Mintz. A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Sunday, February 8, 2015 in the Christy Funeral Home, 11 W. Broad Street, Millville. Calling hours will be from 9 to 11 a.m. on Sunday in the funeral home. The family has requested memorial contributions to: Crown of Israel Synagogue, c/o P.O. Box 552, Elmer, NJ, 08318. Memories and expressions of sympathy for Chuck may be shared on the Obituary Tribute Wall at: www.christyfuneralservice.com.