Plattekill town supervisor dies

Bruce Loertscher, supervisor of the Ulster County town of Plattekill, died on Tuesday after a long battle with cancer, several local news outlets are reporting. He was 56.

Ulster County legislator Kevin Roberts, a longtime friend of Loertscher's, told the Freeman that he will be missed in the community:

“I am going to miss Bruce. The town is going to miss Bruce,” said Roberts, R-Wallkill.

The director of the Copeland Funeral Home, which is handling Loertscher's funeral arrangements, echoed that sentiment in the Times Herald-Record:

The soft-spoken Loertscher, who was 56, was a popular figure in his community, according to funeral home director Tim Copeland, who was also a friend of Loertscher’s.

"He was just a sweetheart of a guy -- a real straight-shooter,” he said.