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Dr. Gerry Schertz memorial service will be at First Baptist Church on Wednesday

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At least one thousand people are expected to attend the memorial service for Dr. Gerry Schertz service.  It has been moved from Oakey's Funeral Home in downtown Roanoke to First Baptist Church.  The service will be at noon on Wednesday.

Dr. Schertz treated many patients in his thirty six years with Blue Ridge Cancer Care. 

Roanoke Police say 67 year old Dr. Gerald Lee Schertz of Troutville passed away early this morning at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Dr. Schertz was the pedestrian hit on November 26th in the 2000 block of South Jefferson. At this time the case is still under investigation.  

A well-known doctor has passed away after suffering injuries from a pedestrian accident that happened outside of Roanoke Memorial Hospital.


Dr. Bill Fintel tells WSLS 10 that Dr. Gerald Schertz passed away this morning. He was the senior partner at Blue Ridge Cancer Care and had been practicing for 36 years.

Dr. Fintel released this statement on behalf of the medical community:

"Southwest Virginia lost a legend. Gerry Schertz was an amazing husband and father and physician. We have heavy hearts over the unexpected loss of our senior partner. We grieve with his wife and children and the quite literally thousands of patients and families and nurses and staff that his quiet and steady hand touched."

Below is the message that went out to Carilion employees Friday morning from CEO, Nancy Agee:

Good morning,

It is with great sadness that I must inform you of a tragic accident involving a dear friend and colleague. Dr. Gerald Schertz, a physician with Blue Ridge Cancer Care, was struck by a car Tuesday evening while walking from Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital to his office in the Cancer Center. He passed away early this morning. Please join me in offering our thoughts and prayers for his family, co-workers, patients and friends. We hope to provide an opportunity for you to remember Gerald and express condolences and best wishes to his family and will have more information about this soon.

During this holiday weekend, give thanks for your loved ones and hold them extra close. If you can, please take a moment to offer a prayer for those who are struggling to deal with this heartbreaking loss.

My best to all of you,

Here's a statement from LewisGale Regional Health System:

On behalf of LewisGale Regional Health System, we wish to express our condolences to the family, friends, patients, and co-workers of Dr. Gerry Schertz over his unexpected, tragic death.  In addition to serving  patients in the Roanoke Valley, Dr. Schertz was a devoted medical staff member of LewisGale Hospital Alleghany, serving thousands of patients from the Alleghany Highlands for 30 years.

Nancy May, Spokesperson

LewisGale Regional Health System