Born on May 27, 1951, in Queens, NY, to Joseph FX and Eileen (Sanderson) Specht, he was one of nine children. Educated in schools on Long Island, he was a graduate of Lycoming College in Williamsport, PA.
Mr. Specht met the love of his life on the stroke of midnight with a New Year’s Eve kiss in 1981. He and Ann Coleman were married on June 3, 1989 in Ontario, Canada.
Mr. Specht was fortunate in that he was able to combine his love of the outdoors, sports and writing with his livelihood. He never met a road or trail he didn’t want to ski or bike. Throughout the 1980s, he was director of the Hermitage Cross Country Ski Center. He also participated in the Birkebeiner Skate 50K. As a tour leader for Vermont Bike Tours he then went on to race bikes as part of the Stowe Shimano Cycling Team.
Mr. Specht and wife Ann worked together for many decades at their smoothie business as well as building their Shaklee business. He was a freelance writer for sports publications of Rodale Press. At the time of his retirement, he was a realtor for Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty.
An active member of the Whitingham-Halifax Lions Club, Mr. Specht initiated the Hungry Lion Bike Tour, a fundraiser for local food banks. He was the recipient of the prestigious Melvin Jones Award in 2017.
Predeceased by his parents, Mr. Specht is survived by his wife Ann, her mother, and two sisters, his two sisters, six brothers, 16 nieces and nephews, and eight great-nieces and great-nephews.
There are no calling hours. A celebration of his life will be held at a future date at the convenience of the family. They wish to thank the entire community for their love, care, and support received during his courageous battle, including Bayada Hospice.
To leave condolences and share photos of Mr. Specht’s life go to caringbridge.org.
Donations may be made to Hungry Lion Bike Tour Fund Raiser at https://www.Pledgereg.com/155957.