Memorial services are set for next Thursday for Dave Bitner, the chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, who died Thursday. Bitner’s family said Friday that a “celebration of life” for Bitner will be held Sept. 15 at 3 p.m. at WC Dover Farms in Havana, reports the News Service of Florida. Additional memorial services will be held later in Port Charlotte. Bitner, 62, had Lou Gehrig’s disease, and had been planning to step down at the end of this month.
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