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Bayview Fisher-Pou Chapel & Bayview Memorial Park

3351 Scenic Highway 90E, Pensacola, FL

OBITUARY

Charles A Roth

April 30, 1951February 5, 2020

Dr. Charles A. Roth, 68, of Gulf Breeze passed away peacefully at his home on February 5, 2020 from a long hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer. His will, determination and devotion will forever impact his family, friends, community and all who knew him.

Charlie was born in Camden, New Jersey on April 30, 1951, to Murray Roth and Florence (Dunn) Roth. He attended school at Bendwood Elementary and Memorial High School in Houston, Texas. He received a B.A. with Honors from the University of Texas in Austin, Texas and an M.D. from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas. Following medical school Charlie completed an internship at Charity Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana followed by an orthopedic residency at Louisiana State University, Affiliated Hospitals also in New Orleans, Louisiana. He received Special Training in Sports Medicine in affiliation with Dr. David Drez, M.D. in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Charlie’s passion for the water drew him to Pensacola, Florida where he accepted his first job with Gulf Coast Orthopaedics in 1985 where he was a devoted surgeon for 24 years. In 2009 Charlie accepted a position at The Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, Florida, where he spent the next ten years staying on the cutting edge of orthopedic surgery, providing fellowship training for young surgeons, and pursuing research. He truly loved his work, the Team Roth Staff, his colleagues and patients. Charlie loved spending his free time with his family, sailing, fishing, hunting, biking, Tae Kwon Do and enjoying the outdoors. He also loved music and playing his guitar. Charlie truly loved life!

Charlie was a member of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, ABOS – Certified of Added Qualification – Sports Medicine. In 2018, he was the Hollinger Award Recipient for Physician of the Year at Baptist Hospital. He was also Chairman of The American Orthopaedic Residence Conference (1985). He loved his community and devoted much of his time to it through active participation in Ringside Physicians U.S. Tae Kwon Do Union, Licensed Ringside Physician for the Florida Athletic Commission, Orthopedic Team Physician for Pine Forest High School, Orthopedic Team Physician for Gulf Breeze High School, Orthopedic Consultant for the Pensacola Ice Pilots, Team Physician for the American Volleyball Conference Tournament (1992-1993), Chief of Surgery Gulf Breeze Baptist Hospital (2000- 2004), Co-Medical Director Andrews Institute (2006), Team Physician for the Pensacola Lightning (2007), Consultant and Sponsor for Pensacola Ballet (2010-2019), and the Chief of Surgery Gulf Breeze Hospital (2013).

Charlie is survived by his loving wife, Dana (Criswell) Roth, devoted sons, Adam and Dr. Travis Roth (from first marriage to Dr. Diana Edgar), and his sister, Amy (Roth) Miller and Steve Miller of Montpelier, Vermont.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, February 15, 2020, at the Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church at 75 Fairpoint Drive. Receiving line will start at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Andrews Research and Education Foundation- Charles A Roth, M.D. Memorial Fund at Andrewsref.org or mail to 1020 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze, Florida 32561. The fund will support sports medicine research and student athlete scholarships in our area.

The Roth family would like to thank all of our special friends and our community for the prayers, love, and support and for being LIFETIME members of TEAM ROTH!

  • FAMILY

  • Dana (Criswell) Roth, Wife
  • Adam Roth, Son
  • Dr. Travis Roth, Son
  • Amy (Roth) Miller (Steve), Sister

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, February 15, 2020
  • Memorial Service Saturday, February 15, 2020

Memories

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Jean Johnson

February 15, 2020

I loved Dr Roth from the day I met him. Carl, my son was his friend and loved him too. He said Charlie was the best so I have been his patient a long time. He looked forward to my pound cakes every 6 moneys and it was a joy to bake for him. I would be there today if j didn’t have family here. Prayers for his family and the staff.
We were praying daily for a miracle.
God has ultimately healed him.
He is missed and will always be in our hearts.

Eric Williamson

February 15, 2020

Dr.Roth was my doctor for over 30years.Dr.Roth loved to hunt and fish when he first started hunting we would talk about hunting during my appointment that should last for 45 minutes to a hour the whole time his nurse would say watch your time Dr Roth was a fine surgeon and a great man.The last time I talked to him he was proud that he was going to be working with his son soon.God bless all his family and friends.

Jaclynn Koder

February 13, 2020

I met Dr. Roth when I was doing a clinical rotation at GBHS. I remember sharing laughs with him at some football games and recall feeling more calm&comfortable around him than I do with most people. I remember him telling me that I would make a good park ranger, which at the time I had wondered if that was him kindly saying I should pick a different profession. Later, I realized it was a compliment because he had a similar appreciation of nature. He talked about his friends that were park rangers&said that I need to see Yosemite mountains sometime (which is still on my bucket list). He told me if I went west to try a certain whiskey, which was his favorite. I currently cannot remember the name, but I'm sure I'll know when I see it (and will certainly take a shot for him). There was a point when I was having such intense back pain that I spent nights crying instead of sleeping, and I finally asked Dr. Roth if he could figure out my problem. At the time, he was one of the only people that could help me, and he did without asking for a single thing in return. He rid me of pain & I'll forever be thankful for him. I've seen that some doctors (or anyone in the health care industry) can become burnt out from constantly helping other people, or mundane in their actions from the monotony of the job and the years of stress & hard work from putting people back together again. Dr. Roth was different in the way he maintained his passion & vibrancy. When I was required to watch a couple of surgeries, I was so lucky as to get invited by him to watch him work with his team. He even let me bring a couple of classmates. I admired the way he took the time to teach us &the synergy of his team was captivating (so I got way more than the required surgery hours). He made an enjoyable environment with jokes&laughter that I never expected to see in that kind of work. Dr. Roth enhanced the world around him and imprinted so many lives. Those impressions & appreciation for him will live on.

Geraldine Wicks

February 13, 2020

Dr Roth was an excellent surgeon and a man that cared about his patients. I am truly saddened to hear of his passing. He has truly left a legacy for his family- those he trained and his co-workers. Prayers and Love to the family of a man that will never be forgotten.

Ralph Abagis

February 11, 2020

Dr. Roth was a very dedicated physician and repaired my shoulder twice and he and his team always provided me with the utmost care and information so I could recover. We talked about his family, whom he loved dearly and his enjoyment in supporting other sporting activities as a Orthopedic Surgeon. He will be greatly missed but left a legacy that is not to be soon forgotten .

Ralph Abagis, Pensacola

Robin Homer

February 10, 2020

So sad to hear of Dr Roth's illness and that he passed. He was my personal surgeon in the 1980's and 1990's. Wonderful bedside manner and sense of humor. I first met him when I was working at Gulf Breeze Hospital Emergency Room. My prayers and condolences to his family.

andrew king

February 10, 2020

I was the youngest faculty member of the LSU department of orthopedic surgery when Charlie was a resident, over 35 years ago. Memories of most of the residents have faded but not those of Charlie. He was funny, and irreverent but also hardworking, intelligent, empathetic to his patients and loyal to his fellow residents. From all reports he carried those traits into a great career in Pensacola. My condolences to his family and friends

Whit Haworth

February 10, 2020

Charlie and I became life-long friends in 1964, when we lived behind each other in Houston, TX. Throughout high school and after high school, we remained close friends and kept tabs on each other throughout our careers. He was the friend everyone should have.
He enjoyed life to the fullest, had a very "witty" and humorous character and we enjoyed just talking, laughing and trying to outdo each other in our serious, and sometimes silly, conversations! I saw how good he was as a doctor; his dedication, hard work and his love for his work, his patients and his team. His love for Dana, Adam and Travis was unconditional.
I am a better person for knowing Charlie and although I will miss him everyday, I know he is at peace now and I am very relieved for that.
Rest in Peace, my dear friend and I will see you again someday...

Nancy Dunn Lamb

February 10, 2020

We are so sad with the passing of your dear Charlie. ❤️❤️

David Espenscheid

February 9, 2020

Charlie leaves this life with no regrets. It was a wonderful life – full and complete with the great loves and great endeavors that made it worth living. I am sad for him to leave, but he leaves with the knowledge that he lived the life that he intended. See you on the other side my friend.

FROM THE FAMILY