The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

May 19, 2014

Former Lewisburg resident Harry Carlip murdered in Florida

By Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item

— FORT MYERS, Fla. — A former Valley resident and his fiancee were shot and killed last week, days before their wedding, leaving a well known Lewisburg woman and her two children stunned.

Fredlyn S. “Freddi” Carlip, of Lewisburg, owner of Runner’s Gazette, a monthly newspaper for distance runners and other athletes and author of “On The Scene,” which appears regularly in The Daily Item, confirmed her ex-husband, Harry Carlip was found shot to death on a boat docked at Salty Sam’s Marina on San Carlos Island.

Lee County deputies have arrested Michael Stephen Spiegel, 70, on first-degree murder charges for the deaths and was booked into the Lee County Jail on May 15 and is being held without bail.

Police said Spiegel also tried to set the boat on fire.

Harry Carlip, 70, and Marilyn Spiegel, 69, of Fort Myers were set to be married on May 17.

Michael Spiegel is the ex-husband of Marilyn Spiegel.

Carlip is a former owner of Runner’s Gazette, a monthly newspaper for distance runners and other athletes. Fredlyn Carlip said her daughter had been headed to Florida for wedding. Fredlyn Carlip also said her son,  has been talking to detectives about his father’s death.

Fredlyn Carlip declined to comment on Monday but released a statement from her children.

From the children of Harry Carlip:

“During this time of absolute shock and grief, we want to take a step back and celebrate the man Harry Carlip was and will continue to be as he lives on in our memories,” the statement said.

 “Our dad was so full of love for his family, his friends and especially Marilyn. He would do anything for anyone he loved, and never thought of himself, just the happiness of those around him. Our father always put the needs of others before himself – whether serving his country, his family or neighbor, he was always there.

He and Marilyn were so in love, the look in their eyes for each other was magical. He was a man of the water, who was a champion swimmer and was looking forward to living out his dream of living on a boat with the woman he so loved. His zest for life was like no other and we will carry his spirit on forever.”

Police say a 911 call was made at around 8:30 a.m. May 15 by a resident of a nearby boat at Salty Sam’s Marina after the caller said they heard shots.

The marina complex were Harry Carlip and his fiancee were discovered provides boat storage, docking, repairs, parts and a restaurant.

Carlip also co-owned the Runner’s Gazette in Lewisburg, PA.  Carlip was a founding member of the Buffalo Valley Striders Running Club in Lewisburg, PA and director of the Bull Run Run 10K for many years. Carlip served on the Lewisburg Area School Board and was president for many years.