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Howard Keith "Bear" Sealy

November 23, 1935 ~ January 16, 2022 (age 86)


Howard Keith “Bear” Sealy, age 86, of Brownsville, PA, entered the gates of heaven on Sunday, January 16, 2022 at home with his loving family by his side.

He was born on November 23, 1935 in Brownsville, a son of late George Clark Sealy Sr., and Mary Ellen “Polly” (Wardman) Sealy.       

“Bear” graduated from Brownsville High School Class of 1953. Howard joined the U.S. Army in 1959 serving two years in Ft Hood, Texas as a PFC E3 truck driver for the quartermaster unit. He received a marksman award and good conduct medal.  He finished his military service as an Army Reservist. 

Howard worked in the track maintenance department as a truck operator for Consolidated Railroad, retiring after 33 years of service in 2000.

He was a life-long member of Brownville First United Methodist Church. 

“Bear” was a 60+ year member of Brownsville Fire Company #1.  He served alongside his uncles, brothers, cousins, nephews, and niece.  He served the organization as a fireman, audit committee member, and financial advisor.  He was always at the fire station or at a local ball field. “Bear” enjoyed all sports.  He was the manager and scorekeeper for several community softball teams.  Howard was a man of few words but a very quick wit.

Howard never married and he dedicated his life to the care of his mother after the passing of his father.  His nephew, D. Clark Sealy; Niece, Tami, and their children, Jordan and Julie had the honor and privilege of taking care of “Uncle Bear.”

“Butch,” as he was known by his family, was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Joyce Sealy, Dorothy “Dot” Chovan, and Sandra "Sandy" Serven; brothers, Ronald, Richard, and Kenneth Sealy.                                                                                     

Left to cherish his memory is his brother George Clark Sealy, Jr., Ellsworth, ME;    sister-in-law, Bonnie Sealy, Brownsville; Nephews. Steven ”Skeeter” (Terri) Chovan and Gary (Elissa) Chovan, Latham, NY, G. Clark Sealy, San Francisco, ME, Ronald (Shannon) Sealy and D. Clark (Tami) Sealy, Brownsville, and Jeffrey (Karen) Serven, Balston Spa, NY; Nieces, Barbara Hodgkins, Ellsworth, ME, Jaylyn (Lawrence) Abrahamian, Glendale, CA, Rhonda (Larry) Booze, Millsboro, Hilda (Donald) Faith, Washington, PA, Amy (Carl) DellaPenna, Polly (Joe) Buray, and Eliza Sealy, all of Brownsville, Jerilee (Ron) Beaudoin, Troy, NY; several great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews, and cousins.   

Friends will be received in the Novak Funeral Home, 515 Front Street, Brownsville, PA, 15417, on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, from 2-8 p.m.  Brownsville Fire Co. #1 will hold a memorial service at 7:00 p.m., and on Thursday, January 20, 2022 until 10 a.m., the hour of service with Pastor Dawn Hargraves officiating. Interment will follow in LaFayette Memorial Park, Brier Hill, PA, where military honors will be accorded by the AMVETS Post 103 of Hopwood, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Brownsville Fire Co. #1, 520 Market Street, Brownsville, PA 15417.

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