ForeverMissed
William Patrick Sedlak, or Bill as he was affectionately known by the people in his life, was born on April 8th, 1961 in Charleroi Pennsylvania to William and Evelyn Sedlak. Growing up, Bill was involved for many years at St. Jerome’s church in Charleroi, where he played basketball and developed the strong moral character that he was known for throughout his life. After graduating from Charleroi Area High School in 1979, where he was on the swim team, Bill studied chemical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. While at CMU, Bill was a dedicated member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, where he picked up the nickname “Studlak”.

In the mid-80’s, Bill moved to Virginia, where he began a long career with United States Navy, for some time as a contractor and more recently as a government employee. Bill was well-liked and respected by his colleagues both in the government and at the various companies he worked for. Virginia is also where he met Linda J White, who he married in 1990 and with whom he had two children, Emily and Claire Sedlak. In Bill’s adult life, he was a voracious daily reader of sports news and often listened to Pittsburgh sports radio - Here we Go Steelers! He never missed a school or sporting event for either of his daughters, who he called “the light and loves of his life”. Bill would frequently visit his hometown, Charleroi, to see his family and grab a slice - or a whole pizza - from Armando’s. In 2004 Bill met and fell in love with Susan Sawyer, who he loved dearly for the remainder of his life. In his later years Bill spent his time reading his massive Tom Clancy collection, watching football every Sunday while making victory chili, and playing with his cat. He had many animal companions throughout his life and was a lifelong animal lover. He also loved grilling and eating them – the man knew every part of a cow.

Bill has been described as a charismatic goofball, a prankster, a great gift-giver, a sweet and fun-loving son, a supportive and humorously annoying brother, a fiercely proud and unconditionally loving father, and was the type of guy who would dig his neighbor’s car out of the snow without even being asked to. Bill was a loving man and was loved by so many in return.

Bill was very close to the many members of his large family. Bill is predeceased by his father, William. He is survived by his mother Evelyn, his sisters Carol, Susan, Janet, and Dawn, his daughters, Emily and Claire, his long-term girlfriend and partner, Susan Sawyer, and his loveably mischievous cat, Gato.

Please leave a note, a memory or a photo, remembering Bill on this page, and in leiu of flowers, please consider donating to Animal  Welfare League of Alexandria on behalf of Bill, link below.

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Posted by Brendz Riley on May 9, 2021
Bill will be greatly missed.  As a supervisor, he was kind, compassionate and understanding; he finished the race well, but he is not gone. "To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord"; therefore, I will not say goodbye, but I will see Bill later.  Lastly, I send my condolences to his family: "Joy will come in the morning". May God bless you all.  Sincerely, Brenda Riley
Posted by Andre Slaughter on May 9, 2021
Over the past year Bill and I have become close, as friends and coworkers. Bill improved the lives of everyone he touched and was the foundation for making us all better. Bill is leaving a legacy of strength, brilliance and compassion. Thank you Bill for making us better. I am proud to call you my friend.
Posted by Mary Lynn Carroll on May 7, 2021
With so much sadness I say goodbye to my friend. I will forever cherish the happy memories...his fun loving way, his humor, his love of life!
My heartfelt sympathies to his girls, and to his family.
Rest In Peace my dear friend.
Posted by Mark Hayduk on May 6, 2021
My condolences to the Sedlak family and friends as well.Rest in peace, Bill. Many memories of growing into adulthood, the summer vacations, playing sports and the high school trip to Spain. You will be missed
Posted by Emily Davis on May 6, 2021
Rest easy my friend. I’ll miss our talks at the dumpster and looking at your balcony full of plants...with that Steelers flag in the fall!
Linda, Emily, Claire and Susan, you have all been in my thoughts.
Posted by John Feins on May 6, 2021
The Brothers at Sigma Alpha Epsilon are heartbroken at this news. We remember Bill as grand Pittsburgh Sport Fan, a True Gentleman, and a life of the legend party that we waged like world champions in between classes.

Loving sympathies and condolences to Family, Friends & All.
Posted by Michael Munozcano on May 6, 2021
I am sad that the current work status prevented us from meeting face to face though I am glad to have worked with you, both at FWI and the Navy. Rest in peace Bill.
Posted by David Zaucha on May 6, 2021
Remembering all the Sunday afternoon football games we played at Mingo Park. Those were some great, but painful times. My left knee still aches from some of those hits. Always loved the way you laughed. You'll be missed cuz.
Posted by Gary DuJordan on May 5, 2021
To the Sedlak family, our condolences on Bill's passing. I have so many fond memories of 'Sedlak' during our grade school, high school, college, and beyond days - too numerous to mention, and all filled with fun and adventure. He was quite a character. To Emily and Claire, your Dad was a good man, which you know, and will be missed. May he rest in peace. God bless, Gary, Leslie, Sarah and Hannah DuJordan.
Posted by Sue Bandini on May 5, 2021
From Bernie Bandini ... a lifelong friend from Charleroi, PA,

Rest in peace my friend. The great memories of our days together as teenagers in Charleroi will last forever! My deepest sympathy to the Sedlak family at this difficult time.
Posted by Karen Corbett Sanders on May 5, 2021
It is often said that it takes a village to raise a child. We were blessed to have the Sedlak’s as part of our village. Nil was a wonderful father of hi girls, a great cheered for all the kids in the neighborhood and a wonderful partner in encouraging the Omers to explore new ways of problem solving. Bill will be missed but I am sure he will live on in the memories of his daughters and neighborhood children, now adults. Sending love to Claire, Emily, Susan and Linda. 
Posted by Joe Dundas on May 5, 2021
Bill was a rare combination of being passionate about his work and always willing to help. His practical minded approach was always a joy and greatly intensifies the degree to which he will be missed. Our sadness is tempered ever so slightly by memories of having Bill on our team.
Posted by Bill Butler on May 5, 2021
Rest in happiness wherever you may be and may you be remembered in heart and spirit by all who knew you.
Posted by Claire Sedlak on May 5, 2021
Carrying you with me wherever I go dad ❤️ Love you endlessly, rest easy
Posted by Jacob Blake on May 5, 2021
Rest in paradise Bill.
Posted by Emily Sedlak on May 4, 2021
REST IN PORK GRAVY DAD <3

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Posted by Brendz Riley on May 9, 2021
Bill will be greatly missed.  As a supervisor, he was kind, compassionate and understanding; he finished the race well, but he is not gone. "To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord"; therefore, I will not say goodbye, but I will see Bill later.  Lastly, I send my condolences to his family: "Joy will come in the morning". May God bless you all.  Sincerely, Brenda Riley
Posted by Andre Slaughter on May 9, 2021
Over the past year Bill and I have become close, as friends and coworkers. Bill improved the lives of everyone he touched and was the foundation for making us all better. Bill is leaving a legacy of strength, brilliance and compassion. Thank you Bill for making us better. I am proud to call you my friend.
Posted by Mary Lynn Carroll on May 7, 2021
With so much sadness I say goodbye to my friend. I will forever cherish the happy memories...his fun loving way, his humor, his love of life!
My heartfelt sympathies to his girls, and to his family.
Rest In Peace my dear friend.
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Shared by Mara Blachek on May 5, 2021
I had only met Bill a few times, but his selfless character was quite obvious. I lived with his daughter Claire my sophomore year of college, and upon him helping me move all my things into the apartment I realized I did not have a bed frame for my mattress/box spring. He said he was more than willing to pick one up for me when he took Claire to get some last minute furniture, and only a few hours later he had delivered. I had asked to pay him, but he insisted it wasn’t much money and to not worry about it. I still have that basic metal bed frame thanks to him. I give all my love to the family and I am proud to say I saw some of the givingqualities you all knew him for.