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 Julia Monroe on May 14, 2021
I met Bill several times through Claire, one of my closest friends since high school. The kindness and goodness of Bill is absolutely clear through his kind eyes, smile, and nature with others. And it absolutely continues to live through Claire and Emily - confident, unique, loving, and incredible humans .
Posted by Eric Brockwell on May 13, 2021
I joined Bill's team during telework so I never saw him, but he quickly made me feel welcome with his kind words and with his fellow PA boy accent. I am confident that his kind spirit persists around us and in all of our hearts. Rest in peace, Bill.
Posted by Tan Tran on May 13, 2021
I had the pleasure of working with Bill a few years ago, and it was always a highlight in my day to hear one of his anecdotes from his vast life experience. Always a friendly face in the office, I will miss seeing Bill again in this life. My deepest condolences to Bill's family. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted by Saed Awwad on May 12, 2021
Bill can do work attitude inspired everyone that new him, his intellectual know how and work ethics allowed him to engage with SMEs and leadership to develop novel solutions to challenging projects. Bill inspired those who worked close to him and will always be remembered as the guy who bridged interactions and harmony across his peers creating a pleasant work environment.  Bill will be dearly missed. He’s in a better place. Rest In Peace until we meet again.
Posted by Sarah Shooter on May 12, 2021
I did not ever have the pleasure of meeting Bill in person but I truly enjoyed working with him in support of the Navy. He brought joy to those around him.  He will be missed by many. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends.
Posted by Walter Kor on May 11, 2021
I have such great memories of our time at SAE: hijinks around campus, road trips, camping at Allegheny National Forest, slamming steak-um sandwiches in the early AM after too many beers and just hanging around. Bill was a fun and great guy. Rest in peace my friend.
Posted by Randy Wolff on May 11, 2021
It was a pleasure to get to know and work with Bill over the years. He was always the voice of reason and would question the norm when it didn’t make sense. Prayers to all of Bill’s family and friends! 
Posted by Sachindra Sinha on May 11, 2021
A fine gentlemen with great virtues and compassionate soul will be missed forever. His helping hand and soothing touch is something going to last forever. His presence was the wave of confidence and his affinity for everyone was no less than a benediction from the kingdom of God. God awaits your company and you be the blessed .
Posted by Pamela Davis on May 11, 2021
Bill will missed by many. I had the pleasure of working with Bill supporting the Navy. I learned so much from Bill and will miss working with him. May his memory be eternal.
Posted by WILL JORDAN on May 11, 2021
Bill was the ultimate coworker. He never hesitated to lend a hand and was always willing to help you. I will miss those long conversations in the office and as we departed work walking to the parking garage. You can rest now. Your work is done my friend, your work is done. Be at peace.
Posted by Wesley Jones on May 11, 2021
Had the opportunity to work with Bill on a Navy Project. Very good guy and he took me in and supported me. Bill is a very good man and wonderful personality. He is also very smart and intellectual that thinks outside of the box. Rest in my Power my friend rest in Power
Posted by Debbie Garofano on May 11, 2021
I had the pleasure of working with Bill supporting the Navy and always found him to be one of the most knowledgeable, reasonable persons. He was mission focused while working as a team to get things done.  My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family. 
Posted by Rayna Madsen on May 11, 2021
Bill will truly be missed. He was always willing to jump in and help me out. No matter what the job was he would get it done even when it wasn’t his to do. He provided much needed comic relief in a very demanding and stressful job.
Posted by Archie Goodwin on May 11, 2021
Bill and I worked together supporting the Navy as Contractors. I always enjoyed his collaborative nature whenever I engaged him on anything. I was really honored when he returned to the Navy Program as a civilian and he reached out to me directly for advice as he was transitioning into his new role. I am saddened to hear of his passing. We are always compelled to say kind words when someone passes, but I can say without embellishment that Bill was truly a kind caring teammate and someone who was a pleasure to know. I am certain he is sorely missed because I who barely knew him recognize his generous spirit. What a loss for those with whom he was closest.
Posted by Ruth Hieneman on May 10, 2021
I met Bill in 1985, when he started at the Navy support contractor where I worked. We did not work together much, but he really knew his stuff and was always willing to help. He refused to take things too seriously, cracking us up regularly. We lost contact, particularly after he went to work for the Navy. The light in the world is diminished without you, my friend . . .
Posted by Janet Gallagher on May 10, 2021
Oh Bill,
I just can’t believe you are gone from our lives yet I can. I always wanted you to take advantage of the bike trails in your area as they are SUPER but I couldn’t get you to do it. I will miss your voice “ Hey Jan”. I am so sad. We all go but wish you went 20 yrs later. Love you bro
Posted by Alex Yap on May 10, 2021
Since joining the Navy as a Civilian last year, I have been very fortunate and an honor to work with Bill on the Platform Services team. Bill was very supportive and always have our "back." Bill has been a great friend and co-worker. Rest in peace, Bill!
Posted by Christina LaRussa-Martin on May 9, 2021
You maintained a positive attitude even through your suffering, and dedicated your energies to serving the Navy. Your colleagues will miss your humor, your kindness, and your infectious smile! May God be merciful, and may your memory be eternal.
Posted by Cindy Glotfelty on May 9, 2021
Bill was one of the best coworkers to have. Always willing to lend a hand with a smile on his face. He cared so deeply about others which was evident in the way he interacted with his coworkers. He will be sorely missed at the office but I believe he is in heaven lending a hand to all. May God bless all of his loved ones.
Posted by Brenda 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 Julia Monroe on May 14, 2021
I met Bill several times through Claire, one of my closest friends since high school. The kindness and goodness of Bill is absolutely clear through his kind eyes, smile, and nature with others. And it absolutely continues to live through Claire and Emily - confident, unique, loving, and incredible humans .
Posted by Eric Brockwell on May 13, 2021
I joined Bill's team during telework so I never saw him, but he quickly made me feel welcome with his kind words and with his fellow PA boy accent. I am confident that his kind spirit persists around us and in all of our hearts. Rest in peace, Bill.
Posted by Tan Tran on May 13, 2021
I had the pleasure of working with Bill a few years ago, and it was always a highlight in my day to hear one of his anecdotes from his vast life experience. Always a friendly face in the office, I will miss seeing Bill again in this life. My deepest condolences to Bill's family. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.
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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.