Paul J. Bedway, Sr., 81, of Schuylkill Haven, passed away Sunday, February 21st, at Hospice House of the VNA of St. Luke's, Bethlehem.
Born in Pottsville on November 7, 1939, he was a son of the late Charles Bedway, Sr. & Wilhelmina (Szilier) Bedway.
He was the husband of Margaret F. (Forbes) Bedway.
Paul was a graduate of Pottsville Area High School, Class of 1957.
He served in the U.S. Army Reserves.
He was a faithful member of Church of The Nazarene, Schuylkill Haven.
Paul was a lifelong local businessman. He was the proud owner of Bedway's Banana Boat, Schuylkill Haven.The company was known by many for their bananas, watermelons, squash, and pumpkins.
Paul was a member of the F&AM Schuylkill Lodge #138, and the Cressona Lodge #222. A true philanthropist, Paul was an active Rajah Shriner.He was a member of the Rajah Hospital Service Unit, and the Reading Consistory.
As a dedicated and active member of his community, Paul was a longtime member of the Schuylkill Haven Borough Council.He was the chairman of the water committee, and chairman of the sewer committee.Paul also belonged to the Southern Schuylkill Council of Governments.
Additionally, Paul enjoyed participating in the Antique Classic Car Club, and the Rolls Royce Owners Club.
In addition to his wife, Paul is also survived by two sons: Paul Jr., husband of Kim, of Orwigsburg, and David, of Philadelphia; and a daughter, Tammy, wife of Dan, of Orwigsburg. He is also survived by grandchildren: Amanda, wife of Mike, Paul III, husband of Ashley, & Dean and great-grandchildren: Connor, & Carson; as well as his sister, Roseanne, wife of Bill, Orwigsburg, and his close friend and personal assistant, Lesa, and beloved feline companion, Icy, and canine companions: Luccee, & Louie.
In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by his brother, Charles Bedway, Jr.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11 AM on Monday, March 1st at Church of The Nazarene in Schuylkill Haven, with Pastor Robert Berry officiating.
A visitation will be held from 9 AM until the time of service at the church.
Interment with military honors will follow at Schuylkill Memorial Park, Schuylkill Haven.
At the family's request, donations in Paul's memory may be forwarded to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Attn. Processing Center, PO Box 863765, Orlando, FL 32886.
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