David Albert Sebok died peacefully in his sleep on November 3, 2019, at his home in Eagleville, PA after succumbing to a two-year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 66 years old.
Born in Akron, OH on September 17, 1953 to Albert and Ruth Sebok, he was the second child amongst his five siblings: Bill (Clare), Tom, Dale, Terry, and Diane Palmer (Dan). A very close-knit family, the Seboks were adept at entertaining themselves, and Dave would often recount fond memories of experiments with chemical concoctions and tinkering with repairs on the family vehicles. This love of science and a thirst for knowledge led Dave to obtain a B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Akron. He would often read his textbooks before classes even began, a foreign concept to most students. Realizing that he could contribute to the nascent field of Biomedical Engineering, Dave completed his Masters at the University of Michigan and went on to receive his PhD at MIT after an exhaustive seven years of study.
While working as a researcher at UMDNJ, Dave would meet his future wife Nancy as she worked on completing her Masters in Biomedical Engineering at nearby Rutgers University. The couple later moved to Pennsylvania where they raised their two children, Michael and Ashley. The kindest and most caring father imaginable, he was a rock that his children could depend on. Dave was always there to comfort and guide without passing judgment. His treatment of others emphasized his devout Christian faith and his actions fully embodied the Holy Spirit. Rarely, Dave would not be found in one of the church pews on Sundays. Everyone who knew him was inspired by his unwavering faith.
Dave also brought the same passion to the workplace that was prevalent in his studies. He worked on a variety of medical imaging projects from CT/MRI scanners to dental imaging products in a career spanning well over 30 years. Along the way, he forged a number of close friendships with his coworkers who respected his work ethic and ability to produce a near-constant stream of innovations. Time with his “coffee buddies” was a cherished daily ritual that Dave rarely skipped.
More than just a talented engineer, Dave was always exploring new places and expanding his horizons. Taking yearly vacations was non-negotiable, and each one was unique. Dave always pushed the limits of how many different activities could be squeezed in between dawn and dusk. This fundamental need for adventure instilled in his kids a desire to enjoy all the wonders of the world. Also, Dave was often one of the silliest people in the room. He was a kid at heart and followed his children across logs, down slides, and through obstacle courses without hesitation.
The very definition of a renaissance man, David engaged in a broad spectrum of hobbies and gleefully shared his knowledge and passions with anyone that listened. Dave was always tinkering with the latest circuits, especially his favorite LED Christmas light displays. He was also an avid woodworker and constructed multiple furnishings for the family home. Skiing was his beloved wintertime activity, and he reveled in trips to local ski resorts and the occasional skiing vacation in Vermont. Finally, Dave loved to celebrate each Christmas by showcasing the most elaborate light display in the neighborhood. A major goal was to top the previous year’s display by adding at least one new feature to make the lights shine even brighter.
He will be sorely missed by Nancy, his wife of 30 years, his children, Michael and Ashley, his brothers and sister, nieces and nephews, and many friends.
Friends and family are invited to attend his funeral Mass at 10:30 AM on Friday, November 8, 2019, at St. Eleanor Catholic Church, 647 Locust St. Collegeville, PA 19426. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Friends are invited to attend his viewing on Thursday, from 6-8 pm at R.L. Williams Jr. Funeral Home at 3440 W Skippack Pike, Cedars, PA 19423. For those wishing to make a contribution in Dave’s memory, the family has selected Lustgarten pancreatic cancer research at www.www.lustgarten.org. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.RLWilliamsFuneralHome.com