The Life of Rodney Wesley Bear
Rod loved the out-of-doors from early on in life, learning to fish and hunt from his dad, Wes. There was spring fishing for trout in local Waters; summer and ice fishing for bass in the Poconos. Fall brought small game, deer and bear season. These were good time spent with family. He learned to scuba dive, even swimming through the flooded town of Wilsonville in Lake Wallenpaupack. Upper Darby was the only School district he knew from Garrettford elementary to Drexel Hill Middle School and finally high school he found it amusing how much smaller the red brick building the original part of the high school was when he graduated in 1967.
Rod was working in an architectural firm and going to school when he received his draft notice, a shooting expert in training he ended up in Vietnam serving in the 272nd military police company; First Field Force Vietnam as a combat MP.
One of the highlights of his career was guarding Cardinal Krol when he visited the troops. Back from the service he married his first wife Ruth. they were only together a few years but she gave him a dog; his best buddy Major. Rod was working as a security guard at Penn Center in Philadelphia when he was hired as an armored guard for Purolator, making many friends and becoming one of the top members of their pistol competition team. He stayed on when Loomis armored bought Purolator. They then closed their Philadelphia location in late 1990. Rod joined the night shift of Haverford College as a safety and security officer. He loved the job especially when interacting with the students, retiring in 2016. Rod married his second wife Marilyn in March of 1983, moving the Drexel Hill, not far from his childhood home He was proud and thrilled to have someone that shared his love of the out-of-doors, fishing and diving. Together they visited Canada, Grand Bahama and Aruba.
His son Jason was born July 1990, right away Jason continued in the family traditions of fishing, hunting and loving to be outdoors. More time we spent together when Jason join the Boy Scouts. Rod became an assistant scoutmaster specializing in knife care and safety and fire building. Being a driver meant going on most of their camping trips he was especially liked for his history knowledge on the yearly trips to Gettysburg.
His favorite places were Brady's lake in the Pocono Mountains, Coudersport area of Potter County and some of his best memories were hunting and fishing with his dad, son and dog.
He was the beloved husband of Marilyn (nee Hahn) Bear and father of Jason Bear
Service and Interment were private
Arrangements: Toppitzer Funeral Home, Drexel Hill.