Sumner McDanel

August 5, 1934 ~ October 28, 2021 (age 87)


Sumner McDanel died at approximately 2:30 AM October 28, 2021, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was born August 5, 1934, New Brighton, Pennsylvania. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, and the love of his life, Janet Rawding McDanel. Three sons, Sumner Rawding McDanel, Timothy L McDanel and John C McDanel. Grand children Lindsay McDanel, Christopher McDanel and Olivia McDanel. His sister Joanne Roberts, two nephews David Roberts and Peter Roberts and niece Jennifer Roberts. His dear lifelong friend and partner in adventure, Wesley Young. Sumner McDanel graduated from New Brighton High School in 1952 and Alfred University School of Ceramic Engineering in 1956. He belonged to the Beaver County Rotary Club, The Beaver County Chamber of Commerce, was the President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of The Young Presidents Organization, the President of his Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity, served on the Sauereisen, Inc. Board of Directors and President of Beaver County Manufacturers Association. Sumner, “Bud”, started working at McDanel Refractory Porcelain Company as a teenager doing summer work, painting and sweeping floors. After college he started as a young engineer. During the 1960s Bud was the companies only ceramic engineer. During that time many innovations were made. With the addition of other ceramic engineers under Bud’s direction, including Jerry Bliton, McDanel became a world-class industrial ceramic company. Bud was proud that McDanel sold product to the Japanese, who wanted McDanel secrets and capabilities, and to leading United States companies. Bud had many hobbies that he excelled in. They included motorcycling, bicycling, sailing, hunting, fishing, photography and darkroom work. When Bud got into something, he always mastered the fine details. Until shortly before his death he could recite the entire Gettysburg's Address. He continually recited long passages of the book “ Vagabond House” to the entertainment of anyone nearby. Bud was a great husband, father and and friend. He will be greatly missed. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or charity of choice. Funeral services were held Monday November 1st at Saint Stephen's Church Sewickley Pennsylvania.


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