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Passing of Past President Frederick Robert "Bob" Seibel, III
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By Member John Long, Jr.
April 10, 2020

It is with deep sympathy that we announce the passing of Past President Frederick Robert "Bob" Seibel, III of the Cape St. Claire Volunteer Fire Company.

On 4/9/2020 Frederick Robert Seibel III completed his earthly tasks & began his heavenly journey. Affectionately known as Bob, Dad, Pop, & Big Pop, he was surrounded by family.

Born to the Rev. Frederick R Seibel, Jr & Katherine G Seibel in Frederick, Md. , Dec 20, 1931. He was a member of the last 11th grade graduating class of Westminster High School in 1949.

Bob served as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1953-1955 as a Guided Missile Propellent Explosive Specialist.

He met Ola Jean Buchanan while he was stationed at Red Stone Arsenal, Huntsville, Al. After a 6 week courtship they married March 18, 1954. The Army moved them all across the country until his honorable discharge in 1955. He is survived by his wife, of 66 years, Ola Jean; 4 children, Libby Brown (Steven), Rick Seibel #4 (Patti), Karen Schriefer (Harry), & Tim Seibel; 9 grandchildren, Jessica Craig, Laura Blackwell, Ross Seibel, Rick Seibel #5, Brad Schriefer, Ross Schriefer, Cassie Dozier, Jill Seibel, & Holly Seibel; 17 great-grandchildren, Katelyn, Kristin, Lilly, Parker, Mason, Ryan, Sean, Seth, Silas, Ryland, Addison, Bodhi, Lila, Juliette, Hannah, Madelyn, & Raegan; & 1 great-great-grandson, RJ. He is predeceased by 1 son, Bucky Seibel (Judy); his parents; & 1 brother, Donald A. Seibel.

Bob loved his family, and he was fiercely passionate about his grandchildren & great grandchildren. Bob, also, had another passion, and that was to his call as a Firefighter.

Mr. Seibel joined the Cape St. Claire Volunteer Fire Co., Inc during its first year of existence (1955) and grew with the company. During the ensuing years Mr. Seibel has held all of the fire line officers positions, including the office of Chief (county recognized) on two different occasions. Along with the line officer positions, Bob was elected to each of the Administrative Officers, several of which he held several times. He, along with holding the various offices, served on many of the company’s committees (as a member or chair).

In 1959 Mr. Seibel joined the Career Fire service at the U. S. Naval Academy. He progressed through the ranks until his retirement in 1982 as the Assistant Chief.

In 1969 ‘Bob” became a “Certified Level II Emergency Services Instructor” for the State of Maryland. He has served successfully in this capacity to the present.

He was appointed to the Executive Committee of the Maryland State Firemen’s Association (1984 - 85). He was appointed Chair of the MSFA Transportation Committee (1981 - 83), during which time he initiated many changes and instituted new forms and procedures n dealing with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. He was appointed Chair of the Legislative Committee (1985 - 87). He also served two terms as the Vice-Chairman of the Historical & Archives Committee (2007 - 08) and (2007 - 08). He was inducted into the MSFA Hall of Fame in 2002.

In 1976, Governor Mandel appointed, Mr. Seibel to the original “Maryland Fire Rescue Education Training Commission.” He served the Commission with Distinction and Honor for ten years when his retirement from the “Career Service” forced him to not seek reappointment.

Bob has been active on several committees of the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Firefighters Association for many years. In 1982 he was elected Second Vice President, and served as President in 1984-1985. Since that time he has remained active on committees, and has served as a Trustee since 1993. Bob, aka "The Godfather" served as a Trustee from 1993 to 2009 when he voluntarily did not seek re-election. During his tenure, Bob was responsible for all of the Association property. When President Marie McHugh wanted a building to store all of the property, it was Bob who found a shed and built out the inside to allow the storage of property. Bob also named it the Marie McHugh Memorial Shed. When the Headquarters building was extended and an office and conference room was provided for the Association, it was Bob who acquired the filing cabinets and had pictures of all the stations framed and lined the walls. Bob was named Anne Arundel County Volunteer Firefighters Association Trustee Emeritus at the 2016 Convention meeting in Lake Shore.

Bob has been very active in the Maryland Fire Chiefs Association. Bob was named a Life Member in 1982. We was awarded the William G. Perry Award for unselfish effort and dedication in 2010.

Bob was inducted into the National Fire Heritage Center Hall of Legends, Legacies, and Leaders at the October 2016 meeting in Emmitsburg, MD.

In May 2017 Bob was the 30th inductee into the Navy Fire & Emergency Services Hall of Fame.

Bob was, also, an Honorary Member of Queenstown VFD, Arnold VFD, Harwood-Lithuania VFD, and West Annapolis VFD.

The family is honoring Bob’s wishes to be donated for medical research and a celebration of his life will be scheduled when time & restrictions allow.

Any memorial contributions can be made in his name to Cape St. Claire Volunteer Fire Company ( or the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (

Comment Comment 2 Comment(s)

John Storm VP -HHVFD April 10, 2020 at 1:44 PM
Bob was a true friend and I will miss him

Evelyn Graf April 13, 2020 at 11:26 AM
Bob will be missed . Ron and Bob did some much together for the association and Bob was a very close friend. My prayers and thought go out to Jean and family.

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