‘Bernie’ Schelb leaves a legacy of civic dedication

Every small municipality in America needs a J. Bernard “Bernie” Schelb.

That’s the best way to sum up the legacy of the man synonymous with South Williamsport who died recently.

Mr. Schelb actually was quite involved with helping others in a variety of ways and was an active member of The Newberry Independent Club, Antique Automobile Club of America, the Masons and the Army Reserve. And he worked for a time in the city of Williamsport as a zoning officer.

But his signature was his multi-faceted dedication to South Williamsport.

The son of one of South Williamsport’s earliest developers, he was most known for his involvement as a zoning officer in the borough and for his many years as chairman of borough council.

The nature of his involvement went far beyond job titles or descriptions. It was the detailed dedication that set Mr. Schelb apart.

He used his knowledge of codes and zoning to aid businesses and charities in expansion processes. He was eager to impart his exhaustive knowledge to other codes administrators, including Joe Gerardi, former Loyalsock Township and current Williamsport codes administrator. As such, the working relationships between the city, Loyalsock and South Williamsport have remained solid.

In a recent Sun-Gazette story, Schelb’s son remembered his father getting into South Williamsport borough vehicles that were plowing after a heavy snowstorm to make sure residents and property were being correctly taken care of.

No detail of public service was too small for J. Bernard “Bernie” Schelb.

And South Williamsport benefitted richly from that world-class dedication.


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