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Assistant Chief
Age: 65
Year of Death: 2020

Nicholas J. Sava

Nicholas James Sava was born on November 22, 1955, to Nicholas Sr. and Edith Sava. Nick was raised in Havertown, Pennsylvania. He served the community of Havertown for 47 years as a volunteer fireman for the Oakmont Fire Company, a place and role he held very close to his heart. He was extremely proud to serve alongside his fireman buddies. Nick is survived by his wife, Karen, and brother, Bob.

When asked how he became a fireman, Nick would always tell the story of hanging with his friends on the corner. One day, an acquaintance of the group said to them, “You guys are coming with me to the firehouse.” That was 1973, and the rest, as they say, is history. Nick was an active firefighter until his untimely death in 2020.

Nick rose through the ranks at the firehouse and held many positions, ultimately rising to the rank of deputy chief. He was a lifetime member and served on the firehouse’s board of directors. Nick was a valuable part of the Oakmont Fire Company. He formed many lifelong friendships and cherished each and every one of these relationships. They were friends for life, his “second family.” If you knew Nick, you felt as if you knew the Oakmont guys, too.

Nick was instrumental in many aspects of the firehouse. He organized countless functions and special projects, including the annual banquets, Santa Sunday, and the Oakmont Softball League. Whenever there were functions at the firehouse, you could always count on Nick to be there making memories with his friends.

Nick will always be remembered for his sense of humor and wit. He was an extraordinary storyteller and always made people smile and laugh. If you came for a visit, he would invariably invite you in for some beers, some laughs, and talk for hours. He made you feel at home.

Nick’s other love was the beach. He and Karen spent summers “down the shore” in Sea Isle City, New Jersey. He spent endless hours on the beach with family and friends and was dubbed “the unofficial mayor of Sea Isle.”

The Philadelphia Phillies were a huge part of Nick’s life. He organized a huge party for the Home Opener, and everyone remembers “Sava Tours.” They were legendary, and these memories will live in all our hearts as we watch our Phillies play!

Nick’s passing was very sudden and an awful time for family and friends. He is extremely missed, and there is now an enormous void that can never be filled. He was certainly one of a kind, bigger than life, and will never be forgotten.

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