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John Edward Seymour

Obituary for John Edward Seymour

June 26, 2020
Menands, New York

Obituary

John Edward Seymour, 85, passed away on June 26, 2020 due to natural causes. He was born in 1935 to parents Henry and Margaret in Cork, Ireland.

He is survived and missed by his beloved wife of 62 years, Maura (née Sullivan); sons Stephen (Doreen) of Menands, NY; Patrick (Catarina) of Wilton, CT; brother Timothy (Nora Ann) of Skibbereen, Ireland; son-in-law Edward Mitchell of Clearwater Beach, FL; seven grandchildren: Shauna Mitchell, John Mitchell, Lilla Seymour, Sloan Seymour, Sean Seymour, Maud Seymour, and Margaret Seymour; as well as several nieces, nephews, and many dear friends. He is preceded in death by his daughter, Cynthia Mitchell.

As a young man, John played soccer and Gaelic football semi-professionally, and he carried this passion for sport through his whole life. After emigrating from Ireland to the United States in 1957, John proudly served in the U.S. Army Military Police in Alexandria, VA.

In 1962, he began a 30-year career at Boston Edison and settled in Rockland, MA to raise his three children. It wasn't long before his love of soccer would change the town of Rockland for the better. In 1975, John founded the Rockland Youth Soccer Association. He would go on to serve as the association's first director and coach both boys' and girls' teams for the next 10 years.

But he couldn't just stay on the sidelines—in addition to his directing and coaching responsibilities, John played for the Rockland Rowdies until his retirement in 1995. Countless Rockland youth, including John's children and grandchildren, have enjoyed the thrill of the game under his tutelage.
Beyond soccer and football, John's interests and hobbies ranged from gardening to ancestry to polishing his car. He literally and figuratively set roots wherever he went, brightening every space with flowers and making friends with any and every passerby. He documented his family history to preserve for future generations and inspired a fierce pride of heritage in his children and grandchildren.

He will be remembered for his quick wit, playful spirit, and love of his family and his country.

Out of an abundance of caution, John's family is holding a small funeral service at St. Bridget Church in Abington, MA, followed by burial at Holy Family Cemetery in Rockland, MA.

There will be a memorial celebration of John's life announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a charitable donation in John's name to​ St. Peter's Community Hospice Foundation​ https://donate.givetocommunityhospice.org/ , or a charity of your choice.

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Rockland, MA 02370
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