Bob And Joan Seirup
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Bob and Joan Seirup
Robert L. Seirup, Sr. and his beloved wife of 67 years, Joan (Hedin) Seirup began the new year together again, following their passings on December 8, 2017 and December 31, 2017. Joan, raised in Bridgeport by the late Harry and Katharine Hedin, graduated from Bassick High School in 1945 and the Scudder Business School. Bob, a lifelong Fairfield resident and son of the late Carl and Maud Seirup, was a graduate of Ludlowe High School and received a bachelor degree from Springfield College, master degrees from Fairfield University and the University of Bridgeport, as well as a 7th year degree from Arizona State University. Prior to his extensive education, Bob served honorably in the U.S. Army during WWII.
In 1949, Bob and Joan were married and, shortly after, began a family. While Joan stayed home to run the household and raise their three children, Bob began a long career with Fairfield Public Schools as a Physical Education teacher and well-known and accomplished basketball coach.
Bob touched many lives during his tenure at school, which was highlighted by coaching the team that won the New England Basketball Championship in 1955. He also proudly officiated football, basketball and baseball at the high school and college levels.
In addition to volunteering at many school and church activities, Joan worked for MBI for over 20 years once the children were in school. Together, the busy couple also ran the Seashore Swimming School on the Fairfield beaches. The Seirups had a loving union, were a true team and will be missed deeply by all.
Bob and Joan are survived by their son, Robert L. Seirup, Jr. and his wife, Gail of Fairfield; their daughter, Pamela Lanyon and her husband, Stephen of Turner, ME; and their daughter-in-law, Maureen Seirup of Milford. They will also be missed by their beloved grandchildren, Adam, Amanda, Christopher, Jennifer, Douglas, Anneli, Barbara, Eliza, Alex and Maura; great-grandsons, Mason and Carter; as well as their sisters-in-law, Dottie and Swanny. They were proceeded in death by their son, David Seirup; Joan's brother, Donald and Bob's brothers, Jack and Bill.
Friends are invited to greet their family on Sunday, January 7, 2018 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home, 50 Reef Rd. in Fairfield Center. A memorial service to celebrate their lives will be held at 4:00 p.m. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Fairfield Police Athletic League, PO Box 423, Fairfield, CT 06824. To send an online condolence, please visit

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Published in Connecticut Post on Jan. 4, 2018.
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January 7, 2018
Bob & Gail,
Our heartfelt condolences on your loss of your Mom & Dad. You took such good care of them and were very lucky to have them all these years.
Don & Lisa
Don Waldo
January 6, 2018
Dear Gail and Bob, Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of Mr. And Mrs Seirup. May they Rest In Peace.
Diane McClure
January 6, 2018
When words fail, Gods love carries us through our deepest sorrows. May the God who," binds up the broken-hearted and comforts all who mourn," sustain your family during this challenging time. Our heartfelt sympathy for your great loss.-Isaiah 61:1,2-
January 5, 2018
Dear Seirup Family,
I am so saddened to learn of your double loss. Was recuperating from hip surgery when your Dad passed, but now your Mom? You all were so lucky to have them for all these years.They cherished all of you. Both of them were wonderful friends and were always there for both Sam and me.
Please accept my deepest condolences on your loss of your Mom and Dad.You all must have great and funny memories that will sustain you at this time.
Judi Freedman
Judith Freedman
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