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Harry V. Seaberg

AGE: 74 • Wilmington

Harry Victor Seaberg, 74, died peacefully on Thursday, February 25, at Christiana Hospital after a short illness, surrounded by his loving family. Harry was the son of the late Harry and Nellie Carney Seaberg, born on December 26, 1941, according to his Mother "a late Christmas present!" Harry is predeceased by the love of his life, his wife of 48 years, Alice Claffey Seaberg, in 2014; by his parent; by Granny Carney; by Aunt Mary Carney and many dear friends. He is survived by his in-laws, Annamay C. Claffey and Leo John and Eileen Claffey Sweeney. He is also survived by a sister in North Carolina, and a brother in Japan.

Harry graduated from St. Thomas School and proudly served as an altar boy at the parish church. His dad was a trumpet player in a local dance band, and Harry learned to play the trumpet at an early age, and was very good. His high school years were spent at Wilmington High School on Delaware Avenue. He was the youngest member, a freshman, at that time to be a part of WHS' marching band. In later years, he organized the Class of 1959 Reunion group, which recently celebrated #55!

Harry worked at the Post House on North Union street as a short order cook during his years at Goldey Beacom. He was proud that he could "control" lots of orders on the grill getting all served to his customers hot and as ordered!!!

He proudly served in the United States Army stateside during the Vietnam War, serving as a mess cook. He did not go to 'Nam with his platoon and, sadly, learned later that only half of his fellow-soldiers had come home.

Back in Wilmington after his tour of duty, he applied to the Dupont Company for a position and that was the start of his 30-year career in the Engineering Department at Louviers. He loved the Dupont Company and his job, and when he was offered a buyout package in 1990, he told his wife he was NOT going to take it!!! It behooved him when his resolve was quickly changed!!! He enjoyed his retirement!

An excellent athlete, during his years at Dupont, he played and coached several baseball and basketball teams for The Company. He coached Little League teams, as well. For years, he was in a Saturday morning league of pickup basketball.

He and Alice were married at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Wilmngton on Saturday, November 19, 1966. Their reception was delayed for a while while the groom and every man there could watch the Notre Dame/Michigan State game. Shortlly after their marriage, they purchased their home in the close-knit development of Sheffield Manor, surrounded by good nieghbors who happened to be good friends.

Harry loved his Swedish/Irish roots and loved traveling with his wife with the Traveling Shamrocks to Notre Dame games. He loved Notre Dame and UDee football, the Phillies, Eagles, 76ers and the Flyers. He loved Saturdays at Delaware Park, visiting the horses in the Paddock. He loved spending time in North Wildwood, New Jersey, riding his bike all over the island; enjoying an occasional jam session; and never missing a Memorial Day or July 4th memorial celebration at the American Legion. An excellent dancer, he and Alice cut many a good rug!

Harry was a good husband, son, brother, in-law and friend. He could tell a story of an outing with you that you did not remember being with him. He is a member of Holy angels parish where he served as head usher. He loved his God, his faith, his church, his family, his friends, his country, Wilmington High, St. Patrick's Day, Christmas, marching in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade, and the Mummers. He belonged to the American Legion; the Durney Post; the elks; the Irish Culture Club of Delaware; the Irish Parade group (a group he founded). He will be dearly missed by his family and many friends.

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 2, at Holy Angels, 82 Possum Park Road, Newark at 11:30 a.m. A viewing will be at the church after 10 a.m. Burial will follow in All Saints Cemetery. 302-652-5913

Published in The News Journal from Feb. 28 to Mar. 1, 2016
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