Paul T. Seamans

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Paul Thompson Seamans, 95, long time resident of Gill, passed away peacefully with his daughters Wendy and Caroline at his side on January 1, 2019 after a short period of declining health. He was born on August 10, 1923 in Malden Mass, the son of Chester and Mary Seamans.

Paul graduated in 1941 from Brookline High School and furthered his studies at Tufts College and Tufts Graduate School where he was the Assistant to Dean of Admissions.

Paul's Navy career began in 1943 where he served on submarine chasers and captained the SC 1363 in the Western Pacific during WWII. After his tour of duty he became an instructor at the US Naval Academy at Annapolis until 1953 at which time he left the Navy with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He was the only Navy man to qualify for the 1952 US Olympic pentathlon team.

From 1953 until the mid seventies he was the principal and eighth grade teacher at the Gill Elementary School and then taught sixth grade until his retirement in 1986.

Paul was very active in the community. He taught riflery and archery at Camp Apex for many years. He was also an official for the Western Mass and United States Track and Field Associations presiding over track meets in the area. He was a life member of the Northfield VFW, the NRA and belonged to the Franklin County Sportsmen's Club.

From 1953 until present he was a sports reporter and columnist for the Greenfield Recorder where he was still writing the popular "Said and Done" column until his passing.

Paul is predeceased by his beloved wife Laurie, his parents Chester and Mary, and his brother Charles Seamans.

He is survived by his sister Caroline Seamans, his children Peter Seamans, Wendy Thompson, Susan Brooks and Caroline Hasty, six grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

Paul's children would like to thank all those who gave him such special care in his later years.

Memorial service will be held at the Gill Congregational Church on Saturday February 2, 2019 at 1:00PM.

Donations in Paul's name may be sent to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Northfield Post 9874, 545 Mt Hermon Station Rd., Northfield, MA 01360.

Kidder Funeral Home,1 Parker Ave, Northfield, MA is in charge of the arrangements.


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