Peter Simpson Seymour was born in New York City on January 4, 1933, and died in Kansas City on Feb 21, 2013, at age 80 from heart failure. Peter's parents John and Francis Seymour preceded him in death, as did his sister Kathy Hollingshead. Peter grew up in New York and Connecticut, and moved to Kansas City with his mother and sister in high school. He graduated from Central High School in 1951 and enjoyed attending the many class reunions over the years. He graduated from Yale in 1955. Shortly thereafter, he went to work writing for Hallmark Cards. He performed many functions at Hallmark, working his way to editorial director of their book division where he wrote and edited children's pop-up books. Peter left Hallmark in the mid 70's to pursue the life of an independent writer in Los Angeles. He worked with a colleague at Intervisual Communications and went on to become an executive with the company, focusing on pop-up books. Peter retired in the mid-90's, and moved back to Kansas City where he became active in various civic organizations, including CASA, YouthFriends, the Kansas City Rescue Mission, and Operation Breakthrough. He especially loved being a Docent at the Kansas City Zoo and was looking forward to the new penguin exhibit. As a writer, whether glib lines on a contemporary card, rhyming prose in a children's book, or strong images in a poem, he shared his creativity and cleverness thru the printed word. He also enjoyed painting and filled his house with his artwork. Peter was an avid traveler, taking trips across the U.S., as well as to Africa, and throughout Europe and the Mediterranean. Peter's family and friends do not mourn his death but celebrate the life he poured into his days. We may no longer see the sparkling blue eyes and smile but he will live on as we use our creativity, imagination, and desire to seek our own adventures. His many friends were important to him. Peter remained close to friends he met in Kansas City and Los Angeles. Peter leaves four children -- son Steve and wife Cheryl, son Bill and wife Raelene, daughter Kathy Jenkins, daughter Paisley Leeds and husband Dave; seven grandchildren and six great- grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in the spring. Peter would be honored by a donation to Kansas City Zoo at or Wayside Waifs Online condolences may be left at
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Published by Kansas City Star on Feb. 28, 2013.
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What a beautiful tribute from a loving daughter!
Sue Stillwagon
March 3, 2013
Rebecca Mauldin
March 1, 2013
We will miss your sweet smile. Visits to the KC Zoo will remind me of your dedicatation to others through community service -- those of the two and four-legged varieties. Bless you.
Monja Calvert
March 1, 2013
We love you Grandpa.
Jodi Seymour
February 28, 2013
I will miss seeing your smiling face at the zoo.
Glenda Stockwell
February 28, 2013
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