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Robert R. Seeley

March 7, 2022

Obituary

 

  Robert Roy Seeley, “Bob”, 79, died Monday, March 7, 2022 at the home of his daughter, Rachel, and surrounded by family, after a long period of illness.  He was born in Rochester, New York and was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Elizabeth (Betty) Seeley. 

He spent his childhood years in Rochester, and after graduating high school, went on to study Engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology. Bob took his first job as a design engineer for General Motors, where his design for a new four-barrel carburetor won a design award in 1965.  Bob’s career as an engineer continued in the aviation and textile industries, working for Aerospace, Langenthal, and Weave corporations, and his professional growth was the catalyst for many exciting relocations all over the country.  His work took him around the world, including multiple trips to the Middle East, especially Saudi Arabia and Beirut, during more turbulent times. 

Bob was an especially gifted trumpet player from the time he was a young boy, purchasing his first trumpet with his paper route money, and continuing through as a young man playing in big bands semi-professionally in the New York area.  He played with Guy Lombardo and his orchestra on two occasions during those years. His passion for music was storied and known by all who loved him, and he appreciated everything from bluegrass, jazz, classical Celtic bagpipes, Irish pub songs, Opera, swing, and 70’s rock and roll (who doesn’t love Abba?!). He enjoyed many concerts, the Rochester Jazz Festivals and trips to New Orleans and Memphis. 

Bob was a car enthusiast, specifically Corvettes and Mustangs, and was a member of many auto clubs throughout his life where he set records for owning 3 Corvettes at one time.  He built, modified, and raced numerous cars, especially his 19 Corvettes over the years, winning awards for some of these beauties.  He taught his children how to work on cars before they could drive.

When he wasn’t working on his cars, Bob enjoyed watching football and reading historical books. Bob will be remembered for his hard work, quick wit, and his indelible charm. Most of all, he enjoyed the time he spent with his family.

Bob was the beloved father of four daughters and one son, who he is survived by; Heather (Michel) Doche of Cincinatti, OH; Christina Febbroriello (James Jacquart) of Dartmouth, MA; Hillary (Jason) Finder of Ogden, Utah, Rachel Seeley of Dartmouth, MA; and David (Sarah) Seeley of Bend, OR.  He was tremendously proud of his thirteen grandchildren:  Stephanie, Alexandre, Olivia, Liam, Isabella, Alex, Nate, Makenzie, Kinnon, Jackson, Sawyer, Declan and Cedric.  In his final weeks of life he was blessed to be cared for by his family, including his former wife Noel Seeley, of Dartmouth, MA; and his one and only sister and brother-in-law, Dianne (Seeley) and Merl Reber of Churchville, NY, whom he loved so much.  He will be missed by his many cousins, nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great, great nephews, and many friends.

A celebration of his life will be held during the summer in Massachusetts.  Arrangements are by the Donaghy Cremation and Funeral Care, 465 County Street, New Bedford. For memorial register, please visit www.hathawayfunerals.com.

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