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Eugene A. "Red" Seeley

June 29, 2018

Eugene A. "Red" Seeley. 92, passed away at his home in the town of Pamelia Friday afternoon, June 29, 2018. Recently, he had lived with and was cared for by his daughter, Kim, and her family along with Liz Collette, his caregiver and friend.

Services will be at the convenience of the family. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown.

Red was born February 26, 1926, son of Jay and Irena (Murphy) Seeley. On February 2, 1944, at almost 18 years old, he enlisted in the US Navy. He received the WWII Victory and American Campaign Medals, the Asiatic Pacific Medal with 7 stars, and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 1 star. Among his duties was 18 months at sea aboard the USS Manatee (AO58) and he was honorably discharged on January 31, 1946.

After returning from the Navy, he earned his GED and went to work at the NY Airbrake. He apprenticed as a toolmaker and then worked at the Airbrake for 30 years. He, along with 2 partners, owned Willowbrook Golf Club for 18 years before selling it in February 2007. He was a past member of the American Legion Post 61, and Red enjoyed hunting, golfing, and bowling.

He is survived by his 3 daughters, Linda Walker of Port St. Lucie, FL, Diane Shore of Oklahoma City, OK, and Kim Cahill and husband, Thomas of Watertown, 6 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren. Among his may friends, Red was fortunate to have had Jim Tighe as a great friend. He was predeceased by his father, Jay Seeley, mother, Irena Seeley-Burrows, granddaughter, Jennifer Cahill, son-in-law, Phillip Walker, a sister who died in infancy, and brother, Manfred "Jerry" Seeley.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations in his name to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St., Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to Red's family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.

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#8 Ann barber Chapman 2018-07-04 20:23
Kim. SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR DAD. HUGS TO YOU FROM GEORGIA. Ann Barber Chapman
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#7 Suzan & Craig Burge 2018-07-04 03:37
Sending prayers for Linda, Diane, Kim and your families. May the good memories help your heart heal a bit from this huge loss. Craig $ Suzan Burge
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#6 Bob Townsend 2018-07-03 14:54
I knew Red since I was child and was always a pleasure to talk with him about hunting and golfing. He was always easy going...a very gracious person. My condolences to the family on your loss.
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#5 Jill Cook 2018-07-03 13:53
My dad, John Toper, and Red were very good, longtime friends. Red called dad often especially after my mom became very ill just to chat and to check in with dad. Dad was so very grateful for Reds support and friendship which often included Red showing up with a homemade pie. When dad passed away last July Red came and offered that support to the family and it was very much appreciated. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
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#4 John ONeill 2018-07-02 14:53
Arlene O'Neill and family send our condolences. Gene and Mom were about the last two of the old "Bronson Street Gang", a group of neighborhood kids from the Northside of Watertown who managed to keep in touch through the decades. Before Mom moved into assisted living a couple years ago, Gene would visit or call her every few weeks. Mom and kids were always impressed with his independence and gentlemanly manners.
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#3 Carl Falk 2018-07-02 11:51
Red was a dear friend, going to miss visiting with him. Red remained sharp as a tack, still remembering all our times golfing together. I am glad that he had a full life and didn’t suffer long. I am glad that I got to know him and had fun remembering old days gone by. I believe Red is in a better place now, all his and the families are over. Thank You Kim & family for all you have done to ease him in his last years.
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#2 Beverly Kylberg 2018-07-01 13:27
Condolences and prayers for Linda, Diane and Kim and their families. I always enjoyed talking with Cousin Red about ole times and family history, Gene will be missed. Lord welcome another one of “The Greatest Generation” who fought to save our country from Socialism (Communism). “Land of the free because of the Brave” though the Pearly Gates. God Speed till we meet again.
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#1 Beulah Cramer 2018-07-01 09:51
Red and Herb Cramer were long time golfing and bowling buddies. I had many silly conversations with Red on the phone after Herb died. We both enjoyed teasing the other person. I have many fond memories of the times we all had together. My condolences to the
family.
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