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John G. Seador  

John G. Seador

July 11, 1963 – June 6th, 2014

John G. Seador, age  50, of Newark, Delaware, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania on Friday, June 6th, 2014.

He was born in Wilmington, Delaware on July 11, 1963 to John L. and Maureen Seador. He was a graduate of Newark High School and attended the University of Delaware and Delaware Technical and Community College. John spent the last 29 years as an employee of Kenneth G. Lilly Fasteners where he started in the warehouse and worked his way up to Director of Purchasing.

John always enjoyed working on household projects, but he seemed to get the most satisfaction from helping others work on their projects. He was always a tinkerer, a woodworker and an admirer of great craftsmanship.

John was a Life Member of Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company, active in local Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop 56, participated in his son’s Newark American Little League team, his son’s and daughter’s Odyssey of the Mind team, and even Big Brothers when he was younger. He immersed himself into the fabric of Newark United Methodist Church, taking on any task, duty or chore that was offered to him – he just could not say “no.”

Although John could always spare time for others, his greatest passion was spending time with his best friend and wife of 20 years, Debbie, and their two children, Selby and Noah. John took great joy in watching all aspects of his children’s growth and maturity. He never missed an opportunity to attend their chorus, band and orchestra concerts, plays, sports banquets and awards ceremonies, or any special event in which they may have been involved. He would bend time to make sure he was in attendance.

John was pre-deceased by his father John L. but is survived by his mother, Maureen; brothers Tom and his wife Carol of Nashville, TN; Dan and his wife Monica, sisters Kathi Weston and her husband Jay, and his twin sister Reenie Hitchens and her husband Karl, all of Newark. Additionally, John is survived by numerous aunts and uncles, along with nieces and nephews. He will be dearly missed by all.

His family would like to thank all of the medical staff in the cardiac ICU, cardiovascular center and the transplant team at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania for John’s extraordinary clinical care and the daily compassion with which they treated him and his family.

Services will be held at Newark United Methodist Church, 69 East Main Street in Newark, Delaware on Wednesday, June 11th. Visitation will be held at 1pm followed immediately by a short memorial service at 2pm and reception in Heritage Hall. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Boy Scouts of America, Del-Mar-Va Council, 100 W. 10th St., Suite 915, Wilmington, DE 19801 or to the Aetna Hose, Hook and Ladder Company, P.O. Box 148, Newark, DE 19715.

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  1. Diane Brahy, June 8, 2014

    Sending love and prayers to my friend and sister in Christ, Debbie and also to Shelby and Noah. John will be missed by all who knew him. I feel blessed that I am one of those people .

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  2. Renee' Schmitt Millman, June 8, 2014

    I am so sad to hear of John’s passing. Another life taken much too early. I went to school with John and Reenie. My thoughts and prayers go to his wife, children and his siblings. Thoughts and prayers to all. May the joyous memories carry you though this difficult time.

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  3. Alan Williams, June 8, 2014

    Kathi,

    It is my loss that I did not know your brother. Our prayers are with your family.

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  4. Mariela Griffith, June 9, 2014

    I’m very sorry for your loss.
    My sincenre condolences to the family.

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  5. LAURIE MYERS, June 9, 2014

    My prayers go out to your family in this trying time. He decided John had enough trials in his life and
    called him home. May you find love and peace in this time.
    sincerely
    laurie myers
    Kenneth G Lilly Fasteners

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  6. Mark and Lois Nagy, June 9, 2014

    Dear Debbie,Selby,Noah, Family, and Friends of John ,
    We share your sorrow and continue our love and prayers for all of you.
    What an inspiration John will continue to be for his faith and bravery in his efforts to continue his earthly
    life.!
    May you find comfort in your faith and great joy in wonderful memories.
    Love,
    Mark and Lois Nagy

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  7. Jan & John Kennedy, June 9, 2014

    We pray great blessings on all the Seadors and Sextons in this time, and hope that you find joy together in the midst of your sorrow. Love from both of us, Jan and John

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  8. Michael Angeloni, June 9, 2014

    Dear Mo and family,

    I write to offer my condolences on the death of your son and brother John.

    So young…..I am so sorry to hear of your loss and will keep all of you in prayer
    peace

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  9. Brannon, June 9, 2014

    With deepest sympathy. We pray the love of God enfolds you during your journey through grief.
    We send you thoughts of comfort.

    Regards,
    The Brannon Family
    (Fellow NCS Auction Committee member)

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  10. Tricia Holmes, June 9, 2014

    Our prayers, love, and support go out to all of John’s family.

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  11. Regina and Ed McKenna, June 9, 2014

    So, so sad you lost your fight John. We will always remember those laughing blue eyes! Our sympathy goes out to Debbie, Noah, and Selby. We will always hang onto the memories you helped us all make. Rest in Peace John.

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  12. Sally Wallenberg, June 9, 2014

    You will be missed by many, John.

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  13. Pat and Vic Pecore, June 9, 2014

    Dear Debbie, Selby and Noah,

    Vic and I cannot begin to convey to you all how very sorry we are to hear of John’s passing. John never failed to greet us with a warm smile when our paths crossed at the various activities that our children shared in and at church. We hold you all in our thoughts and prayers.

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  14. Sherry Weleski, June 9, 2014

    My heart goes out to the Seador family. John was one of the best human beings I have ever met and a lifelong friend to our whole family. In fact, John was an extension of our family. Find peace and comfort in the days ahead remembering a what an incredible legacy John leaves behind to all those fortunate enough to have known him. Blessings to all of you. I will keep you in my prayers.

    Sherry Sharp Weleski

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  15. Lori Mayhew, June 9, 2014

    Reenie & Family,

    So sorry to hear about the passing of your brother. May he rest in peace.

    Our prayers are with you at this difficult time.

    –Lori Mayhew

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  16. Judith Harris, June 9, 2014

    I have known John for mny years, and there is no finer man. So sad to learn of his illness. Rest in Peace.

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  17. Ron and Sonja Bevan, June 9, 2014

    We were both so sorry to hear of John’s passing.. We both ushered with John and Sonja recently had a card signed by the ushers of Newark U.M.C. and sent to John’s hospital room. We know John is with Our Lord! He had a full life and good life.

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  18. Sam Palermo, June 9, 2014

    Deb and I are very sorry to hear of John’s passing. We know he’s had a challenge to live with, and did it well, an example of quiet courage. He was a good friend and fellow firefighter; he will be very missed by us, and his whole family. He’s in a better place. Sam & Deb Palermo

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  19. Stefanie G. Collier, June 9, 2014

    Deb, Selby and Noah, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of John. He was a wonderful, caring and thoughtful man. The Colliers

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  20. Jim & Helena Malone, June 9, 2014

    Helena and I are very sorry to hear of John’s passing. Although we did not have the honor of knowing him well, many members of Aetna Hose Hook, & Ladder Company have remarked on what an outstanding man he was. Our condolences to his family.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Jim & Helena Malone

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  21. O'Nell Chacosky, June 10, 2014

    Dear Mo and Family,

    So very sorry to hear of your son’s passing at such a young age. We do accept God’s decision regardless how diffficult our lives are after they are gone. PEACE.
    Love and Prayer’s,
    O’Nell

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  22. Williams Family, June 10, 2014

    Our deepest sympathy to the family. Please know that God will bring you comfort at this critical time. Even in the face of calamity you can have hope. Do not let your hearts be troubled. (John 14:27). Complete reliance on the “God of all comfort” will help you to endure. (2 Corinthians 1: 3, 4).

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  23. Jim & Crissy Cannon, June 10, 2014

    Deb, Selby, and Noah,

    Our deepest sympathy goes out to you all. John was a wonderful man and father. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
    The Cannons

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  24. Jorge Anne and Robert Weaver, June 10, 2014

    Dear -Debbie -Selby and Noah….please know our prayers are with you and your families during this most difficult time —you are some of the sweetest kind people Bob and I have ever met —please know we love you all and if you EVER need anything and we do mean anything please let us know ((((hugs and prayers for all))))

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  25. Scott Rehberg, June 10, 2014

    John and I go back to the sandpile. We spent hours playing with Matchbox cars and trucks either at his house or mine on Apple Rd. I married one of his best friends, the girl across the street from the Seadors, Melanie. I chased Reenie around too and slept over at John’s many Friday nights watching scary movies and staying up late in the den. I had a lot of growing up to do, but John always took the right path. His sister Kathi and his Mom had a great influence, though they probably don’t know, on my search for God and Catholicism as an adult; better late than never. I still have our fourth grade class picture, which includes John sitting in the front row with that grin. It’s been hanging in my machine shop since we moved to Idaho.
    He will not be forgotten by Melanie or I as he set good examples of giving and selflessness since he was a kid trading Matchbox cars with me in his driveway.
    Godspeed Brother

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    • Melanie Rehberg, June 11, 2014

      While Scott and John played matchbox, John and I would just hang out whenever we could….talk, drive to the beach with Bruce Springsteen blaring on the cassette tape, make wood crafts in his basement woodshop, hand him tools when working on his car in the driveway, late night swimming after working all night at Friendlys to get the sticky ice cream off of us, and many more memories. So many memories, but one of the most memorable is the time we both decided to stay up all night outside – just to see if we could stay awake, witness the sunrise, and to see if our parents even noticed we were not in our rooms sleeping. We didn’t go anywhere – just either in my yard or his yard or as far away as the dead end on our street; wandering through the hot summer night, throwing rocks, watching the stars, playing two square….anything to keep us awake. We both made it, but I’m sure our parents wondered why we slept a lot the next day. That night is an example of John always being there for everyone; right by their side no matter how little of importance it may seem to be. Such a loyal friend, awesome son to his wonderful parents and siblings, an amazing husband and father. I’m so sorry Debbie, Selby and Noah for your loss. John was one of the kindest people I know and it is killing Scott and I that we live so far away and were not able to spend as much time with him as an adult. I wish we were there for the funeral sooooo much today, as I know it will be an absolutely beautiful service for such a beautiful soul. I’m there in spirit with you all today; especially my dearest friend Reenie as the twin connection is especially hard, and I will always and forever through God’s special Graces be in spirit with John.

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  26. Karol West, June 10, 2014

    Reenie and family, I am so sad to hear of your loss. Please know that our prayers are with you. A friend from PCS.

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  27. Melody Thorpe, June 10, 2014

    Dan, I was so sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. It is so hard losing anyone but much worse when it is close family. My prayers are with you and the rest of his family.
    with deepest sympathy,
    Melody Thorpe,

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  28. Karen Pomykata, June 10, 2014

    John was my first cousin, our Moms were sisters. We grew up 3,000 miles apart so we only got to spend time together on a few visits. They were very memorable as I got to know his sense of humor and kindness. 25 years ago John came out to So Cal to visit and attend a wedding in the Bay Area. Our Moms sat in the back seat and I remember the wonderful conversation and laughs as we drove up highway 101. He was such a great guy and a true gentleman who always helped you out without being asked. John was single then, and I knew his future plans involved marriage and family. I still vividly remember thinking, his future wife is going to be truly blessed to have such a person of character. I know his family meant everything to him. Just looking at the photos of the four of them together, you could see the love and humor they shared together as a family. God’s blessings and prayers for all his family, especially Debbie, Selby, Noah, and my Aunt Maureen.

    Love Karen Pomykata

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  29. Linda and Kevin Henker, June 10, 2014

    John was a neighbor who was liked and respected by all who knew him. He was a dedicated resident of the Oaklands.

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  30. Carla Mafkell, June 10, 2014

    Dear Seador family,

    John was such a great guy…. I remember him so fondly from our days at Friendly Ice cream where we worked with all of you.

    My heart goes out to all of you. Please know you’re all in our thoughts and prayers.

    All the best,
    Carla Markell

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  31. David Stigile, June 10, 2014

    I am sorry to hear about your lost Debbie and Maureen. I wish I could be there and give you guys my prayers in real life. But for now my condolences to you all. John was my big brother from big brother and big sister program. I tried to keep contact with him but things do happen. I’m heart broken to hear about his passing. Me and him was very close. Maureen or Debbie if you wish you can call me at 302-992-0401 Also could you please send me a picture of him so I can always remember him. Thank you. And again. I am sorry for your lost my mom Ruth Stigile also sends her prayers and condolences she is also sadden at his lost and wish we could be there for you all.

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  32. Terri Danberg, June 10, 2014

    My heartfelt sympathy to Deb, Shelby, Noah and Kathi Weston and family
    I will always remember John carrying Noah’s instrument into Newark Charter Elementary School when it was bigger than Noah. I will always remember his gentle smile and his humble, true manner. Without words, he spoke integrity. I wish love and support unlimited to all of the family.
    Terri Danberg

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  33. Vasudha, June 11, 2014

    Dear Debbie, Selby, Noah and Family

    We are deeply saddened by the news of John’s passing. We want to express our deepest condolences and to let you know that our thoughts and Prayers are with you.

    Krishnaprasad family

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  34. Kathy Pomykata, June 12, 2014

    My cousin John was one of the finest men I’ve ever known. He was a true gentleman who adored his wife Debbie and his children Selby and Noah. I consider myself blessed to have had a chance to know him. My thoughts and prayers are with all of his loved ones.
    Kathy Pomykata

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  35. CHUCK & IRENE STAROPOLI, June 12, 2014

    We are deeply saddened by the news of John’s passing. We pray that the Lord will hold each of John’s loved ones in the Palm of His Hand, and comfort you at this most difficult time.

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  36. Wayne Hill, June 12, 2014

    Hi Dan and Family,

    It has been a long time since we were together at NHS, and I just wanted you all to send my sincere condolences at John’s passing.
    Sincerely, Wayne Hill

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  37. Janet Geiger, June 12, 2014

    Debbie, I am so sorry for the loss of your young husband. Although I haven’t seen you since you taught at Maple Lane, I do not hesitate to send prayers to you and your children. Your fellow BSD special ed teacher from long ago, Janet Geiger

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  38. Cindy Mullins, June 13, 2014

    My mom, Joyce Dagnall, sends her deepest sympathy.

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  39. The Marquard Family, June 16, 2014

    Debbie,

    We are thinking of you and your all your family… Your husband must have been a special person. Tyrus still talks of the “FrankenPumpkins” and that has become a Halloween tradition at our house!

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