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Sea (Seymour) Benn  Kaplan  

Sea (Seymour) Benn Kaplan

January 24, 1932 – November 19, 2015

Sea (Seymour) Benn Kaplan, age 83, of Chesterbrook, PA, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 19, 2015.

Born in Philadelphia, PA on January 24, 1932, Sea was a son of the late William and Bella (Benn) Kaplan. He proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army. Sea made his career as a graphic artist with Chilton Publications and retired after many years of dedicated service.

Charismatic and engaging, he delighted in the company of his many female friends and was a founding member of the ROMEO men’s group who enjoyed dining out every Wednesday. Sea loved being outdoors and enjoyed tennis, sailing, biking, hiking and birdwatching. He led a full life, was always busy and was a steadfast supporter of many social causes.

In addition to his parents, Sea was preceded in death by his brother, Zelick Kaplan and brother-in-law, Ernest Blumenthal. He is survived by his children, Renee Fisher (Ron) of Newark, DE and Jeff Kaplan (Kieu) of Dallas, TX; sisters, Yetta Kleiman (Sid) of Mt. Laurel, NJ and Roberta Blumenthal of Penn Valley, PA; and grandchildren, Amanda and Emily Fisher and Dalena and Grace Kaplan.

A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Monday morning, November 23, 2015, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a visitaiton for family and friends will be held from 10:30 am until 11 am. Interment will be held privately in the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Sea’s memory may be made to Planned Parenthood, Attn: Online Services Program, 434 West 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001 or to the American Heart Association 200 Continental Drive, Ste. 101 Newark, DE 19713.

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  1. Barbara, November 21, 2015

    I’m so sorry for your loss. What a nice person. Although I didn’t know him well, I enjoyed our conversations. I found him to be a very interesting and talented gentlemen.

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    • Rochelle Rabin, November 23, 2015

      I was so sorry to hear of Sea’s passing. I knew him from local social events — he knew everything fun that was going on around the area, and as a dedicated fellow volunteer for the Tredyffrin Township Democrats. He was a sweet guy, and quite a dancer! My sincere condolences to the family. We shall all miss him.

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  2. Ginny Kendall, November 21, 2015

    Sending condolences to you. I knew Sea as a devoted escort at Planned Parenthood. His cheery presence was a wonderful balance to the taunts of the protesters. We were all proud of his devotion.

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  3. Dorothea Behr, November 21, 2015

    I volunteered with Sea at many Planned Parenthood events over a period of several years. Sea
    was always positive and enjoyable company as we served such a worthwhile organization. We
    learned about his many other diverse activities including his wonderful family. He was a wonderful
    role model and citizen and will certainly be missed.

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  4. Charlotte O'Conor, November 21, 2015

    Such a sad surprise to find Sea’s death notice when I came online this morning. My deepest sympathies to all. Sea was a favorite and will be missed by all of us in SOS…..fondly! C

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  5. Pat Mancini, November 21, 2015

    My deepest sympathies to you all. I knew Sea as a fellow board member of Artists Equity. He was passionate about so many things and had such a unique sense of humor. He always made me laugh, either directly or through something humorous in his paintings. I will miss him.

    Pat Mancini

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  6. Kathryn Rogers, November 21, 2015

    So sad to hear of Sea’s passing. I can’t imagine his not being on this earth and to his family, I mourn for you. He was a great guy. I knew Sea through his volunteering at Planned Parenthood in West Chester where I worked for 7 years and now follow in his footsteps as a volunteer there. I will continue there as long as I am able in honor of my friend, Sea Kapla.

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  7. Ginger Eanes, November 21, 2015

    I met Sea on a pod of 3 sail boats from our club, Singles on Sailboats, anchored on the Miles River. It was a once in a lifetime event. We arranged a very fancy dinner with imported Beluga Caviar and salmon flown in from Alaska. Women had long dresses and men wore jackets. It was hot, Sea didn’t wear a shirt. Just his white hairy chest with a matching red bow tie and cummerbund. It was a very memorable party. I hope this made you smile, because that is how Sea lived. We will all miss him.

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  8. Elaine Bass, November 21, 2015

    It is with much sadness that I have received the news of Sea’s unexpected death this morning. I am so sorry. The Membership of Artists Equity as well as the group at Good Company enjoyed Sea’s membership efforts and his sociability.

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  9. Anne Marie Quinn, November 21, 2015

    A wonderful, funny, caring man, talented artist, inveterate traveler, and enthusiastic dater. Beautiful smile, great laugh.

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  10. Donald &Daniele Leong, November 21, 2015

    Our condolences to the family on Sea’s passing. We’ve known Sea for many years and will miss im.

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  11. Cathy lang, November 21, 2015

    Sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. He drove me to the airport once and I knew him thru the singles group at Wayne Presbyterian church.

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  12. Anne Chioldi, November 21, 2015

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Kaplan family. I have only known your father for a few years (widows and widowers group). He was such a sweet man and I enjoyed his company on many occasions. After a few conversations with Sea I felt like I have known his family for a long time. He will be greatly missed.

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  13. Susan Gerrity, November 21, 2015

    My sincere condolences. This is quite a shock and very saddening. I first met Sea at SOS and crewed with him on several sailing trips around the Caribbean. Later he joined our sketching group. He was an inveterate dater and I will miss his sence of humor and lively tales.- it is strange to imagine he isn’t here any more.

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  14. Peg, November 21, 2015

    My prayers for all of Sea’s family. Knew him thru widow/widowers group. A good man! Always loved talking to him.

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  15. Tim Skiles, November 21, 2015

    Sea and I knew each other from Planned Parenthood days, I volunteered for 2 years and did security for 4. We met in West Chester and did we have fun, not easy with all of the distractions! Sea would always be telling me about his activities with the ladies and did we laugh. When I read his posted obituary I had a big smile on my face, what a wonderful way to remember him. I’ll miss him and the world will be a little less fun without him. A friend, Tim Skiles

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  16. Barbara Fitzgibbon, November 21, 2015

    So saddened to hear of Sea’s passing. I knew him thru Good Company and enjoyed many conversations with him about his art, travels and his beloved family. We will miss his stories and excitement about everything. Sorry I can’t make the viewing, I have a Dr’s appt. My condolences to his family.

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  17. American Heart Association, November 21, 2015

    May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.

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  18. Nancy Eales, November 21, 2015

    Escorting at Planned Parenthood in West Chester was always a bit nicer when Sea was there. His wonderful smile and cheerfulness, often in the face of horrific anti-Semitic taunts, were a model to all the other escorts. He was a dear gentleman and will be deeply missed. My condolences to all the Kaplan family.

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  19. Jerry, Silvia, and Mitzi Terlitzky, November 21, 2015

    It felt like yesterday roughly 58 years ago that cousin Seymour and Gilda took me out for pizza when I was staying at there house in Philly. Everyday for dinner was pizza. It was the first time that I ever ate pizza. It was one of my best visits that I can remember as a child. He was a kind and loving person. I will certainly miss him. My family sends our condolences to his family.

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  20. Linda Sherman, November 21, 2015

    I am very sorry to learn of Sea’s passing. He was my friend and will be missed. Sea was always active, ready to go, go, go. I know he will be an organizer where ever he is. Miss you Sea.

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  21. Ellen Rosenberg, November 21, 2015

    Although I had not known him for very long, I considered Sea a friend. He was always upbeat and interesting to be with. He will be missed.

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  22. Sandra Herb, November 22, 2015

    So sorry for your loss…I knew Sea from the (short-lived) Sierra Singles group….hew was a really fun guy and will be missed by many,,,,

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  23. Erika Roselli, November 22, 2015

    I am so sorry to hear of Sea’s passing. I live in his community and served on the board with him for years. He was always very dedicated to make things the best he could for all of us. His spunky personality and loyalty to our community will be missed! I am so sorry for your loss and hope you find comfort in the wonderful memories you shared together.

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  24. Suzanne Morgenson, November 22, 2015

    To all Sea’s family and friends. I lived next door to Sea for 24 years and he was a wonderful friend and helpmate. He will be missed.
    Suzanne

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  25. Jeanne gunther, November 22, 2015

    i just spoke with Sea last week at the Delaware Valley Art League membership meeting…he was in his typical high spirits. I was shocked to hear of his passing. My condolences are with his family.

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  26. Mindy Tumolo, November 22, 2015

    It’s funny how your dad is referred to by so many as “Sea”. But to me he will always be my Uncle “Seymour” Going to miss you Uncle Seymour.
    Mindy

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  27. Norm Vadner, November 22, 2015

    Sea had a taxi service called Ride Direct driving people to the Philadelphia Airport. If there is a life after death I am sure Sea is going to a good place. My advice to him is not to make any side trips but to Ride direct!

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  28. Bill Small and Barbara Billek, November 23, 2015

    Sea sailed with us almost every year. It was always a pleasure to have him aboard. He was charming and witty and great company. And how he loved to sail!

    We will miss him very much.

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  29. Jean Hayes, November 23, 2015

    Sea, What will we do without you? At Meeting yesterday, so many people spoke lovingly of you. They spoke of the sadness of not seeing you again. I have felt nothing but grief since I heard of your passing. You were one of the strongest people I knew. You were compassionate and supportive. I loved that you escorted women into clinics, not allowing a few group of people to dictate to a much larger group of people. I pray for Renee and Jeff. I bet you were one of the coolest dads around. Love, Jean

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  30. Bob Burleigh, November 23, 2015

    I served with Sea as an escort at Planned Parenthood for almost 20 years. His cheerful smile, warmth and caring way was certainly reassuring to our patients and an example to us all. Sea had a busy, active life, full of avocations and hobbies, yet he was a dedicated escort in all seasons. As volunteers, we are there to serve and support our patients through the harassment and assaults, which Sea carried off with grace, humor and aplomb. It was clear that he had enormous respect and caring for the young women and men coming to the clinic. He was a strong supporter of our mission and was still serving others, right to the end. We will miss him, his smile and the twinkle in his eyes!

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  31. Arlene Chicco, November 30, 2015

    I made a donation to planned parenthood on behalf of my friend Sea. Unfortunately, they did not give me chance to send it on Sea’s behalf. I will miss my neighbor and friend. Planned Parenthood and the women it serves will miss him too. Thanks Sea

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  32. Michael Kasper, December 2, 2015

    My sincere condolences to the Kaplan family. I only met Sea on a couple of occasions, through Seniors Helping Seniors, since he needed assistance with the water problem in his basement. He was a very interesting and delightful man…he will be missed.
    Kindest regards

    Michael Kasper

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  33. Helen Novello, January 24, 2016

    Today I wished my friend of 15 years
    A birthday wish which lead me to his
    obituary.
    I graduated with Sea from high school
    and I am so saddened to hear of his
    passing..
    If anyone knows how to get in touch with
    is daughter or son. Please e mail me
    Elenadio@aol.com
    Thank u

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