OBITUARY

Robert Alden Seabold

April 7, 1942August 2, 2018

Robert “Bob” A. Seabold departed this life peacefully on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at The Villages Hospice Center in Florida with family by his side. Bob leaves behind an incredible legacy, wife Nancie Chiodi Seabold and their beloved dog Freida; daughters Erika (Waldon), Yolanda (Chris) and Kate (Russ); son, Jason (Stephanie); sister, Gretchen; nephews, Bob, Keith, Erik and Kurt; nieces, Nicole and Kim. Along with a host of other relatives including 3 step children, 10 grandchildren and 5 step grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all!

Relatives and Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Gathering at the Sterling Ashton Schwab Witzke Funeral Home of Catonsville, Inc., 1630 Edmondson Ave., Catonsville, MD 21228 on Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 11:00am to 1:00pm, where a Memorial Service will follow at 1:00pm. Burial Private.

Services

22 September

Memorial Gathering

11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Sterling-Ashton-Schwab-Witzke Funeral Home of Catonsville, Inc.

1630 Edmondson Ave
Catonsville, Maryland 21228

22 September

Memorial Service

1:00 pm

Sterling-Ashton-Schwab-Witzke Funeral Home of Catonsville, Inc.

1630 Edmondson Ave
Catonsville, Maryland 21228

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Burial Private
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Biography

On April 7th 1942 in Baltimore, Esther Seabold, the wife of Dr William Seabold, gave birth to twin boys, William and Robert (Billy and Bobby). Bobby arrived 8 minutes after Billy and as children they were never far apart. Although their careers separated them as adults, they remained very close through the years.

Five months prior to Bob and Bill's births, Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor and the U.S. had entered World War II. Sugar, gasoline, and coffee were rationed and new car and truck sales were banned. “White Christmas” and “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition” were the popular songs that year. “Casablanca” with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman premiered and “Yankee Doodle Dandy” with James Cagney was the top box office hit. Joe Louis was the heavy weight champion and FDR was President. What an exciting time to come into the world!

Despite the War, life at 515 Overdale Road in Baltimore was good for little Bobby. Brother, Billy, usually took the risks while Bobby played it safe and sat back to see what would happen. Billy was the "point man" usually taking the lead. Bobby also had his big sister, Gretchen, to look out for him when the going got rough. Bobby's parent's, Bill and Eddie, were a handsome young professional couple. Bill was a Pediatrician working out of his home. In those early days doctors still made house calls. Some of Bob's fondest memories were of his father laying in bed in the morning; talking on the phone; and giving medical advice to worried mothers of sick little children. Dad would have several phone receivers across his chest and he would be carrying on multiple conversations at one time. There was no switchboard or hold buttons to push. Bobby would crawl into bed with his Dad to be cuddled. Eddie was a nurse and homemaker. She loved to play the piano that stood in the formal living room of their home. Bobby liked to sit next to his mother on the piano stool while she played and sang the popular tunes of the day. The family maid, Katherine Randall, was a great help to Eddie in the home and provided lots of love and comfort to the children.

The extended family on Bob's father's side consisted of the grand parents, William F Seabold and Minnie Yingling Seabold, both descendants of German immigrants who came to Baltimore around the 1840s. Bob's father was an only child. Nana and Granddad were often seen at Eddie's dining room table on the holidays. At Christmas Granddad would set up a large Christmas garden down in the clubroom with a miniature village and electric trains. The boys loved to go down stairs to watch the trains. One Christmas Granddad gave the boys boxing gloves and told them to go to the clubroom. Bobby got the worst of it and ended up with one less tooth. Minnie's sister, Edith, was a colorful and intimidating, cane carrying old widow that loved the twins. Her deceased husband, Louis Helb, had left her well to do, as his family had been successful brewers in York, Pennsylvania. While the boys were teenagers they liked to take her to lunch because she would always pass them spending money under the table. However, they took the chance of being embarrassed in public because they would never know what Aunt Edith might do. One day at the Hot Shoppes Cafeteria she cracked a bent over old man on the back with her cane and told him to straighten up. Bob wanted to crawl under the table.

On Eddie's side of the family there were numerous cousins with whom the boys could play. Eddie and her twin sister, Dorothy, grew up in Boston during the Prohibition Era and jokingly admitted that they had been to a few Speakeasies in those days and said they could have rubbed shoulders with Al Capone. Bill and Eddie met in Boston while Bill was doing his internship and she was a nurse at the same hospital. He was very sick and weak at the time and Eddie took him in and cared for him. It was at that time (so the story goes) that while he was in this weak condition, Eddie and her mother strong armed him, took him to the preacher, and forced him to marry her. He must not have minded it too much because he remained married to her for the rest of his life and died within 6 months of her passing.

The Seabold family spent many summers at Bristol, New Hampshire on Newfound Lake and at Falmouth, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. Bob's favorite Summers as a child were those spent at Camp Akita operated by Eddie's cousin, Evelyn Thompson, a minister. All the children were given Indian names. There were activities like swimming at the lake, arts and crafts, and camp fires every night. There in the White Mountains of New Hampshire Bobby learned that to be close to nature was to be close to God. At Cape Cod Bob fell in love with the beach. He longed for the magic of the beach and the sun's energizing light for years and finally in retirement he moved to South Bethany, Delaware and remained there for 17 years.

Bobby and Billy went to Thomas Jefferson Elementary School (PS 232) during the Cold War when Harry Truman was President followed by Ike Eisenhower. People were terrified of the Communist scourge and the "A Bomb". When the air raid sirens would blare at school, the children would scurry under their desks and cover their heads. Little good that would have done. After school, Bobby and Billy would play in the woods across the street from their home swinging on the vines like Tarzan, building tree forts, and playing cowboys and Indians. Hopalong Cassidy and the Lone Ranger were Bob's favorite shows. New inventions like TV and air conditioning made life more comfortable for the Seabolds. Dr Seabold built an addition onto his father's house on Edmondson Ave and opened his first office. His practice thrived and soon he had more patients then he could handle. He brought in partners, Dean and Vance to assist him.

After the boys' elementary School, the Seabolds moved to the North Charles Street area of Baltimore. They attended Friends School nearby where Gretchen was already in high school. Bob loved the sports program offered at Friends and participated in Football and La Crosse. Rock and Roll, Sock Hops, Drive In Movies, and girls kept Bobby and Billy entertained in those days. Record labels with Elvis, Little Richard, and Fats Domino could be found in their collection of 45s. They remained at Friends until graduation in 1961. Friends is a small private school and Bob's graduation class consisted of only about forty students. The kids were very close. Class reunions occurred every 5 years after graduation and Bob went to his fiftieth in 2011. Bob remarked that it was funny how his old classmates still referred to him as "Bobby" as they remembered him long ago. The name Bobby was shortened to Bob when he went to college.

It was at the University of Maryland that "the twins" decided to go their own separate ways, joining different fraternities; having different friends; and being more independent of each other. This was a difficult adjustment especially for Bob. He dropped out of school in his Junior year to find himself. He volunteered for the draft and as is typical of the US Army, they cut off his hair and put him in a uniform so he looked like everyone else. They cut him down to the lowest common denominator. He soon realized that being the son of Doctor Seabold didn't make him any more privileged then anyone else and he didn't have his brother as a point man anymore. The transformation to manhood began at that time. He grew into his own person. Bob served his two years of active duty in Augsburg, Germany and West Berlin during the Viet Nam Era. He always felt blessed that he was never in combat. After the Army, Bob returned to a changed Baltimore where racial conflict and War protests were in progress.

Bob returned to the University of Maryland to finish his education. It was at school registration in College Park that he met his first wife, Yolanda Schwarting, who during their short five year marriage, gave him two beautiful little girls, Erika in 1967 and Yolanda in 1970. Bob was given custody of the children and raised them with the help of his second wife, Linda Mary Seabold, in Bowie Maryland. Linda loved them as her own and during their 25 year marriage they had two more children, Kate in 1977 and Jason in 1980. Bob's proudest moments were the births of all his children. However, as is the case with many blended families, there were some difficult times ahead. Bob and Linda worked hard to keep the family together.

Bob was a Risk Analyst for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and was instrumental in the development and in the implementation of Metro's Risk Management Information System. The job was very demanding and stressful. Few people in management understood computer systems at that time and his coworkers felt threatened that their jobs were in jeopardy. In 1985 Bob had a heart attack that nearly killed him. After bypass surgery, Bob returned to work for another ten years.

In 1996 Bob and Linda separated and their marriage ended. Jason was graduating from High School and was the last child to leave the nest. Kate was already in college. Yolanda was planning her wedding and Erika was married. After another episode with his heart at work, Bob retired early and moved to South Bethany, Delaware to be close to Erika and his three grand children, Waldon, Chase and Elise in Ocean Pines near Ocean City, Maryland. For a long time they had been encouraging Bob to move to the beach. His dream had come true. It was his destiny to be at the beach.

Yolanda and her husband, Chris Chin, settled in Moseley Virginia near Richmond, where they are raising their three children Adam, Ryan and Nyah. Kate and her husband, Russell Brannon, settled in Washington, DC and later in Edgewater, Maryland. They have one child together, a daughter, Eleanor. Jason and his wife, Stephanie, are living in Curtis Bay, Maryland and have two children , Addie and Ashton. Although the Seabolds were scattered geographically, they remained a close family over the years, having family reunions, crab feasts and celebrating the Christmas holidays together. Bob and Linda have remained friends and the family has managed to survive the changes.

In April of 2009 Bob reconnected with an old friend, Nancie Chiodi, who had dated Bill when they were in high school. Nancie and Bob found that they had a lot in common and fell in love. They lived together in Ocean View, Delaware for five years and then moved to The Villages Florida eventually marrying in October of 2014. Together they enjoyed the advantages of living in sunny Florida. Bob played lots of golf and Nancie played the perfect hostess to the many friends they made. Bob always felt that with the successful marriage with Nancie and with the active lifestyle at the Villages in Florida, that the quality of his life was improved immensely. Bill and Gretchen both lived close by so Bob saw a lot of them.

On April 22, 2017 Bill passed away at Florida Hospital New Smyrna. He had been suffering with Pulmonary Fibrosis for years until his health was so compromised that he could no longer live without life support. Bob kissed him goodbye and they let him go peacefully. It was truly a devastating blow to Bob. His best friend and confidant was gone. In August a celebration of his life was held in Silver Springs, MD and his remains were buried at Loudon Cemetery in Baltimore. As Bill led the way at birth, he also led the way at death. Bob will join him and they will be together again forever.