Rev. Edwin C. Seaman

June 9, 1920January 5, 2012

Funeral services for Rev. Edwin C. Seaman, 91, of Queensbury, NY and formerly of Ogdensburg & Heuvelton, will be held on Monday (January 9, 2012) at 2:00pm at Foxwood Memorial Park with Rev. Gerald Matson officiating. Calling hours will also be held on Monday from 1:00pm until the time of the service at the mausoleum. Rev. Seaman passed away peacefully Thursday, January 5, 2012 surrounded by his family at The Stanton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, following a long battle with cancer. He was born on June 9, 1920 in Long Lake, NY, son of Clayton and Alice Wolcott Seaman. He graduated from Long Lake High School and Houghton College. He was married July 20, 1948 to Helen Beswick and had two children, David and Meribeth. Rev. Seaman was an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church since 1942. He began his career, at age 22, with a pastorate at the Heuvelton, NY Wesleyan Church where he spent 13 years. He was instrumental in the development of a new church in Ogdensburg NY where he serviced as pastor for 16 years. In 1971 he moved to Wells, NY where he served in the Wesleyan Church there for 17 years until his retirement in 1988. In his retirement he continued to serve the church as a supply pastor in area churches for several more years. Ed was well known for his beautiful tenor voice, singing in duets, quartets and men's choirs. He especially enjoyed singing with his sister Ruth and his late brother Elton. In his retirement years, he would often meet people who had fond memories of him singing at weddings or family funerals. During his final days at The Stanton Nursing Home, Ed continued to share his love of music by singing with staff and residents. Ed's lifetime priorities were 1. To love and serve God faithfully. 2. His devotion to his family. 3. Service to the Wesleyan Church. He served his community in many capacities. He was the Youth Director of the Northeast District of the Wesleyan Church for years. During this time he made a trip to Haiti and Puerto Rico to help establish missions in those areas. He was the Assistant Superintendent of the Champlain Conference for 18 years. He served on the Board of Trustees of Houghton College for 31 years. For the past 20 years, he and Helen spent their winters at Wesleyan Village, a retirement community in Brooksville, FL. Ed spent his youth in Long Lake in the Adirondack Mountains. He loved to read about the area's history and was always ready to share his memories of the places and people he had known. He was part of a close knit group of old friends who gathered each fall to hunt in the woods near his family home. Rev. Seaman was predeceased by his siblings Ralph, Beatrice, Chester and Elton. He is survived by his wife, Helen, to whom he was married for over 63 years, as well as his son, David Seaman and his wife Maryellen of Queensbury, NY, and his daughter Meribeth Seaman of Winooski, VT; five grandchildren: Jada Berg of Putney, VT, Rachel Berg of Brooklyn, NY, Chea Seaman-Fuller of Austin, TX, Brittany Seaman of Queensbury, NY and Brandon Seaman of Manhattan, NY; sister Ruth and her husband George Bayne of Depeyster, NY; sister-in-law Erma Seaman of Malone, NY, and brother-in-law Burton (and Betty) Beswick of Madrid, NY; as well as several nieces and nephews. Rev. Ed Seaman was a gentle-man in every respect - in spirit, manners and speech. He lived his life with dignity, humor, and love of children and family. He was grateful for every kindness and quick to recognize the efforts of friends and strangers alike, no matter how small. In his memory, his family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, therapists, staff and residents of The Stanton Nursing Home for their compassion and friendship during the three months they spent together. Additional funeral services will be held at the Regan and Denny Funeral Home, 53 Quaker Rd. Queensbury, NY on Sunday, January 8, 2012 beginning with calling hours at 2:00pm until the time of the service at 3:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Gideon’s International or The Salvation Army.


  • Funeral Service Monday, January 9, 2012
  • Calling Hours Monday, January 9, 2012

Rev. Edwin C. Seaman

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January 13, 2012

So sorry to hear of his passing. He lived
a long life. We will all miss him. Helen you were my Homemaking teacher at Heuvelton Cenral. My heart goes out to you and yet we know he is in good hands. I will be keeping in touch with you. May God bless you and help you though the tough times. A lot of fond memouries. Like the 50th class reunion of 1953 we had and you both came. that was great.
Love and God Bless Beulah Youngs Walrath.

Dick & Sandy Fox

January 9, 2012

Dear Helen, Meribeth, David and families;

We send our love from across the ocean as we reflect on the life of a wonderful man, Ed Seaman. We know that our Dad and Mother will be at Heaven's Gate to welcome him. Our family friendship spans over 60 years and we treasure all of it. Our prayers are with you today as you place Ed's remains to rest.
Love, Dick & Sandy Fox

January 8, 2012

You were such great neighbors. Many fond memories come back to me now. I babysat the kids and Dad helped fix up your cars. Those were the days! Sympathy to you all. He was a gentle soul. Mary Ellen Bracy

Bonny Cochran

January 8, 2012

The sweetest man I've ever known... Uncle Ed! Heaven is blessed while the rest of us must wait. I love you, Aunt Helen... the sweetest lady I know! Love, Bonny

January 8, 2012

Dear Mrs.Seaman,
My memory of Rev. Seaman was singing with him at a wedding reception for your nephew, Steve Bayne. He came over, stood over me asking if I knew Amazing Grace. He started singing & harmonizing! At the 50th reunion of the 1953 class reunion, I met you for the first time. And again Rev. Seaman sought me out, and again he leaned over me, and he and I did another hymn in harmoney! What a blessing he has been to so many people! Ruth (Bayne) told me how devoted you've been to your husband. May God's blessings of comfort and peace be with you! Jo Ella Freeman (widow of Dick Freeman)

January 8, 2012


Gail (Hall) Kerr

January 8, 2012

When I think of Rev. Seaman I recall many happy times at Youth Camp at West Chazy. Rev. Seaman and Rev. Elwyn Putney served as "security" at night and of course, I recall that lights were to be out and quiet time prior to their walk around the dorms. I have to be honest and say that as teens we felt great delight when we were NOT being quiet and were lucky enough not to get caught. Rev. Putney was like a father to me and I went to many holiness meetings and my path often crossed with Rev. Seaman, a gentle and wonderful example of Christ and it was evident that he loved serving God and man. My sincere condolences to you, his family and it was a pleasure to have known him, although it has been several years now since I saw him. God bless all of you and my prayers are with you. Gail (Hall) Kerr

Grant and Susan (Curry) Dennis

January 7, 2012

Mrs. Seaman, Meribeth and David.....Mrs. Seaman I have carried many of the things I learned from you in Home Ec. class at Lisbon through my adult life. My love for sewing came from your class. I also have very fond memories of your family while attending church in Ogdensburg and have carried my love for Jesus through my adult life also. Thank you for the influence your family had on me as a teen. Rev. Seaman will be missed. May God comfort you in the days to come.

Jo (Fortune) Belser

January 7, 2012

I was sorry to hear today of Ed's death because I know that you will miss him. I also know that we will see him again on the last day. You will be in my prayers.

K Lortie

January 7, 2012

Aunt Helen, you and Uncle Ed hold such a special place in my heart. I loved coming to your home each year when you would invite us teen girls (not teens anymore) over for our yearly slumber party. We always had such a wonderful time. Waiting after services for my weekly hug from Uncle Ed was one of the highlights of my week.

He is greatly missed.

All my love,

Kathleen Lortie