Sunset North Funeral Home

910 North Loop 1604 East, San Antonio, TX


Paul Alexander Seward

October 16, 1950March 8, 2020
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Paul Seward, 69, of San Antonio, TX passed away Sunday, March 8, 2020 at home with his wife by his side. Paul was born in Rockville Centre, New York on October 16, 1950, to Alexander & Doris Seward.

Paul was an Air Force veteran. He served in Southeast Asia during Vietnam and was deployed during Desert Storm. He was a Pharmacist in the medical wing, and at one point ran the largest in-patient pharmacy in the Air Force at Wilford Hall, Lackland AFB, TX. He retired in 1998 as an Lt Colonel after 24 years of service.

Paul had many passions outside of work. He loved motorcycles, was an audiophile, loved fishing and hunting, collecting knives, guns and custom cue sticks. He played table tennis and 9-Ball. He cooked, grilled and said everything he made was “famous”. He was passionate about his family and friends and we will all miss his directness, his kind heart and gentle soul that hid under his firm exterior.

Paul is preceded in death by his Mother, Doris Seward, his father and stepmother, Al & Ann Seward, his brother in laws, Noel Gilliams, John Mais and nephew Matt Baker. Paul is survived by his wife of 41 years, Mary Seward, daughter Erika Seward of Converse, TX, son Alex Seward (Taylor) of Evansville, IN; brother Todd Seward (Pam) of CO; and sisters Susan Gilliams of WA, Alison Andersen (FL), Jeananne Seward (FL) and Sarah Lamont (FL), many nieces and nephews, brother and sister in-laws, and too many friends to count.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, March 20th from 11:00 am-1:00 pm at Sunset North Funeral Home, with a Graveside Service to follow at 2:45 pm at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, Shelter #5.

Paul generously donated his brain to ALS Research, and in lieu of flowers, consider a charitable gift to the ALS Association in his memory at the link below:


  • Visitation Friday, March 20, 2020
  • Memorial Service Friday, March 20, 2020
  • Commital Service Friday, March 20, 2020


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Bob Berkheiser

March 23, 2020

Seward Family - I want to extend my deepest sympathies and tell you, I and my family have you in our thoughts and prayers.

I was stationed with Paul at “Big Willie” from 1997-2001. Paul was always fun to work with. I remember his two week diet of only eating apples ... He was nuts! I also remember how devoted he was to his job, his co-workers and his patients!

I mentioned his passing to my oldest son and he said “isn’t he the guy we went to the monster truck show with!?” Yes my son and I went with Paul and Alex to the “dome” and watched “Grave Digger!!!!!” And the other trucks. We even walked the arena and got up close to the monster trucks. Will never forget it.

Rest In Peace Paul, you deserve it.


Kristina Dingle

March 22, 2020

We will always remember your smile and witty charm around Fast Eddie's until we meet again Paul... my deepest condolences to his wife and family!

Jan Jackson

March 21, 2020

Mary, Alex, and Taylor,
I wanted to let you know that Paul's gentle smile and soft voice made me feel so welcome the night of the rehearsal dinner. His kindness to me will always be rememered! Sending many hugs, prayers, and love to each of you! ❤🙏

Matt Grammer

March 20, 2020

Mary and family...I am so thankful that God made you guys a part of my life. I will always cherish the memories. Paul was a great friend...I’m really going to miss him.

Carla (Smith) Collins

March 19, 2020

To Mary, Erica, Alex and Taylor-I am so very sorry for the loss of your husband, father and father in law. Paul was a one of a kind man and with a sharp tongue and a heart the size of Texas. I met Paul when I worked in the pharmacy at Wilford Hall. I started there when I was 19 years old and Paul was a 2nd Lieutenant. I remember the girls all loved him and the boys all wanted to be like him. He was the James Dean of the pharmacy for sure! He was one of the smartest people I have ever met and was extremely gifted at critical thinking. All the techs knew when Paul worked that you better do it in a timely manner and he expected it to be done right. He ran us hard but always rewarded us for a job well done. He was generous and often bought us treats or took us out for a beer or three! I always wanted to make him proud and not let him down. Paul was always up for a challenge and if you debated him you better know your stuff! He helped make me a better person by raising the bar. I am truly crushed that he is gone. I know he is in Heaven and not suffering, which leaves the rest of us with beautiful memories and broken hearts.

Lori Backlund

March 19, 2020

I met Paul 10 years ago when I came to Lacklund as a Contractor Pharmacist. He realized quickly that I had little knowledge of CHCS and even less of Military etiquette. He guided and taught me through my two weeks at Reed Pharmacy. I was privileged to have worked with him over the last few several years and have thought of him often, thanking him silently for his guidance. Your impact on me shall remain in my mind forever and I know you are in a better place. I look forward to seeing you on the other side.

Dan Shotwell

March 19, 2020

We can’t control the time our friends spend on earth, but we can remember the impact those friends had in our lives. I first met Paul at College move in day for our sons in 2009. We went to lunch and I soon discovered that Paul could be a brother from another mother. We laughed, talked swimming, politics, guns, picked on numerous individuals and discussed our favorite time slots on FOX news. The parallel opinions were flowing. I felt as though I had known Paul for years. Fast forward a few years and my daughter Taylor and Alex were married. The day before the wedding, Paul and I spent the afternoon preparing all the appetizers for the reception with much laughter and rumor has it, a little Woodford Reserve. I hope I said thank you for that day. I will certainly miss you my friend. You and Mary blessed us with a wonderful husband for Taylor and a second son for Rene and I. Rest In Peace knowing that I will protect and care for them. We will meet again some day and hopefully pick on some liberals ————- Dan

Justin and Caitlin Shotwell

March 19, 2020

I met Paul on move-in day at the University of Evansville as Alex was my first college roommate and now brother-in-law. Paul's presence at any event (swimming or fraternity) always resulted in an unexpectedly fun time. His evaluations of our swimming performances were always blunt but motivational. We also had the joy of celebrating Alex & Taylor's wedding with Paul. Paul's directness and no "BS" attitude will never be forgotten. We hope to see some of Paul's favorite places when we make our first trip to Texas. Sending our love from Ohio to Mary, Erika, Alex, & Taylor.

Rene Shotwell

March 19, 2020

Hello Paul! I know you are in heaven watching our world fiasco. We are watching it on one of your favorite stations, Fox News. Bet you departed early just to avoid all the extra commotion! I suppose that was wise for you, but I don't like your absence. I am missing my hopes of future vacations with you and sharing grandkids and watching you sip on your whiskey. I miss your mannerisms, your "words of wisdom", and the way I felt around you. You were special.. just special. Thank you for bringing Alex into this world and showing him how to be a gentleman who is kind and loving. Thank you for loving my daughter and accepting her into your family. I will hold on to you through them. May God hold all of us tight during this time, and Paul, send us more messages....that stuffed animal named Paul was a funny one. I love you, Mary, Alex, Erika and Taylor. Praying peace.

Marianne Ratliff

March 19, 2020

Paul, Mary & I went to pharmacy school together. Paul was always so sarcastic and funny. He would give everyone a hard time. Once, a group of use were together going over Med Chem notes before a test. Paul and I were pretty silent. Paul looked over at me & said "Shimanek, we are screwed" (and he was right).
Mary & I were studying at her house & I had bronchitis and wouldn't let them in because Paul and friend were smoking. So they stood outside the house & blew smoke in the crack of the door.
Another time, he and Mary and the kids were at our house & he asked if we had any beer. I said of course and got him one. He took one drink & asked how long we had it. I responded 2 years & he proceeded to educate me on how long you can keep beer.
He was such a loyal and true husband and father. He loved his guns, motorcycles and pool. He could make a joke of something that might seem inappropriate but it usually made things better.


Paul, sister Susan, his Mom Doris and Dad Al