Obituary of Donald Sheffield Seabury
Donald Sheffield Seabury, of Southampton, formally of Bridgehampton, died on November 2, 2018 of natural causes. He was 93. He was born on October 21, 1925 in Southampton, to Egbert and Hettie Seabury, in a family line that reached back to the Mayflower and included Bishop Samuel Seabury, the first American Episcopal Bishop. He grew up in Bridgehampton, graduated from the Bridgehampton High School and attended Northeastern University where he studied Mechanical Engineering. He married Jane Bishop, of Southampton, on October 16, 1948. They were married for 70 years as of this past October. They lived in the Bridgehampton area for the entirety of their marriage and spent many wonderful summers on Mount Desert Island in Maine.
His first job was for Western Union Laboratories in Watermill, working on classified equipment designed for military use in WWII. He went on from there to work as a tool and die designer at both Rowe Industries and Sag Harbor Industries until his retirement. He went on to work out of his own shop doing custom tooling for multiple local industries, including Liberty Iron Works of Southampton.
He was an avid outdoorsman, hunting, fishing, sailing, hiking and cross-country skiing. He trained his own hunting dogs and there were often stories about how his dogs outsmarted his hunting partners. He fished avidly, both with a rod and reel and with a multi-generational haul seine crew out of Sagaponack. He loved local lore and studied local history, proud to be a part of a community that stretched back to the settling of the East End of Long Island.
He was community minded, serving on the Schoolboard of both the Bridgehampton School and the Hampton Day School and serving as both a Deacon and a Trustee of the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church. He was a former member of the Southampton Masonic Lodge, served on the Board of the Bridgehampton Historical Society and always volunteered in any capacity and for anyone that needed a hand.
He was predeceased by his parents, Egbert and Hetti and survived by his wife Jane, his children Marilyn and Peter, three grandchildren and one great grandchild.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, November 23 at 11:00am at the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church on Bridgehampton Main Street.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Bridgehampton Historical Society.