R. LESTER SEELEY

 

Dennysville, ME. - Roscoe “Lester’ Seeley, beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend and retired Sheriffs Deputy passed away peacefully at age 74, surrounded by family at his home, Saturday April 13, 2013, from complications of Diabetes. Lester, a lifetime resident of Washington County, was born in Jacksonville, ME on May 4, 1938, son of the late Roscoe & Evelyn (Bryant) Seeley.

As a young child Lester lost both of his parents and moved to Edmunds where he was raised by his grandfather and grandmother. He stayed in Edmunds for the majority of his life and raised his family and ran Lester’s Saw Mill from the same home where he was raised. Lester was a 1956 graduate of Dennysville High School. After graduating from High School Lester worked at the Woodland Mill and Hallowell’s Saw Mill before he joined the Washington County Sheriffs department on February 14, 1968. He spent 45 years with the Sheriffs Department where he started his career as a Patrol Deputy and worked his way up to Sheriffs Deputy. Lester worked for Suffolk University in Edmunds during the summer for many years. He also volunteered his time in countless parades and walks helping to ensuring everyone’s safety.   

 Lester loved working in all facets of Law Enforcement. Before he retired on February 14, 2013, Lester was not only working as a Sheriffs Deputy but also as an Animal Control Officer and a Marine Patrol Warden. While working for the Sheriffs Department he also assisted many other law enforcement agencies including the Maine State Police and the Maine Warden Service. During his career Lester was honored with several awards recognizing his commitment to law enforcement including an award when he was a Patrol Deputy in 1979 “in appreciation for his loyal Service,” On June 6, 1991, he was named “Honorary Captain of the Maine State Police” one of only two people in all of Washington County to ever receive this honor.  On June 5, 2002, the Bureau of Marine Patrol awarded him a commendation for his “Distinguished achievement by demonstration of unusual initiative or skill and notably contributing towards the Bureau’s Mission, the welfare of the fisheries and the betterment of the state of Maine.” He also received an award of merit from the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. 

Before his passing a retirement party was held on April 7 where many of those he worked with throughout the years shared stories and honored a man who had given so much of his life to serving others. At that party the Washington County Sheriffs Department retired his number -- 130.  He really enjoyed that party and was able to see how well respected and loved he was not only by his family and those he worked with but by everyone in his community. His family would like to thank all that attended that party as he talked about it often the week before his passing.  Lester will be remembered for his love of family and his devotion to his community. He was never happier than when he was spending time with family and friends, playing rummikub with his companion June or responding to a call from dispatch.  

Lester is survived by his loving family including his brothers Kenneth Seeley and companion Wilma of Baileyville and Arthur Seeley; son Thomas Seeley and wife Linda of Dennysville, daughters Brenda Cox of Dennysville, Linda Preston and husband Stephen of Cooper, Cindy Cox and husband Stephen of Dennysville, and Tammy McPhail and husband Peter of Perry; grandchildren, Mathew Seeley, Erin Griffin & husband Shane, Melissa Small & husband Shaun, Morgan Baker & husband Rob, Eric Cox & partner Jessica, Adam Cox, Mindy Smith & husband Jason, Karla Frederick & husband Ryan, Vanessa Ellington & husband Westley, Brittany Cox, Brandon Cox and wife Ashley, Jodi Cox & Kirby McPhail. He held a special place in his heart for all his great-grandchildren or the “bad ones” as he like to refer to them, Johnny, Ashley, Kaden, Braelyn, Callie, Tori, Ethan, Kaci, Mackenzie, Mikah, Payten, Mason and Macie. He will also be missed by his extended family Janine Gardiner, Alan Gardiner & Laurie Cline and family and Jodi & Larry Benner and family. He is predeceased by both his parents, Roscoe & Evelyn; son-in-law Dennis Cox; sister-in-law Jane Seeley and his very special companion, June Gardiner. 

The family would like to offer a very special thank you to his granddaughters Erin Griffin and Brittany Cox for taking such extraordinary care of him these last few weeks and for making it possible for him to stay at home.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at The Edmunds Consolidated School. In lieu of flowers, Lester’s family asks that donations be sent to the R. Lester Seeley Memorial Law Enforcement Scholarship, c/o The First, 102 Washington St., PO Box F, Eastport, ME 04631. Condolences and memories may be shared with the Seeley Family by visiting their book of memories at www.mcclurefamilyfuneral.com