J.'s Story

NEWPORT - J. Howard Seavey Jr., 80, passed away January 27, 2015 at the Maine Veterans Home after a long illness. He was born in the Newport family home, Aug. 31, 1934, to the late J. Howard Seavey Sr. and Edna (White) Seavey. He was a lifelong resident of Newport. Howard graduated from Newport High School in 1954, and was well known for his remarkable basketball skills- especially being able to sink a basket either left or right handed. He attended Higgins Classical Institute in 1955 to further his basketball career before enlisting in the U.S. Army. While stationed in Mannheim Germany for 3 years, Howard represented the Army on a traveling basketball league where his basketball talent continued. Upon his honorable discharge, he served in the National Guard and worked for HP Hood. He then became the Chief of Police for the Town of Newport for several years. While serving as Chief Howard started the PAL- Police Athletic League. Many young children benefited from this program- both in basketball and cheerleading. Howard was recognized for his outstanding love of children and sports by being chosen as "The Face of Maine" in 1964.

He continued to coach the PAL Lakers while his son was young, and in later years, coached the Bulls at Sebasticook Valley Community Center with his grandson Alex. He was an NCAA basketball official for high school and college games,and a little league coach for many years. Howard's love for children and sports certainly made a huge impact on the youth of Newport for more than 25 years. He served on the community center's advisory board after retirement. He was a member and trustee of Calvary Baptist Church in Newport.

Howard also had a deep love of animals- especially dogs and horses. He rescued grey hounds, adopted strays and raised Welsh Springers. He loved all dogs! In his later years, his two loves were his horses Ozzie and Tina.

In the 1970's Howard worked at Gilman Electric, and later, became co-owner of Industrial Electric Supply in Newport and Baileyville. He retired in 2009, spent a year on Amelia Island, Florida before his illness, and returned to Maine in 2011.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Gloria Seavey; and three children Kym Seavey Dunton (Galen) of Amelia Island, Fl.; James Howard Seavey III (Peggy) and Kelly Jewell (Darren Seamans) all of Newport; his grandchildren Josh Dunton (Adriana), Jared Dunton (Carolina) and Jacob Dunton (Jessica) all of Yulee, Florida, Alexander Jewell of Camp Dwyer, Afghanistan, Kristen Seavey of New York City, Caitlin Jewell of Amelia Island, and Jared Seamans of Hampden; three great grandchildren Tadia, Benjamin and Andrew Dunton all of Yulee, FL; two brothers, Lyle Seavey (Elsie) and Larry Seavey (Connie) all of Newport; as well as several beloved cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. Howard is also remembered by his special friend, Scott Palmer of Newport.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by an infant son, Scott Howard and two sisters, Beverly Oldenburg and Lois Ingalls.

A celebration of Howard's life will take place at 1 P. M. Saturday, January 31st, at the Jubilee Family Worship Center in Newport with Pastors George Finnemore and Brian Woodbury officiating. Spring interment will be in the Riverside Cemetery, Newport. Arrangements are by Crosby & Neal, Newport. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Bangor Humane Society, 693B Mt. Hope Avenue, Bangor, ME 04401. Those who wish may leave written condolences at www.CrosbyNeal.com
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