R. Claude Seguin

Newport, Vt. — Richard Claude Seguin, 97, of Morgan (formerly of Island Pond) passed away Monday, March 11, 2013, in Newport surrounded by family. He was born Feb. 12, 1916, in Rock Island, Quebec, a son of Walter L. and Hazel (Pelow) Seguin. He was raised in Island Pond and as a boy worked on the Stevens farm just outside of town, caring for horses, haying and delivering milk to help support his family. As a young man, he worked as a meat cutter at Lanpher’s grocery store, also in Island Pond.

On June 28, 1939, he married Marjory Currier of Island Pond, with whom he had seven children — five sons and two daughters.

He began his career with the Canadian National Railroad prior to World War II, working as a brakeman and conductor for 35 years, retiring in 1976. During World War II, he proudly served his country in the army in the European Theater, during which time he achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Mr. Seguin was a member of the American Legion Post 80 and the VFW in Island Pond, a former member and past president of the Lions’ Club, a former town selectman and a former lister for the Essex County Unorganized Towns and Gores for several years.

He enjoyed 30 plus years of (winter) retirement in Florida, mainly in the DeLand area. An avid hunter and fisherman, Mr. Seguin, at age 96, was still catching lake trout and salmon in Lake Seymour with his son Bob. His skill and enthusiasm for playing cribbage were well-known and he still enjoyed the game until almost the time of his passing.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 59 years in 1998; three cherished sons: Leon “Lee” (2012), Bradley (1967), and Timothy (1965); his only brother, Walter F. Seguin (who passed away 9 years ago, also on March 11); two sisters: Catherine (Seguin) Philippon and Dorothy (Seguin) Dawson.

Survivors include: his devoted companion of several years, Edith MacDermott of DeLand, Fla.; sons: Robert Seguin (and companion Debbie Cameron) of Island Pond and Palm Bay, Fla.; Dana Seguin of Lebanon, N.H.; daughters: Claudia Epstein (and husband Richard) of Morgan; Janella Clarke (and husband Michael) of Island Pond; two sisters: Ruth (Seguin) Couture of Meriden, Conn.; Francesca (Seguin) Jodrey of Gorham, N.H.; a sister-in-law, Maria Seguin of Forest, Ontario; a former daughter-in-law: Fernande’ Seguin; seven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Mr. Seguin was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, great-grandfather and uncle who thrived on being around family and friends and who was adored by his children and grandchildren. His zest for life and his ever-positive attitude undoubtedly contributed greatly to his longevity. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him, including his friends and wonderful caregivers at Bel-Aire.

A memorial service will be held in May, details to be announced at a later date.