Donald M. Seeley

LEWISTON — Donald M. Seeley, 70, of Minot, died unexpectedly Saturday afternoon, Jan. 29, 2011 at Central Maine Medical Center, with family by his side.

He was born in Lewiston on Jan. 18, 1941, a son of Morgan and Dorothy (Lachance) Seeley. He was educated in local schools and remained a lifelong resident of this community. He was a veteran of the military, having served his country in the Navy from 1958 through 1962. His service in the military was the beginning of his working life. He held jobs in manufacturing in the south to becoming plant superintendent at Etonic/Bonan Shoe in Auburn. As part time to his supervisory job at Etonic, he worked extra hours and he and his brother, Bill, would drive trailer trucks on weekends to Georgia and back, transporting factory materials each way. Trucking soon became a distraction and developed into his newest passion as he took on trucking as his primary job, eventually to become an owner/operator of his own truck. After trucking for over 20 years, Don sold his truck and went back to managing in construction and site abatement, working around the state of Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He worked many years in this construction industry and spent the last several years working in site abatement and most recently served R.J. Enterprises as an operations manager out of Brunswick.

He was first married to Dorothy J. Seeley of Nettleton, Miss. She predeceased him on Feb. 19, 2007.

He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed playing golf, motorcycle riding, and memorable times at his camp in Andover, especially fun times with his grandchildren. He was a member of the American Legion and a past member of Summit Springs Country Club in Poland, and a past member of the Roxbury ATV Riders.

In June of 2009, his life took a drastic turn with a diagnosis of leukemia and soon he focused his energies on beating this disease. He was fortunate in this endeavor to have met and maintained relationships with some of the most passionate and caring healthcare professionals on the oncology unit at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston and Dana Farber in Boston. He often spoke of “his girls” a.k.a. “Chemo Comando’s”; they were always in his thoughts.

He was a hard worker who always enjoyed his work and providing for his family, as well as a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather who will be dearly missed.

He leaves his wife, Terri-Lee Seeley of Minot, whom he married on April 4, 1997; five children, Gregory Seeley of Greene, Gene Seeley of Turner, Robert “Brent” Seeley, also of Turner, Amber Harrison of Wilton and Benjamin Harrison of Auburn; five grandchildren; three sisters, Arlene Proctor of Norway, Bobbie O’Neil of South Paris and Mary Jabbusch of Casco; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by brothers, Morgan Seeley Jr., Earl Seeley, James Seeley and William Harriman; and sisters, Rhoda Wall, Una Mae Allen and Geraldine Jacobs.

You are invited to share your thoughts, condolences and fond memories with the Seeley family by visiting their online guestbook at www.thefortingroupauburn.com

Visitation was held at the Fortin Group/Auburn Tuesday. A funeral service was held in the funeral home on Wednesday. Committal prayers and interment will take place in the spring at Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Those wishing may make donations in Don’s memory can send them to Be a Match Foundation by visiting www.beamatch.org

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