Frank Leslie Seymour, 71, of Averill Park, father of Jervis Library director Lisa Matte, died at home on Monday, April 6, 2020, after being diagnosed with cancer a few months prior. Born on December 24, 1948, in Syracuse, NY, he was the only child of Charlotte Margaret (Wohlleben) and Leslie Frederick Seymour. He graduated from Central Tech in Syracuse and attended college at SUNY Oswego where he met Suzanne (Williams), formerly of Rome. Soon after meeting, they decided to live life together on their own terms, which they did for more than 51 years.
Despite resisting the establishment, he worked hard in retail management with Woolworth, Woolco, Ames, and then Save A Lot until his retirement in 2010. He had a passion for music and enjoyed reading (especially Kurt Vonnegut), playing card and board games, sharing his sense of humor, and cheering on his New York Giants at training camp and occasionally in the stands, but mostly from his comfortable couch, which was “close to the bathroom and the fridge.”
He was immensely proud of their three daughters and was grateful for the time he spent with them sharing books, his “once-a-fonsa” time stories, family stories from Marcellus, concerts, and NY Giants football. He and Suzanne endured interesting NFC playoff games as she is a faithful San Francisco 49ers fan. The poor guy rarely won an argument with the four girls in his life, but it just added to the persona of “Cranky Frank.” (And, really, who could blame him for being cranky?)
After years of working six days a week, in retirement, he spent quality time with his beloved grandchildren. Though he loved his girls, his grandchildren were his pride and joy. He attended every activity he could to enjoy his “Cheese Doodle Buddy” grandchildren Peanut, Reidy-Roo, and Sweetie Pie. He always insisted on slipping the grandchildren copious amounts of candy and popcorn, keeping them up too late watching TV they shouldn’t be watching, spoiling them in general, and laughing while he did it.
He was predeceased by his parents and two granddaughters, Kaitlin and Taylor Gicewicz. In addition to Suzanne of Averill Park, Lisa and her husband, William, of Rome, he is survived by his other daughters, Lori (Tim) Gicewicz, Browns Summit, NC; and Amy Seymour, Pittsburgh, PA; grandchildren Rebecca Matte and Reid and Kayla Gicewicz; and two step-grandchildren, Captain Kyle (Leah) Gicewicz, Sierra Vista, AZ; and Emily Gicewicz, Richmond, VA. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Randy (Shay) Williams, Dayton, IN; sister-in-law Wendy (Stephen) Waters, Rome; and nieces and nephews Brad (Jenna) Waters, Sarah Waters, Rachel Williams, and Sam Williams, who affectionately referred to him as “Crazy Uncle Frank.” He is also survived by many good friends.
To say that Frank was knowledgeable about music would be an understatement of epic proportions. As one of his friends recently said, “I was always amazed at his deep knowledge of and reverence for the music of our lives.” Warren Zevon gives us at least two ways to honor Frank’s memory: “Enjoy Every Sandwich” and “Keep [Him] in Your Heart for a While.” Enjoy “Frank Seymour’s Excellent Adventure,” a Spotify playlist compiled by his family.
In his memory, please consider a contribution to: Averill Park School Backpack Program (APCSD 1913B), c/o Regional Food Bank, 965 Albany Shaker Rd., Latham, NY 12110. A party in his honor will be held at a later date. In the words of Vonnegut, “And so it goes.”