David Manning Seamans, 91, of Exeter, NH, died Monday, February 5, 2018. Born October 7, 1926 in Boston, MA, he was married to Jane Bond Seamans for 63 years, and the son of the late Barbara Farnham Seamans Codman and Frank Manning Seamans Jr. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, and the finest example of a gentleman, always positive, loving and a quiet advocate for fairness and justice.
A graduate of Rivers Country Day School, he received a Bachelor's and a Master's degree from Springfield College where he was active with the Glee Club and the Scotchmen (a singing quartet). He also competed on the Gymnastics and Tennis teams.
Dave began his career at the University of Minnesota as Program Director for the Coffman Student Union. He was Assistant Director of the Student Union at the University of Rhode Island. In 1961 the family moved to Allentown, PA, where he established and directed the Seegers Union at Muhlenberg College. He later directed the Arts Center and was an interim Dean of Students before retiring in 1989.
Dave was active in the First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, serving as Elder and Trustee and on various committees. He was a member of Summer Harmony and a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. He served on the Board of Meals on Wheels and was President of the Allentown Community Concert Association. Active in many sports, he was an avid golfer and had a passion for genealogy, including as a dedicated volunteer for the New England Historic Genealogical Society.
Dave and Jane relocated to New Hampshire in 2010, where he was active in the RiverWoods at Exeter retirement community.
He is survived by his wife Jane and 3 children; Nancy J.S. Wildes and husband Bruce of Cumberland, ME, David B. (Chip) Seamans and wife Wendy of Windham, NY, and Bradford W. Seamans and spouse Larry of Newton, MA, plus 6 beloved grandchildren; Nate, Rebecca, Mattie, Malcolm, Shawn and Alex. And his brothers and their families; Thomas F. Seamans, Frank A. Seamans and John C. Codman.
There will be a celebration of his life on March 3, 2018 at 1pm at the Congregational Church in Exeter, UCC, 21 Front Street, Exeter, NH. A reception will follow at RiverWoods.
Memorial donations may be made to the New England Historic Genealogical Society of Boston, 99-101 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116, or The RiverWoods Benevolent Fund at 5 White Oak Dr., Exeter, NH 03833.