William (Bill) Seaward

June 27, 1925 to June 19, 2023


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Passed peacefully away after a short illness on June 19, 2023, one week before his 98th birthday, William (Bill) Seaward, of Port Aux Basques, Gander and St. John’s.

Predeceased by his wife Hazel (Vardy); brothers Steve and Jim; and sister Dell Emmett.

Leaving to mourn sons Rick (Linda) and Keith (Marilyn); grandchildren Kimberley Mclennan (Rob), Jonathan, Jessica (George Thornhill), Jeffrey (Elle) and Bill; two great-grandchildren Fiona Mclennan and Charlie Seaward; sister Alice Janes; and brother Aps Seaward.

Bill could turn his hand to, it seems, any trade. He was often called on by friends and relatives to carry our projects. He never said no. He was once asked what gave him the most pleasure in life. Without hesitation he replied “Helping others.” Over his life he built 3 homes, 2 boats and 2 travel trailers, driving virtually every nail himself. He was a Veteran of WWII serving in the Merchant Marine. Though not active in recent years, he was a member of Gander Masonic Lodge and Shriners.

Special thanks to Dr. Heather Perry of a medical team at the Health Sciences set up to review patient records before they’re discharged, to ensure nothing has been missed. In Bill’s case, they were able to solve the mystery illness which was causing his health to rapidly decline. That diagnosis enabled his family to get palliative care for him in his home.

Thank you also to the management and staff of Karwood Retirement Home in Paradise. Special thank you to Resident Care Manager Ashley Squires who provided family support.

Visitation will take place at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, on Thursday, June 22 from 2-4 and 7-9. Funeral service will be held on Friday, June 23 at 10 a.m. from the Carnell Memorial Chapel, with interment to follow in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Field of Honour. The service will be livestreamed for those who cannot attend. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to your local Autism Society.



2-4 p.m. on June 22, 2023

7-9 p.m. on June 22, 2023

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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10:00am, Friday June 23rd

The Carnell Memorial Chapel
329 Freshwater Road
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Uncle Bill was a very kind, compassionate and caring man. We always enjoyed chatting with him, he always had such great advice and wonderful stories. The world has lost a great one! Our thoughts are with you Rick, Keith and your families at this very difficult time. Thank you so much for having the funeral live streamed so we could be a part of it from NS. It was a beautiful tribute to a wonderful man.

Sorry to hear a beautiful soul is gone.

Keith, Marilyn and all your family. Your dad was a very nice man and always had a story when ever we would visit and Bill was there, he will be missed by all. So sorry for your loss and thinking of you and all of your family. during this difficult time. We’ll be watching the service this morning, via the video feed, take care of each other.
Tom And Sue

Keith and family I was sorry to hear about your father’s passing. Please accept my sincerest condolences.

Rich and Keith, what great memories of growing up next to the Seaward’s in Gander. Mr Seaward was my father’s boss at the heating plant on the base and of course we lived next door. Father and his co worker’s would call him “Seaward”; never his first name. He fought hard in St John’s to beat his health challenges. What a great life after all. Go forward with his great memories. Norm & Carol Lockyer

I was saddened to see that Mr Seaward had passed. He was the epitome of what a true gentleman was. So soft spoken by nature and loved a good chat. He truly cared about people. I heard many stories over the past few years. He will be missed. My sincere condolences to the family.

Kimberly and family, very sorry to hear of your grandfather’s passing. He lived life to the fullest may he rest eternally.

My dear Uncle, so many happy memories, spending vacations with you and Aunt Hazel in Gander and Eastport filled with adventures and fun. Aunt Hazel taught me to weave, and that olives aren’t so bad. It was then I seen the love the two of them shared. Uncle Bill could make or create anything Aunt Hazel imaged. They were always doing things together. I know they are together again now.
One of my last memories of adventures with Uncle Bill was a trip to Cape St. Mary’s. We packed a picnic in Aunt Hazels picnic basket and off we went to experience some of the most breathtaking landscapes imaginable. Thank you for the memories, thank you for sharing your kind, generous, loving heart with me. I’m so grateful for the time we had. Until we meet again , l will keep you in my heart.
Condolences to my cousins Rick and Keith and their families.

Uncle Bill was married to my maternal Aunt Hazel on my mother’s side. My memories of him and them are the happy vacation times our family spent with them in Gander and the surrounding areas. From the 1950’s on, going to Gander to visit Uncle Bill and Aunt Hazel meant getting a haircut from Uncle Bill and in later years camping in Terra Nova NP with his home-built trailer and out jigging in his boat. Happy memories indeed.

More recently, when we travelled ‘home’ from Calgary, my wife and I would make a point to get together with him. Uncle Bill impressed us with his keen memories of his working life, including his service in the Merchant Marine during the war, and the latest news of the day. He could discuss current issues with the best of them.

We are so grateful for the many blessings he enjoyed and I’m sure he would have agreed. He had a wonderful wife and family, very memorable experiences, a sharp mind and a good long run of it. We’ll miss you Uncle Bill.

To the Seaward family our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your father & grandfather. Mr. Seaward was a true gentleman, he was my neighbor at Blackahire cout for 14 years . Rip Mr. Seaward you are now reunited with the love of your life. .

My condolences to the family,
I was honored to have gotten to know William and care for him he quickly became a part of my heart. I will always remember our nightly chats and our laughs, Mr William will forever be remembered and loved by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Fly high with the angels my love. God Bless