September 9, 1940-January 7, 2012
Leon "Lee"Seguin, 71, of Lynchburg, VA passed away on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville after battling AML, an aggressive form of leukemia. His former wife, Linda, was by his side. He was born in Island Pond on September 9, 1940, a beloved son and the eldest of seven children born to Richard Claude and Marjory (Currier) Seguin.
Lee graduated from Brighton High School in 1958 and then attended the University of Vermont earning a degree in electrical engineering. He joined the Air Force Reserve for six years in 1962 in conjunction with beginning his career as an electrical engineer for IBM and GE in Burlington, VT and Utica and Rochester, NY. He relocated to Lynchburg, VA in 1972 joining Babcock and Wilcox as a Quality Assurance Manager in the Nuclear Power Division, where he remained until 1989. He then worked free-lance as a QA Consultant until 1998 after which he joined Courtside Fitness Center, and more recently, Centra Health, as a maintenance technician. Besides this full-time position, he started a part-time handyman business with many loyal customers. He held both jobs at the time of his cancer diagnosis. Although he enjoyed his work, he had planned to retire later this year.
Lee was an avid sailor, having owned several sailboats throughout the years, and had been a member of VISA (VA Inland Sailing Assoc.) on Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia. He also enjoyed sailing (on a smaller scale) at the family cottage on Seymour Lake in Morgan, Vermont. In previous years he enjoyed motorcycling, scuba diving, and skiing. More recently, he enjoyed watching NASCAR and other sports.
In 1991, Lee married Linda Cassada of Lynchburg. They divorced in 2004.
Lee was predeceased by his mother, Marjory, in 1998 and by two teenage brothers, Timothy in 1965 and Bradley in 1967.
Survivors include his father Claude Seguin, of Bel-Aire Center in Newport and of Morgan; brothers and sisters: Robert Seguin and companion Debbie Cameron of Island Pond and Palm Bay, FL; Claudia Epstein and husband Richard (Dick) of Morgan; Dana Seguin of Lebanon, NH; and Janella "Jan" Clarke and husband Michael of Island Pond; a sister-in-law: Fernande Seguin (formerly of Morgan); five nieces, two nephews, eleven great-nieces and-nephews, his former wife Linda Seguin of Richmond, VA; two step-daughters: Jane and Amy; three aunts, numerous cousins, and several special friends including: Walter Budrow, Sandra (Meredith) Nadeau, Ken Wright, Bob Weinberger, and Cydney Johnson. He is also survived by his long-time feline companion "Otis."
A hard worker all his life, Lee enjoyed fixing anything mechanical or electrical. Everything he did was done methodically and to perfection. He was a loving son and husband, as well as a supportive and caring "big brother." Anyone needing a helping hand could always count on Lee. He is (and will always be) sorely missed and lovingly remembered by his family and many friends.
A celebration of Lee's life will be held on Thursday, January 12, in Lynchburg, with a reception to follow. A memorial service will be held in Island Pond at a later date (to be announced) probably in the spring. If desired, a donation may be made in Lee's name to a local animal shelter, humane society, or a charity of one's choice.