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Obituary: Albertson Hicks Seaman

Albertson Hicks Seaman, 90, peacefully passed from this world on January 6 in Yarmouth, Mass. He leaves behind his wife of 60 years, Breta Pierce Seaman and two children, Bruce W. Seaman and his wife Nancy of Ocala, FL, and Meri Seaman Hartford and her husband David of Orleans, Mass. He adored his sister Tay Spencer of Comfort, Texas and his three grandchildren, Raymond J. and Rachel E. Seaman of Ocala, and Baylie A. Hartford of Orleans, as well as his nieces and nephews.

Born May 6, 1922 to Frederick W. and Eda Hicks Seaman, he grew up with his brothers, the late John and Frederick, Jr. playing on the shores of Hempstead Harbor with wood from the family lumberyard just down the hill from the Hicks family home in Roslyn. The boys became master boatbuilders, building Lightnings, Penguins, custom designed sailboats and powerboats in Roslyn and Locust Valley at Seaman Seacraft. Their attention to detail and exquisite craftsmanship were reflections of themselves.

Bert was a B-24 pilot, flying 33 missions from Italy in the 15th Air Corps after logging thousands of hours stateside as a flight instructor.  He was awarded the Air Medal three times, a Distinguished Flying Cross, and a Presidential Unit Citation. A tail gunner flying with him remembered a mission to Munich with Bert: “I was a lot less scared than I would’ve been if Bert had not always appeared to be so calm, cool and collected. I know others felt the same way. He was quite remarkable.”   

After the war, Bert married Breta Pierce in 1953. Ever the master craftsman, he decided to build their home in Glen Cove by himself, again displaying his high quality handiwork.

Bert became the owner of Seaman Yacht Service in 1972, a boat storage and repair yard in Port Washington, NY. During these years in his leisure, he enjoyed sailing and racing, playing tennis, and bowling. He also served in leadership positions with two terms as commodore of Hempstead Harbour Club and as president of the Glen Cove Rotary Club.

After he retired, Bert and Breta moved to Mount Pleasant, SC in 1989.  After building his own house in Glen Cove, he was happy to merely oversee the builders on his new house in Mount Pleasant, but added important touches of his own.

In 2005, they moved to Yarmouth Port, Mass. where he continued to use his fine woodworking skills to customize their home.  

Family gathering will be private. Memorial donations can be made to: Veterans for Peace - Cape Cod Chapter-041, c/o D. Ellis, 45 Sassafras Lane, Marstons Mills, MA 02648.