Seeley Morton, 1944 – 2018

CHESTER, Vt. – Seeley Morton passed away Oct. 2, 2018 at the Gill Home in Ludlow, Vt. Seeley was born July 19, 1944 at Rutland Hospital to John and Harriet (Weston) Morton. He was delivered by doctors Seeley Estabrook and Richard Seeley.

He graduated from Springfield High School in 1962. Later, he received his Bachelor of Science in education from Castleton State College in 1967. Hired out of his student teaching experience by Charles Nason, he taught for 32 years. He started teaching at the Simonsville School where he was the last teacher as the building closed and everyone moved to Chester-Andover Elementary School. At Chester-Andover, he was a fifth and sixth grade language arts and social studies teacher. He also instructed in a tutorial reading program. Through an educational grant from the state, he incorporated an advanced reading program. Later, he taught a multi-age curriculum.

He was fortunate to be in a community where volunteerism was richly showcased. This enabled him to facilitate a group of parents, contractors, and volunteers to build Bicycle Motocross, BMX track at the Chester Pinnacle. Later, he would enjoy that same community energy working with Chester’s Recycle program, Eager Beaver, and Chester’s Green-Up program. This led to a decade of employment at the Springfield Recycle Center. He served as co-chairman to the River Valley Duck’s Unlimited for two years. He was on the Board of Directors for the Windsor County South Credit Union. He devoted a great amount of time to the Boy Scout Troop 206 as Scout Master and Assistant Scout Master. He also served as selectman for the Town of Chester.

He joined Bellows Falls Elks Club #1619. There he was elected Elk of the Year in 1986. Later, he transferred to Springfield Elks Lodge #1560. He received a commendation for his efforts as chairman of the scholarship committee. He became a social member of The Greatest Sportsmen’s Club in Duane, N.Y. as a lifetime member.

He enjoyed family, friends, hunting camp, a good game of pitch, and visits to the Adirondacks.

He is predeceased by his parents, brothers Wilbur Quimby and Robert Morton,and a sister Stasia Carey.

He is survived by his wife Linda of 47 years, a daughter Beth, and son Kevin (Lexi), and grandson Aiden.

As per his wishes, there will be no visiting hours. Instead, a celebration of life will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 at the Springfield Elks Lodge.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Elks’ Scholarship Fund, c/o Springfield Elks Lodge #1560, 49 Park St. Springfield, VT 05156.

Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield is assisting with arrangements.

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