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Married 67 years, Fairfield Couple Pass Away Within Weeks Of Each Other

Bob and Joan Seirup of Fairfield
Bob and Joan Seirup of Fairfield Photo Credit: Contributed

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Robert L. Seirup Sr. and Joan (Hedin) Seirup of Fairfield, who were married for 67 years, passed away within weeks of each other.

Robert L. Seirup Sr., a beloved local teacher and coach, died Dec. 8. His beloved wife, Joan Seirup, died Dec. 31.

Joan, who was raised in Bridgeport by Harry and Katharine Hedin, graduated from Bassick High School in 1945 and from the Scudder Business School.

Bob, a lifelong Fairfield resident and son of the late Carl and Maud Seirup, was a graduate of Ludlowe High School and received a bachelor's degree from Springfield College, master's degrees from Fairfield University and the University of Bridgeport, as well as a seventh-year degree from Arizona State University. Before his education, Bob served honorably in the U.S. Army during World War II.

In 1949, Bob and Joan were married and shortly thereafter, began a family. While Joan stayed home to run the household and raise their three children, Bob began a long career with Fairfield Public Schools as a physical education teacher and well-known and accomplished basketball coach.

Bob touched many lives during his tenure at school, which was highlighted by coaching the team that won the New England Basketball Championship in 1955. He also proudly officiated football, basketball and baseball at the high school and college levels.

In addition to volunteering at many school and church activities, Joan worked for MBI for over 20 years after their children were in school.

Together, the busy couple also ran the Seashore Swimming School on the Fairfield beaches.

Bob and Joan are survived by their son, Robert L. Seirup Jr. and his wife, Gail of Fairfield; their daughter, Pamela Lanyon and her husband, Stephen of Turner, Maine; and their daughter-in-law, Maureen Seirup of Milford; their grandchildren, Adam, Amanda, Christopher, Jennifer, Douglas, Anneli, Barbara, Eliza, Alex and Maura; great-grandsons, Mason and Carter; as well as their sisters-in-law, Dottie and Swanny.

They were predeceased by their son, David Seirup; Joan’s brother, Donald; and Bob’s brothers, Jack and Bill.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Fairfield Police Athletic League, PO Box 423, Fairfield, CT 06824.

Arrangements were handled by Shaughnessey Banks Funeral Home in Fairfield. Click here to leave an online condolence.

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