Danbury council member Gregg Seabury dies
Updated 4:17 pm, Monday, November 6, 2017
DANBURY - Colleagues remembered City Council member and retired science teacher Gregg Seabury as a man who lived his retirement the way it ought to be lived - enjoying life and serving others.
Seabury, the majority leader of the City Council, died over the weekend after an illness, City Hall said. He was 67.
“He definitely enjoyed public service and he loved being on the City Council,” said Mayor Mark Boughton, who was a student in Seabury’s study hall at Broadview Middle School and later a colleague at Danbury High School, where they both taught. “He really loved Danbury.”
Seabury was running for re-election Tuesday, and his name will remain on the ballot, Boughton said. If e wins, a replacement would eventually be appointed.
Seabury, who was elected to his first two-year council term in 2003, had taught in the city’s public schools for three decades - at Rogers Park and Broadview middle schools and at Danbury High. Former students filled the comments section of Seabury’s Facebook page on Monday with condolences and praise for his lasting impact as a teacher.
His secret in the classroom was his compassion, Boughton said.
“He was very relatable and could get along with a lot of students,” said Boughton.
Seabury was particularly effective getting through to students with troubled backgrounds, in part because he himself struggled as a child in the foster care system.
“Losing his parents at an early age had an impact on him,” Boughton said. “That had a lot to do with his empathy as a teacher.”
More recently, Seabury was one of the leading figures in the city’s Republican Party, responsible for advancing the agenda of the mayor and council President Joeseph Cavo.
A GOP official said Seabury took his role as a legislator seriously.
“I served as his campaign chairperson for several years, and while this is a loss to me personally, it’s also a loss for the entire community,” said Mike Safranek, vice chairman of the Republican Town Committee. “He was a good person and a dear, dear friend. A lot of people are very saddened today by his passing.”
Democratic City Council member Paul Rotello agreed.
“We may not have been in the same party, but Gregg was a good person and everyone in the headquarters this weekend was in a very somber mood,” Rotello said. “I really grew to have a deep respect for him over the years.”
Seabury is survived by his wife and four children.
“He would travel and visit his children and his grandkids,” Boughton said. “He had five beautiful dogs who liked to swim in the lake and ride in the truck with him.”
Boughton said he would miss Seabury’s good-natured sense of humor.
Arrangements were not available on Monday.