Bill Seal passed away peacefully at his summer residence overlooking Balboa Bay in Newport Beach, California surrounded by his family. He died from infection complications following back surgery.
Bill was raised in St. Helen's, Oregon. He was active in high school, co-captain of varsity football and voted "most inspirational." He received his B.S. in History from the University of Oregon, where he was a member of Theta Chi. Bill was a retired Captain of the United States Army Reserve. Bill's career included over 20 years at Georgia Pacific, followed by Forest City Trading Group after which, ahead of his time, Bill made what was then the unconventional decision to join his wife at Barbara Sue Seal Properties, focusing on corporate relocations. Over the years, Bill and Barbara Sue had opportunities to travel nationally & internationally associated with their careers.
Bill married Barbara Sue Cortese in Rochester, New York on November 30, 1963. Together they raised three children, eventually settling in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Bill was generous with his time and energy for his children and community. He coached his sons in soccer, basketball and baseball. Bill served on the Foundation Boards of the University of Oregon and Portland State University, and for over 20 years on the Board of Goodwill Industries. He was a member of the University Club, Lake Oswego Country Club, Waverley Country Club and Astoria Country Club. Beginning in 1989, Bill and Barbara Sue began splitting their time between Lake Oswego and Palm Desert, California, where the Seals joined Ironwood Country Club.
Bill was a voracious reader, particularly of military and world history. He loved golf, forming lasting friendships as a result of the game in Oregon, Palm Desert and Newport Beach, CA. He never tired of a view of the water, spending countless hours overlooking lakes, bays and oceans at home and while traveling, usually with binoculars. He and his wife treasured all their friends…frequently hosting impromptu dinner parties and being sure to celebrate milestones for many of them. But more than anything, Bill loved time with his family—he and Barbara Sue hosted many family reunions in places he knew his children, grandchildren and nieces and nephews would enjoy. Each and all of them remember Bill as someone who was unconditionally enthusiastic about every call or visit from his family, and all of them remember Bill as someone whose generosity, love and kindness gave them valuable life lessons.
In the last 15 years of his life, Bill battled Parkinson's Disease. Despite considerable and advancing challenges, Bill remained positive and energetic about all that he still could do, providing yet another valuable lesson his family and friends will remember. And every evening at 5pm, he and his bride Barbara Sue would enjoy a glass of wine with each other. They continued this tradition of cherishing one another, right down to the evening he came home from the hospital and began Hospice care.
Bill is survived by his wife, Barbara Sue and his children, Debbie (and Jeff Paulson), Scott, and Craig (and Prae Seal), his six "perfect" grand-children, Spencer, Avery, Laurel, Joseph, Wil and Maggie, and beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. His is pre-deceased by his sister Norma Heurung and survived by his brother Deane.
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