August 8, 1971 ~ May 25, 2020

Born in: Gainesville, FL
Resided in: New Haven, CT

Robert “Bob” Seashore, of New Haven, Connecticut, died on May 25th, 2020 after a brief battle with sepsis following a fall. His death was not a result of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

Born in Gainesville, FL on August 8th, 1971, he was the son of the late Dr. John H. Seashore and Dr. Margretta Reed Seashore. He grew up in New Haven, CT, where he was an active member of his local Boy Scout troop, achieving his Eagle Scout in 1989 after building a trail system that is still active today. After graduating from The Hopkins School, he attended first Ursinus College, then Temple University in Pennsylvania where he earned his degree in Landscape Architecture. An outspoken environmentalist and conservationist, Bob dedicated his early professional career to building environmentally responsible landscapes in Boston, MA, Fort Myers, FL and Denver, CO. Later, he returned to New Haven to help care for his father, John, as he battled amyloid angiopathy.

Caring for others was deeply embedded in Bob’s core. He adopted animals, caring for dozens of dogs during his lifetime, including his beloved Bela, his constant companion for more than 18 years. No matter where he lived, his door, and his heart, were always open to a friend in need. He also cared deeply about our planet, dedicating time to local environmental clean up projects, trail revitalization efforts, and much more. The most important things to Bob were family, friends, his animal companions and protecting the Earth. He was, above all, a man of peace who fought for environmental and social justice, who believed deeply in the human capacity for love, acceptance and change.

Bob was an accomplished guitarist and avid music lover. He loved creating furniture pieces in the family wood shop, designing gardens and outdoor spaces for family and friends, attending concerts, and of course cheering on his beloved New York Yankees. He was famous for his epic gatherings, fantastic storytelling ability and letting his younger siblings and cousins win at cribbage and pool. Family records indicate that he never once lost a game of Scrabble, as he possessed both a prodigious vocabulary and a sagacious mastery of the rules.

Bob is survived by his mother, Margretta Reed Seashore of New Haven, CT; as well as his siblings Carl Seashore (Rebecca Fry) of Chapel Hill, NC, and Carolyn Seashore England (Ryan England) of Denver, CO. He also is survived by his many cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. He is mourned deeply by his wide network of friends all over the world.

A memorial service is planned for later this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to an animal rescue, mental health resource or environmental conservation organization in his name, as those causes were the most dear to his heart.

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  1. I didn’t know Bob well but what I knew of him… he was a beautiful person. He made me laugh alot reading his postings on Facebook. His love for Bela his furbaby was true sweetness. His devotion to his mom and dad was beyond touching. Rest in peace young man. You will be missed by many.
    Elaine Braffman

  2. All our love always to Greta, Carl, Becky, Carolyn, Ryan, and everyone who was touched in meaningful ways by Bob’s gentle kindness. Please accept our deepest condolences.

    Pauli and Mike Stern

  3. Bob was a dear friend and patient games tutor, a great coach and warm teacher. His willingness to dig in and get his hands dirty and his joy in his family are wonderful memories.

  4. Greta, Carl, Becky, Carolyn, Ryan,

    The entire Masotta clan sends our love and deepest sympathy. Bob was a treasure and a true gift to this earth. This time is made especially difficult as we can’t come together and throw a party in his honor, as he would have insisted. Bob was a such a huge part of our collective upbringing, and we’ll choose to remember a warm summer night, cold drink in hand, relaxing in the hot tub. Nearby the grill sizzles with some tasty late-night fare. And we all sit, mesmerized by a tale told as only Bob could.

    Peace to all,

    John & Erin Masotta

  5. Bob was the most gentle person I’ve ever known. He took care of me many nights when I needed a friend. I’m so sorry for your loss. He will forever be in our hearts.
    Eric and Chrissy Oschell

  6. I am still shaken and in shock learning of this after coming home from the hospital after a bone shattering fall myself around the same time, I remember texting and/or calling and no response, not like him. I don’t know any details, I would also like to write some words, and I will do what I can to be a part of and support in any way possible his Memorial… because I know Bob would do the same for me, that was/is Bob. My brother and I along with one of our good friends were the first to really meet him here in Florida at a downtown bar with some drafts and playing pool, which he was pretty good at, when he was visiting for a landscape job. We hit it off right away simply because. We all agreed on so much ~ so much in common it was not chance he decided to move here and the rest, yep, there is a lot more….is history. In fact I have in my collection precious time photos and even recordings of us, as fellow musicians jamming playing some of his favorite songs by his favorite artist/musician Neil Young…the song in mind is Heart of Gold, which he undoubtedly had.
    I could count on Mr. Seashore. He helped me so much when I was down. He would say ” if you do this for me, I will help you get…” he always said he wanted the barter system back, it would be a much better world. So much more than words can express, if you would give me some time for preparation, I need to plan to be present….as I can honestly say he was a rare gift to this world, one of if not my best and only true, real friend. I am only now starting to let go…I don’t know if or if I even know how to, or that I have to. Much more to be said and known about Bob. I’m not sure yet if even anyone else other than my brother Tom and a few other close friends do.
    Thank you so much,
    Sincerely,
    Kenneth Mark Kaylor
    ~♡~

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