Farewell to pop­u­lar Chris­tian Brother

Wanneroo Weekender - - Front Page - Justin Bian­chini

A REFUGEE ad­vo­cate, quintessen­tial ed­u­ca­tor and highly revered mem­ber of the Chris­tian Broth­ers was farewelled at a big funeral at Our Lady Of Mercy Catholic Church in Gir­rawheen on Tues­day.

Brother Ge­off Sea­man, who died ear­lier this month from heart fail­ure, had been a much-loved school prin­ci­pal and long-time ed­u­ca­tor when he took to help­ing mi­grants, refugees and those most in need in the Gir­rawheen area in 1993.

They grew to hold him in the high­est re­gard and his fel­low Chris­tian Broth­ers said he would be “greatly missed for his thought­ful­ness, gen­eros­ity and hu­mil­ity”. They said he “lived life joy­fully, and sim­ply, in gen­tle­ness, com­pas­sion and love”.

His brother Peter Sea­man re­called a bright young boy born into a fam­ily in Mt Mag­net where his father owned the gro­cery store. The store backed on to the Catholic church’s con­vent school where as a three-year-old he would “sit on the steps of the class­room and lis­ten to what was go­ing on”.

As a 10-year-old he in­di­cated to his par­ents he wanted to board at the then CBC Ger­ald­ton and when the train came for the jour­ney to the Ger­ald­ton coast he said “the great day has come”. From there he would join the Chris­tian Broth­ers and their for­ma­tion pro­gram in Syd­ney.

“He al­ways knew what he wanted; he was strong­minded and a per­fec­tion­ist,” Peter said.

Gir­rawheen par­ish priest Al­bert Saminedi said Br Ge­off would be “missed by ev­ery­body; he’s done so much for ev­ery­body”.

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