Farewell to popular Christian Brother
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”.