Published in The Patriot Ledger on July 5, 2011
Francis W. "Shotgun"
Seastrand, 81, passed away after a short illness, July 2 at Tufts Medical
Center. Born in Norwood Hospital, Shotgun was a lifelong resident of Norwood.
Shotgun was a son of the late John and Helen (Murphy) Seastrand. Shotgun
attended Norwood Public Schools and graduated from Norwood High School
While attending the high school Shotguns accomplishments on football,
hockey and baseball teams were becoming legendary. He was a three sport
captain who led by example. He was very modest whenever people spoke about
him. He was elected into the Norwood Hall of Fame.
Upon graduation Shotgun signed with the Boston Braves, playing at Owensboro,
KY, Dayton, Ohio and Wellesville, NY. In 1951 during the Korean war Shotgun
entered the U.S. Marines. While serving in the Marines Shotgun played
for the Camp Lejeune Marines and later for the Quantico Marine baseball
teams. One of his closest friends and teammate was the late Harry Agganis.
Shotgun said he was a better human being than an athlete which is a great
tribute to |his friend.
Upon discharge, he signed to play for the New York Rangers minor league
affiliate the Lynn Pics and the Berlin Maroons. He also played for the
Norwood Mercs Hockey club.
After stints in professional sports and the Marines, Shotgun settled down,
and opened a fence company. He would work for many companies installing
their products while also tending to his own business. He loved the physical
work and would not use the modern post diggers, preferring to dig the
holes by hand.
Shotgun built a vacation home in York Beach, ME, which all his family
enjoyed with him. He was a very generous man who began a tradition for
his family, every summer they would gather for a weekend where many memories
became part of their lives.
Shotgun is survived by a sister Marion Lewis of Milton and the late John
Seastrand, Helen Eysie and Cornelius Connie Seastrand. Cousin of Christine
Goodrich of Walpole and dear friend of Kay Grafton of Dedham.
Also survived by several loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews
Funeral from the Gillooly Funeral Home, 126 Walpole St., (Rte. 1A) Norwood,
Thursday, July 7 at 9 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian burial at St.
Catherine of Siena, Norwood at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends kindly invited.
Interment Highland Cemetery, Norwood.
The family will receive visitors at the funeral home, Wednesday July 6,
4 | 8 p.m.
Donations in Shotgun's memory may be made to the Matt Brown Brownie Points,
P.O. Box 398, Norwood, MA 02062.