Archpriest Gabriel N. Seamore, 71, who in retirement was attached to Saint George the Great Martyr Church in Hesperia, CA, fell asleep in the Lord following a lengthy illness on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at Foremost Senior Campus, surrounded by family and friends.
Born to Gabriel Victor and Anne Seamore in Budapest, Hungary on May 13, 1944, he and his family eventually settled in southern California, where he graduated from the University of Redlands. He served in the US Army during the Vietnam War as an evacuation medic, risking his own life for that of his countrymen. Upon returning from his tour of duty, he married the former Jeannette T. Beauchea. He went on to serve as a Deputy Sherriff for Los Angeles County. Upon early retirement, he completed his master’s degree in Theology and served as a teacher.
A convert to Orthodox Christianity, Father Gabriel was ordained to the diaconate by Melkite Catholic Archbishop Joseph Raya in 1979 and was assigned to serve Saint Andrew Russian Greek Catholic Church, El Segundo, CA. After his reception into the Orthodox Church, he was ordained to the priesthood by His Grace, Bishop [now Metropolitan] Tikhon of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania at Saint Tikhon’s Monastery, South Canaan, PA on March 17, 2007 and assigned Rector of Saint George Church, which he served until his retirement in late 2015. He loved being around his family, friends, and parishioners. Those who knew him well remember him as a giving, loving and selfless man. He loved making icons for the church and for other people.
Predeceased by his beloved wife, Matushka Jeanette, who fell asleep in the Lord in July 2010, Father Gabriel is survived by his son and daughter, Gabriel J. Seamore and Theresa N. Seamore; grandchildren Valynn M. Seamore and Zachary J. Schneider; two brothers; and many nieces and nephews and their children, whom he loved dearly.
The Rite of the Burial of a Priest will be celebrated at Saint George Church, 17323 Main St., Hesperia, CA on Wednesday, December 9, at 11:00 a.m.