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David "Dave" Seavey

David “Dave” Adams Seavey

77 years old, Paoli, PA
October 5, 1946- March 28, 2024

David Adams Seavey “Dave” passed away peacefully with his family by his side on
March 28, 2024, at Paoli Hospital after a courageous almost three-year battle with lung
cancer. Born October 5, 1946 in Hibbing, Minnesota, he was the son of Ormond and
Elisabeth Seavey. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Yoshiko, and his three
children, Joe (Noriko) Seavey, Alisa (David Dewberry) Seavey Dewberry, and Sara
(Aaron Morrissey) Seavey, his five grandchildren and his two dogs. He is also survived
by his brothers, Ormond Jr and Robert Seavey, and his sister, Sage Motteweiler.

Dave graduated from Hibbing High School, Carleton College, and the American
Graduate School of International Management. He was a Peace Corps volunteer on the
island of Truk in Micronesia. Dave had a long career as a businessman in East Asia.
Fluent in Japanese, he helped start Pizza Hut in Japan in the early 70s. He then spent
nearly 25 years at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, helping build and manage their businesses
across Asia, including Japan and China. Towards the end of his career, Dave and
Yoshiko moved to Seoul, where he was President of Wyeth Korea. Throughout his
career, he cared about mentoring talented professionals, and he valued his friendships
with colleagues from around the world.


Dave doted on his children and grandchildren, who shared many of his passions:
swimming, music, sports, Japanese language and culture. He loved his English
Springer Spaniels. He had a passion for vegetable gardening, his elaborate system of
bird feeders, golf, photography, and travel. Dave loved to grill and cook, always sure to
follow a recipe with precision and accuracy. Anyone who knew Dave knew of his love of
Swan Lake, his home in northern Minnesota that he always drove three days to get to,
but maybe they didn’t know he went up there just to do yard work in the quiet. He
constantly worked in his yard, raking, mulching, weeding, and snowplowing whenever

the chance presented itself. He was committed to exercising with Yoshiko and his
trainer, even throughout his battle with cancer. Dave cared about doing things the right
way. He worked hard, and he took care of those he loved.

St. Mary’s and its community were important to Dave. He served as the Rector’s
Warden and was involved in several committees. He sang with Yoshiko in the choir and
treasured being surrounded by the musical harmony orchestrated by Gordon Turk.


He is remembered for his dry and wry sense of humor, his strong work ethic, and loyal,
protective spirit.


A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2024, at 2 pm at St Mary’s
Episcopal Church, 104 Louella Avenue, Wayne, Pennsylvania. Light refreshments will
be served in the Father Greene room following the service. If you would like to make a
donation in Dave’s memory, the family requests that you please consider a contribution
to the St. Mary’s Music Fund, you can send a check made out to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church with the memo: Music Fund, to St. Mary's Episcopal Church c/o Nicole Marie, Parish Administrator, 104 Louella Ave., Wayne PA 19087

or at this link: Music Fund in Memory of David Seavey

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