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William "Bill" Seedorf
July 26, 1943 ~ November 26, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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William (Bill) Perry Seedorf, 80, passed away in Laurel, MD on Sunday, November 26, 2023. He died of complications from a stroke suffered on August 14, 2023.
Bill was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey on July 26, 1943, the second oldest of 5 sons of Harry and Lillian “Betty” Seedorf. Bill joined the Navy after graduation from Atlantic City High School, where he excelled in Spanish. He was in the Navy from 1961 to 1965 where he worked in the Naval Security Group. He tried a few jobs in sales after the Navy, but didn’t like them, so a friend encouraged him to consider working at Ft. Meade, MD. He joined the Department of Defense in 1966. He retired on December 31,1998.
Bill is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jane Seedorf. Bill and Jane met at work at the Department of Defense. Bill made excuses to pass by Jane’s desk, and finally worked up enough courage to ask her out. After three weeks of dating Jane, Bill knew that she was the girl for him, and he felt that way for the rest of his life. Their colleagues call them “Secret Sweethearts.” They married on April 27, 1968.
Bill is also survived by his son, Daniel Seedorf, his daughter-in-law, Rachel Seedorf, and their seven-year-old son, Thomas of Port Orchard, Washington. Bill adored his grandson. After his grandson moved to Washington State (after living in Alaska), Bill would enjoy listening to Thomas read books to him over the phone each week.
Bill and Jane bought their home in the Montpelier neighborhood in Laurel in 1972. Bill, a morning and evening walker around the neighborhood, was well-known to his neighbors. His neighbors thought the world of Bill, saying he was always willing to watch other people’s homes when they travelled, watch pets, watered gardens – whatever he could do to help his neighbors.
Bill began painting after his retirement. He and Jane both took lessons at the Montpelier Mansion. Bill took classes in drawing and watercolor. He enjoyed painting landscapes and seascapes. He also enjoyed jigsaw and crossword puzzles.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents Harry and Betty Seedorf, and two brothers, John Seedorf and Paul Seedorf, all from Atlantic City, NJ.
A Celebration of Life for Bill Seedorf will be scheduled in the future.
Tribute contributions may be made in honor of Bill Seedorf to the Humane Rescue Alliance. Bill adopted the family dog, Sandy, from the Humane Rescue Alliance, and was a regular donor. You can donate online by clicking here, or send your donation in tribute to Bill Seedorf to the Development Office at 71 Oglethorpe Street NW Washington, DC 20011. The Humane Rescue Alliance is a nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization (tax identification number 53-0219724) under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law.