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“Here we are years (3) later, still think about you johnny boom boom, any time I hear drumline play or think about my drumline days you were a part of...Read More »
1 of 36 | Posted by: Peter Diez - West Palm, FL

“The first time I met John was at my 27th birthday gathering and Autumn's 21rst..we got a hook up from the door guy to let John in because he was only...Read More »
2 of 36 | Posted by: Kristi Parramoure

“We miss you Mr."C" :( ”
3 of 36 | Posted by: David Delvalle - Orlando, FL

“I marched my first year of drum corps with Johnny Boom Boom (Magic of Orlando 2003), as we called him. I was young, and scared to death coming in...Read More »
4 of 36 | Posted by: Blair Wooldridge - Columbus, GA

“I spent two years in the same bassline as John in Magic of Orlando. I also went to FSU with him. I really admired the guys character. So righteous,...Read More »
5 of 36 | Posted by: Peter Diez - West Palm Beach, FL, FL

Johnny Boom Boom doing what he did best... having fun and making people laugh! “John "Johnny Boom Boom", "John Boy" Seay played the 5th Bass Drum for the 2003 Magic of Orlando Drumline... and I played #4. John was the epitome of...Read More »
6 of 36 | Posted by: Chris Slipp - Somerville, MA

“John and I marched together in 2005 & 2006 so I didn't know him for very long, but he definitely had a lasting effect. He was dedicated,...Read More »
7 of 36 | Posted by: Rich Flemings - Lincoln, NE

“I am deeply saddened to hear about John's passing. I marched with John ("Johnny Boom Boom") in the 2003 Magic of Orlando Drumline. John's positive...Read More »
8 of 36 | Posted by: Brennan MacFarland - MI - Friend

“In the short time that I had gotten to know John he had already felt like one of my closest friends. In light of the fact most of us never saw this...Read More »
9 of 36 | Posted by: Steve Michael Daniels

“John was such a wonderful person. He always had a smile on his face and did his best to make everyone else laugh too. Although we weren't the closest...Read More »
10 of 36 | Posted by: Amanda Bourque - Tallahassee, FL

“I'm deeply saddened by the loss of a fellow drummer, but my earlier and more formative memories of John include his contagious smile and laughter,...Read More »
11 of 36 | Posted by: Rob Fraxedas - Windermere, FL

“Sara and Jim, Jim and I want to express our sincere condolences and heartfelt sympathy. Having lost a child, we know the devastation and heartbreak....Read More »
12 of 36 | Posted by: Jane Spann - Altamonte Springs, FL

“My heart and prayers go out to all of John's family, friends, fellow corps members, and all the others whose life he touched. What can i say about...Read More »
13 of 36 | Posted by: Adrienne Peck

“My wife Debbie and I would also like to extend our sincere sympathy in the loss of your beloved John. Even though I never had the pleasure of meeting...Read More »
14 of 36 | Posted by: Jim Phillips - Orlando, FL

“I didn't know John, but I feel a profound sense of loss for this amazing young man who left us too soon. To Autumn and John's family, please know...Read More »
15 of 36 | Posted by: Paul Johnson - FL

“John and I marched together at Magic of Orlando in 2003. That was my first summer ever marching, and I could always remember John laughing and joking...Read More »
16 of 36 | Posted by: Megan Bennett

“Jim, we are so sorry for your loss, may God be a good shepherd and sustain you in your time. Our family's prayers and thoughts are with you and Sara,...Read More »
17 of 36 | Posted by: Omar and Christina Gonzalez - FL

“Your soul will forever live on. Take care of our loved ones in heaven that have already passed. I promise that Autumn will be in good hands, and that...Read More »
18 of 36 | Posted by: Drew Evans - Tampa, FL - Friend

“Thinking of all of you during this difficult time. John was always able to make those around him laugh and smile - a true pleasure to be in the...Read More »
19 of 36 | Posted by: Christine Davidson

“To lose a son and a fiancce leaves wholes in your hearts and the anguish of loss. Please know our prayers are with you.... Will and Cindy Still ”
20 of 36 | Posted by: Will and Cindy Still

“Jim and Sarah: Our deepest sympathy thoughts go to you and your familya for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Let all the great...Read More »
21 of 36 | Posted by: Carl and Maria Motes - Orlando, FL

“Sarah and Jim ~ Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Deepest Sympathy, Sandy and Terry ”
22 of 36 | Posted by: Terry Doherty and Sandy Adamson - WI

This photo was taken in May 2000 at the Lake Brantley HS Percussion Recital. “John was one of the most hilarious people I've ever met. His gregarious personality and genuine warmth made him a very special person who was loved...Read More »
23 of 36 | Posted by: Thomas Beraldi - Medford, MA

“Dearest Seays, Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathy are with you. In friendship, The Dohertys ”
24 of 36 | Posted by: Mike, Terry & Erin Doherty - WI

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all of John's family, friends, and fiancé as you cope with this unexpected loss. My wish for you is that the...Read More »
25 of 36 | Posted by: Patrice (Beraldi ) Kenny - Apopka, FL

“All of you who hold John in your hearts know that it was impossible to be with him and not spend most of the time laughing. He was the best friend I...Read More »
26 of 36 | Posted by: Billy Fornaci - New York, NY

“John was a rare and special person that had a lasting effect on me. John never knew the word "can't" and was always agreeable and motivated to...Read More »
27 of 36 | Posted by: Colin McNutt - Amherst, MA

“I met Johnny "Boom Boom" in the summer of 2002 while he was marching magic and I was marching Boston Crusaders...We were in a parade and chatting it...Read More »
28 of 36 | Posted by: Tony "Toe" del Rivero - Miami, FL

“I just wanted to express my most heartfelt condolences to the Seay family as well as everyone who ever had the honor of knowing John. He was without...Read More »
29 of 36 | Posted by: Rob Eriov - Friend

“John had such a warm personality and when we worked a shift with him chances are it was a good day. He was always quick to give compliment and a...Read More »
30 of 36 | Posted by: Peter, Ashley, Nikki, and Adam - FL

“I remember John as a gregarious, vivacious 4 year old in our carpool to First Presbyterian. He kept me in stitches with his stories and antics! My...Read More »
31 of 36 | Posted by: Cheryl (Taglia) Hankins - Orlando, FL

“My heart and prayers go out to the Seay family and Autumn, Johns fiance in this tragic time. ”
32 of 36 | Posted by: David Hatcher - Uncle

“John was an unforgettable personality from the very beginning. As the youngest of four he never had to do anything but be himself to stand out. He...Read More »
33 of 36 | Posted by: Micah, Jennifer, Echo Hatcher - GA

“Our condolences to the family. We cannot express how much his work with TCI meant to all of us and how much he will be missed. ”
34 of 36 | Posted by: Julie Frye - Orlando, FL

“Autumn, my heart aches for you. Please know that you are in our prayers. Hugs to you, as well as the rest of the family....all our love~Ryan, Michele...Read More »
35 of 36 | Posted by: Michele Quinn and Family

“The staff of Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home would like to extend our condolences to John's family and friends during this difficult time. ”
36 of 36 | Posted by: Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home - FL


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John Richard De Barr Seay, 25, of Apopka joined his Lord on the afternoon of April 22, 2010. John departed this life peacefully and unexpectedly after a very brief illness. He was the beloved son of Jim and Sarah Seay of Apopka, Florida, the beloved brother of Henry, Annie, and Billy Seay, and the beloved fiancé of Autumn Hassell. John attended pre-school at First Presbyterian of Maitland, where he was one of Miss Kitty’s favorites. At Spring Lake Elementary School he was a participant in the gifted program, including Odyssey of the Mind Competitions. John attended Rock Lake Middle School where his early talent for percussion was discovered and he was a member of the Concert and Jazz Bands. At Lake Brantley High School John was for four years a member of the Marching Band and headed the renowned Lake Brantley Drumline both his junior and senior years. John then attended Florida State University where he was a percussionist with the Marching Chiefs for two years. He finished his studies at University of Central Florida, from which he graduated in 2008.
John had three loves in life: his family, drumming and percussion of any description, and the love of his life, fiancée, Autumn Hassell, whom he planned to marry in the fall. John’s drum corps international activities included marching with the Magic Drum Corps, as well as the Madison Scouts and Phantom Regiment. The culmination of his drum corps career was his service as captain of the Bass Line which was ranked first in the United States in his final year of competition. John had just settled in to his first real job with the Waldorf Astoria, and spent his spare time making wedding plans with Autumn and serving as visuals coach for Timber Creek Indoor Drumline. John had just returned from drum corps indoor finals in Dayton, Ohio. John will be remembered by all who knew him as a loving and gentle soul, always more concerned with others than with himself. He was selfless in his devotion to his family, selfless in his volunteer efforts with Drum Corps and completely consumed with his love for Autumn.
In addition to his fiancée, John is survived by his parents, his brothers and sister, a grandmother, nine aunts and uncles, eleven first cousins, and a large and loving extended family. He will be missed and mourned by his many friends and colleagues. John left this life as happy as anyone could be. While we who are left behind must do without his physical presence now, wonderful memories of him will keep him alive in our hearts until we are reunited. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of John may be made to the Timber Creek Drumline, 235 Lakeridge Court, Winter Springs, Florida, 32708.
Arrangements for visitation and a service to celebrate the LIFE of John Seay are as follows. Visitation: Sunday, April 25, 2010 – Baldwin Fairchild Apopka Chapel, 601 N. Park Ave. Apopka 32712 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m... Celebration and Reception: Monday, April 26, 2010-St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, 9913 Bear Lake Road, Apopka at 11:00 a.m.