Ann Fuellhart Seamans

  • Born: January 1, 1943
  • Died: January 12, 2021
  • Location: Bedford, Massachusetts

Concord Funeral Home

Director - Glenn D. Burlamachi, CFSP
74 Belknap St.
Concord, MA 01742

glennb@concordfuneral.com
Tel. (978) 369-3388

Tribute & Message From The Family


Ann Seamans, 78, died January 12, 2021 in her home in Bedford, MA, from pancreatic cancer with family at her side. Her strength and determination this past year was amazing; she was supported by her family, friends and community members with much love. Ann was born in Wilkes-Barre PA. to Howard and Ruth Pace Fuellhart. She was married and divorced from Sidney Seamans, deceased, and they had a beautiful daughter, Heather, who they loved dearly and who predeceased both parents.

Ann's life was a journey filled with love, laughter and adventure. It took her down many paths that she strode with talent, perseverance and the utmost care for others. But Ann was no saint; she and her family and friends enjoyed that part of her...her magical laughter was a beauty in itself.

Family was always important to Ann. She is greatly missed by her three sisters, Sandra Evans, Dana Fuellhart and Susan Loyd. Ann hosted many lively never-to-be-forgotten family reunions. Her nieces and nephews held special places in their hearts for Ann. She listened to them, talked with them, and sometimes acted just like them. They loved her dearly. Ann and her friends shared a special relationship marked by love and loyalty. She liked nothing better than to spend time with them with a glass of wine, a gin and tonic, or a watermelon cosmo, talking, laughing or crying. She loved to swim in Walden Pond and under the stars in a friend's pool.

Ann was an accomplished professional editor, writer, indexer, fundraiser, and event organizer. She earned a BA degree from UNH in History and English with a Graduate Business Degree from Harvard University Extension. Not to allow her educational achievements to be too narrow, she was certified as a Master Mixologist through the Harvard Bartending Course. Her career began as a freelance editor in Cambridge, MA, doing extensive proofreading, editing and indexing for Harvard University Press, Ballinger, D.C. Heath and Co., and others. In 1983 she joined Digital Equipment Corp. and then Lotus Development as a Senior Manager and Documentation Manager Editor. Ann and her family moved to London, UK in 1991, living there for 12 years where she put her skills to work as a volunteer. She did fundraising for the Women on the Move Conference and conceived and organized a literary evening for the Camden Society with authors, Ken Follett, Margaret Drabble, Terrance Dicks, Gregory Maguire and Cicely Herbert as honored guests, raising $15,000.

"The summer of 1959, I traveled to the UK and Europe with Rev. Lawrence and his wife which began my life-long love of travel." These are Ann's words; she did love to travel which lay the foundation for her founding of her travel service, Britain Before You, where she took groups of 8-15 people to the UK, Italy, Norway, France and America. She designed an itinerary for each trip to accommodate the special interests of her clients. In conjunction with this, she became a Hotel Inspector for Signpost Hotel Guide, visiting and writing descriptions of various hotels. Ann was also a reviewer for Harden's London Restaurant Guide – it was all hands-on learning for Ann and she loved it! Ann used all of her accumulated knowledge to create a manuscript "How to Enjoy London" to help expatriates adapt to and enjoy a new culture. Ann was not about to allow her historic "Timothy Jones" house lay vacant while she was in England and, influenced by her experiences in English country inns, she opened her home to guests as The Timothy Jones B&B. It is not a surprise that a guest wrote "the home is a treasure and so is Ann."

Ann loved her town of Bedford, and unselfishly gave of her time and effort. For 15 years, Ann enthusiastically volunteered at her local television station, Bedford TV. She was proud to be a witty, award-winning, co-anchor of its live weekly news broadcast, and she used her well-honed editing skills to develop the scripts. As a volunteer video producer, Ann filmed many events around town, including her beloved Historic Preservation Committee. Her short film "Bedford Under Siege" went viral and received almost 1000 views on YouTube. Ann was honored annually at the Bedford TV Awards Shows, earning several accolades including the Joe Serra Most Valuable Crew Member, the Red Heat Volunteer of the Year, and Best Virtual Show with her Bedford TV News cast.

Recognizing her immense contributions, Ann was recently invited to join the Board of Directors of Bedford TV. Everyone who interacted with Ann at Bedford TV loved working with her. She lit up the studio when she walked into it, bringing her wry humor and dedication to each project she undertook.

Bedford was near and dear to Ann's heart. She was passionate about protecting its history, its way of life and its natural beauty. When the State wanted to store tons of toxic dirt from Boston's "Big Dig" in Bedford, Ann led the fight to prevent it. She was delighted that a protected vernal pool saved the town. In 2017, when thousands of asphalt trucks ran 24/7 through Bedford for the Hanscom Airport repaving project, she rallied. Ann is one of "Bad Mice" founders of the town's Hanscom Field Projects Impacting Bedford Facebook group. Her gift was bringing people together.

The love of Ann's life was her dear Heather. They were the best of friends and shared a relationship that was beautiful. Through Heather, Ann became the Historian at Open Door Theater, in Acton, MA, where Heather sang and acted. Ann's love of and support for the Friday Night Fun Club, a club for developmentally challenged adults, was instrumental in the success of the club. Heather's friends loved Ann.

A celebration of Ann's life will be delayed until it is safe to gather, covid-19 free.

Donations can be made in honor of Ann and Heather's lives to:
Open Door Theater
16 Charter Rd.
Acton, MA, 01720
www.opendoortheater.org

Ovations for the Cure
79 Main St., #202
Framingham, MA 01702
www.ovationsforthecure.org

West Concord Union Church
1317 Main St.
Concord, MA 01742
www.westconcordunionchurch.org


Condolence & Memory Journal

I am very sorry to read that Ann has passed away. I came to know her in July 2018 as a guest and returned in spring 2019 to her place from Switzerland. In this short amount of time, I came to know her exactly as you described her. Due to the Corona situation, contact was not possible and it is very sad to find out that there will be no further visit to her home. I truly liked her as a dear friend and will carry the blouse from her daughter Heather, with which she gifted me, with even more respect.
Does she have a grave to visit?
With my best wishes to her family
Andrea from Switzerland

Posted by Andrea Eugster Ingold - St. Gallen, Switzerland - Friend   May 26, 2021

We got to know Ann as the spunky representative of Bedford TV who, always with a smile and a joke, happily filmed and then edited many of the historical programs presented by the Bedford HIstorical Society. This led Ann to join the Society, and she came to the Society's annual holiday parties, held in our Bedford home, to enjoy the social nature of these events, but also, so typical of Ann, to help Carol in the kitchen -- making sure that platters of hors d'oeuvres were distributed among the party rooms and passed out to individual guests. When problems at Hanscom Field got Ann involved in fights over them, Bill joined with Ann and others to commit his time and effort, as a Bedford Selectman, to fight on her behalf. Ann's persistence and will always made her friends WANT to assist her, but it was easy as she was always on the right side of issues. We were so distressed when we learned of her illness, and heart broken when she passed away. But there is relief knowing that her pain is gone, and that she's drinking a G&T in heaven, relieved by the outcome of the election. Rest in peace, Ann. We love you, Carol Amick and Bill Moonen

Posted by Carol Amick and Bill Moonan - Friend   January 30, 2021

We laughed so much my friend. Steve and I are heartbroken. That spot by the pool you loved will always be yours. I remember the last bonfire and night swim we shared, when Steve led a toast to "The Summer of Ann." It was. It was The Summer of Ann. Grateful for the time together.

Posted by Patty Dahlgren - Friend   January 29, 2021

I met Ann when she and Heather attended a Symposium my organization was hosting for ovarian cancer. From that day forward, a friendship was born. I will miss her laugh, her amazing cocktails and her friendship dearly. Tonight I will have a gin and tonic in her memory. Love you Ann!

Posted by Susan Patterson - Boston, MA   January 21, 2021

I knew Ann for many years.was a good friend of Heather
Ann was a wonderful person with a heart of gold.
She was kind,loving and great to be around.
I remember the good times at her house at the parties for
Heather.She will be missed by all.Party on Ann and Heather
Wendy and Matt burley

Posted by wendy burley - marlboro, MA - Friend   January 19, 2021

Ann will be sadly missed; to know her was to love her and her soul, filled with kindness and generosity, hope and love, determination and humor, strength and dedication. My deepest sympathy to her family and her many friends, we're all going to miss the bright light that she brought to our lives. Love you Ann.

Posted by Judy Lowstuter - West Grove, PA - Friend   January 17, 2021

Ann was and will remain a bright and beautiful light in our lives. Her unsurpassed caring , love and laughter are gifts she gave so freely. We are thankful for the gift of Ann I. Our lives.

Posted by Helen and Doug Edwards - Family   January 17, 2021

My sincere condolences. I loved Ann so dearly. One of a kind. Such abiding joy, in the face of everything! She taught me a lot. Heaven is lucky to have her.

Posted by Stacy Swider - Bedford, MA - Friend   January 16, 2021

I first met Ann and Heather and Sid a few years before the Beatles broke up. I was always amazed that Ann lived in the moment, though. She was perfectly happy reminiscing, but got really animated when discussing her current friends and adventures. And any adventure involving her best friend Heather was shared with gusto. One of my happiest memories is pub-crawling through a part of London new to us. Until Heather realized that pub crawls are heavy on chatting, light on cheeseburgers and Hard Rock Cafe. Which inexorably led us to become friendly with the staff at an Indian food restaurant above a great pub. And Ann never stopped laughing. I am so sorry that your family is suffering through this tragedy.

Posted by Carol & Kevin Smith (Moody) - Milwaukee, WI - Friend   January 16, 2021


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