Source:16 August 2004 Daily Southerner newspaper, Tarboro, N. C.
EDWARD H. SENEFF II
Edward Hamilton Seneff II died August 13, 2004 after a short battle with liver cancer.A resident of the Fountains at the Albemarle in Tarboro, N.C., since 2000, Ed was born in San Diego, Calif. in 1928 to Alice Hogg Seneff and Thomas Ellsworth Seneff. He spent most of his childhood in Pittsburgh, and attended VES (Virginia Episcopal School) in Lynchburg, Va., from 1942 to 1946.
During the Korean conflict, he enlisted in the Navy, serving on the Destroyer the USS Braine from 1950 to 1954, as Captain's Yeoman.He attended the University of Pittsburgh before and after his service in the Navy. He had one sister, Elizabeth (Liz) Seneff Corrigan, who passed away in 1993.
Ed's varied career in journalism began in 1955, when he worked for the Cecil Whig in Elkton, Md. He married Phyllis Wiltfeuer, also a Pittsburgh native, in 1958; Phyllis predeceases Ed, having passed away in May of 2004. They married in Pittsburgh at Calvary Episcopal Church, which they had both attended as children. They had two daughters, Heather, born in 1961, and Trevor, born in 1964.
Ed's career in journalism included working as the editor of Cecil Democrat in Elkton, Md., the Maryland Independent in La Plata, Md., and the Times Mirror in Leesburg, Va. He was bureau chief for the Richmond Times Dispatch in Charlottesville, Va., and managing editor of the Publisher's Auxiliary, the trade newspaper of the National Newspaper Association, with offices in the National Press Building in Washington, D.C. In 1971 he published the Georgetown and Capitol Hill Spectators, weekly newspapers serving the inner city.
In 1972, Ed's journalism career took him away from the Washington, D.C. area to Ticonderoga, N.Y., where he was the editor of the Ticonderoga News, and later to Madawaska, Maine, where he was the editor of the St. John Valley Times until 1974. Ed then worked as Director of Public Relations for the University of Maine at Machias in 1975.During this time, his mother, Alice Hogg Seneff, lived with the family, and near the family, in both Ticonderoga and Madawaska.
In 1976, Ed moved his family back to the Washington, DC area, where he worked as editor of the Citizen News in La Plata, Md. The Seneffs lived in Waldorf, Md. from 1976 until 2000.From 1977 to 1980, Ed worked as a District Court Commissioner in La Plata, Md.
During this time in Southern Maryland, he performed in several local theater productions with the Port Tobacco Players in La Plata, Md., including Jesus Christ Superstar and Oliver!, with his most memorable and major role that of Emily's father, Charles Webb, in Thornton Wilder's Our Town.
In 1980, he began a career in the Federal Government, working in the Department of the Army editing and rewriting Army regulations and documents, and as a staff editor for Military Intelligence; he later worked at Fort McNair for the National Defense University, editing manuscripts for publication.Ed retired from the Federal Government in 1995.
After his retirement and while still residing in Waldorf, he served on the Library Commission for Charles County. An avid music lover all his life, Ed performed as a supernumerary (a non-singing extra) on the stage in many operas with the Washington Opera in D.C., including Aida, Werther, and Pagliacci.Throughout his life, he was also interested in photography, both in his capacity as a journalist and as a fine art form, entering his photographs in many art shows.
A longtime member of the National Press Association, Ed also belonged to the Rotary Club for many years in La Plata, Md., and in Tarboro, N.C. He also belonged to the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR).
Ed and his wife Phyllis moved to Tarboro, N.C., in 2000, to the Fountains at the Albemarle, near Rocky Mount where their daughter Trevor and her family reside. Ed wrote a weekly column, Whistlin' Dixie, for the Daily Southerner in Tarboro, N.C. and volunteered as a Mentor in the Tarboro school system.
He attended The Church of the Epiphany in downtown Washington for many years while living in the Washington area, and recently belonged to Calvary Church in Tarboro, N.C., where he was a tenor in the church choir.
His many friends and his family admired Ed's full sense of humor and his enthusiasm and appreciation for each day.
His daughters survive Ed: Heather and her husband Roger Harrington of Seattle, Wash.; and Trevor and her husband William A. (Tony) Foote of Rocky Mount, N.C. Two young grandchildren, Alexander and Nathaniel Foote of Rocky Mount, also survive him.
A memorial service will be held at Calvary Episcopal Church in Tarboro on Wednesday August 18 at 2 p.m. Friends and family will be received in Clark Hall of Calvary Church after the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Friends of Music at Calvary, PO Box 1245, Tarboro, N.C. 27886.Ed's ashes will be interred at Calvary Churchyard alongside those of his wife.