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01/28/15 - NNHS Newsletter - Gary Sealey

Gary Dale Sealey
(d. 25 Jan 2015)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,

   There is yet another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today.    Gary Sealey, son of Barbara Womble Lawson (NNHS / HHS - '59) of VA, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Sipalay, Philippines on Sunday, January 25, 2014 at the age of 55.

   Gary was once a prolific contributor to our pages. He will surely be missed.

From the Daily Press - 01/28/15:

                 Gary Dale Sealey

SIPALAY, PHILIPPINES - Gary Dale Sealey, 55, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at his home in Sipalay, Philippines.

Gary was a kind-hearted, compassionate, fun-loving soul who never met a stranger or turned away a person in need. He lived his life caring for others and would give the shirt off his back to anyone who asked. His love shined wherever he went, and people were drawn to his strength of character. He was a loyal servant of God with a faith that was demonstrated by his actions to all who knew him.

Gary was born in Hampton, VA and was the oldest son of Barbara Lawson of Poquoson and the late David Sealey. He is survived by his wife, Susie Alejandro Sealey, two sons Shay and Seth all of Sipalay, Philipines, daughter Callie Sealey of Hampton, brothers Todd Sealey (Karen) of Newport News and Shannon Sealey (Andrea) of Poquoson. 


Gary Sealey

Gary was a graduate of the Newport News Shipyard Apprentice School, received his B.A. from Christopher Newport University, and M.A. from Old Dominion University. At the Shipyard, he worked as a Quality Inspector for many years.

Later, he left to work at Menchville High School where he pursued his true passion of working with others to better themselves through education. He worked to develop a Sports Marketing program and student run credit union that later helped earn his recognition as the National Marketing Teacher of the Year.

While teaching, he visited the Philippines with his wife, Susie, and saw first-hand the needs that existed in the schools there. At the same time, he was sponsoring the Key Club at Menchville High School and used that opportunity to launch his foundation which provided educational materials and school supplies to children in the Philippines. This is what eventually lead his move to his wife's home town where he felt called to lead his foundation and make an impact on the children living there.

Gary had a strong faith that was demonstrated through this daily life. He was active in his church here in the United States, Liberty Baptist, and continued to share his love of Christ with those he met in the Philippines. During his time in the Philippines, Gary continued to work to improve the lives of the children in Sipalay. He provided a weekly meal for the local school children, brought in donations of school supplies, and opened a local store that focused on providing hard to obtain items at affordable prices which was aptly known as The Sealey Store.

A memorial service celebrating the life of Gary will be held at St. Marks United Methodist Church at 99 East Mercury Blvd in Hampton, VA on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 11am. The family welcomes friends to join them at a reception following the service.

A formal burial service will be held in the Philippines with Gary's wife and sons there.

The family requests that in lieu flowers, donations be made to St. Marks United Methodist Church in Gary's name.

View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on January 28, 2015.

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January 29, 2015

Barbara and Family. I am so sorry for your loss. May God's blessings and grace be upon your family. Gary touched and changed the lives of many people and surely will be missed.

~ Bobby Turpin, Newport News, Virginia


January 29, 2015

I love you, my big brother, and will miss you dearly.

~ Todd Sealey, Newport News, Virginia


January 29, 2015

Mr. Sealey was an amazing person, teacher and friend. He looked to see the best in every single person he met and never spoke a harsh word. He allowed people from all walks of life to see their own potential and taught them to believe in themselves. Today is a sad day, Mr. Sealey you will be missed.

~ Bill W.

January 29, 2015

Gary was such a warm and caring person. we used to walk into school together at Menchville. He always had a bright smile and kind words. I am so sorry for your loss.

~ Nicole Cooke, Newport News, Virginia

January 29, 2015

Gary was a wonderful man with a huge heart. My heart goes out to his family, students and friends who loved him dearly.
Gary will be truly missed.

~ Lalita Samrai, Boynton Beach, Florida


January 30, 2015
May God's love and comfort embrace the Sealey Family in this most difficult time. Gary has been a dear friend for more than 40 years. He will be missed.

Edmund Blanchard, Yorktown, Virginia

January 30, 2015
Gary was a gallant and warm gentleman who touched so many lives. His innovation and positive attitude made our school a better place. I will always cherish our time together at MHS.

~ Emmy Hanks


February 01, 2015

Dear Barbara and family,
I just learned this morning about the death of Gary. Honey, I am so saddened over your loss. I pray that God will give you much comfort. He was a wonderful person and son. I know he will be greatly missed. You have all of your wonderful memories to keep him alive in your heart. I send all of my sympathy to you and to the entire family. Billie Deese -

~ Billie Deese

February 03, 2015
  You could not help but smile when you saw Gary. He was one of the most positive people I knew. He had so many wonderful attributes it would be too many to list. He packed a lifetime of accomplishments into his short 55 years on this earth. It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye and God bless you, Gary.

~ Candy Tyrrell, Hampton, Virginia

February 04, 2015
There is an angel among us now! Gary was a great man, father, and friend. His smile will always be remembered. My heart felt condolences for his family, God bless him.
Cindy O'Hare

Cindy O'Hare

February 06, 2015



February 06, 2015



  Our deepest sympathies are extended to Gary's family and their friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Sometime, Somewhere

Words by Ophelia G. Adams
Music by Charles D. Tillman

Unanswered yet? The prayer lips have pleaded
In agony of heart these many years?
Does faith begin to fail, is hope departing,
And think you all in vain those falling tears?
Say not the Father hath not heard your prayer;
You shall have your desire, sometime, somewhere,
You shall have your desire, sometime, somewhere.

Unanswered yet? Tho' when you first presented
This one petition at the Father's throne,
It seemed you could not wait the time of asking,
So urgent was your heart to make it known.
Tho' years have passed since then, do not despair;
The Lord will answer you, sometime, somewhere,
The Lord will answer you, sometime, somewhere.

Unanswered yet? Nay, do not say ungranted;
Perhaps your part is not yet wholly done,
The work began when first your prayer was uttered,
And God will finish what he has begun
If you will keep the incense burning there;
His glory you shall see, sometime, somewhere,
His glory you shall see, sometime, somewhere.

Unanswered yet? Faith cannot be unanswered;
Her feet were firmly planted on the Rock;
Amid the wildest storm prayer stands undaunted,
Nor quails before the loudest thunder shock;
She knows Omnipotence has heard her prayer,
And cries, "It shall be done, sometime, somewhere,"
And cries, "It shall be done, sometime, somewhere."

"Sometime, Somewhere" midi (sequenced by Brian M. Ames, copyright 1999) and lyrics courtesy
of - 10/03/05

Greg Olsen Painting courtesy of 02/10/05

Blackwork Flowers Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 08/12/04

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