Albert Seguin, 2012 grand marshal, dead at 87

Albert Seguin, 2012 grand marshal, dead at 87

NORTH PROVIDENCE - Albert W. Seguin, the town's 2012 Memorial Day Parade grand marshal and a war veteran, died on Dec. 20 at the age of 87. Seguin was married to Doris Mae (Carpenter) Seguin for more than 55 years.

Born in Warwick, he was the son of the late Mary (Houde) and Joseph Seguin. The longtime resident of the Fruit Hill neighborhood spent 15 years as a volunteer firefighter with the Marieville Fire Department, serving three years as chief.

Seguin always believed in raising his five sons right, and in being the best example for them that he could be.

"I believe in making a better man out of myself, I don't believe in lying, I don't believe in stealing, and I don't believe in touching things that don't belong to me," he told The Breeze for a story back in 2012. "I believe in prayer, and I believe that to have good luck, you've got to have an angel on your shoulder. I've had a very lucky life."

Seguin attended Aldrich High School then joined the U.S. Navy where he served aboard the USS Sandalwood AN 32 during WWII. He also served on the USS Yosemite AD 19, USS Leyte CVS 32, Boston Reserve Fleet, USS Carleton APB 36, Helicopter Squadron 9, USS Rockbridge APA 228 and was a firefighting instructor at the Newport Naval Fire Fighting School. He retired after 20 years as a chief petty officer of damage control.

A proficient woodworker, Seguin was a member of the Navy Fleet Reserve Association, Branch 42 for over 45 years. He was a lifetime member of the North Providence West Little League, commodore of the Quonset Point Navy Yacht Club, a member of the Fruit Hill Neighborhood Association, member of the R.I. Fire Fighter Instructor's Association and at the time of his death was an officer at the VFW Post 10011.

Seguin attended Johnson and Wales and USAF Institute. He worked at Grinnell Fire Protection Systems, in Cranston until retirement. He was a member of Mathewson St. United Methodist Church in Providence for many years, serving on the board of trustees for 30 years. He enjoyed boating and was an avid fisherman.

Besides his wife Doris, Seguin is survived by his five sons Albert Seguin Jr and wife Arlene of Cranston, Charles and wife Lonna Seguin, of Maine, Donald Seguin and wife Eileen of Cumberland, Kenneth Seguin and wife Gabriella of Florida, and William Seguin and wife Carole of Wakefield. He has eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He is also survived by his brother Lawrence Seguin of Warwick, and sisters Theresa Zannella of Cranston and Jeanette Dellicarpini and Eleanor Capp of Florida. He is predeceased by his brothers Joseph, Arthur, Eugene, Raymond, Leo and sisters Alice and Rita.

A funeral service for Seguin was held on Dec. 28 at the Robbins Funeral Home in North Providence. He was to be buried in the Pocasset Cemetery in Cranston.