Francis W. “Shotgun” Seastrand

Francis W. “Shotgun” Seastrand, 81, passed away after a short illness, on July 2, 2011 at Tufts Medical Center in Boston.  Born in Norwood Hospital, Shotgun was a lifelong resident of Norwood. Shotgun was the son of the late John and Helen (Murphy) Seastrand. Shotgun attended Norwood Public Schools and graduated from Norwood High School in 1947. While attending the high school, Shotgun’s accomplishments in football, hockey and baseball teams became legendary. He was a three sport captain who led his teams by example and he was very modest whenever people spoke about him. He was elected into the Norwood High School  Hall of Fame. Upon graduation, Shotgun signed with the Boston Braves, playing at Owensboro, KY, Dayton, Ohio and Wellesville, NY. In 1951 during the Korean war, Shotgun entered the US Marines. While serving with the Marines, Shotgun played for the Camp Lejune Marines and later for the Quantico Marine baseball teams. One of his closest friends and teammate was the late Harry Agganis. Shotgun said he was a better human being than an athlete which is a great tribute to his friend. Upon discharge, he signed to play for the New York Rangers’ minor league affiliate the Lynn Pics and the Berlin Maroons. He also played for the Norwood Mercs hockey club. After stints in professional sports and in the Marines, Shotgun settled down and opened a Fence Company. He would work for many companies installing their products while also tending to his own business. He loved the physical work and would not use the modern post diggers, preferring to dig the holes by hand. Shotgun built a vacation home in York Beach, ME which all his family enjoyed with him. He was a very generous man who began a summer tradition for his family.  His family would gather there every summer for a weekend where many memories became part of their lives. Shotgun is survived by a sister Marion Lewis of Milton. He was the brother of the late John Seastrand, Helen Eysie and Cornelius “Connie” Seastrand. Cousin of Christine Goodrich of Walpole and dear friend of Kay Grafton of Dedham. Also survived by several loving nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews and friend. A  Mass of Christian Burial  will be celebrated in St. Catherine of Siena, Norwood at 10 AM, Thursday July 7. Relatives and friends kindly invited. Interment Highland Cemetery, Norwood. Donations in Shotgun’s  memory may be made to the Matt Brown  Brownie Points Foundation , P.O. Box 398 Norwood, MA 02062.