Alvin (Bud) H. Seligman died on June 8, 2021 in the family home in East Longmeadow where he was also born on March 8, 1924. He lived on this farm for most of his life, which was purchased by his great-grandmother, Caroline Kibbe Champlin in 1862. His parents, William and Frances moved to Springfield where he attended the Springfield Public Schools, graduating from Springfield Technical High School in 1942. He spent his summers on the farm, with his grandparents, Frank G. and Elva Champlin Hulett. He enlisted in the Navy serving in the Pacific in World War 2. He married Eleanor (Ellie) J. Hoh on July 17, 1948. They returned to the family farm in East Longmeadow where they raised their family and lived for 73 years. After returning from the war, he attended and graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelors in Engineering and went to earn in MBA from Western New England College. Bud retired as Plant Manager of Sporting Products at Smith and Wesson. Bud was a born teacher teaching Sunday school classes, adult evening classes for the Employers Association, Christian education to school children under the ACTS program, classes to prisoners at the Somers Prison and skiing with the blind at Mount Tom. His greatest teaching accomplishment was setting an example for his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Bud was very active at The First Baptist Church and Park Memorial Baptist Church both in Springfield serving as moderator, deacon and Sunday school teacher. He most recently attended the First Baptist Church in East Longmeadow. Bud was blessed with an optimistic, sunny nature. He was always happy and there was never a bad day. Bud loved skiing, tending his vegetables, boarding horses, and raising beautiful flowers. He also loved to travel with his wife Ellie. They traveled to all 50 states and throughout Europe. He is survived by his wife Eleanor, his 3 children, Paula Wayne and her husband Kendall of Derby, VT, Richard Seligman of Belchertown, MA, Dr. James Seligman and his husband Joseph Castellana of Boston, MA, and daughter-in-law, Esther Brooks. He also leaves 9 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his sister Ida DiCarlo Jones and his sister in law, Nancy Hoh Story. Family and friends are invited to gather on Friday, June 11, from 4:00PM-6:00PM at Byron Keenan Funeral Home & Cremation Tribute Center, 1858 Allen St., Springfield. A funeral service for Bud will take place on Saturday, June 12 beginning at 2:00PM at the funeral home, followed by burial in Baptist Village Cemetery, East Longmeadow.
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