Lawrence Sealey (1933-2019)
A “legend” and dedicated employee who worked at The Royal Gazette for more than 50 years died at the weekend. Lawrence Sealey was 86.
The Warwick resident retired from the organisation in 1999. Beverley Sealey, Mr Sealey’s wife of 51 years, said he was kind and soft-spoken and “always willing to help someone”.
She added: “He was hard-working and thought a lot about his family.”
Mrs Sealey said that her husband was a quiet man with a sense of humour who “liked to crack a joke”.
He was also a passionate gardener. Mrs Sealey said: “If you visit our house you will see all the stuff that he planted.”
She added that her husband also loved to bake.
Mrs Sealey said: “Banana bread was his favourite.”
Bill Zuill, the former Editor of The Royal Gazette, said that Mr Sealey’s death was a “great loss”.
He added: “He’s one of the legends of the paper and one of the unsung heroes.”
Mr Zuill said that Mr Sealey’s contribution to the newspaper over the years was critical.
He explained: “Although a lot of attention does get put on the reporters and editors and so forth, the fact is that if you don’t print the newspaper, well you certainly hear about that. A lot of that pressure fits with the production team.”
Mr Zuill said that Mr Sealey’s tenure at the newspaper spanned several technological changes to the production process, as well as moments that shaped Bermuda. He added: “He would have literally been a witness to history watching the front pages come off the press over the years.”
Mr Zuill said that Mr Sealey had played a key role to train several generations of Bermudians in the paper’s pressroom.
He added: “Lawrence was really good at passing his knowledge on. I think that may be his biggest legacy; he left a group of people behind him who were very professional and very good at printing a really high-quality newspaper.”
Jamie Cann, the production manager at the Gazette, said that he began working with Mr Sealey in the early 1990s.
Mr Cann described his mentor as a dedicated and “no nonsense” man.
He added: “He had total command of our pressroom.
“He just had the eye for it. Printing was in his blood; he had a natural ability.”
Mr Cann said that co-workers affectionately knew Mr Sealey as “Uncle Lawrence” and he credited his tutelage for helping to shape the man and manager Mr Cann is today.
He added: “He was the man.”
Mr Cann said that Mr Sealey would be remembered as a family man and a hard-working, dedicated worker.
He asked: “How many people can say that they worked for a company for 51 years?”
Mr Sealey was father to six children: Vaughan Simons, Michael Sealey, the late Arthur Sealey, Karen Sealey, Katherinann Sealey and Janice Sealey-Khan.
He had seven grandchildren.
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