Obituary: Seymour Barnett of Westfield, a B-17 Pilot in WWII

Seymour Barnett of Westfield died on Feb. 14, 2014.

Born in New York City, he was raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., and was one of 10 brothers and sisters. He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School and attended Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, for the study of engineering.

He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a B-17 pilot from 1942 to 1945. In 1948 he married his cherished wife Betty, with whom he enjoyed 65 years of matrimony.  

In the late 1940s, Seymour served as president of DeWitt Tool Company of Kenilworth, N.J, the family machine tool distributing business. He was a member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers for a quarter-century.

His obituary, published in the NY Times and the Star Ledger, states that "Seymour, a passionate tennis player, was a true gentleman, devoted family man, forever generous and giving to family and others. He was a rock, so solid that there was always an anchor for everyone around him."

Seymour is survived by his wife, Betty; children, Peter (Susan), Nancy (Siljoy), and Ruth (David); grandchildren, Regina (Rob), Alana (Jon), Alexis (Adam), Adam (Tricia), Ariel, and Henry; great-grandchild, Brooks; brothers, Bobby, Larry, and Bert, and sister, Maureen. He was predeceased by siblings, Belle, Florrie, Jack, Evelyn, and Mickey.

A private memorial tribute will be held at a later date.

Donations in Seymour Barnett's memory can be made to the
Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 356, Westfield, N.J. 07091. 


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