Seann Forrest King, 33, Summered in Oak Bluffs

The family and friends of Seann Forrest King will be gathering this weekend, Oct. 9, at Saint Elizabeth's Church in Edgartown to hold a memorial service in Seann's honor. Father Michael Nagle will preside over the services and family friend Karen Felder has graciously agreed to play selected songs. The memorial service will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be immediately followed by a brief service at the East Chop Lighthouse in Oak Bluffs.

Seann was 33 years old when he died suddenly last year on Oct. 27 in Lantana, Fla. He leaves behind those he loved and those who loved him deeply, including his wife, Julie Kaylor King and his three-year-old daughter, Ansley Kaylor King, of Florida; his mother and stepfather, Judith King and Richard Fairchild of Connecticut; his father and stepmother, Pat and Joleen King of Oak Bluffs and Florida; his brother and sister in law, Patrick and Karen King and their sons, Conner and Griffin of Connecticut; his grandparents, Forrest and Gladys Wolfinger of Ohio and Bette and Bob Fritz of Florida. He is, and will continue to be, profoundly missed by all of his extended family and friends.

Seann was born on April 3, 1970 in Stamford, Conn. and grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. He began coming to Martha's Vineyard when he was five years old, and his summers and many holidays were spent in the family's house on Lagoon Pond, in Eastville, Oak Bluffs. He graduated from Turpin High School in Cincinnati in 1988 where he was an outstanding athlete and star running back for the Turpin Spartans.

After attending college at Ohio University in Athens, Seann established a career in the music industry as an audio-visual engineer and designer of complex, commercial sound and video installations while living in the Atlanta, Ga. area, and later in Florida. Seann was a gentle man who loved his family, his friends, his dog Jed, and music. He was an accomplished acoustic and electric guitarist and composer. 

Following the services all are welcome to attend a lunch gathering at the family's house, The Bonnie Brier, at 34 Windemere Lane in Eastville. The family will be dedicating a memorial gazebo on the property to be used as a songwriter's retreat, and it is the family's intention to develop a songwriter's scholarship fund in Seann's memory, to be awarded annually to Island residents.

Seann's adored daughter, Ansley, still says "My Daddy is in my heart." He will be in all of our hearts forever.

In lieu of flowers please consider making a contribution to the education fund Seann's family has established for his daughter. Donations may be made to: Ansley Kaylor King Education Fund, SunTrust Bank, attn: Diane Neun, 667 US Hwy 1, North Palm Beach, Florida 33408.