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True Stories

Thaddeus Seymour (1928–2019)


Sadly, we say goodbye to our chairman, cofounder and leader—in every sense of the word—Thaddeus Seymour. Chairman Seymour, or “Thad” to those who knew and worked with him, passed away peacefully at home Saturday with family by his side. He was 91 and is survived by his beloved wife of 71 years, Polly, and their four children. Former president of Rollins College. Unwavering advocate for Winter Park. Generous mentor who cared about community. Intellectual without a hint of condescension. To try and summarize his life, and what he meant to us, in a couple of paragraphs would do Thad a terrible injustice. Suffice to say, he was always quick with a smile, a story and an encouraging word. Habitat for Humanity and Winter Park have lost a true champion and friend. We’ll miss you dearly, Thad.

Jeff Todd (1958-2017)

At a special ceremony on the Lyman construction site, Board members, volunteers, and friends gathered to honor and thank Jeff Todd, the unsung hero of Habitat. Jeff, who has been the construction expert on almost every site from the very beginning, has been a patient and wise guide as countless volunteers, with more enthusiasm than skill, have tackled all the jobs: site preparation, digging foundations, filling stemwall, mounting trusses, closing in the roof, framing, taping drywall, trimming, and painting. Jeff has been patient, wise, and kind, and his friends wanted to say "thanks" and presented him with an engraved clock to mark the innumeraberable hours he has devoted to Habitat.