Will Seng – Class of 1977

Will Seng – Class of 1977

77-seng_willWill Seng (1977) passed away the morning after Christmas 2003. Our deepest condolences to the Seng family. From the Sengs:

Captain Wilfrid L. Seng, III – Fairfax County Fire & Rescue (20 years)

“Will Seng – loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and great friend of all – passed away at 1:40 this morning, Friday, December 26, 2003. Born on July 5, 1959, Will was 44 years old. Kathy, Joe and Tommy were with him as he peacefully departed this world for heaven. Fighter that he was, Will survived cancer long enough to celebrate Joe’s 15th birthday on the 23rd, as well as Christmas at home. Please remember Will and his family in your thoughts and prayers.”

Will’s siblings include John (1975), Mike (Good Counsel), Laura Seng Knutsen (1978), and Mary (1979).


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Wilfrid L. Seng III, 44, a Fairfax County firefighter who retired in 2003 as shift captain after 28 years as a professional and volunteer, died of pancreatic cancer Dec. 26, 2003, at home in Damascus.

Mr. Seng was born in Bethesda and lived in Maryland throughout his life. While the family lived in Rockville, he attended St. Jude Thaddeus School and graduated from Robert E. Peary High School in 1977. He earned an associate of arts degree in fire science from Montgomery College in 1980. He volunteered with the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department for 10 years. He began his career as a firefighter with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department in 1980, after graduating first in his recruitment class. He completed his service at Station 30 in Merrifield, Va., in June 2003.

He was a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2068.

Mr. Seng and his family moved to Damascus in 1995 and belong to St. John Neumann parish in Gaithersburg.

Mr. Seng joined 12 fellow firefighters who traveled to Florida in 1992 to assist metropolitan Dade County firefighters in repairing damage caused to their homes by Hurricane Andrew. On Sept. 11, 2001, he led one of many rescue teams called to put out fires and aid in search and rescue following the terrorist attack on the Pentagon.

Mr. Seng also worked part-time in exterior and interior home renovations, applying his skills as a carpenter, plumber and electrician. He was an avid baseball fan and enjoyed touring baseball parks throughout the country with family and friends.

Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Kathy Cunningham Seng and their two sons, Joseph and Thomas Seng, all of Damascus; his parents, Joseph and Joyce Seng of Mount Airy; brothers John Seng and wife Christine of Rockville, and Mike Seng of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and sisters Laura Knutsen and husband Kris of Lewes, Del., and Mary Seng of Beltsville.

A memorial service was held Tuesday. A graveside inurnment service followed at All Souls Cemetery in Germantown.

Memorial gifts may be made to an education fund created for Mr. Seng’s children: The Seng Children Benefit Fund, c/o Sandy Spring Bank, 26250 Ridge Road, Damascus, MD 20872.

Funeral arrangements provided by Simple Tribute Funeral Service, Rockville.