Paul (Wally) Seaver of Milford, who coached youth and high school basketball for 30 years and was chairman of the Milford Youth Center Commission, died Tuesday morning after a two-year battle against amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly know as Lou Gehrigs disease.
Seaver, 53, began his coaching career as the junior varsity boys' basketball coach at Milford High (1983 to 1988). He then served as Franklin High varsity basketball coach from 1988 to 1999. He was coach of the MetroWest Travel Team from Milford which included his sons, Paul and Daniel (1999-2008) and was Wellesley HIgh junior varsity coach for the 2010-11 season.
The Milford Youth Center Gymnasium was named The Paul F. Seaver Gymnasium in October of 2012.
``Paul was an inspiration for our entire athletic program,'' said Wellesley High athletic director John Brown. ``It was never about him, but about giving back to basketball and to athletics.''
Milford High athletic director Rich Piergustavo said Seaver ``will be sorely missed by the entire community. He touched the lives of countless student-athletes whose lives are better for having known him. This is a very sad time for us.''
Numerous fundraising events benefiting ALS and the Seaver family were held in Wellesley and Milford since he was stricken.
Seaver's funeral will be held Friday at 9 a.m. from the Edwards Memorial Funeral Home, 44 Congress Street, Milford,followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in the Upper Church of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 7 East Main Street, Milford. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery in the town.
Visiting hours will be Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m.
In lieu of flowers. memorial donations may be made to The Paul F. Seaver Family Fund, c/o Milford Federal Savings & Loan Association, 246 Main Street, Milford MA 01757.