Dr. Seymour Burday, born August 6, 1929, died on November 29th, 2017. Born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y. he was a polymath, tested in his early years at Stevens Institute of Technology as being an individual of many aptitudes. He had many hobbies that ranged from stamp collecting, coin collecting, and model building. He was an avid gardener and as he said “I only grow what I can eat.”
Educated at Alfred University in New York with a degree in Animal Husbandry, Dr. Burday’s professions early in life included a door to door egg route, operating a nailing machine in a shoe factory in Los Angeles, working as a dairy farmer, a chicken farmer, and a pullorum tester (tests chicken disease). As a tester, he had the highest score ever recorded in the New Jersey Pullorum tester qualifying exam.
Later on his businesses included owning a chicken farm with over 10,000 chickens, owning a gasoline station and repair shop, and becoming a Chiropractor with practices in the Bronx as well as Monsey, N.Y.
In 1964 Dr. Burday and his brother Dr. Gerald Burday opened Beaumont Camp for autistic children and behavioral problems in the Catskill Mountains in New York. In 1969 they opened Beaumont School, a boarding school for the same type of children where he was the Administrator for both the school and camp.
In 1982 Dr. Burday retired at age 53 but he didn’t stay retired long. He became an insurance adjuster / inspector for a company in upstate Woodbourne New York and then with his wife Irene, owned and operated a Hallmark card and gift store in Liberty New York. His final work experience was the Assessor for the Village of Liberty. In 1996 Dr. Burday and his wife Irene retired to the village of East Falmouth on Cape Cod.
Dr. Burday is predeceased by his beloved wife of 46 years in 2002 and is survived by his friend and cherished companion, Marilyn Zacks. He is also survived by his two sons: Larry, his wife Madeleine and their children Alex and Rachel and her husband Jon Lewis and child Jacob, and his son Irving and wife Claire, their daughters Rebecca and husband, John Holland, and Jaclyn and her husband Mark Johnson and their children Eleanor and Nathaniel.
A long, interesting life and never boring.
A memorial service will be held at 11 AM on Sunday, Dec. 3, at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 584 West Falmouth Hwy (Route 28A), WEST FALMOUTH.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Seymour to a charity of one’s choice.