George Seabron Sr., a leader and activist in Sacramento who dedicated his life to empowering the African American community, died Aug 16. after a prolonged illness.
He was 93.
Seabron attended the University of San Francisco, where he majored in marketing and began selling real estate in 1958 to the Sacramento African American community. In 1961, he opened Seabron Realty on Stockton Boulevard and Broadway that later moved to 35th Street.
A firm believer in fair housing and community service, Seabron was assiduous in his efforts to help African American families purchase their first homes in Oak Park during the 1960s.
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“He wanted people to feel comfortable wherever they were and not always feel like a victim,” said Retha Seabron, his wife for the past 60 years.
Seabron was a patriarch of the community but was also personable, said Seabron’s son, George Seabron Jr. He was called “Uncle Buddy” by family and community members because of his welcoming and kind personality.
In the late 1960s, Seabron sponsored his son’s Little League baseball team.
“He’s been a father to not just me but to lots of friends of mine,” the younger Seabron said. “It wasn’t about me, it was about him and their relationship to him.”
Seabron and his wife cared about each other so much that they wouldn’t let a day go by without showing their affection, Retha Seabron said.
“I would kiss him hello and would kiss him goodbye,” she said. “We called it ‘A kiss to go.’ ”
Active in Democratic politics, he ran for Sacramento County supervisor in District 2 in the mid-1960s on a platform of fair housing education and economic development in the African American community. Seabron was appointed by President Lyndon Johnson to the local Selective Service Appeals Board for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California.
He was involved in numerous organizations that included: the Sacramento Urban League; Board of Consumer Credit Counselors; California Association of Real Estate Brokers; Sacramentans for Fair Housing Inc.; Sacramento Chapter of the NAACP; Sacramento County Democratic Central Committee; and the Oak Park Merchants Association.
Seabron is survived by his wife, Retha; his son, George Seabron Jr; his daughter, Delilah Russell; and his grandchildren, Yvette Seabron, Jamila Seabron-Cole, Trina Jagoe, Kimberly Davis and Ceasar Seabron. He was preceded in death by his daughter Tonia Seabron.
A memorial service will be held on Fridayat 10:30 a.m. at St Paul’s Catholic Church, 8720 Florin Road. The burial service will be at 12:30 p.m. at Saint Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, 6700 21st Ave. Both services are open to the public.