Sigmond L. Seward, 63, real estate appraiser

May 19, 2006

Sigmond L. "Skip" Seward, a retired real estate appraiser who was active in his church, died of a rare cancer of the appendix Saturday at his Towson home. He was 63.

Mr. Seward was born in Baltimore and raised on St. Georges Avenue in Govans. He was a 1961 graduate of Loyola High School and earned a bachelor's degree in 1965 from Loyola College.

He enlisted in the Army and served in Korea for 13 months, and after returning to Baltimore became an apprentice real estate appraiser for W. Burton Guy and Maryland National Bank.

In 1976, after completing his training at Wilson & Currie Appraisers, he established Sigmond L. Seward & Associates in Govans. He later moved the business to Towson. Because of failing health, Mr. Seward retired last month, and his company was acquired by Everett Benfield Realty Advisors.

His professional memberships included the Maryland Chapter of the Appraisal Institute.

Mr. Seward tutored city children at Mother Seton Academy and was an active member of the Loyola High School Alumni Board.

He had coached recreation council baseball, softball and basketball, and was an avid golfer.

He was a communicant of Shrine of the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Mount Washington, where he and his wife offered instruction and preparation for the sacraments of marriage and confirmation, as well as helping newcomers convert to Catholicism.

"In true Jesuit fashion, he really was a `man for others,'" said his wife of 38 years, the former Joanne Rapisarda.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at the church, Smith and Greely avenues, at 11 a.m. today.

Also surviving are two sons, Matthew L. Seward of Baltimore and Ryan P. Seward of Towson; two daughters, Stacey A. Vandiver and Janet L. Seward, both of Baltimore; a brother, Raymond R. Seward of Perry Hall; and six grandchildren.

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