Brenda Seeley

Obituary of Brenda Elaine Seeley

Seeley: Brenda Elaine

With her children by her side, at the Saint John Regional Hospital, on Saturday, October 8th, 2022, Brenda Elaine Seeley passed away in her 79th year. She was the beloved daughter of the late Edward “Lorne” and Louise Seeley (nee Maxwell).

Dear mother of Dawn (Christian) Shephard of Hampton, Sean (Tiffany) Chisholm of Saint John, Scott (Emma) Chisholm of Quispamsis, and Kelly (Peter) O’Neill of Saint John.

Brenda will be forever remembered by her several grandchildren and great grandchildren as well as by her nephews Jason (Jill) Seely, and Tony (Mary) Bishop.

Brenda is survived by her sister Norma Seely (Murray Titus) and her two oldest once in a lifetime friends, Joan and Diane.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Allan Chase, her sister Beverly Bishop, and her granddaughter Tabitha.

Mom was a true West Sider, she was born and raised on the West Side, after moving to Fairvale to raise her family, she moved back to the West Side.  “You can take a girl from the West Side but you can’t take the West Side out of a girl”.

After Brenda left her career in nursing she moved to become one of the largest advocates and a voice for people within Saint John and surrounding areas that could not speak for themselves.  Brenda was the past Executive Director for the Canadian Mental Health Association where she was instrumental in the development of the Suicide Crisis Line. Brenda was also the Executive Director for Independence Plus from which she retired over a decade ago.  When you see the Handi Bus think of Brenda, it was her that brought it to light for many within Saint John. 

Brenda also sat as the Past President for the Board of Directors for CMHA, New Direction as well as the Past President for the New Brunswick Association of Residential Agencies.

Cremation has taken place. Arrangements entrusted to Brenan’s Funeral Home (634-7424). Brenda’s request was to not have a visitation or a funeral service, her children and grandchildren will have a private goodbye.

Donations in Brenda’s memory may be made to Independence Plus or The Canadian Mental Health Association of Saint John.

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