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April 15, 1958 – June 2, 2013

Twiggs Seymore Jr., of Buffalo, a science teacher at Buffalo Prep, died June 2 in Sisters Hospital’s St. Joseph Campus, Cheektowaga, following a short illness. He was 55.

Born in Jamaica, Queens, Mr. Seymore moved to Buffalo as a child in 1962. He graduated from Hutchinson-Central Technical High School and earned an associate degree from Erie Community College in applied science.

From 1989 to 2003, he was employed as an environmental chemist for Ecology & Environment Inc. of Lancaster. From 1992 to 2005, he was a science teacher and tutor at Buffalo Prep. Before that, Mr. Seymore taught science at Upward Bound Classic Program and Science Technology Enrichment Program (STEP).

Mr. Seymore volunteered as a tutor and mentor for Kaleidoscope Competitions and as a competition coach for Bio-Medical STEP.

He earned the Award of Excellence in Teaching from Upward Bound Classic Program; Award of Excellence in Teaching from STEP; and Award of Outstanding Service from the National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers and the Community Leader Award for 2011.

Mr. Seymore was a Democratic committeeman from the University District.

He was a member of the Black Chamber of Commerce of Western New York and the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations.

He was also a board member of the African American Museum project and vice president for the United Black Men’s Think Tank of Buffalo

Mr. Seymore sat on the advisory committees of the Minority and Women Business Enterprises for Erie County and the CREED College Readiness program.

Surviving are his wife of 24 years, the former Crystal Austin; three sons, Marvin J., Chas Moore-Seymore and Demetrius Washington; a daughter, Kianga Kearney; a brother, Alan; and a sister, Robin.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday in Dorothy J. Collier Community Center, 118 E. Utica St.