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Tricia R. Hand Seery

Passed December 28, 2022


Obituary For Tricia R. Hand Seery

Tricia R. Hand Seery of Arlington passed away on December 28 with the knowledge that she was loved ineffably by her sisters and brothers, adored by her eleven nieces and nephews, and cherished by countless family members and friends, from childhood and college to work, volunteer service and the community. Brave and tenacious beyond description, Tricia died after a lengthy struggle with breast cancer, succumbing only after all options for treatment had failed. She approached her illness with the same characteristic grace with which she lived every day — optimistically and gratefully and with a wit both incisive and hilarious.

The youngest child of the late Carol A. (Gannon) Hand and Thomas J. Hand of Yonkers, NY, Tricia was born and reared in Yonkers, received her bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York College at Geneseo, and earned her Master of Social Work from Boston University. She was predeceased in 2001 by her husband and soulmate, Gregory F. Seery of Arlington (formerly of Needham). She is survived by her sisters, Coleen Hand Kingsley (Scott) of North Attleboro, MA, Regina M. Hand of Warwick, RI, and Alison Hand Reeder (John) of Warwick; brother, J.T. Hand (Kathy) of York, PA; and nieces and nephews, Joey, Tara, Erin, Ryan, and Shannie Kingsley; David and Katie Evans; and Thomas, Lauren, Brian, and Kevin Hand. Tricia also leaves behind countless friends whose lives were shaped, as hers was, by genuine and abiding friendships.

For more than two decades, Tricia was employed as a counselor at Edward F. Parthum Elementary School in Lawrence, where her compassion and easygoing charm endeared her to students, families, and colleagues alike. She also served as a counselor for fifth-graders at Parthum Middle School. At Parthum Elementary, Tricia was instrumental in introducing the Junior National Honor Society and the Student Council, providing leadership opportunities to the many children she supervised over the years. In her other roles, she served as a facilitator for the Summer School program and oversaw the Extended Learning After School program.

Until recently, Tricia volunteered for nearly twenty years at The Children’s Room of Arlington, an organization that provides support to grieving families. She served in numerous capacities, including as a support group facilitator and coordinator of the annual Memories Walk. She also volunteered for a number of years at the Epilepsy Foundation of New England.

As drawn to an anthem by Bruce Springsteen as by a Pete Seeger ballad, Tricia embraced the rhythms of life: the quiet nights of coffee and conversation and the girls’ nights out, the peaceful walks around her neighborhood and the zaniness of family get-togethers. Those whose lives were blessed by Tricia will remember especially a generosity and kindness that transcended her own pain to brighten the lives of others.

Visitation will be held at DeVito Funeral Home, 1145 Massachusetts Avenue in Arlington, on Saturday from 1-4 p.m., followed by a short service and then a reception at 5 p.m. at a nearby restaurant. Burial will occur at a later date at Saint Mary’s Cemetery in Needham.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Children’s Room, 1210 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02476, or the Sanborn Foundation, which provides financial assistance to Arlington residents living with cancer, P.O. Box 417, Arlington, MA 02476.


7 Jan

Memorial Visitation

01:00 PM - 04:00 PM

DeVito Funeral Home - Arlington 1145 Mass. Ave. Arlington, MA 02476 Get Directions »
7 Jan

Memorial Service

04:00 PM

DeVito Funeral Home - Arlington 1145 Mass. Ave. Arlington, MA 02476 Get Directions »
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  • 01/07/2023

    To the family of Tricia, Just as Tricia's life touched so many lives, may her memory be a beacon of comfort, hope and peace for you at this time. Rosemarie Gaffny

  • 01/06/2023

    I had the pleasure of meeting Tricia through The Children's Room many years ago. Tricia was one of the most dedicated friends of The Children's Room with the many roles she had over the years. I recall spending time at her apartment planning and organizing the many fundraising events that we had throughout the years. The kindness and compassion she showed to others was a shining light and a look inside her gentle soul. God bless her gentle soul and may she rest in peace.

  • 01/06/2023

    To Tricia's family, I want to offer my deepest condolences on the loss of such a wonderful person. Tricia was a good soul and had a kind heart. She was always giving of herself and selfless. She brightened every room and was smiling, even in the toughest of times. She will be deeply missed and an inspiration for all to follow. May peace be with you during this difficult time as God has taken one of the good ones. Deepest Condolences, Bruce Tandy

  • 01/06/2023

    Offering our hearts to all of you in this beautiful tribute to your beloved Tricia. May she soar with the angels and watch over you from a higher vantage point. With love and sympathy, The Schilder Family

  • 01/06/2023

    I am sorry I cannot be at the wake and services to grieve with her loved ones. I will always remember Tricia and Greg in my thoughts and prayers. Their wedding and reception in Maine years ago was so blessed. May Our Lord's Peace and Blessings comfort you. Paul Seery

  • 01/05/2023

    To the family of Tricia I offer my deepest condolences. The pain of the loss of this beautiful soul cannot be put into words. She was always such a beacon of light in the lives of so many children and families as well as to the whole Parthum staff who had the pleasure of working with her. She will be deeply missed by so many, but the gift that she left behind for all that new her will live in our hearts forever. She was a true inspiration and the kindest soul with a fighting spirit. May your warm memories help to sustain you in the difficult days ahead! So sorry for your loss! Carol Osterman

  • 01/04/2023

    Always in our hearts . A brave girl who fought a heroic fight .

  • 01/03/2023

    Tricia and I met back in 2001, at TCR volunteer training, and have spent the ensuing years co-facilitating groups, working the Memories Walk, getting together for a coffee or a glass of wine... I miss her so much already. She was an attentive listener, wise counsel, a generous, thoughtful, and kind friend. Tricia often spoke with pride about her amazing family; her beloved sisters, nieces and nephews, and her parents... May you find peace and joy in your memories as you mourn. 🧡

  • 01/03/2023

    Tricia's tribute is so eloquently written and captures her very essence. She was such an amazing woman who I met in 1995 and had the privilege to work with side by side for 18 years in Lawrence. We worked with so many children, parents, and colleagues during happy times as well as very sad times both personally and professionally. When she wasn't working directly with children or parents she was always behind the scenes working diligently while shunning any attention . Her quick wit, intelligence, kindness, selflessness, and work ethic defined her. Let us all see the good in people and care for those around us ... be a Tricia... my sympathy to her loving family .

  • 01/03/2023

    I had the pleasure of working with Tricia as her colleague and friend at Lawrence Public Schools for the past twenty years. She was a kind and compassionate person who always put the needs of her students first. I admired her dedication as a counselor, her sense of humor and hew willingness to always be available to help others. I will miss Tricia very much. You have my deepest sympathy. Wishing you peace, comfort and lots of love at this time of sorrow. - Donna

  • 01/03/2023

    I was a volunteer with Tricia at TCR. She is for me a gentle, loving, deeply compassionate person who cared for children in the most painful circumstances . She will live in the memory of people who knew her well & those whose lives she transiently touched . Judi Goodman

  • 01/03/2023

    I will always remember Tricia's beautiful eyes and gentle, compassionate spirit. She was a joy to work with and instrumental in the lives of all of us at the Parthum School. She was a dedicated counselor that had the ability to communicate with children in need. I will always hold her dear in my heart❤️ I am so sorry for your loss. God Bless you all. With heartfelt sympathy, Judy Hunt

  • 01/03/2023

    I had the honor of working with Tricia at the Children's Room. I learned so much from her about how to support families during a very difficult time. She was an extremely talented group leader and a warm, caring person.

  • 01/03/2023

    We will miss you always. We will try to do good wherever we can, as you did. Love from Steph and Dallas

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