Francis Henry Seyer (“Frank”) passed away at his home in Weston on Saturday, Aug. 25. He was 87 years of age. He was accompanied by his wife, Charlotte Aguiar Seyer, originally from the island of Kauai, Hawaii.
Frank was born on May 2, 1925, in Vancouver, British Columbia, the son of Dr. William F. Seyer and Blanche La Blanc Seyer. Dr. William Seyer was the founder and head of the department of chemistry for the University of British Columbia.
Frank and Charlotte Seyer were married for 61 years. Her father was president of the Hawaii State Senate.
Frank was an exceptional businessman, entrepreneur, student, and athlete.
He received his bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering at the University of British Columbia and his master’s degree in chemical engineering at UCLA.
During college, Frank enlisted in the Canadian Officers Training Corps and worked with Imperial Oil Refining, traveling the Alaskan and British Columbian coastline on an oil tanker as a chemical engineer.
Following graduation, Frank worked as a chemical engineer with Standard Oil of California working on oil projects including the Trans Arabian Pipeline, then the longest pipeline in the world. Frank held engineering positions at Bechtel and served on the California National Guard.
Frank then joined Papermate, and with the help of his father developed the unique formula for quick drying ink that made Papermate the leading ball point pen manufacturer in the world. Papermate was then sold to Gillette, thereby expanding its line of consumer products.
Following two more years at Papermate, Frank left to join his former partner and founder of Papermate to purchase the Schick Company from its founder, Colonel Schick of Wilton.
As CEO of Eversharp-Schick, Frank significantly expanded its global operations, building four additional plants around the world. The company’s market capitalization increased from $20 million to $850 million when it then merged with Warner Lambert.
Frank was a visionary who participated in the energy, consumer products, telecommunications, and cable industries. He joined Horizon Communications, a rapidly growing cable television company that was sold to TCI of Denver. He founded Group Long Distance that benefited from the deregulation of the telecommunications industry and the breakup of AT&T.
An inveterate entrepreneur and humanitarian, Frank personally funded and advised many emerging companies. Frank enjoyed the creative process and helping enterprises grow and prosper, and was currently engaged in numerous projects.
Frank is survived by his loving wife, Charlotte, his three sons, Frank, Mark, and Matt, and his daughter, Lisa.
Services were held on Friday, Aug. 31 at the Sacred Heart Church in Georgetown.