Letter to the Editor: Bruce Seals led a big life

Bruce Seals: Guided kids "to be their best selves."

To the Editor:

Thanks for your [Dec. 17] editorial about Bruce Seals, who taught sportsmanship and athletics to generations of Dorchester kids. My children, Sophia and Aleksandr, were lucky to have his support when they played basketball and floor hockey at the Colonel Marr Boys and Girls Club.

I was in awe how he managed to have a private chat with so many kids during each game. He had words of encouragement for those who were unsure on the courts and guidance for those who were going a little astray out there. And when he invited a kid to a chat in his office, I’m sure they were nervous, but he was guiding them to be their best selves.

And he remembered all their names.  He always did all this quietly; it was between him and each young person.
He was a memorable person who helped so many kids go forward. Bruce Seals led a big life.

Lew Finfer