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George Pallang Seely

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Gender: Male

Birth Place: Milwaukee, WI

Death Place: Belmont, CA

George Pallang Seely


 

G.P. Seely, Ex-Chief Succumbs

Funeral services for George P. Seely, retired San Carlos police chief who died Thursday, will be at 8 p.m. Sunday at White Oaks Chapel in San Carlos.

Seely, 75, 1354 Central Ave., San Carlos, died at the Carlmont Convalescent Hospital in Belmont. Interment will be at Skylawn Memorial Park Monday.

Seely was a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but had resided in this county the past 69 years and in San Carlos since 1937.

He was a store clerk with a cement firm when World War II broke out and quickly helped organize a police reserve in San Carlos. He liked the work and applied for the next full-time patrolman vacancy, going to work Nov. 1, 1943. He was named chief Aug. 1, 1952 and retired Dec. 31, 1964 at the mandatory retirement age of 65.

Seely was the city’s second police chief, succeeding the late Edward G. Wheeler, who had been chief since the city’s incorporation in 1925.

Seely’s department was the first in this area to use clerk-dispatchers in the office, beginning in 1956. This innovation freed patrolmen for outside duty and has become standard practice in most police departments.

The chief was a volunteer Salvation Army worker and a member of the San Carlos Traffic Commission and the Peninsula Peace Officers Association.

Survivors include his wife, Lucille of San Carlos; a son, Robert of San Jose; a daughter, Mrs. Sandra Trinner of Hayward; two brothers, Oliver of San Carlos and Robert of Redwood City; a sister, Mrs. Barbara Borghini of Sonoma; and four grandchildren.

The family prefers contributions to the American Cancer Society, 1163 Chess Drive, Foster City 94404.

Published in the San Mateo Times, page 10, Saturday, August 16, 1975