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Public Welcome At Pete Seeger Memorial Service Sunday

A memorial for Pete Seeger, who died Monday at age 94, is set for Sunday, Feb. 2, in Beacon.
A memorial for Pete Seeger, who died Monday at age 94, is set for Sunday, Feb. 2, in Beacon. Photo Credit: Clearwater

BEACON, N.Y. -- A memorial service for singer/songwriter, conservationist and political activist Pete Seeger will be held at the Libby Funeral Home in upstate Beacon on Sunday, Feb. 2.

Seeger, who was a longtime resident of Beacon, died last Monday of natural causes in New York City at the age of 94.

According to Libby's President Harrison Libby, the memorial and wake will be held from noon to 6 p.m. and will be open to the public.

Seeger was internationally known as the author or co-author of folk song classics such as “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” “If I Had a Hammer,” and “Turn, Turn, Turn.”  Locally, he was involved in the environmental organization Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, which he co-founded in 1966.

Seeger and his wife Toshi, who died in July 2013, founded Hudson River Sloop Clearwater Inc. and the Great Hudson River Revival, the annual music and environmental festival that takes place at Croton Point Park in Croton. The Seegers lived in Beacon for 40 years.

Survivors include his son, Daniel; his daughters, Mika and Tinya; a half-sister, Peggy; and six grandchildren, including the musician Tao Rodriguez-Seeger.

The Libby Funeral Home is located at 55 Teller Avenue, Beacon, N.Y. 12508.

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