Robert Lee Seabron, a former longtime Montclair resident affectionately known as “Pete,” died on June 10, 2020, in Chapel Hill, N.C. He was 78.

Mr. Seabron was born on Aug. 24, 1941, to the late Aaron and Minnie Seabron in Seaboard, N.C., and was raised there during the sharecropping era. He later moved to Baltimore, where he met his wife, Bernice. They were married for more than 50 years and had three daughters.

Mr. Seabron and his family moved to Montclair, where they raised their children. He opened a pet store, Pete’s Pet Shop, on Bloomfield Avenue, among many other enterprises. 

He spent 50 years in Montclair before moving back to North Carolina. He had a strong work ethic, believing in providing for and protecting his family while helping others along the way. 

He loved to fish, hunt and cook, and enjoyed a good party. He always sported his fanny pack, which he took seriously.

Mr. Seabron was the founder of several successful businesses; he had a true entrepreneurial spirit. 

He passionately loved life and people; his fun-spirited personality, along with his contagious smile, would light up any room. He was a strong source of strength for many. 

Mr. Seabron is survived by his three daughters, Robin (Howard) Hooker, Zebra Seabron and Teresa McDuffie; two grandchildren, Chine’ and William III; two great-grandsons, Elijah IV and Emory; two sisters, Lucille Moody and Louise Faison; three brothers, Aaron (Effie) Seabron, Willie Seabron and Willie (Angie) Seabron; beloved friend Edward Vincent O’Donnell (aka his son) and a host of in-laws, nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Mr. Seabron was predeceased by his wife, Bernice Olivia Seabron, parents Aaron and Minnie Seabron, and three sisters, Minnie Mae Seabron, Mary Ann Smith and Sharonda Seabron.