Terrence Sehr, teacher, father and artist

Terrence W Sehr of South Burlington, VT, and previously of Jericho, died unexpectedly on May 29, 2021.

Start with the small things.  This was one thing he taught us: do the easy part first. Whenever something hard confronts you and things are difficult, the momentum gained from starting with the simpler things helps push you through solving the big things.  This applies to school tests, working a job, and real-life circumstances.

He was a person of many talents who thrived in the digital world as a programmer, a teacher, and an artist.  He was introspective and thoughtful about others, and the world around him.  He believed that people were innately good, and society had the capacity, but often lacked the will, to fulfill the desire for a just world.  He lived that wish in his choice of jobs within his vocations.

His personal accomplishments included raising two amazing children who loved him: Carly of South Burlington and Evan of Campbell, CA.  He was their helping hand and their foot hold throughout their lives.  His loss for them is a hole that will be filled as they share his memory throughout their lives with each other and others who also loved or admired him, both family and friends.  His wife, Kathy, knows how lucky she was to have him all the years of their marriage and before.  He was her husband, and her best friend.  Their relationship lasted just shy of 50 years.

In addition to his family, Terry’s accomplishments included a Bachelors in Engineering from Cooper Union, a Masters in Computer Science from UVM, and a Masters in Fine Arts from Champlain College. At Champlain he discovered digital art and worked with art groups providing live experiences in a variety of locations within Vermont. In his last few years with us, he made new friends from his evolving art, shared the excitement of discovery with students in area colleges as an adjunct professor, and tutored distance learners of all ages online.

In addition to his immediate family, he leaves his mother Evelyn and father William of Waldwick, NJ, whose hearts have been broken by his loss.  He also leaves his brothers Bob and Dave, who had an early impact on his discussion of big life issues, his sisters Ann and Beth, and all their families.  These include nieces and nephews Andrew Zimmerman, Michael and Jackie Sehr, Matthew Sehrsweeney, and Will and Grace Charles.  Also left is Ann’s husband Jerry, Dave’s wife Maria, and our extended family Julia, Kae, Chelsea and the Donahues.  He additionally leaves many friends we consider our family here in Vermont.  They have supported us over the years through the many changes and challenges in our lives.

There will be a celebration of Terry’s life at Champlain College on the afternoon of Saturday, June 19th.  Please RSVP to [email protected] for details.

We as a family are starting with the easy things first to move our lives forward in the direction he would have hoped for us as we learn to live with his loss.  We will hold him close forever.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Cremation Society of Chittenden County a division of the Ready Funeral Home.  Please visit to place on-line condolences.

Submitted by:

Rich O'Donnell
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