2013-07-10 / Obituaries

Toshi Seeger

Clearwater matriarch died at home in Beacon

Toshi Seeger. Photo by Econosmith.com, courtesy of Clearwater.Toshi Seeger. Photo by Econosmith.com, courtesy of Clearwater.

Toshi-Aline Ohta Seeger, Clearwater matriarch and wife and partner to Clearwater founder Pete Seeger for almost seventy years, passed away Wednesday morning at home in Beacon, NY. She co-founded Hudson River Sloop Clearwater with husband, musician and activist, Pete Seeger in 1966. She was 91.

Toshi was involved with Clearwater in multiple ways from the organization’s beginnings and helped to steer the various folk concerts and events, including Pumpkin Sail and the early incarnations of the Clearwater Festival.

She was active in the development of what has been known as the Great Hudson River Revival for 35 years, a music and environmental festival that welcomes over 20,000 visitors to Croton Point Park in Westchester County each year. Clearwater founding member Hal Cohen shared that, “All of us were enriched by her, and our lives are better because of her.”


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