Sebastian Casper Deis

January 23, 1942 - February 3, 2021
February 8, 2021 12 Condolences Print Obituary

It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Seb Deis on February 03, 2021. His suffering from COPD is now over.

Seb was born on 23 January 1942 in Medicine Hat, Alberta, the oldest child of Sebastian and Catherine (nee:Fahler). He spent his early years on the farm near Golden Prairie, Saskatchewan until the family moved to Medicine Hat in the flats, where he grew up, went to school and started working for Alberta Treasury Branch (now ATB). 

Seb married Louise Kosolofski on October 12, 1963. They had their first child, Yvonne in 1964. They transferred to Didsbury in 1966 and their second child Michele was born there in 1967. They then transferred to Rocky Mountain House then to Pincher Creek where they welcomed their chosen son Darren in 1971. Further Treasury Branch transfers found them in Vulcan, Grimshaw, Edson, Andrew and Bonnyville. They lived in Bonnyville for 27 years before moving to Edmonton about 9 1/2 years ago. 

After retiring from ATB, Seb worked for Big George Appliances, then back to working for the Alberta Government with AFCS, until finally retiring in 2002. 

Seb was a lifelong volunteer and this is how he contributed to, and enriched each community. He was an Altar Boy, Blood Donor, Fire Department volunteer, Kinsmen, Lions, Bonnyville Bingo Association cashier, and softball coach. He enjoyed reading to school kids, Bonnyville Rodeo Association and storytelling at the museum. 

Seb was predeceased by his parents, Sebastian and Catherine, his brothers Ralph and Bill, and his nieces Barbara and Bonnie. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Louise. His children Yvonne (Joe) Robert, Michele (Craig) Deis, Darren (Amy), his grandchildren Justin, Chris, and Shayann, his sister Carol (Jim) Lazzari and his Aunt Marion Coderre. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and many beloved in-laws and their families, and many friends. 

In his early years, Seb belonged to Sea Cadets, enjoyed playing ball, bowling, and coin collecting. Later on it was going to the local casino or Las Vegas. Seb's greatest enjoyment was spending time with family. Even if you were friends of family or distantly related, you were important to him. How you knew this best was if he teased you. He would love to hand out candy, and coins to the kids. Many people still have the 50 cent pieces or silver dollars he gifted them. He used to like going for walks and talking to all the neighbours, making his walk twice as long as it would take anyone else. He just loved being with people. Seb loved to play card or dice games and he would always be first to the table to get things set up to play. It didn’t matter if he won, gleefully, or lost, it just mattered that everyone was together. He enjoyed a good game of lawn darts and the competitiveness of horseshoes.

 His favourite food was Chinese Food and this was always a staple on his birthday or Father's Day. 

Seb greatly enjoyed his desserts, whether homemade or store bought, if it was sweet he loved it. This may have influenced his great desire for berry picking, or apple picking or plum picking.. If there was a fruit in season, he would be picking it. Really, he loved a good bargain, so getting a pail full of fruit for free, brought him satisfaction. He loved to spend time outside, and the stories he then got to tell: like about the skunks he had to give wide berth to and his grandson having to hold on to him so the blackberry bushes wouldn’t hold him hostage. The picture of him is doing just that, with the prerequisite sampling!

He loved to read, many books were always around as well as papers. He enjoyed the Senior’s Paper. Yep, Seb liked to share stories. He even had some of his childhood memories published in the Seniors Paper. He got a kick out of knowing he brought a smile and a laugh to someone’s day. 

One of Seb's greatest accomplishments was staying sober for 35 years, for this we are truly grateful and we thanked him often. 

We are sure going to miss this man. His love of family will always be cherished.

  1. Uncle Seb,
    You always, always brought a smile to my face. You had a capacity to make those around you feel special and most of all loved. This is your legacy- live for others. I will miss you so much. My memories will always bring a smile to my face. I’ll love you forever.

  2. He will indeed be missed, so glad we did have the opportunity to see you all at the reunion – it brings back so many happy memories

  3. Uncle Seb your love for life and laughter will be missed by all who knew you. God bless, with our love Roger & Darlene

  4. Loved Sef, never a dull moment with him around.
    Prayers to Louise, Yvonne, Michelle, Darren and their families.

  5. Sincere condolences to Louise and family. May God bless you with peace and strength during this difficult time. Seb is now breathing deeply, and pain free in the arms of Jesus. We have many great memories that we will cherish. Hugs and love to all from Dave, Judy and family.

  6. I have a 50 cent piece I have been carrying in my wallet for years. I’m not sure if I was given it by Uncle Seb but I will now always think of him whenever I see it. I will miss his teasing, his laugh, always happy & positive attitude and playing cards. Rest in peace Uncle Seb. The world was a better place with you in it and I will miss you dearly.

  7. My Prayer are with you all. I do remember the 50 cent pieces. I still think I still have mine. His joy and laughter were infectious. He was one of a kind and I will always smile thinking of him. Love you all.

  8. Louise, & family.

    I don’t need to tell you how much i will miss my nephew’,he was like my little brother. Can not remember us ever being other than very close friends. My biggest regret is that i did not get to say goodbye in person.He will live in my heart forever,
    My thoughts & prayers are with all of you.

    Love, Aunt Marion

  9. It was a privilege to have known Seb. My condolences to Louise and family. Seb made a big impression on me and my family that will last a long time. A nephew was named in his honour.

  10. May your memories bring you peace. Many hugs to you and your family. Love, K&K

  11. Condolences to Louise & family I enjoyed working with Seb in AFSC Fairview office. He kept the office lively and cheerful every day. Seb will always remain in my memories. RIP Seb.

  12. Dear Louise & Family; We are so saddened to hear your very sad news. Grace & I were at the post office at the same time and both received a letter from you ; not realizing till we got home the sad news it brought us. We were on the phone immediately and did some reminiscing about our mutual friends. Not only was Seb my boss ( a great boss at that); but we had a wonderful friendship with a large mutual group of wonderful people. Seb could make any gathering a party and we had tons of those. We cannot think of Seb without a smile on our faces. I hope that all your fond memories of Seb help sustain you through the difficult days ahead. May Seb’s Memory be Forever Eternal and may he Rest in Peace. Most Sincerely; Harry & Marlene

Reply to Condolence

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *