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Sean Bursey May 19, 1975 - March 16, 2023

It is with profound sadness that we must announce the unexpected death of our beloved Sean.  Sean passed peacefully away at his home in St. John’s at the young age of 47.  Leaving to mourn his loving Wife Kerri (Penney) of 21 years, three Children who he adored, Ryder, Reese and Riley-Lynn, Parents Dennis and Martha Bursey, Sisters Kimberley Cooper (Eliot), Lori Toms (Peter), Niece Taylor Toms (Derek), Nephews Cameron Toms (Caitlin), Jacob Cooper (Amber-Lynn).  His In-laws, Ellen and Wilfred Penney, Brother-in-law Jamie Penney (Carreen), many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Friends.

Resting at Fewer’s Funeral Home in Clarenville, public visitation to take place Thursday, March 23rd, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Funeral service to also take place at Fewer’s Funeral Home on Friday, March 24th at 11:00 a.m.

Your presence is your gift to us. Should you wish to honour our loved one, in lieu of flowers, you may provide a monetary contribution to benefit the education of Sean’s three children during the service or via email transfer to 3BurseyKids@gmail.com.

Resting at Fewer's Funeral Home in Clarenville, public visitation to take place Thursday, March 23rd, from 1:00-4:00 p.m. Funeral service to also take place at Fewer's Funeral Home on Friday, March 24th at 11:00 a.m.

Your presence is your gift to us. Should you wish to honour our loved one, in lieu of flowers, you may provide a monetary contribution to benefit the education of Sean's three children during the service or via email transfer to 3BurseyKids@gmail.com


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    Chris Elliott says

    Sorry to hear about Sean my condolences to the whole family in this difficult time remember all the great memories
    Chris Elliott

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    Sahar says

    It is hard to believe that you are not here amongst us in the team.
    Gone too soon. Rest in peace my friend.

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    Jen Tsai says

    Dear Kerri, Ryder, Reese and Riley-Lynn, (and Marlo)

    I wanted to reach out to you all and express my profound sadness at hearing about Sean’s passing. I worked with Sean on two mandates with CGI here in Ottawa and he was an integral part of our team and our supreme friend. He stepped up, every day and lent his hand to anything going. He was a helper by nature, and would offer his expertise all the time, no matter how little or big the job was. We used to go to Timmies for coffee in the morning, and he would always buy an extra coffee or a sandwich and give it to whichever homeless person was outside the church as we passed by. That’s the kind of man he was. He was grateful for his life, and it showed when he rode his bike, or talked about how proud he was of his kids, or when he raised a glass to cheer on a teammate at a particular milestone or another. No better friend to all. Kind and empathetic, and unsung often times. He liked to keep a low profile, never keen on drawing attention to himself. He had a way of telling a story that was second to none. We all heard fabulous stories of his life growing up in Clarenville. They will always remain with me. His impact was so great. Here in Ottawa, we all mourn Sean’s loss with you. My deepest condolences to you all, and his family.

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    Chris Elliott says

    Sorry to hear about Sean my deepest condolences to the whole family at this difficult time my you remember all the great memories to help you get threw this difficult time
    Chris Elliott

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    Colin McFarlane says

    I’m just Heartbroken , we all lost a good one here. I worked with Sean for many years at CGI in Ottawa, He was such a friendly humorous and generous man and could tell the most colorful stories about his home town and even with current events. Being from New Brunswick we always compared the down east sayings from each other’s hometown. Sending all the hugs possible to all Family and Friends during this difficult time.

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    Lucie Miguel says

    Sean was a very valued colleague of mine at GAC. He was always very cheerful and always gave his best for his colleagues and for our clients. He had a very important and positive contribution to our team’s work. But most of all, Sean had a very sweet, kind and fun-loving personality. I will miss him very very much.

    Sean thank you so much for being a friend first, a colleague second, for being so supportive at work and for just being you. I just wish I could call you up on TEAMS and tell you live. You’d probably say Awwww! and giggle!

    My deepest deepest condolences to Sean’s wife Kerri, his children, his whole extended family and his friends. I can’t imagine your loss. We could tell by how he spoke about you that he loved you very much.

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    Rayna Curtis says

    Kerri and family… please accept my deepest condolences on your tremendous loss. I haven’t seen you since we graduated college in 2000, but I have fond memories of you both from that time and was was terribly saddened to hear of Sean’s sudden passing… a good man, gone way too soon.

    May you take comfort in the love and memories your life together brought you. Sending much love to you and Sean’s extended family at this difficult time.

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    Sam Zalzale says

    Rest In Peace My Dear Friend Sean. I always though and still, that God takes the ones he loves first. And always the ones with a big heart, and wonderful personality.
    Rest in Peace

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    Chris and Karen Pretty says

    Kerri and family, Uncle Dennis, Aunt Martha, Kim, Lori and families…Chris, Jeremy, Keshia and I are deeply saddened to hear of Sean’s passing. We have fond memories of Sean growing up and of Kerri and Sean when they first moved to Ottawa and stayed with us for a short time. Sean was a quiet subdued man but could brighten our day with a funny remark or joke but his giggle would make us laugh more. He loved you Kerri beyond words and was dedicated to you and the children.  It breaks our hearts that you were taken unexpectedly. Your memory will never leave us and lives on in our hearts. 

    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.  Words will not wipe away your tears and hugs may not ease the pain, but hold onto your memories because forever they will remain. 

    Chris, Karen, Jeremy, Keshia and families

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    Geraldine Pomroy says

    Sending sincere condolences to the Bursey family.

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    Linda & Allister Stone says

    Kerri Lynn, & kids , Wilf & Ellen , we were so saddened to hear such sad news , Our Sincere Conodelances to all May God Bless

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      Amanda says

      I’m so very sorry to hear about Sean. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

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    Scott Ingram says

    Sean leaving this life is a sad day. I worked with him at Cognos for four years. His love for life was contagious, he was a good friend. This news is shocking, and very sad, but I am pleased he managed to return home from Gatineau to NFLD, as he was very determined to get his family to the safety and security from where he was brought up. Please accept my condolences Kerri. Our family sends love and light to you and your kids.

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    Aylmer Postal says

    I’m a cyclist friend of Sean from Aylmer. First, allow me to present you with my deepest and most profound condolences. I’d also like to offer you condolences on behalf of the entire AYP family (Aylmer Postal 📬). I wanted to tell you that your brother had a cult following on Strava, an application where we share bike rides and plan cycling adventures. It connects fellow bike aficionados and has allowed me and my AYP crew to meet Sean many years ago. It also allowed us to stay connected with Sean on a daily basis even after he moved back to Newfoundland. Sean was and always will be a legend to us. The amount of mileage he was able to put on his bikes in a year was incredible, and he allowed us to discover a bunch of secret trails and creative routes we would have never know about was it not for his sense of exploration and adventure. To this day I visit the Boucher forest in Aylmer many times a week, thanks to Sean. The first time I ever visited this small and special forest in Aylmer, it was with him as a guide of our group of newbies. We had a blast, and we have all been hooked on that place ever since. He has done so much intangible good to our cycling community in Aylmer, and for that we will be eternally grateful. I enjoy this sport more thanks to him. I can say in all honesty he has been one of most influential cyclists for me, he just had a different way of doing it then most riders. He has changed the way I commute. He was always using his creativity to create routes that were exciting even if it was only to grab a pint of milk at the store, and has inspired me to do the same. Again we are all deeply saddened by this news and wanted to acknowledge the gratitude we feel for having had the privilege to have Sean in our lives. Legends never die, we will remember him forever.

    Julien and the AYP family, rest in power Sean!

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    Wilbur&Louise Janes says

    Dennis,Martha and family

    So sorry to hear of Sean passing..Condolences to you all.

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    Bill & Rona Maidment says

    Dennis, Martha & Family

    We are so sorry to hear of Sean’s sudden passing! Thinking of you at this very difficult time. Our sincere condolences to you all!

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    Robert Sylvestre says

    I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family, I am a friend from Aylmer we cycled together several times to work and back we are part of a strava app that brought us closer as a family Sean was funny and had a way of sending good comments in his own way!! Sean I will miss you, for me you stay there legend who was not afraid to go out even in winter or in the rain you are an inspiration to me rest in peace my friends my brother
    Robert (Bob)

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    Linda strong macewen says

    There are no words …..our deepest sympathy….

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    Robert and Fannie Oldford says

    Sorry to hear of Sean’s passing. Deepest Sympathy Please be assured that your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

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    David says

    My condelances to Kerri Lynn and the family. I enjoyed working with Sean at Cognos and then later running into him at Global Affairs. He was generous and humble with everyone, whether you were a friend, family, co-worker or stranger. I will always remember his crazy stories about his hometown in Newfoundland.

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    Fred Burt says

    I will miss Sean dearly. We often exchanged text over the last few years and spoke as well. I missed his call during this Christmas. I will always remember Sean as a thoughtful person (opening doors for everyone), the biker that biked so many miles each year and a person you can enjoy anytime in conversation. Missing you as i type this note. My condolences to Sean’s wife and kids and family.

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    Rob Walter says

    My heartfelt condolences to Sean’s wife and family.

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    Mary Bignell says

    Sean was a valued member on our larger team! While we did not work regularly together, I had the privilege of interviewing Sean on our project for an important Survey. We shared stories of having moved back to our home town’s in order to be close to family. It was energizing to hear how thrilled Sean was to be back in Newfoundland with family close by.

    My sincere condolences to Sean’s wife and family. There are no words for your loss.

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