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Born: Jul 05, 2004

Date of Passing: Nov 23, 2021

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July 5, 2004 - November 23, 2021

Sébastien Brian D'Artagnon Ritchot passed away on November 23, 2021, at the Health Sciences Centre, surrounded by members of his family, at the young age of 17 years.
Sébastien was predeceased by his Papa René Ritchot (in 2020), his Matante Léa (in 2018) and by his paternal grandparents before his birth.
Sébastien is lovingly remembered by his Maman Nicole, who had his heart, his stepfather Jordan, who cooked the best meals for him and added laughter. His sister Leanna, who was a second Maman to Sebby and her fiancée Kat, who was his new fishing buddy. His brother Ren, who he jokingly annoyed relentlessly; and cuddled with every weekend. His stepbrother Dylan, who he lived with Monday to Friday at a condo in Winnipeg as the odd couple. His stepsister Chloe, who he built and mined with in Minecraft. His grandparents, Julia and Brian, who always had the best snacks and fishing expertise. His Uncle Albert, who taught him how to pray. His Uncley Bob, who he started to spend more quality time with. His Uncle Jim and his Auntie Marilyn, who he always stole gum and candy from. His stepmother Rocio, who he always respected to help him through his financial situations after his Papa passed. His stepgrandparents, Jim and Heather, with whom he never got to spend enough time with. His Matante Christine, who taught him how to make his own pickles so that he didn't have to ask her for jars every week. And so many other important family members and countless friends.
Sébastien was born a week early ready for life and was delivered quickly at the nearest hospital. He was raised on a chicken farm in Aubigny, Manitoba until the age of five. He split the following 12 years living between his mom's home in St. Pierre-Jolys, Manitoba and his papa's home in Kleefeld, Manitoba. He attended Ecole Communautaire Réal-Bérard in St. Pierre-Jolys until grade 8 and attended St. Paul's High School from grade 9 until his passing. He was a gold honour roll student and was scheduled to graduate in June of 2022. He studied very hard as his dream was to become a Surgeon. He started working at Canadian Tire on Kenaston in April 2021 and worked in customer service, loving his co-workers as friends.
Sébastien's horizons were broadened by travelling every year with his papa to see different cultures and ways of life. In his short 17 years of life, he visited Colorado, Wisconsin, New York City, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Mexico, Florida (Orlando and Marathon), Cozumel, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and many other destinations across Canada and the United States of America. He also spent many weekends in Grand Forks; and many weeks during the summer at different cabins with his mom, stepdad, siblings and grandparents, Julia and Brian. Sebby loved exploring airports and visiting other countries and there was never a dull moment while he was travelling.
Sebby was a student like no other, studying every day after school and making sure he wrote the best essays and assignments, getting his brother to proofread them for him afterwards. He was an incredible student with an incredible drive to succeed. He achieved amazing grades like no other, hoisting and boasting to his family and fellow students whenever he got a perfect score. Sebby wanted nothing more than to be the best of the best, and dedicated so much of his time to be the most successful he could be. We all know he was the best of all of us.
Sébastien was an avid fisherman and adored fishing with his mother all spring, summer, and fall, and if he was lucky, once in the winter. While his siblings and grandparents often joined them, he bugged his mom to go fishing almost daily when he was home with her. When Sébastien wasn't fishing or studying, he was playing cards or board games with his family or he was cleaning up at the St. Peter and Paul's Bingo Hall. He loved to play Bingo with his mom and brother Ren, where he would spend some time talking to the bingo organizers who loved him dearly. Sebby enjoyed spending his time watching Avatar the Last Airbender while imitating water bending. He loved watching anime with his siblings and Maman, specifically Demon Slayer and Attack on Titan. He would rewatch his favourite scenes on a daily basis either with a severe look of concentration or a big smile on his face.
We want to thank everyone and anyone who helped Sébastien at Health Sciences Centre, including and not limited to the Emergency Room nurses and doctors, the Gold Trauma Team, his intelligent and compassionate SICU nurses, Jeannine, Brooke, and Anna and all of the doctors involved in his care in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. We would like to thank St. Pierre-Jolys and Niverville Fire and First Responders, Paramedics and the RCMP officers who helped Sebby on scene. Thank you to the staff of St. Paul's High School as well as un gros merci to Sébastien's mentor, Ray Comeault, for not only taking care of us as a family, but taking care of their students in their time of need. So many thanks from the family to every single community member who has helped them through a time that no family should have to endure.
In accordance with Sebby's wishes, cremation will take place and a private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date when COVID-19 restrictions relax.
In lieu of flowers, if anyone so desires, donations can be made in Sébastien's name to St. Paul's High School as the family has decided to raise funds for a bursary in Sebby's honour.
Sebby was not alone in life, nor will he be in death. He was let go surrounded by his family and welcomed by his Papa in the afterlife.

"Life happens wherever you are, whether you make it or not." - Uncle Iroh, Season 2, Episode 14 "City of Walls and Secrets" Avatar: The Last Airbender.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 01, 2021

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • I read the greatly moving sad news in The Crusader, news of St. Paul’s today. I did not know “ Sebby” at all, but I am moved greatly to offer my sincere condolences to a fellow “Crusader”. I ask “ why “ would such a fine jeun homme be taken from this world, when the world is such a better place with him in it? Alas, I shed tears, with no answer forthcoming. Sicut Miles Christie Jeun homme. Nigel C Hawkins ‘75 - Posted by: Nigel C Hawkins (fellow Crusader) on: Mar 21, 2022

  • I'm so sorry to hear that the Ritchot family has lost another member of their family. My deepest sympathies go out to his family, his mom, his brother(s) and sister(s) as well as his uncles aunts and grandparents. What a tragic loss. God has found another angel who will watch over you and you will carry him in your heart no matter where you go. - Posted by: Linda Lefebvre (Matante Léa's friend) on: Dec 22, 2021

  • My husband and I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the family. It’s hard to lose a loved one, even more so a child with a promising futures and vivacious personality. May God comfort you as you grieve. - Posted by: Cherisse Epp (Neighbour) on: Dec 06, 2021

  • Our son Zack worked customer service at Canadian Tire with Sebastien and spoke vey fondly of him. So sorry for your tragic loss. He will be vey much missed. - Posted by: Kendra, Shawn & Zachary Vanbeselaere (Co worker of Sebastien) on: Dec 04, 2021

  • My sincere condolences to Kat, her fiancé Leanna and family on the devastating loss of Sebastien. May your many family memories be of comfort at this time, his light shines on for eternity. - Posted by: Lisa B (Co-worker and friend to Kat) on: Dec 03, 2021

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