Steve “Tub” Sayeau, a resident of Morrisburg for the past 35 years, passed away peacefully on Wed., Dec. 25, 2013 at Winchester District Memorial Hospital.
Stephen Mark Sayeau was born April 10, 1950, to his parents, Arthur and Margaret “Peg” Sayeau (nee Poland). He was born and raised on County Road 2 west of Iroquois. His older siblings include Pat, Jim, and Emma Jean.
After Stephen was born, he was quickly nicknamed “Tubby” by his sister, Emma Jean. Big brother Jim would read to her “Tubby & Lulu Cartoons,” so she naturally named him baby Tubby. This nickname stuck with him for the rest of his days.
Steve attended the one room school at SS #4 Matilda. The kids walked to school along County Road 2 before Highway 401 was completed, and would hang on to the guard rails when the transports went by. He attended Iroquois High School until 1967. Living on the river involved a lot of swimming in the summer and skating in the winter.
Steve married Lorna Sullivan on Sept. 23, 1967. Their first born, Sandra Lynn, arrived in 1968. He worked at Caldwell Linen Mill for a short time, and also began an apprenticeship as a mechanic. He then attended St. Lawrence College in Cornwall and graduated in 1973 as an electronic technologist. His first job was with the Canadian Coast Guard at the Ottawa Airport.
In 1973, Steve and Lorna welcomed into the world Mark Lee, and in 1976, Lisa Jean arrived. In 1978, the family moved from Kemptville back to Morrisburg, and Steve began his journey with the Canadian Coast Guard, at the Prescott Base, repairing and maintaining communication and navigation equipment. It was very important to Steve that Lorna didn’t have to work, that she was able to stay home and be a full-time Mom. He worked very hard to make this happen.
He became a grandfather in 1990, with the arrival of Jeffery Robert Stephen, and then in 1999, with Cristiano Anthony. Next came the girls, Danica Jolie in 2006, and Thalia Hope in 2009. Last, but not least, Benjamin Mark was born in 2011.
Steve’s career with the Coast Guard lasted 30 years. He retired in 2003. He was well respected in his field, and made many friends throughout the years. He and his co-workers were a tight-knit group.
He had a passion for reading and was always up-to-date on politics and current events. He was quick to jump on the World Wide Web in its infancy — this fed his love of reading and music, and his thirst for knowledge. Steve loved his music. Among his favourites were the Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Willie Nelson, and Waylon Jennings. He often quoted the Stones telling friends and family, “You can’t always get what you want,” all in good fun, of course. He loved his NASCAR Sundays. He had some pretty interesting NASCAR gatherings and vacations with friends over the years. He loved living close to the St. Lawrence River most of his life. A lot of time was spent at the Steward farm, and on various boats over the years. He made many friends on both sides of the river. He was a lover of animals. He had a few canine “best friends” over the years. A consistent pastime of his was feeding the birds and the squirrels in the backyard.
In his retirement, Steve put the finishing touches on his beloved garage. It was made complete with heat, a fridge, TV, computer, table and chairs, and his scale model car garage. He enjoyed family, friends, and neighbours stopping by to visit in his garage.
One of the traits that defined Steve the most was his sense of humour. He was able to find a laugh in just about any situation right up until the end. In the hospital, he continually amazed the doctors and nurses with his one-liners. He was honest, sometimes to a fault! He was very intelligent, and a conversationalist. Steve was a kind-hearted and generous man. He accepted people into his circle and his home as long as he received the same respect that he gave.
He is survived by his wife, Lorna, his children Sandy (Anthony) Vogrig of Winchester, Mark (Tara) Sayeau of Chesterville, and Lisa (Mark) Casselman of Williamsburg; his siblings, Pat (Shirley) Sayeau of Cardinal, Jim (Louise) Sayeau of Cardinal, and Emma Jean Sawatzky of Wiarton; and his brother-in-law, Lee Sullivan of Ottawa. He will be fondly remembered by his grandchildren, Jeff Winters, Cristiano Vogrig, Danica and Thalia Casselman, and Benjamin Sayeau. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Sun., Dec. 29 from 7 to 9 pm, and Mon., Dec. 30 from 12 pm until the time of the funeral service at 1 pm, which was conducted by Father Anthony. Spring interment of cremated remains will be at Spruce Haven Cemetery in Brinston.
Donations to Dundas County Hospice or Winchester District Memorial Hospital would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.