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Carl Montague Sewell

Jan 11, 1935 - Aug 14, 2023


Wednesday, August 23, 2023
2:00 pm
Private family internment will be morning of August 23, 2023 at the Leslieville Cemetery in Leslieville, Alberta with a public Celebration of Life at 2:00 PM at Covenant Christian Reformed Church in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta.


Leslieville Cemetery


It is with deep sadness that we announce our Father, Husband, brother, brother in-law, grandfather and great grandfather, Carl Montague Sewell, went to be with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on the evening of August 14th, 2023 in Rocky Mountain House.

Dad was born on January 11th, 1935 in Sherbrooke, Quebec. He was the oldest of two children from Montague Carl Sewell and Bernice Alberta Hunting from Portneuf, Quebec. After moving around from several small and sometimes isolated communities north of the Saint Lawrence river and west of Quebec City, as his Dad worked for the logging industry, they settled in Hawkesbury, Quebec. Dad attended school in Hawkesbury and graduated in 1953. He had several jobs including working for the family sawmill in Huntingville, Quebec, other logging associated businesses and for the mining industries of the area as well as the family farm in Portneuf, Quebec.

Later Dad attended Queen's University and finished his Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology at Sir George Williams University. This led to several jobs over the years working for Northern Electric, Celanese Canada and finally Ethyl Imco that saw him rise to Quality Control Supervisor and Assistant Plant Manager.

It was during this time that he met the love of his life Sybil Elfrida Fish and after a long courtship they married on July 17, 1965. Their first son Kenneth Carl was born on April 4th, 1967 and they moved from Drummondville to the farm at L'Avenir, Quebec. Their second son Iain Alex was born on July 4th, 1972. Dad was still working for Celanese Canada at the time and was also kept busy with farm work as the donkeys for Mum began coming into the picture once on the farm. Along with regular farm maintenance there were lots square bales to put up for the growing herd of donkeys, pigs to tend to throughout the summer, apples to harvest from the orchard, large garden to attend to and the preparations to the equipment and firewood needed for the maple syrup harvest every spring.

When Dad's job ended at Celanese Canada due to the plant shutting down he took a job at Ethyl Imco in Saint Jean, Quebec. This created more stress on Dad and Mum as he had to be away during the week as daily travel was too long, so Dad would leave very early Monday morning and return late Friday evening. It was tough but they took it in stride. With the very real possibility of another plant shut down, it was time to head west.

With a one year stop in Bluffton, Alberta, Dad and family finally settled in Leslieville. For the next 40 years Dad supported and helped Mum with the donkeys in the care, training, showing and transporting them. During this time he grew and developed his woodworking and refinishing business, that had started as a hobby when he was young growing up with his Dad, until slowly his health forced him to stop in later years. Dad also had a great interest in photography (which was how he originally met Mum) and had all his own film developing equipment but in the end the woodworking won out over the photography. Dad always did well at all he worked on or at. He would take his time and do the job well.

He is predeceased by his wife Sybil Elfrida Sewell, father Montague Carl Sewell, his mother Bernice Alberta Sewell (nee Hunting), father in-law Arthur George Fish, mother in-law Elfrida Mons Fish (nee Herbert) and step father in-law Angus Smith.

He leaves to mourn sons Ken (Joyce) and Iain (Tara), sister Janet (Eldon) MacDonald, sister in-law Margret (Gilbert) Lane, grand children Kaitlin Stenbeck, Emily (Derik) Wolmarans, Alex Sewell and great grandchildren Abby and Nate Wolmarans as well as numerous other relatives. Dad was also always there to lend a hand, offer encouragement or talk to as needed. You are missed already but not forgotten. Till we meet again.

Private family interment will be morning of August 23, 2023 at the Leslieville Cemetery in Leslieville, Alberta with a public Celebration of Life for Carl and Sybil at 2:00 PM at Covenant Christian Reformed Church in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.


Delores Bird:

Dear Sewell family,
With extreme sadness I read of your father’s passing. I was one of the first people they met when arriving in the Rocky area. Such good memories.
My sincere condolences to you all.

Lucille Stewart-Loov:

My condolences to all the family.
Prayers are sent your way.

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