OBITUARY

Eric Bert Deys

7 July , 19645 May , 2019
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With broken hearts we announce the sudden passing of Eric Bert Deys on Sunday, May 5th at the age of 54. Beloved husband of 30 years, soulmate and best friend of Lisa.

Dearest father of Eric (Justin), Deanna (Matthew), and Dayna (Jonathan). Predeceased by parents Philip and Mary Deys and father-in-law Brownie Bodo. Loving son-in-law of Tilda Bodo. Loving brother and friend of Fred and Deb, Bill and Carol, Linda and Jane, Rick, Mary-Anne and Joel. Dear brother-in-law of Barry and Annette Bodo. Eric will be lovingly remembered by many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and friends.

Eric graduated from McMaster University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Computer and Electrical. He began his career at NCR in Waterloo and also worked at COM DEV, Wescam, Gennum, Sigma Designs, and Synopsys. Eric was a member of Professional Engineers Ontario and was the recipient of the Synopsys Award of Excellence as a result of his tireless efforts and dedication to his work. He also found time to mentor engineering graduates at McMaster University to help them transition into their careers.

He was a proud board member of Connecting Countries which promotes health and education through latrine building and water harvesting in Kenya. He was about to fulfill his dreams of travelling to Kenya to make a difference. He was an active volunteer in numerous community organizations and fundraising events. Eric will be remembered for his love of guitar and live music, stamp collecting, cycling, canoeing, hiking, travelling, and most of all spending time with his family. Even in Eric’s passing, he continues to help others through organ donation and would encourage all of us to do the same. As expressions of sympathy donations can be made to Connecting Countries or the charity of your choice in Eric’s memory.

Visitation will be held at Markey-Dermody Funeral Home, 1774 King Street E. (at Kenilworth) on Friday, May 10th from 1-9pm. Funeral Service will be held at Immanuel Christian Reformed Church (61 Mohawk Rd. West) on Saturday, May 11th at 10am. Interment to follow at Woodland Cemetery.

“Don’t cry because it’s over , smile because it happened”

Services

  • Visitation Friday, 10 May , 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, 11 May , 2019

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Keith Redmond

13 May 2019

Lisa, EJ, Deanna, and Dayna,

I worked closely with Eric at Sigma Designs, only ending with the office closure in 2013. More recently, Lisa and Eric were kind enough to be guests my wedding New Year's Eve 2014.

Without a doubt the best place I have ever worked was at Sigma. In the summers a group of us (Eric included) would go golfing on Wednesday nights at Indian Wells. There was a closeness at Sigma that I have not found anywhere else. So impactful was my time there that it is an ongoing joke that, to this day, I point out the office to my wife whenever we pass it on the highway.

Nobody did more to foster and cultivate that community spirit at Sigma than Eric - someone I considered to be both a mentor and a friend. He truly cared about everyone he worked with and through his positive outlook and optimistic nature, was able to bring out the best in all of us. More than anything though, he was a family man. Every week he would tell proud stories about Lisa's work at the clinic, EJ's time at The Poole Shoppe, or going canoeing with his family on father's day.

Words cannot express how truly sorry I am for your loss. I can only say I will endeavor to honour his memory and to follow his lead in prioritizing and cherishing time with my own family.

Keith Redmond

Tony, Diana and Chelsea Ciglar

13 May 2019

Dear Lisa, EJ, Deanna, Dayna, all of Eric’s siblings and extended family, there are so few words that can express how deeply sorry we are for your loss.

Eric, Lisa, the kids and Bodo’s touched our lives so profoundly, from the moment we met 25 years ago. We were two young families connecting in a neighbourhood of mostly mature families. Our families brought life to a quiet neighbourhood, with summer lemonade stands, swimming, biking, flying kites, playing at the park, camping trips, bar b q’s, birthday parties, fireworks and laying on the blankets in the evening under our favourite birch tree, the winters saw us skating on the baseball diamond, building snowmen and forts, tobogganing, more birthday parties, cleaning each other’s drives and jumping in the big van for a drive to see the lights in Niagara. All such wonderful memories, where we as parents had as much fun as the kids did and most often Eric was our ringleader, always encouraging the next fun idea. He was so good at it, he drew from his own experiences as a child with lots of siblings and always playing outside. We are so grateful for how he enriched all our lives and taught us through example how to live humbly, with kindness and to the fullest. Sadly, we didn’t have more time to reminisce about all the good times and to thank Eric for all that he brought to our lives. These are conversations that I guess we thought we would get to later in life, I’m sorry we didn’t.

As our children grew and our lives became busy, one thing stayed the same, the love we feel for our dear friends. We shall always cherish those beautiful memories and will always hold our friendship close.

Eric you are dearly missed and will never be forgotten, thank you for the memories, rest peacefully in that beautiful spot on the hill over-looking your city.

Love,
Diana, Tony and Chelsea Ciglar

Ronda MacDonald

12 May 2019

When we moved to starlight court Eric came over immediately and welcomed us to the neighbourhood. The Deys instantly became our family and friends.
This truly breaks my heart as I never have met kinder, nicer and loving people then the Deys.
Eric would be do proud of his children the urlogy his children said was from the heart of an incredible husband father and friend Eric was. love you The MacDonald's

Jeff Heath

12 May 2019

This is such sad news. I worked with Eric for a short period of time at Com Dev. I was a coop student at the time, and when Eric found out that I was taking the bus between Hamilton and Cambridge, he offered to give me a ride daily. It also gave me a chance to get to know him better during our daily trips. He was a wonderful engineer and a devoted family man. I will remember him fondly.

Jeff Heath

Barbra Kubilius

11 May 2019

Lisa, Eric Jr, Deanna and Dayna,

My sincere condolences for the loss of your wonderful husband and dad. I met Eric in Grade 13 through Scott B and we attended McMaster together. The photo below shows Eric around the time that we met playing guitar at one of my house parties. I seem to remember a little "Stairway to Heaven"! After a while, Eric showed interest in my long time friend, Lisa Bodo. Once he finally had the nerve to ask her out, the rest is history. What a beautiful and loving couple you have been and what a devastating loss Eric's passing is. Thinking of you all with love, Barb

Leslie Sgro

11 May 2019

Sorry for your tremdous loss. I hope you find peace in your memories you will share with your family .
My daughter ( Jessica went to school with EJ)
Leslie Sgro, and family

Julie & Jacob Mone

11 May 2019

Our deepest condolences to you Lisa and your family. We were truly praying and hoping he would pull through. You have both touched our lives in a profound way, we could feel the goodness and love that surrounds you both, we will remember it and be inspired by it.

Lisa, Linda, Lauren, Gordon, Rose Sutherland

10 May 2019

To: Family Deys

We are sorry to hear about the sudden loss of your husband/father, Eric. We have known him for many years through the East Hamilton Strings Orchestra and Glendale Secondary School. He was always a kind, gentle, friendly gentleman. He will remain in your hearts and memories. Our prayers are with you.

Lisa, Linda, Lauren Sutherland (East Hamilton Strings Orchestra)
Gordon and Rose Sutherland

Joanne Joosse

10 May 2019

Words cannot express my sadness over your sudden loss! I am so grateful that I spent time talking to Eric on New Year’s Day at Linda’s and Jane’s ! I have been blessed to have known Eric and your entire family for so many years. His family meant everything to him! He and I talked about you, Lisa and how happy he was! And he was so proud of your children! I am honoured to have been called a friend. Treasure your memories! With Christian Love!

Tom Zboril

10 May 2019

I was very saddened by the news of Eric's passing. I had the pleasure of working with Eric at Gennum/Sigma and I was always struck by his passion, his decency and his kind and caring approach to his family, work and life.

My deepest sympathies.

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