Deborah “Deb” Seme

August 14, 1952 - November 17, 2011
Deborah “Deb” Seme


Deborah “Deb” Seme passed away at her home in Wilmington on Thursday November 17, 2011 after a long and courageous battle with Leukemia. She was 59.

Deb was born in Montreal, Canada on August 14, 1952 and grew up in Port Credit, on Lake Ontario. Before moving to Wilmington in 1995 she lived in Banff, Alberta where she skied the Rocky Mountain slopes nearly every day. She was a beautiful skier, a great tennis player, and an accomplished sailor. One of her favorite memories was of a 300 mile canoe trip down the Yukon River in Alaska.

She is survived by her loving husband and best friend Joe Seme, her twin brother David Brunning and wife Joanna, her brother Scott, nephews Mitchell, Austin and MacKenzie, stepdaughter Tracy Seme, and her beloved dogs, Nellie and Zelda, and Alice the cat.

Deb was a successful painting contractor in Wilmington for 15 years. She was known as “Deb the Painter.” It was a rare occasion when one of her clients did not become a good friend. She truly loved her life in Wilmington, her family and her many friends. Her beautiful smile could light up a room, and even during her long battle with cancer her sense of humor and above all, her cheerful and positive attitude touched and inspired everyone around her. She will be sorely missed.

A celebration of Deb’s life will be held on Saturday, November 26 at 11 a.m. at St. Andrews on the Sound in Wilmington. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Deb’s name to SECU Family House, 123 Old Mason Farm Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27517.

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  • November 20, 2011
    brenda harriss says:
    Joe, I am so sorry to read about your loss. Just know that prayers are being said for you. God bless, Brenda

  • November 20, 2011
    Brenda & Larry Shouse says:
    Our condolences at this time.m

  • November 20, 2011
    Kris Christensen says:
    Deb painted our condo at Duneridge on Wrightsville Beach several years ago. A very friendly spirit she was. My condolences to her family and I am sure, many, many friends.

  • November 24, 2011
    kristin says:
    very sorry - my thoughts are with you - kristin

  • November 25, 2011
    Rosemary R. O'Hayer says:
    Deb painted for us on numerous occasions and, not only did she beautify our houses, she became a friend. She was, and will remain in my heart, a friendly, loving spirit. I am so sorry she left us so soon.