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ESCABILLAS, Leah Sieras

October 26, 1987 – Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia
August 18, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Leah Sieras Escabillas of Calgary, passed away on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at the tender age of 30 years.

Leah was born in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia, the eldest of three children of Romeo and Estelita Escabillas. She finished her elementary and high school education at the Philippine International School in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia. She moved to the Philippines in 2004 to study at the Silliman University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy. Leah moved to Canada with her parents and siblings in 2009. While in Canada, Leah continued to advance her studies. She became a certified accountant in Alberta. Leah worked for Strike Energy as a corporate accountant and has been highly regarded by her superiors and colleagues. Leah, with her bubbly and very accommodating personality, had always been liked by anyone she was acquainted with. She had worked with non-profit organizations to help the underprivileged during her university days in the Philippines and had also taken mission trips to help the children of Ethiopia and Rwanda. She was a fun and loving daughter, sister, cousin and aunt. Her nieces and nephews adored her.

Leah loved to travel. Her goal was to be able to visit thirty countries before she turned 30, and she had surpassed that! In between her professional and missionary work, Leah loved to go on all kinds of outdoor adventures: hiking, camping, rowing, bungee-jumping, surfing, skydiving, and more! She always had a smile on her face, a helping hand, a listening ear, a loud, contagious laugh that made everyone comfortable around her!

She will be remembered with love by her parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, colleagues and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th Street S.E., Calgary, AB) on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (1414 Shawnessy Boulevard S.W., Calgary, AB) on Friday, August 24, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Leah Escabillas, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Deerfoot South, 12281 – 40th STREET S.E., Calgary, AB T2Z 4E6, Telephone: 403-203-0525.

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  1. Dear Ate Ester, Kuya Romy and Family. Our deepest sympathy to your family, we are with you in this difficult times. Jv and May Monton

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  2. Kia Shayestehfar :

    Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss. I did not know Leah in person, but I know her sister, Karyl, very well. I hope your family can find the strength to get past this.

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  3. Leizley Jen Sieras :

    To Uncle Romy, Auntie Ester, Karyl and Lolong:

    Our prayers are with you. It is still difficult to acccept Gigi’s untimely passing. She is very well-loved and respected. She is the most humble and giving person I know. She has always been my closest cousin growing up. She is wise beyond her years and I am so proud of what she has accomplished and places she has traveled. I have loved her like a sister and she’ll always be remembered. May she live forever in our hearts.

    Lalay, Adrian, Kylo

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  4. Debbie Brittner for Strike :

    On behalf of Leah’s “Strike family”, I would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to the entire family. Leah was one of the kindest, most genuine and patient people I have ever had the privilege of knowing and working with. Her positive attitude, smiling face and helpfulness made her an absolute joy to have on our team. Leah’s love of life and adventure shone through everything she did and she was an inspiration to all of us. Our hearts are broken and we will miss her much more than words could ever convey. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this most difficult time, and we hope that knowing how much Leah was loved and respected by her co-workers will bring some comfort to the family.

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  5. Vicki Estillore Sale :

    May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept my sincerely condolences.

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  6. Our deepest and sincerest condolences to the whole family… Heaven gained another angel!

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  7. EvelynMangunay Tolentino :

    My deepest condolences to the family, may her soul rest in peace. Ging you will always be remembered as a good person, a loving daughter to your parents and sister to your siblings. Rest now Ging and be with God,, I love you, from your tita evelyn

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  8. My deepest sympathy auntie Ester, uncle Romy and family

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  9. Michelle Kay Butron Hoff :

    To the Escabillas’

    When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.

    Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you. May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time. God bless.

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  10. Willie Lanzon :

    She lived a life full of smile, love, giving & everything that’s with positive vibes. A respectful & respecting person. In our native language, to her “Walang masamang tinapay”! She embodies what a parent would like to have as a daughter.
    I was orphaned by his family during my first year in Saudi Arabia. And I gathered enough to say who and what kind of a person she was, and still is. I say the same thing to other members of the family.
    It pained me to have even known that she is gone. She could have continue to make lots of people happy with all her charity works, all being done at her tender years.
    Sleep well and still put a smile on your face, Gigi. Dad, Mom & your siblings will be ok. Time will heal the pain. They will eventually come to terms with what your Maker had planned for you, even if that would have meant you being away from them.
    You will be remembered! Very much! Thanks for the memory!

    Tito Willie, Tita Bing, Buds, Janine & Luigi

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  11. Dearest Mareng Ester, Pareng Romy, Karyl and Lolong,
    I know that no amount of words could alleviate and ease the pain, sorrow and grief that your family is experiencing at this moment. Gigi’s untimely demise really broke my heart knowing the intimacy of our friendship that have rooted for years especially with my kids from childhood to college days, thus considering her just like my real daughter too. Till now i couldn’t
    bear the thought that she’s gone. I ran out of the adjectives that could best describe Gigi for she is one of a kind, a down to earth and warm to be with. I am just thankful that my children had the opporunity to be with Gigi and the rest of your siblings because they somehow have influenced and set a good example to my kids. Sad to say, we can’t see you even for the last time before you leave to your final resting place but rest assured that we will treasure those memories that we once had. Accept our deepest sympathy and condolence. Praying for your eternal repose Gi, and may our great God give comfort to the entire family. You will be profoundly missed!

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  12. Our deep sympathy and condolences to the family.

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  13. Irish Songcuya & Family :

    To Te Ester, Kuya Romy and to the whole family
    Our deepest condolences to you…How I wish i could comfort you in this lowest times of your life but just stay strong your daughter is in a better place now…Our prayers are with you…Eternal light shine upon her and may her soul rest in peace..

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  14. Ana Liezel escabillas quintano :

    I am deeply saddened for the passing of our dear cousin Gigi thank you for the memories. To Uncle Dodong, tita ester, karyl And lolong may God grant you with strength and ease the pain of your loss. My heartfelt condolence

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  15. To Tita Ester, Uncle Romy, Karyl and Lolong,

    Please accept our deepest sympathy and condolences. We pray that you will all have the strength you need in this very difficult time. We pray for the eternal rest of Gigi soul. Her achievements and beautiful memories of living life to the fullest will be treasured not only by the family but for all the lives she has touched. Gigi will forever be cherished.

    Monique, Paul, Ryan and Tara

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  16. Celsa A Ballon :

    My deepest Condolences to you and the entire family
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time
    May her Soul Rest In Peace

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  17. Vicente Escabillas Jr :

    Cousin Dodong and Ester until now I don not want to believe what my kids sent me this morning about Gigi. I can feel how our family felt everytime somebody passes away and especially so that we don’t know the reason. We always turn our grief to GOD who is the one directing our lives. Condolences to your family and may Gigi’s soul will be with HIM now and forever.

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  18. Scott Lineker :

    We are so sad for Romeo and Estelita and family to have to go through this difficult time. We pray that you are able to find strength and some happiness as you move forward in life. Peace be with you all.

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  19. Rose Pacariem-Trinidad :

    Leah was one of my closest friends in high school. She had such a bright, witty mind. She was very funny and jolly that it was just pure joy to be around her. Though we had parted ways after graduation, we still kept in touch from time to time. She lived her life to the fullest through her many adventures in Canada, and around the world. Our world is dimmer without her presence, but God has made sure we have an angel watching over us.

    Our condolences to tita Ester, tito Romy, Karyl and Romy. May God give you the strength at this difficult time.

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  20. Leah was my co-worker for 5 years and I was so devastated to hear this news. My heartfelt condolences to her family and friends. Leah was always so helpful and patient and kind. Her love of travel and sense of adventure was fun to enjoy through her stories and pictures. She was an inspiration to us all. RIP Super Leah. We loved you and will miss you.

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  21. Michael Adducul :

    On behalf of the International Philippine School in Al-Khobar, we extend our heartfelt and sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Leah around the world…We pray that her love ones will overcome their loss the soonest…May her soul rest in eternal peace….

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  22. Necie de Asis :

    Our sincerest condolences to Tita Ester, Tito Romy, Karyl & Lolong Escabillas!Leah will always be remembered as a selfless soul to everyone…another angel sent by our Lord for awhile but HE has another plan and reason to be an angel up above…watch over you & her friends now!Rest in peace Leah…from De Asis Family of IPSA-Alkhobar.

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  23. Allen & Cora Arucan :

    Our sincere and deepest condolences to the whole family. May her soul rest in peace with our almighty GOD.

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  24. Caroline Noseworthy :

    To the Escabillas’ family
    I have been Leah’s coworker for 4 years and I would like to say that Leah has such a beautiful and kind spirit. Words cannot describe how much she will be missed. I am sending my heartfelt and most sincerest condolences to Leah’s family and friends. May your soul rest in peace Leah.

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  25. Patrick Miller :

    Dear Mr. and Mrs. Escabillas, although I never knew Leah I wish to send my prayers and thoughts to your family. May love and peace console you at your time of sorrow

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  26. Elena J. Madula :

    Helo tel and Kuya Romy condolence sa whole family. Gigi is happy now with our almighty father. Be strong dai Godbless sa whole family….

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  27. Dolly Varughese :

    Condolences our good Lord will always be with you, give you peace and comfort you Estel and your family

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  28. Elena J. Madula :

    Condolence sa whole family ninyo dai Godbless…

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  29. Gie Saladio and Family :

    No other words to say Kuya Romy except may our God Almighty comfort you all and peace rule your hearts and minds at this time of loss.
    Our sincere condolences…

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  30. Courtney Large :

    Leah was my coworker for 5 years & I am absolutely heartbroken to hear this news. Leah was such a kind, patient and funny person to work with. She had a giggle and laugh that was so endearing. I will never forget her patience when she was training me and her willingness to help at anytime. Her adventures she went on were amazing and we always loved hearing about them when she returned to work. She will be missed beyond words. My thoughts are with her family.

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  31. Henry - Vivian Chiu and children HJ, VM & TM :

    Our prayers and condolences to Romy, Ester, Karyl and Lolong and to the whole clan. Eternal rest grant unto to Leah , O Lord and let perpetual light upon her. May she rest in peace. We will miss you so much Gigi.

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  32. Zane M. Thirlwall :

    Deepest Condolences

    She was a beautiful young lady, so so sad to hear this. I heard after university that she did charity work and enjoyed it.

    Be strong Ester at this difficult time.

    All our love Zane, Glenn, Zena and Carlo

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  33. Death is the only certain thing that will happen in our life. We all pray for a peaceful and painless death. But GOD has his own way of calling us back. For saints PAINFUL death is better than PAINLESS death for pain purifies our soul. Most of the saints and martyrs die a horrible death. We’ll keep Leah in our prayers. Amping ug ampo!

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  34. Jean A. Bellosillo :

    Our Condolences,
    What a saddened news, we are truly sorry to hear of the loss of Gigi. Our condolences and prayers may ease the pain, comfort and hasten the journey of her soul to Heaven.

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  35. We extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family. May the soul of Gigi/Leah be at peace with our Heavenly Father. We offer our thoughts, prayers and welll-wishes during this dark time in your life. May our condolences bring you comfort and may our prayers ease the pain of this loss. Godbless from Lando Inday Em RJ Chit and Zeus (Manila family)

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  36. Wendy Robertson :

    Praying for you all as you grieve the loss beautiful Leah!

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  37. Taeko Schenkhuizen :

    Our hearts are deeply saddened by the unexpected departure of your loving daughter and sister Leah. We all remember her and keep loving her how wonderful and powerful person she was. Her smile never diminishes from our memories.

    I pray that our Lord Jesus hold all of your family member and friends in His arm pouring over His peace and love with Leah next to Him.

    Peace to your family.

    Taeko Schenkhuizen

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  38. I would like to offer my deepest condolences to Leah’s family and close friends.

    I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to work closely with Leah over the last 4 years at Strike. We could always count on Leah to brighten our days and solve our problems and we will all miss her dearly.

    I have been in the workforce for many years and worked with many people and Leah stands out from the crowd. She was the “Go To” person for so many of us at Strike, particularly for the members of the finance group – always happy to help, share her vast knowledge of our system, solve problems, investigate questions, fixing everything with a smile and a positive attitude.

    Leah had a love for life and we looked forward to hearing about her many adventures after trips and weekends, from bungee jumping in South Africa to Hot Air Ballooning in Turkey she wanted to take it all in.

    The void that she leaves in our everyday workplace will be difficult to fill but her positive imprint will live on and help us move forward.

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  39. My heart goes out to Romeo and family during this difficult time. Please accept my deepest condolences.

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  40. Joseph Muswizu :

    Words cannot even begin to express the sadness and grief I am feeling. I am heartbroken. It’s truly been an honour to have known Leah for 4 years when we worked together. Always ready and willing to help. Your kindness and patience you showed to all will be missed dearly.

    To Leah’s family and friends, please accept my sincere condolences.

    During this sad chapter of life, please take comfort in knowing that Leah was loved by everyone she came across, she lived her life to the fullest and enjoyed each step of her journey from one adventure to the other. Leah, you fought a good fight and you finished your race. Rest well, my friend.

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  41. Darlene Mae Pingol-Rosello :

    We extend our deepest sympathies to Uncle Dodong,Auntie Ester and family. May the soul of your daughter (our cousin) be at peace with our Heavenly Father. We hope that our Lord brings you and your family the much-needed peace during this sad time. Again, our condolences to you and your family.-from Pingol family

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  42. I would like to offer my condolences & prayers to Leah’s family & friends.
    I have worked with Leah the last year here at Strike from Fort Saskatchewan, she was always pleasant, a great trainer & she was always my “GO TO” to help with training & solving issues. We surely will miss her smile, pleasant voice & her knowledge here at Strike. RIP Leah

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  43. Leah was a bright light in the Strike family, and an absolute pleasure to work with. Sincere condolences to her family.

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