Sebastian Edward Joseph

Funeral services for Sebastian Edward Joseph, 23, Lawrence, will be 2:00 p.m. Monday at Trinity Episcopal Church.  Cremation will follow services.

Mr. Joseph died Wednesday, March 31, 2021, in Gardner, Kansas.

He was born April 29, 1997, in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Jeff Edouard Joseph and Rachelle Esperance.  He graduated from Free State High School in 2015.

Mr. Joseph worked as a forklift driver at Spectrum.  He loved recording music, cooking, and playing basketball.  He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Lawrence.

He is survived by his mother, Rachelle Esperance of Lawrence; father, Jeff Joseph of Montreal, Canada; sister, Sephora Joseph of Laboule, Haiti; brother, Olivier Soljour of Lawrence; grandfather, Jean-Luc Esperance of Lawrence; grandparents, John and Virginia Gaunt of Lawrence; uncles, Lesly Esperance of Lawrence, Fritz Esperance of Lawrence, Mack Esperance of Lawrence, and Emanuel Esperance of Lawrence; cousins, Jean-Luc, Aidan, Nadia, Jessica Esperance, and Dave Elias all of Lawrence.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Jesule Esperance.

Friends may call from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home and Crematory, where the family will receive them from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

A GoFundMe page has been created, and the family suggests memorial contributions be sent at


Messages & Condolences

From J...

Anyone who knew you knew how big that smile of yours was. I met you right before middle school and from that moment on you have been one of my guy best friends and a big brother to me. My mom hardly
likes any of my friends but the moment she met you her words were “I like him”, my point is your energy was unreal and there will NEVER be anyone like you. I’m so grateful to have met you and been blessed by your presence. I love you, rest in paradise my sweet friend❤️

From Janet Peard...

Sebastian was a friend of my son, so I was fortunate to have met him, even if briefly. Sebastian was such a nice young man! My heart is breaking for his family and friends. May all of your wonderful memories give you comfort.

From Alexis Otero...

Sebastian was a thoughtful person.. I’m still in shock.. he loved having an open heart for everyone. Sebastian will be missed. Such a tragedy..too soon. R.I.P

From Kaprelle Bradley...

My heart goes out to the family. Rachelle, I could always see your face light up when you would speak about Sebastian. I am so sorry for your loss. May God be with you always.

From Jake DeLaTorre...

I was in shock when I heard the news of your passing. It’s crazy to think we grew up together since the third grade until senior year. You were always a joyful, funny, caring person. You’ll be greatly missed Sebastian! Rest In Peace.

From Donna Madl...

I am reading this and weeping!! My heart is broken. Sebastian always knew how to brighten a room with his smile and his heart. Have the best hugs. He always knew when I needed a hug and a smile to brighten my day. I am sad for his family and the world. No words can express my sadness. My condolences to the family.

From Maddie Birdashaw...

My utmost condolences, love, and prayers go out to Sebastian’s family and close friends. Sebastian was one of the kindest people I knew throughout Middle School and High School. He always made an effort to remember everyone’s name and was friends with people from all walks of life. Although I was not close with Sebastian in my adult life, I will never forget the impact he had on everyone he met for the duration of time I got the privilege to know him.

From Nicole Rice...

Sebastian’s zest for life had a profound affect on everyone who met him. He was geniune! He is one of the brightest lights that has ever entered my life! I will never forget him calling my name, Mrs. Wice. It was an ongoing joke, I can see and hear him now! I love you Sebastian, always have, always will!

From Steve Taylor...

My prayers go out to Sebastian’s family. I had the pleasure of working with Sebastian at Smuckers, he always had a smile on his face and a kind word to say. He will be deeply missed.

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