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Suraj Parsad

October 4th, 1925 - August 28th, 2022
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It is with a heavy heart that we announce the death of our beloved mother (Amma), mother-in-law, Aji, and Nani. Mrs. Suraj Parsad of Maple Ridge, was born on October 4, 1925  and passed away peacefully on August 28, 2022 in Ridge Meadows Hospital at the age of 96. 

She was the matriarch of the first family to arrive from the Fiji Islands to Vancouver, Canada, in March, 1964. She was well known in Vancouver and played an integral role in the immigration of many families from Fiji.  She was well known in the community for her warmth, hospitality, and exceptional culinary skills.   

She was the wife of the Late Mr. Jagat Parsad,  and mother of the late Mr. Tony Parsad.  She is survived by her daughter Roshni Prasad Sinha , her son, Bobby Parsad, 2 daughters-in-law, son-in-law, 7 grandchildren, grandson-in-law, granddaughter-in law, and 5 great-grandchildren who were infinitely blessed by her longevity and presence in their lives.  

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 10 at 1:30 pm with the cremation to follow at 2:45 pm at Maple Ridge Funeral Chapel and Crematorium, 11929 216 ST, Maple Ridge, BC

Please use the link below to view the service via Livestream

https://www.legacystreaming.com/mapleridgefuneral/


Tributes

Amrit Das
September 20th, 2022

Auntie made us her family and her home our home. I loved her delicious cooking and always remember her welcome home kiss and "Beti kaisee hai? She was very loving. We introduced my future husband, Aurobindo to her before I could make any final decision and she fortunately gave us her blessing. You all helped so much in my wedding. Your family was my family from Fiji. My sincere condolences to Bobby, Roshni, Rekha and your families. We pray for strength and wonderful memories to sustain you.

Satyabhama Maharaj
September 15th, 2022

Bhogi was a very kind and warm person
She will be greatly missed by all.
Whenever I went to Vancouver I made a point to
visit her, she remembered my name and called me beti
She will be greatly missed.
Rest In Peace Bhogi 🙏🙏

Satyabhama and family

Novin Parsad aka Dron
September 14th, 2022

My apologies for this late response in formulating an appropriate tribute!
How does one define "great" in the context of a Kaki's life?

Kaki's entire life was spent doing arduous work, fulfilling mundane daily household chores for the family.
There were periods when the family was extended such that there were more mouths to feed and house, on a daily basis.
Business operations required more drivers who became a mainstay, to be catered to.

In the early 1950's, Kaki and family moved to Vatukoula to manage the new business endeavor.
In addition to the existing Deluxe Bus Transport, a local taxi service opportunity presented itself.

Uncle Jagat (Jack) and family operated the first taxi service to the local community of employees of Emperor Gold Mines.
These employees of the Gold Mines were young Australians who were there with their young families, earning a living.
A taxi service was utterly viable for the business, and so the pioneer spirit in my Uncle Jack came to the fore.

Transporting the end product of the Gold Mines, that is to say, the GOLD, became a highlight of the business operation!
On demand, with no notice aforehand, a call would be received for this service.
Under armed police guard and two Emperor Gold Mines representatives, Uncle Jagat would be the driver, delivering the
gold to the airport in Nadi, for further shipment to Australia and beyond.

I am witness to one such fully occupied and loaded taxi departing Vatukoula for Nadi.
It was a fully loaded vehicle, one of our taxis, a sight indelibly etched in my mind for ever

As the favorite nephew that I was, I spent many school holidays in Vatukoula, with Kaki, Kaka, and family.
Christmas and New Year celebrations necessitated moving large numbers of people.
There was much work and business to do, transporting people during the busy period before Christmas.

The family home, was also the base of operations of the family's transport business.

She shouldered her part of the operation with great skill and adroitness, and satisfaction for everyone.
The new business was a challenge, and Kaki worked her heart out, keeping house, and constantly preparing
loads of delectable food items for everyone, including the business drivers and mechanics.

The climate in Vatukoula is usually very dry and very hot late into the night, for most of any year that I recall.
It remains for you to imagine the prevailing conditions under which Kaki proved herself.
Most of the work was hand work, no machinery! None!

My admiration for her tenacity and drive ranks way, way up there with the best!

Now, only sweet memories remain of my very dear and loving Kaki!

Peace forever at last!

Dron

Manju kumar
September 10th, 2022

Rest in peace Mausiji.
Very sad to see the service today.
You indeed were an amazing soul.
Always very loving and caring to all the family and to all beings. Finally free from this mortal world. May your journey to eternity be blessed and you be united with your loved ones. Condolences and my prayers. 🙏 🤲 🕉 🕉

Jyan Nath
September 10th, 2022

Om and I were able to join in the antim sanskar of dear Bhabhi. Though we could not attend in person. We appreciated the opportunity to be with family and friends in the prayers and speeches paying tribute to a great soul.

Good bye Bhabhi Rest in peace.

Om and Jyan

Jyan Nath
September 10th, 2022

Bhabhi, you gave us much love right from the time we met in the early 60's. Gyan ji and I, along with our children Rajeev, Amrit and Ragini were so blessed to be under your caring umbrella. Bhaiya ji also cared for us so much love. We remember Tony who was an extraordinarily caring person. We miss you. You were the ' forever Fiji family' for us.
To Rekha, Roshni and Bobby, and their families, I express my sincere and heartfelt condolences. You have a wonderful heritage to cherish and to pass on to the next generations. I wish you strength and resolve to shine in your lives always.

Rest in peace dear Bhabhi. Om Shanti Om.

Novin Parsad aka Dron
September 10th, 2022

Thanks for all the wonderful memories of this life.

With sincere love and every respect as always!

Peace forever!

Rohini Jagmohan & Bigyan Jagmohan & Family
September 10th, 2022

Hi Bobby & Family, Pinny Jiji & Family, Rekha Bhabhi & Family,

Our deepest condolences at the loss of our dearest Barkima. Your loving mother, mother in law and grandmother. She is in a better place now and is now at peace in heaven with the Almighty. I know it is a difficult time for the whole family. My thoughts are with you all.
May God Bless you all with the strength to get through this difficult times together in Peace as Barkima would have intended. May you find solace in each other.

Love and hugs to all,
Rohini Jagmohan,
Auckland
New Zealand

Vineshni Lal
September 10th, 2022

Growing up our families spent alot of time together. The good old days as I recall. I always admired nani for she was a simple, classy and elegant lady.
Soft spoken and alot of wisdom to share.
Our condolences to the entire family
May nani rest in eternal peace 🙏🏽🕉
Lots of luv from
Vinod and Kiran Lal and jiji

Joyti Singh (Nita)
September 10th, 2022

Aunty my Fua, I remember your generous gifts you always brought to us in Raralevu whenever you visited us from Canada. You were always very kind and loving to all of us especially to your Pundit bhaiya my dad, your Bhauji my Amma and your parents my Aaji and Baba.
May your beautiful soul rest in peace.
With loving thoughts and prayers,
Nita, Prakesh, Rakesh, Rishi, Anil, Rita and Monica.

Enid Prasad
September 10th, 2022

RIP Nani you will be forever remembered and cherished.
You have left a wonderful family and legacy that will endure.
Much love
Enid

Ragini Kapil
September 9th, 2022

Dearest Aunty,

My memories of you stretch back to the early sixties and you were our aunty from the start. I remember your delicious cooking and your lovely smile but my best memory of you was when my brother was getting married. You stashed some baby powder in your sari blouse during the mehendi ceremony and chose your moment well. You poured that powder all over my dad’s head. How we all laughed! It was a mischievous side of you we had never seen before and the delight on your face stays imprinted in my mind to this day.

You will always be a cherished memory for us. May you Rest In Peace.

Love,

Ragini

Angie williams
September 9th, 2022

Thanking God for your beautiful earthly life of 96 yrs mausi.You were very loving caring and a generous person. We loved you and will continue to love you with your beautiful memories always.
Psalm 23:4: Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid For You are close beside me, Your rod and Your staff protect and comfort me.

Rest high in Eternity dearest soul

Roshni Sinha
September 9th, 2022

You have left a gaping hole in my heart but knowing you left on your terms makes it bearable.
You fought a good fight and at almost 97 years old , your body could not match your will to live.
Your doctor said you had 9 lives especially when you returned home after Covid and again 2 other times
.
Your grandchildren meant the world to you and you meant the same to them. You made it easy for us to be parents because you
always stepped up for baby sitting, You never wanted to be paid because it was your duty.
You did the same for all the other children you were baby sitting whether it was for a few days or weeks.
They all remember you with love

I will always remember the valuable life lessons you taught me. You were traditional and principled and did not waiver no matter what life threw at you. It amazes me that with a grade 3 education you accomplished so much.
One thing you said, "always buy a house with a basement so you can pay all the overheads." How true!

You gave so much of yourself to both sides of the family and to the numerous friends.
Those people who are here and those who are watching on line will remember you fondly.

May your atma rest in peace .

Love you, always

Roshni Prasad Sinha (Pinny)

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