Rajendra Sharma

In Memorial

Rajendra (Raj) Sharma, born in Ba, Fiji Islands, on December 10, 1935, passed away peacefully in Maple Ridge on August 4, 2011, surrounded by family.  Raj was the fifth child of Pundit Prabhu Dayal and Ganga Jali.  He married Manorma, his “angel”, on December 16, 1961 and emigrated to Canada on November 22, 1963.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from UBC and his Masters in Education and Counseling Psychology from UVIC, and was a well-liked teacher and counselor who worked in McBride, Powell River and Kelowna.  He was actively involved in various volunteer organizations.  Raj was well known for his sense of humour, social fearlessness, wisdom, integrity, and kind and compassionate nature.  Raj is survived by his loving wife Manorma, his daughters Arti and Abha, his sons-in-law Shailendra and Christopher, his granddaughters Ashleen and Shaileen.  The funeral service will be held on Monday, August 8, 2011, at 10 AM at Garden Hill Funeral home 11765-224th St  Maple Ridge  with cremation to follow.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to McKinney Creek Hospice in memory of our beloved Raj.

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  1. http://Pradeep%20Chand

    Our sincere symphathies on loss of rajendra sharma.
    may god have mercy on his soul.Om Namah Sivah

    pradeep and family
    new zealand

  2. http://Shanti%20and%20Gyan%20Sharma


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  5. http://Roshni%20Sharma

    My hearty condolence to Aji, Arti, Abha and the entire family. Its so sad a leave has fallen away from our mighty family tree. God give the family the courage to continue without him.May his soul rest in peace.

  6. Our hearfelt sympathy to the family.There are no goodbyes wherever you are,you awill always be in our hearts Rajendra.
    Before the sublime mystery of life and spirit, the mystery of infinite space and endless time, we stand in reverent awe.
    This much we know: we are at least one phase of the immortality of life.
    The mighty stream of life flows on, and, in this mighty stream, we too flow on…not lost…but each eternally significant.
    For this I feel: The spirit never betrays the person who trusts it. Physical life may be defeated but life goes on; character survives, goodness lives and love is immortal.
    – Col Robert G. Ingersoll
    Urmilla and Birendra Sharma
    London uk

  7. http://Deven%20maharaj

    Our dear Kaka, Rest in peace. You will be very much missed and will always live in our hearts forever. We will cherish the memories.
    To kaki and cousins Arti and Abha,stay strong and never let kakas memory fade away.

    Deven, Babita and kids Ashika and Kavita.

    Auckland New Zealand

  8. Aja Raj Sharma, even whilst residing far away from all of us in Fiji , was a pilliar of srenght to us. Aja had a special quality in him with which he used to motivate every one to do better in life. He had a lot of passion towrads photography thus used to take lot of photos when in Fiji.
    He also had a great intrest in gardening and often used buy us seeds/sedlings to plant. Three of the coconut trees that he helped plant here , are now standing tall and baring fruits . His memories amongst us will always stand tall like the three coconut trees. Our condilences to Aji, Arti, Abha and the family and prey that Aja’s atman attains peace . Ohm Shanti , Shanti Shanti.
    Gyan sharma.

  9. Aja Raj Sharma, even whilst residing far away from all of us in Fiji , was a pilliar of srenght to us. Aja had a special quality in him with which he used to motivate every one to do better in life. He had a lot of passion towrads photography thus used to take lot of photos when in Fiji.
    He also had a great intrest in gardening and often used buy us seeds/sedlings to plant. Three of the coconut trees that he helped plant here , are now standing tall and baring fruits . His memories amongst us will always stand tall like the three coconut trees. Our condilences to Aji, Arti, Abha and the family and prey that Aja’s atman attains peace . Ohm Shanti , Shanti Shanti.
    Gyan sharma.

  10. Our sincere condolences to Kaki,Arti,Abha and the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Death is nothing at all,
    I have only slipped into the next room
    I am I and you are you
    Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
    Call me by my old familiar name,
    Speak to me in the easy way which you always used
    Put no difference in your tone,
    Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow
    Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
    Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
    Let my name be ever the household word that it always was,
    Let it be spoken without effect, without the trace of shadow on it.
    Life means all that it ever meant.
    It it the same as it ever was, there is unbroken continuity.
    Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
    I am waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near,
    Just around the corner.
    All is well.

    Henry Scott Holland
    Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral

  11. From Neil, Evelyn, Vinson and Vishnu Sharma.
    Harold wood

  12. God will grant rest to the departed.Our heartfelt sympathy to Manorma,the girls and the entire family.May He give you the courage to carry on beyond the shadows

  13. http://Ranjini%20Ram

    To: Aunty Manorma, Arti, Shailend, Ashleen, Shaileen, Abha and Christopher

    We are sorry to hear of uncle passing away. We like to believe that when we lose someone special close to us, they still live through their loved ones and give us all the strength.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all through this sad time.

    Ranjini, Rishi, Ravi & Riddhika
    Auckland, New Zealand

  14. http://Aishalyn%20Sayer

    Sincerest sympathies and condolences to the family. Our hearts go out to you.

    Rest in peace Rajendra Sharma.

    Aishalyn & Sebastian

  15. On behalf of my aunt:Mrs.Ram Dutt Sharma who happens to be in London UK and who had the good fortune to see Rajendra at the hospice while in Canada a fortnight ago:My heart goes out to all the family for the loss of a husband,father,grand father,a friend and most of all a principled human being.You have left behind a legacy that will last for generations.God bless

    Mami{Mrs Ram Dutt Sharma}

  16. http://Ajay%20Sharma

    Our warmest condolences to Kaki and Family.Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    With deepest sympathy from Ajay, Banita & girls. Christchruch, New Zealand.

  17. Aji-Mrs Manorama Sharma,Arti ,Abha & rest of the family members

    I was saddened to hear of the loss, and I realize many people have lost a blessing from God.

    Please accept my deepest condolences. I am praying for strength and comfort for you all at this time.

    From Rohini Sharma& family
    Sigatoka Fiji

  18. Aja was the greatest! he will always be looking down on us no matter what! he will always be with us through whatever we go through in life! hes in a better place now even though we cant see him he can always see us!

    Ron and family

  19. We all love you very much Aja!
    RIP <3

  20. Dear Manorama:

    It was indeed a shock to learn of Rajendra’s passing from the the Vancouver Sun. My thoughts are with you and your family. Gyanendra ji (Master ji), has not been very well this past year but I am sure he would wish me to say that he is sad that Rajendra is no more with us.

    May God give strength and comfort at this time and grant eternal peace to the departed Soul.


  21. http://Samta%20Singh

    Arti, please accept our deepest condolences. I remember your father’s visit in Johnstown; it was great to know him. Our prayers are with you and your entire family. May Uncle ji rest in peace.

  22. http://Rick%20Shave

    Dear Manorma and family,

    My sincere condolences to you all. I was saddened to hear that Raj had passed on and wanted you to know how much I respected Raj as an educator and a friend. We worked together at George Pringle Secondary and his dedication to the students and his professionalism was evident in everything he did! He will be missed! He touched many, many lives in our school system and we are richer for having known him!

    Rick Shave

  23. http://Dave%20Cousins

    Manorma & family, very saddened to hear of Raj’s passing! Shared many a happy moment and much laughter during our UVic Master’s Program! Great memories! My deepest condolences as he will be missed! Really appreciated the video on Raj as it definitely brought out how wonderful & caring a person he was (not to mention, somewhat of a character/rascal at times with his great sense of humour & positive outlook on life).
    Dave Cousins

  24. http://Dennis%20Warner

    As a colleague of Raj’s at George Pringle Secondary School (SD 23 – Central Okangan) I was always impressed with his work ethic, his integrity, and his sense of humour. He was truly a fine person who was well liked and well respected by all who knew him. My condolences to the family.

  25. http://Sam%20and%20Nella%20Banducci

    Dear Nanorma and family. Please accept our sincerest condolences. We just found out about your loss. Raj was such a great guy. I have such fond memories of doing our masters together at UVIC. He will be greatly missed.
    Sam and Nella

  26. Raj and Manorma were Mom and Dad’s (Alice and John Borsa) next door neighbours. When Dad died, in 1988, Raj performed the eulogy for us. We felt forever in his debt over that, and he undertook his task with the utmost diligence and sincerity. We have now moved to Peachland, from Prince George,and when we read the Capital News obit we were shocked and saddened. I extend my heartfelt sympathy to Manorma and her girls and grandchildren and sons-in-law over the loss of Raj on the Earth. I am sure you feel the loss greatly, because he was a wonderful person. Peace to you.

  27. http://Mary%20Lou%20Inaba

    Dear Sharma Family.
    It is with saddness that I learned of Raj’s passing from the recent Kelowna Capital News.
    I too was a school counsellor in Kelowna and did my Masters with Raj. My thoughts of Raj as a counsellor are clearly focused on his passion for youth and his determination to support them in any way possible. Raj was a true professional!
    Thank you for sharing that beautiful video summarizing Raj’s life, it was magnificant.
    To the family my heartfelt sympathy.
    Mary Lou Inaba

  28. http://Barbara%20Waters

    So sad to hear about Raj’s passing. He was a wonderful man and I will remember him as a kind, caring person.
    My love to you and your family, Manorma.
    Barbara Waters

  29. http://Nina%20Green

    I was very saddened to hear of the death of my former colleague, Raj. Thanks for sharing the video. It was good to see Raj’s kind face again, and hear his gentle voice. He won’t be forgotten. My condolences to all Raj’s family and friends.

    Nina Green

  30. http://Alf%20McLean

    Manorma and family,

    I was greatly sadened to here of Raj passing. I have forwarded his obituary to several others who worked with him. I always enjoyed my time with Raj and I greatly respected his advice and good judgement. He helped many students and parents during the time that I knew him at George Pringle. He was widely respected by many people. I greatly enjoyed his company and we had many good times together. Please accept my heart felt condolances. God Bless.

    Alf McLean

  31. http://Rolli%20Cacchioni

    My sincerest condolences on the passing of Raj. I have many fond memories of him in School District #23, especially at George Pringle Secondary. He was truly a super advocate for all students.
    We will miss him.
    Rolli Cacchioni

  32. http://Mary,%20Mark%20and%20Shannon%20Smith

    Our family are saddened at the passing of a wonderful, kind and gentle man. We enjoyed our interactions with Raj at George Pringle. He was so encouraging and positive with Shannon during her years at GPS. He nicknamed her “Runs Like a Deer” and we always smiled about that. Shannon won the Raj and Manorma Sharma bursary in her grade 12 year and was truly honoured to have been recognized by a teacher she thought so highly of.
    Our thoughts are with you during this time Manorma. Peace to you…..

    Mary and Mark Smith and Shannon (Smith) Bliss

  33. http://Sheryl%20Baker


    My heart aches for you and how you must be feeling with Raj gone.

    I will be thinking of you as you adjust to a different way of living and how much you will miss someone who has been a part of your daily life for so long.

    May you find some comfort in the memories you’ve made together and through the part of Raj that lives on, in your daughters and granddaughters.

    With many hugs,
    Sheryl Baker

  34. http://Vishnu%20Sharma%20&%20Shanti%20Sharma

    we heard the news late and now pray to god that he will rest in peace. Always remember him when going to high school together and spending most of the time together in yalalevu Ba Fiji

    Thank you,

  35. http://Kelly%20Johnston

    I was a student at George Pringle and had the honour of knowing Raj. I am so greatful for all the help and advice he gave me over the years. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Sharma family. I was touched by the video tribute.

  36. Dad, today you are remembered 3 months after you passed away from this earth to go into the loving arms of our Father God.
    Thank you for your legacy that you left behind. Thank you for being my best friend. God bless you, pitaji.

  37. Remembering you, Pitaji, this day, when you went to be with the Lord in heaven a year ago.

    I miss you and love you and thank you for being alive in my heart and mind.

    Love you


  38. Three years since you left, Pitaji, to be with the Lord Jesus in heaven.

    You are loved stronger than ever and missed and remembered.

    Love you,


  39. http://Craig%20Adams

    I’m saddened to learn of your loss Arti and family. I had the privilege of having your Dad as my grade 7 teacher at Grief Point Elementary School in Powell River in1975-76. Mr. Sharma was always firm but fair with me. Through the years of my life a lot of what your Dad taught me about the importance of education, respect for others, and their property, and the focus of concentration on self improvement has helped me make good choices. He sometimes came into my thoughts of how to conduct myself, and handle some of life’s more challenging situations. A great man, a great educator. A good journey Mr. Sharma, thank you for being my teacher, and helping me understand so may important things about life.

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