Obituaries from Bichitra
Late Dr. Rory Fonseca02-June-1932 to 20-November-2018
RORY ALOYSIUS FONSECA Born 8:20 a.m., Thursday, June 2, 1932 Akyab, Burma. 20.1528° N, 92.8677° E Died 6:25 p.m., Tuesday, November 20, 2018 Winnipeg, MB. 49.8951° N, 97.1384° W
"No life is without its regrets, yet none is without its consolations." - George III. "I've had a fair measure of both, and certainly an excess of the latter, but only my faithful shadow can tell who I am and where I've been." - Rory Fonseca.
His life here on earth has been a grand adventure, travelling as an explorer, student, researcher, teacher and friend to many far corners of world, and teaching Architecture and Environment Studies at Universities in Berkeley, Kumasi, Puerto Rico, Singapore, and Winnipeg. Rory is and will be forever lovingly remembered by his children, Kamini and Dhiren; grandchildren, Eli, Isabella and Sophia; daughter-in-law Helen; his surviving brother Robin and wife Lene; sisters-in-law, Pat, Beryl and Arlene; dear friends, Lorna, Maem, Herb, Karen, Hugh, Melodie, Ram, Larry, Marianne, Livi, Ed, Esmond, Dean, Joan, many more colleagues and students around the world, and all his family of breakfast walkers at the mall. Now Rory is with Hanna, and his best friend Peter and brothers, Terence, Patrick, Derek, Edsel and Roque. May your journey continue ad infinitum 1.41421356237309504880168872420969....
In keeping with his wishes, cremation had taken place and no formal service was held. Visit www.RoryFonseca.com for details of a future celebration of his life and work. Donations in memory of Rory may be made at www.doctorswithoutborders.ca
Late Dr. Mujibur Rahman16-February-1936 to 25-January-2018
Dr. Mohammad Mujibur Rahman, beautiful and affectionate husband to Firdaus, and courageous and compassionate father to Abdullah (Abbey), Jennifer, Saira and Nilufer Rahman made his last great journey, from this world into the next. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by loving family and friends. He will be greatly missed by relatives and friends across the globe.
Born in undivided India, he came from extremely humble beginnings, and was met with early challenges of hunger and poverty. Just as a rocket needs explosive energy to reach the moon, he had to face incredible odds and seemingly impenetrable barriers to reach his goal of becoming a physician. He achieved the highest level of training in the UK as a specialist in Internal Medicine and a consultant in Geriatrics: Member of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) and later was made Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Glasgow and Edinburgh (FRCP). His illustrious career spanned over three continents and six decades. He worked as a Family Physician in Manitoba for 40 years - in Winnipeg and throughout the province including Flin Flon, Steinbach, Stonewall, Vita, Eriksdale, Sprague and Cross Lake. Indeed, being a doctor was an intrinsic part of his identity. He loved medicine with a passion and deeply respected and appreciated the doctors, nurses and all those he worked with. He thrived on helping patients with complex medical problems. Using his keen intellect and astute clinical knowledge and skills he often was able to make diagnoses that evaded others. His patients knew him as a caring and compassionate doctor. He was always very generous with his time and would do everything possible to get to the bottom of his patients' issues and endeavour to heal them. Throughout his career, by the grace of God, he saved many people's lives and earned his patients' lifelong love and respect.
He never forgot his humble beginnings and consistently supported his relatives, friends and the most vulnerable and needy people. He recognized "diamonds in the rough," as he was one himself, and he supported them to the best of his capacity. Although he may not have described himself as such, he was a staunch feminist. He would contribute regularly to causes that supported the education and empowerment of women and girls. Our father had a strong love for animals and creatures great and small. He was always greatly disturbed by examples of animal cruelty or negligence and gave many donations to animal welfare groups. He also loved nature, the outdoors and the family cats.
One of his favourite pastimes was canoeing on the Seine river. He was very humorous and a wonderful story teller who could captivate any audience with riveting tales of his own amazing life and those of the many inspiring adventure stories that he had read as a child and recalled with particular detail. He was a life long learner and regularly collected and studied his many books on medicine, history, religion, philosophy, nature and personal development. He never stopped attending medical conferences and talks on general topics of interest. He deeply respected and admired those who valued knowledge, no matter their age or station in life. He was a true visionary who loved people and whose ideas were often ahead of their time.
He cared greatly about community welfare, present and future, and always endeavoured to build and strengthen local institutions. He played a founding role in Al- Hijra Islamic School, the Grand Mosque and Winnipeg Central Mosque. Throughout his life, he gave openheartedly and unselfishly of his time, money and energy to all who knew him. If he was able to help someone, he would do so immediately and without hesitation. He made helping others a priority ahead of himself and did not procrastinate when it came to doing good work. A dear and loving husband and father, a talented and skilful healer, an inspirational visionary, a generous benefactor, a staunch protector, a patient teacher, a devout worshipper, Our hero, our friend, our wonderful, beautiful father: may he achieve the highest level of paradise and rest in everlasting peace. Burial took place on January 26, 2018 at Glen Lawn Memorial Gardens. The Rahman family expressed their sincere and heartfelt gratitude to the supportive friends and family and to all the doctors, nurses, health care aides, respiratory therapists, porters, housekeeping staff and clerks on 5E Medicine St. Boniface Hospital and the Dialysis unit for their expert and compassionate care of Dr. Rahman during this difficult time. In particular, the family would like to acknowledge, Dr. Chris Sathianathan, Dr. Frank Bovell, Dr. Claudio Rigatto, Dr. Mark Collister, Dr. Charlie Yang and soon-to-be-Dr. Emilie Chartier, nurses, Chantal, Boma, Nadia, Wendy and Stacey, and so many others. Thank you to Balwinder (Minu) and Lai and all the wonderful health care aides who came so quick every time we called; thanks to Victoria for keeping the room so spotless. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Winnipeg Central Mosque: http://www.winnipegmosque.org/donate