Obituary of Shanti Sharma
December 10, 1931 – Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
November 7, 2023 – Calgary, Alberta
Shanti Sharma, of Calgary, AB, passed away on Tuesday, November 7, 2023, at the age of 91 years.
She grew up in Jodhpur in a joint family with her cousin, brothers, and sisters until she married her husband Govind in 1947. She moved to Jaipur after her marriage and eventually followed him to Delhi when he became a professor of English literature at Delhi University. She joined him to live in Canada in 1960 when he pursued a PhD at the University of Toronto and they returned to India in 1963. The couple and their three children immigrated to Nova Scotia in 1968 when Govind accepted a position at Acadia University and continued living there until Govind’s retirement in 1992. At that point, they moved to Calgary to join their two children, Neelima and Rajiv, while Surabhi lived in Toronto.
In Calgary, both Govind and Shanti were deeply involved with the Hindu Society at the temple. Govind taught many classes in Hinduism and Shanti was involved in various temple volunteer activities including dressing the deities.
Shanti loved keeping home and cooking, as well as sewing, knitting, and gardening. Her favourite pastime was socializing with her friends and family at every opportunity.
Shanti was predeceased by her husband who passed away in March of 2021, just three days shy of his 94th birthday. They had been married for 74 years. She is survived by three children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held at McInnis & Holloway (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street N, Calgary, AB) on Sunday, November 12, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home. Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared and viewed with Shanti’s family here.
In living memory of Shanti Sharma, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North, Calgary, AB T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-243-8200.