Aktar Haroon Buksh

October 25, 1951June 2, 2018
Play Tribute Video Play Tribute Video

Aktar Haroon Ahmed Gani Buksh OCTOBER 25, 1951 – JUNE 2, 2018

Aktar Haroon Ahmed Gani Buksh was born on October 25th, 1951. He moved to Canada on February 21st, 1965 from Suva, Fiji when he was 13. He was the son of Usman Gani Buksh and Halima Buksh. He was the brother to his elder sister Sham and younger brothers Ahmed and Raymond. Husband to Debbie and Father to Cliff, Tiffany, Sabrina, Ashley and Brandon. Grandfather to Kaelin, Zahir, Jacob, Quinn, Dani and Zahara.

Aktar passed away peacefully with Friends and Family by his side on the evening of June 2nd, 2018. He was aware that his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer left his doctors without treatment options. He accepted the news and had no regrets given the full life he had led. His greatest concern was spending as much time as possible with family and friends and ensuring that his Wife Debbie would be looked after. He was hopeful that he could see his youngest daughter Ashley marry her fiancé Evan, that wish went unfulfilled. His cancer advanced rapidly but throughout the short time from diagnosis to his passing he was surrounded by many dear friends and family who were deeply impacted by their relationship with this very gregarious and endearing man. As someone that appeared so stern to some, he was the most generous and giving soul to those he cared for. His door was always open (literally) and he always made time to help friends and family. As someone who truly had his priorities straight, lived his life slow and always took the time to enjoy the people around him. He was intimidated by no one and fiercely loyal and protective to those he loved. He thrived on getting a great deal, better yet if he could acquire one for someone else. Known by many in his youth, and well, let's face it later in life as well, as someone not to be messed with, those close to him definitely saw that tough exterior melt and soften in the presence of his grandkids. Shuttle service to school and games, coach and advocate, supporter and cheering section, nurturer and occasional drill sergeant, it was obvious to everyone this was his greatest joy. In both his life and his passing Aktar, inspired many life lessons in both how he lived his life and how gracefully he departed. We welcome your pictures, stories and insights into the Life and times of Aktar Buksh who will be missed greatly and remembered fondly by many.


  • Service of Remembrance Thursday, June 7, 2018
  • Burial Thursday, June 7, 2018

Aktar Haroon Buksh

have a memory or condolence to add?

Selina Chesworth

June 18, 2018

I knew Aktar for so long...we met as neighbours. Naturally, as I was working in my yard, Aktar came out and said "you can't use that to prune those branches; use a real tool! " So..... He handed me a machete type blade where he quickly showed me how easy that was! I thought he was crazy! I could take my leg off. We were fast friends and for many, many, years he helped me with ANYTHING I needed. I say He but Debbie was never far away. (and I never used the machete)
Our trip to Trail to help out Debbie's Uncle was fabulous! We piled all our kids into vans and went to Trail. Did some work and had some fun of course!
He showed me how to renovate my home to accommodate the unexpected twins (Martin & Amanda). And soon after that he taught me and my son Jeff to build a 20X30 deck! So amazing. My design and me and Jeff's hard work and Aktar's brains! During the deck building I ended up cutting my hand. He told me to simply cut off the skin. There was no need for medical attention according to Aktar! LOL! It would heal itself..... I went and got 23 stitches :-)
Aktar's love for his children and grandchildren and his friends and their children will always makes me smile. Seeing him at the rink as a proud parent/grandparent was an every day occurrence for so many years.
He always made me laugh, usually at the most inappropriate time. Too many to list here...
Whether we were at family gatherings or hockey rinks He always made me and my family feel welcome.
His ferocious protective nature of his family and friends was apparent regardless of what was considered appropriate at the time. I love how he would scare people with his hesitation in speech and the recipient would never know what was going to come out of his mouth next!
Simply sitting around the kitchen table or on the living room sofa, we had a lot of laughs and you were always there for me my friend.
Aktar, you are a special man with a special place in my heart, until we meet again....

Karen DeSilva

June 9, 2018

So many memories of my father in law, but one significant memory stands out. When Cliff and I got married he (Aktar) rented us girls this stunning, old car in immaculate condition to arrive in. Nobody would see it, but us girls, it wasn’t about showing off, it was this amazing gift that he gave to me. He new my passion for cars and my love for romance. We didn’t discuss this, but he knew me, he heard me, he got me. This has and will always be the most amazing thing anyone has ever done for me.
I know that I’m not the only person he has touched in this way. An amazing man that had no clue he was amazing. He will be forever in our hearts, and it could better our world to be a bit more like him.
I will miss you and your comments that made me laugh at the wrong time, and the wink that followed. I will miss your passion and your obvious love for your family and everything that makes you stand out in a crowd. Love and aloha

Sophie Shorab

June 7, 2018

I remember the brilliant smile and eagerness to help anyone day or night. Someone so special can never be forgotten. We will never forget his kindness. May God give him eternal rest.
May his memories give you all peace and comfort and the strength to bear the pain.
With our heartfelt condolence.
Sophie and Shorab.