Illa Dinesh Raval

31 December, 193816 September, 2020

On September 16th, 2020, Illa ben Raval (born Pandya), loving wife, doting mother and devoted grandmother passed away at the age of 81. She took her last breath peacefully at home, surrounded by her family.

Illa ben is survived by her husband Dinesh bhai, three sons, Nitin (Tina), Mayur (Rachelle), and Hitesh (Reneé), and her six grandchildren, Nikeel, Yesha, Quentin, Ashley, Shay and Kiya.

Illa ben was born on December 31, 1938 in Masindi, Uganda, the second of nine children to Shanta ben and Mayashanker bhai Pandya, and the first girl to bless the household.

In 1941, when Illa ben was three, the family moved to Lugazi, Uganda where they remained for the rest of her childhood. In 1948, at the age of 10, Illa ben embarked on an adventure to boarding school in India, where she studied until her return to Uganda at the age of 14. Illa ben was known for her keen interest in the arts, including Indian cultural dances. Her accomplishments in dancing were such that she was selected to perform for the British Governor General of Uganda.

In Uganda, Illa ben embraced her role as eldest daughter, achieving the highest standards at school, and keeping her younger brothers and sisters well cared for and in line at home. She was known affectionately as the family enforcer and had her parent’s unwavering support. From a very young age, Illa ben had a strong sense of family, pride in each one of its members, and a passionate desire to care for and preserve family unity. She carried this forward until the last moment of her life. She will be remembered for her loving affection towards her family and generosity of spirit, warmth, and good food.

In 1958, Illa ben married Dinesh bhai Raval and moved from Uganda to Bujumbura, Burundi, where she had three sons. In 1975, the Ravals immigrated to Canada, and settled in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She worked tirelessly in Winnipeg bringing up her children and grandchildren with amazing zeal and love.

The family would like to extend our deepest gratitude for the care and empathy shown by the staff at St Boniface Hospital and specifically by those in the Palliative Care and Dialysis Units. We would also like to thank all of the family friends that have supported mom through her illness.

A private ceremony with family only will be held.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Illa’s name to the kidney foundation at


  • Kidney Foundation
  • Online Donations


  • A private family ceremony was held.

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Savita Kantilal Mehta

17 October 2020

Our deepest sympathy and warmest condolences to Dineshkumar and the families of Nitin &Tina , Mayur & Rachelle, Hitesh & Reneé , and all members of the Pandya, Shah and Raval families.
Our memories of Illaben (Fai) encompass the periods when she was a teenager spending time with her Mehta cousins Kantilal (Babbhai) & Savitabhabhi, Jasuben and Bhanuben in Lugazi and Jinja (Uganda), then more recently during one of her visits to London (UK) followed by couple of our visits to Winnipeg.
It’s hard to forget someone who gave us all so much to remember. Words are never enough to wipe away the tears and hugs may not ease the pain, but treasure your memories because forever they will remain. May your heart find peace and tranquility through the healing power of love, hope and light, today and always.
Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti……
Savitabhabhi Kantilal Mehta and family, Ottawa, ON /London, UK &
Chandrakant, Rekha, & Radhika Mehta, Ottawa, ON.

Indumati Pandya

24 September 2020

My most blessed memory of Illaben and Dhinesh Kumar was when they graced our home for a holiday over a decade ago. The simple things are those that stick with us. I vividly remember our time together and will always cherish these memories.

I wish we had the time for one last visit, but in life, the heart is often left wanting.

Kanize & Murtaza Panju

24 September 2020

We knew Illa Bai (Aunty) for more than 50 years. Have had great memories together and will always cherish those time and chat together.
May she rest in peace and may the family members get patience to go through this difficult time.
With love

Preeti Manish Raval

24 September 2020

Bhabhi we are going to miss you a lot.
The time we all spent together is precious and we will never forget that.
The fun we did during our stay in Winnipeg of 45 days i still can't get over it and i wish i could be there right now with bhaiji and all family members to support them.
You were such a kind hearted person and man-g's favourite bhabhi.
Aayush, meera and vivek were not able to spent much time with you but they all are gonna miss your smile and joyous nature.
Aayush and meera still cherish the moment's they spent with you when you came to India and they wish they could have done that for one last more time..
Baa is still very sad and she's gathering herself. She always share your memories and her past days that you spent.
Have loved you a lott and will always do till our last breath.
OM shanti
Jai mataji

Sam Ramaswamy

22 September 2020

We had the honor to meet with the Ravals at our son Srinivas's wedding with Alpa in NY in 2006 & were impacted by their culture, compassion ^ & courtesy.
The Pabdyas & the Raval;s have made a remarkable journey from Uganda - we were delighted to meet so many of them at the wedding.

RIP Ila Ben & condolences to Raval Bai.

Sam Ramaswamy & Prema

Rita et Colin Bourgeois

21 September 2020

Nos pensées et nos prières sont avec vous tous pendant ce temps difficiles .

Mrs Lobo

21 September 2020

Condolences from Lobo family

Naina Vaya

21 September 2020

Nos sincères condoléances à la famille Raval . Mes parents ont partagés de beaux moments avec Dinesh bhai et Illa ben à Bujumbura de 1965 à 1975 et par la suite , on a tous immigre au Canada . J’ai moi même quelques bons souvenirs que je chéris beaucoup du temps où nous étions à Bujumbura . De Maganlal et Manjula ben Vaya de Montréal , On Shanti Shanti Shanti 🙏🏽🕉😘

Claudine Lupien

20 September 2020

Mes sincères sympathies à toute la famille

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