OBITUARY

Mehroo J. Wadia

January 9, 1920October 30, 2012

WADIA, Mehroo Jamshed 1920 – 2012

Mehroo Wadia (nee Daver) danced her way to the next life early Tuesday morning on October 30, 2012 leaving this world a less colorful place. Left to cherish her memories are her daughter, Yasmin; son-in-law, Jamsheed (Jimmy) and grand-daughter, Shireen Irani. Mehroo was born in Secunderabad, India, the youngest of 12 children. From an early age, she demonstrated her artistic sensibilities and her capacity to live life to its fullest. After completing initial education in art in India, she fulfilled a childhood dream and set sail for England in 1944 to further her art studies. Mehroo landed like a brilliant butterfly in drab post-war London where she survived the bland food to take the city by storm in her colorful, self-designed wardrobe. She stayed in the U.K. for several years studying at the Regent Street Polytechnic and the School of Design at Holborn and then working at an ad agency. Mehroo enjoyed meeting many famous people, exhibiting her work, travelling widely in Europe, learning to skate in a sari and making lifelong friendships. She returned to India, worked in the commercial art scene and eventually arrived in Delhi where she met her “love divine,” Major Jamshed Wadia, (1910 – 1983) whom she married in 1954. After their daughter, Yasmin, was born, Mehroo returned to work, eventually retiring as an assistant professor at the Delhi College of Arts. She was a prolific artist and her paintings were frequently exhibited to critical praise. Three years after Jamshed’s death in 1983, Mehroo joined Yasmin in Calgary where she threw herself into art, new friendships, the Stampede, belly dancing, creating children’s books, drumming and spiritual pursuits. Mehroo’s enquiring, open mind was always interested in other religions besides her own Zoroastrian faith that sustained and inspired her. Her art, often featuring sunflowers, has been displayed at various locations including the Calgary Zoo and Gulf Canada Square and for a time she also taught art to local seniors. A free spirit before the term was invented, Mehroo was a wonderful grandmother to Shireen giving her a “full childhood experience.” As she once said “Art means life; life itself is an art.” Mehroo’s life was a masterpiece. Heartfelt thanks to all the caregivers and medical staff who made her last few years comfortable. A private Family gathering was held. An announcement on a celebration of her life will follow. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family via the website www.fostersgardenchapel.ca.

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  • A private Family gathering was held. An announcement on a celebration of her life will follow.
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Mary Robertson

November 20, 2012

Dear Yasmin, Jim and Shireen:
I remember your dear Mehroo with warmest affection. We were together as part of Women in Spirituality and often had time to share a word and a laugh. I remember especially her elegance, dignity and grace. I remember her beautiful hands and the artwork she produced.
I remember her with love.
My sympathy and prayers are with you.

Mary Robertson

November 6, 2012

Dear Yasmin and Family, I was so sorry to hear of Mehroo's passing. She was a lovely person and a wonderful artist. All her friends in the art community will remember her with great affection. Please accept my deepest condolences. Dorothy Chisholm

Israel Lachovsky

November 4, 2012

Dear Wadia family & friends...over the course of a good number of years being active in the local Fine arts scene, I had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with Mehroo ....:-) Always a smile, always a strong but quiet gentle energy, always a positive moment. Be comforted by the reflection of her good Life and her presencse. With a warm smile back .. Israel Lachovsky

Julie Wadia-Lester

November 3, 2012

Yasmin, Jimmy and Shireen, I remember Mehroo well. She was a particular favorite friend of my late father, Dorab Wadia. We extend our sympathies to your family. - Julie Wadia-Lester and William Lester

Donna Campbell

November 3, 2012

Yasmin, Jim and Shireen, I'm so very sorry to hear of your loss. I had the opportunity to meet Mehroo on a few occasions and remember her as a lovely and gracious, and very talented lady.

November 2, 2012

Dear Yasmin, Jimmy & Shireen,
Wonderful memories of your dear Mum. Such an inspiration. We are thinking of you in this time of grief. Cherish the beautiful times that you had with Mum. Our condolences and prayers are for all of you.
Terry & Merle Gonsalves

Del Bannerman

November 2, 2012

Remembering Mehroo...I am part of the Women of Interfaith and remember wonderful chats with Mehroo. I was also at your home Jasmine for a lovely evening with all the ladies...No one needs to tell your family how special Mehroo was. I am blessed indeed to have shared time with her. Blessings
Del Bannerman

Tina Stanleigh

November 2, 2012

Yasmin, Jimmy & Shireen, our deepest sympathies for your loss. May Mehroo auntie's memory always be a blessing.
Love , Tina, Larry, Isabel & Samara

November 1, 2012

Yasmin, Jimmy and Shireen our family's thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We will always remember Mehroo with Shireen at tumbletime trying to keep track of where Shireen was. Kenna also remembers the times she and your Mom spent talking about art and the small watercolour of a deer Mehroo painted for Kenna. She always was a wonderful and generous woman. Janet, John, Kurt and Kenna

FROM THE FAMILY