Pastor Nirmal C. Dewri
July 1, 1929 – January 5, 2020
Pastor Nirmal C. Dewri, 92, died Sunday, January 5, 2020 at Redlands Community Hospital. He died peacefully in his sleep with family members present at bedside. He was able to pray, sing his favorite song, and say goodbye to his children and siblings prior to his passing.
He leaves his daughter, Reena Bagani and husband Subodh; daughter Beena Wycliffe and husband Alan; daughter Reeta Jackson and husband Brent; son Raymond Dewri and wife Shopna; and son Wayne Dewri and wife Sarah. He also leaves grandsons Ryan, Sean, Eric, Scott, Cori, and Jason; granddaughters Kristine, Staci, and Abigail; and great-grandchildren Alexandra, Sophia, Aaden, and Benjamin. He also leaves his brothers Ranjit Dewri and Alfred Dewri, and sister Nihar Justin. He is also deeply missed by many family members and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Prity Lata Dewri in 2017, his father Satish Chandra Dewri in 1994, and his mother Kushum Kumari Dewri in 1979.
Pastor Dewri was born on July 1, 1929 in Chittagong, Bangladesh. His father was a teacher and his mother was a midwife. After finishing high school at Kellogg Mookerjee High School (KMHS) in Jalirpar, Bangladesh, Pastor Dewri completed his studies at Spicer Memorial College (India) and then went back to KMHS to teach. At KMHS, he met the late Prity Lata Baroi and they were married on June 9, 1954. They both continued to teach at KMHS. In 1961, Pastor Dewri and his family moved to Monoshapara High School, situated at the northern border of Bangladesh and India, where Pastor Dewri was appointed as principal while Mrs. Dewri served as girls’ dean. In 1964, they moved back to KMHS where he continued his work as principal. In 1968, He received his Master’s Degree in Education from Philippine Union College, and then returned to KMHS as principal. In 1972, Pastor and Mrs. Dewri moved to Dhaka, where he was the Education Director for Bangladesh Union.
In 1975, Pastor and Mrs. Dewri moved to United States with their children. They first lived in Chicago, Illinois, and in 1977 they moved to Kirkland, Washington, where Pastor Dewri was a teacher at Kirkland Academy. In 1985, they moved to Redlands, California. Pastor Dewri lived at his home in Redlands until he passed away on January 5, 2020.
Pastor Dewri loved writing poems, preaching, teaching, singing, and gathering with family and friends. Throughout his life, Pastor Dewri devoted his life to the ministry, and it was clear that he was a faithful servant of God. Pastor Dewri always sought to lead others to Christ and to the Bible, and he had a significant influence on his family, friends, and the community. He was an excellent writer and preacher, and he had a unique ability to communicate with others and relate with anyone he would meet. He often brought joy and comfort to others, strengthened the weak, and inspired those around him to serve God and to help other people.
Services will be held on Tuesday, January 14 with the viewing from 8 AM to 10 AM, followed by the funeral service at 10 AM at Montecito Valley View Chapel and Montecito Memorial Park at 3520 E. Washington Street, Colton, California. Reception will take place at 12 PM at 1372 East Davidson St., San Bernardino, CA 92408.
- Prity Lata Dewri, Wife (deceased)
- Reena Bagani (Subodh), Daughter
- Beena Wycliffe (Alan), Daughter
- Reeta Jackson (Brent), Daughter
- Raymond Dewri (Shopna), Son
- Wayne Dewri (Sarah), Son
- ~9~, Grandchildren
- ~4~, Great Grandchildren
- Visitation Tuesday, January 14, 2020
- Funeral Service Tuesday, January 14, 2020
- Interment Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Pastor Nirmal C. Dewri
January 8, 2020
My mom wrote this poem.