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Hainstock's Funeral Home & Crematorium

9810- 34th Ave, Edmonton, AB

OBITUARY

Ravendra Kumar Saxena

May 31, 1946February 4, 2020

It is with deep sorrow, we share that our beloved husband and father, Ravi Saxena passed away on the morning of Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 in Edmonton, Canada at the age of 73 years.

Ravi was born on May 31, 1946 in the town of Sikandra Rao, India. He was born into a large family, being the second youngest of thirteen children. He grew up in a busy household in New Delhi, one that opened its doors to extended family, friends, and even government officials. This was also headquarters to his father Chunnu Lal Saxena, Chief of Police of New Delhi, the bustling capital city of a country just on the brink of Independence. His studies earned him a degree in Mechanical Engineering from BIT in 1968. After exploring the working life in India, Ravi decided it was time for a new adventure.

In 1972, Ravi joined his sister Uma and brother-in-law Vijay Nigam in the township of Sherbrooke, Quebec. He grew close to the family, and juggled studying French, working, and going to university. After a year, he decided to return to India to reflect on his future. It was at this time he met Poonam, a beautiful young woman from a small town. They got married and decided to give Canada another chance, this time to build a life together.

They initially returned to Quebec, but ventured to Alberta to find work. Ravi’s ability to adapt, combined with his smarts and his charm allowed him to embark on a new career in retail. He was a quick learner, and earned the respect of his colleagues. His innovation and leadership quickly earned him a position in management.

A tour of Canada was quickly underway, as his career had Ravi and his family move 11 times to nine different cities across six provinces between BC and Quebec over the next 15 years. During this time, Ravi and Poonam had three children, Roshni, Rushmi, and Kapil. By moving so much, not only did Ravi have to make new friends in each place they lived, but he valued these friendships enough to maintain them over the distances and over the years to come.

Socializing was his specialty, and he drew people to him with his natural ability to make you feel special. He knew how to draw you out of a shell, joke at your expense, tongue in cheek, nail the punchline, and leave a lasting smile on your face. He knew just how to use encouragement in order to teach you something new, and teach you how to have the courage to try the next step, whether it was overcoming shyness, learning to cook, learning to drive, buying a car, making travel plans, or planning for retirement.

These talks often took place over a good cup of coffee, or around a plate of delicious food. His passion for food was infamous. He often lit the BBQ in his well manicured garden, opening doors for all occasions. He also enjoyed travelling, as he and Poonam traveled the world together. They flew to far away countries on their plan-your-own-adventure, or went on road trips since Ravi loved cars and driving. They visited family and friends, or invited them on trips to show them their Canadian backyard. Often times they went to support people during trying times, like true friends do.

Meanwhile, back at home, Ravi had welcomed three more youngsters into his family like his own children. Steve married Roshni, Leo to Rushmi, and Chelsea to Kapil. Ravi, who all these years, had silently observed and reflected on the ways of life as a parent, put into action all he had to take them under his wings and pass on his wisdom, giving more than he had ever known. He knew that being malleable and evolving with each phase of life was the key to keeping a growing family together. He savoured every moment of being a grandparent to seven grandchildren. He had watered the right trees, and felt like a true rich man.

This was truly evident during Ravi’s last days. Of his very own accord, even after losing his speech, he asked for a day pass to go home. Friends and family filed in, filled with a profound sadness at the thought of losing a dear friend. However, seeing his friends come to his side, Ravi had a different idea, and his personality shone through. A pen in hand, his insights dotted with smart remarks landed in the hands of his visitors, leaving everyone laughing and reminiscing.

One can only marvel at the man who had the ability to do this - show sheer joy for life upon the notice of a sudden and sentencing condition. He had already thoughtfully and thoroughly laid the plans to ensure his family would be surrounded by caring friends. He was at peace with how he had lived his life, and had made the most of every last minute. This would be his last lesson for all of us, his last burst of encouragement, to give us the bravery to keep going and living life with gusto.

Ravi will forever live on in the memories of his family and friends. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife Poonam, children Roshni (Steve), Rushmi (Leo), Kapil (Chelsea), and grandchildren Kai, Reese, Reiden, Jazmin, Rishi, Rahul and Kishan. He is also survived by his brother (Mehndra) and two sisters (Uma, Beena), as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father (Channu Lal Saxena) and mother (Ganga Devi), and 11 siblings.

Funeral services will take place Sunday, February 9, 2020 at Hainstock’s Funeral Home and Crematorium, 9810-34 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T6E 6L1. The viewing will begin at 1:00 p.m., service at 1:30 p.m., then the reception and celebration of life to follow.

Services

  • SAXENA Sunday, February 9, 2020

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Ravendra Kumar Saxena

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Maureen McPherson

February 11, 2020

Ravi's obituary is a portrait of a life well-lived. Poonam, Bob and I are so sorry for you and your family that his life ended too early. Bob and Maureen McPherson

Sonny Segal

February 10, 2020

Dear Ravi,
You have made our lives joyful and fulfilled...
We love you very much and miss you dearly.
Fond memories overwhelm us...
We called each other best friends in Kindergarten at St. Columba’s when we first met back in 1950…
We lay in the sunshine of our elders and laughed at ourselves on every occasion …
We enjoyed our friends together… you were always the strong man to beat off the tough guys and save us from trouble…
You amazed and thrilled Vijay and I by leaving us a note that you too had gotten admitted to the BIT School of Engineering…
We shared dreams of the families we would have some day…
You married an amazing Lady in Poonam and together you’ve raised model children and grandchildren who are your legacy and gift to the world…
Veena and I often look at photos and reminisce about the driving trip you and Poonam and Veena and I took in 1973 as newlyweds from New York to Texas and visited Viresh and his new bride Neelam…
Only memories and photos remain to remind us how together we celebrated children’s weddings... most recently in August 2012
At Roshni’s wedding you proudly pointed to all your friends and family at one of the receptions and said to me profoundly: “Loog mujh se puchte hain tuu ne kya kamaya? To main kehta hun Maine yeh sab kamaya”... how true Ravi , Poonam aur tuu ne mil kar bahut kamaya by being yourselves and giving your friendship and love selflessly to so many...
At the end of it all, Ravi, WE DID NOT GET ENOUGH TIME TOGETHER, BUT…

IN OUR HEARTS WE WILL ALWAYS BE BEST FRIENDS...

God’s Choicest Blessings Always!

Sonny and Veena

Sonny and Veena Segal

February 9, 2020

Dear Ravi,
You have made our lives joyful and fulfilled...
We love you very much and miss you dearly.
Fond memories overwhelm us...
We called each other best friends in Kindergarten at St. Columba’s when we first met back in 1950…
We lay in the sunshine of our elders and laughed at ourselves on every occasion …
We enjoyed our friends together… you were always the strong man to beat off the tough guys and save us from trouble…
You amazed and thrilled Vijay and I by leaving us a note that you too had gotten admitted to the BIT School of Engineering…
We shared dreams of the families we would have some day…
You married an amazing Lady in Poonam and together you’ve raised model children and grandchildren who are your legacy and gift to the world…
Veena and I often look at photos and reminisce about the driving trip you and Poonam and Veena and I took in 1973 as newlyweds from New York to Texas and visited Viresh and his new bride Neelam…
Only memories and photos remain to remind us how together we celebrated children’s weddings... most recently in August 2012
At Rushmi’s and Leo’s beautiful wedding you proudly pointed to all your friends and family at one of the receptions and said to me profoundly: “Loog mujh se puchte hain tuu ne kya kamaya? To main kehta hun Maine yeh sab kamaya”... how true Ravi tuu ne aur Poonam ne mil kar bahut kamaya. You earned the love and respect of everyone you met by being yourselves and giving your friendship and love selflessly to so many...
At the end of it all, Ravi, WE REGRET WE DID NOT GET ENOUGH TIME TOGETHER, BUT…

IN OUR HEARTS WE WILL ALWAYS BE BEST FRIENDS...

God’s Choicest Blessings Always!

Sonny and Veena

KRISHAN and NIRMALA SAXENA

February 9, 2020

Back in 1976, we had one of our lucky days of our lives when we first met Ravi and Poonam. Since then we continued to get closer and closer and our two families virtually became one single family.

Ravi, this world always appreciated your sincere appreciation and love of life, hard work, being compassionate, helpful and kind to all the people around you in all situations and circumstances. Your love for the value of friendship gave boundless pleasure to your countless friends. Your openness and clear demonstration of it, we always admired and honoured.

You have gone away with a treasure of love from us all. And we have so much of your love in our treasure of sweet memories of you. It is the power of your limitless love that we have in our treasure of your memories that will keep us going. The love you left behind is immeasurable. Little and big things that you did for us, the quiet and busy moments that you spent with us, and your very special smiles, jokes and laughter, we will remember forever. They will help us push away the unbearable pains that we are going through and it will bring back our smiles as we restart experiencing life.

Those we keep close to our hearts never leave us. Ravi, you will continue to be with us in your kindness, love, and care. God gave us memories so that we can see roses bloom all year around.

Today as we reflect on your life that you shared with us, we are celebrating it, and wishing you a better new life that you deserve.

Krishan and Nirmala Saxena

Aman Saxena

February 8, 2020

Ravi Babaji... has always been an inspiration , a guide ... a man who has always showered unconditional love.... Every moment spent with him had been so wonderful...
A very affectionate and an emotional person.... always been so passionate about the family and the values.....
Its just that we’ll not be able to see you but your presence will always be felt...
You were and will always be my great mentor...
Love u always Ravi Babaji.....

Aman Saxena

February 8, 2020

Ravi Babaji... has always been an inspiration , a guide ... a man who has always showered unconditional love.... Every moment spent with him had been so wonderful...
A very affectionate and an emotional person.... always been so passionate about the family and the values.....
Its just that we’ll not be able to see you but your presence will always be felt...
You were and will always be my great mentor...
Love u always Ravi Babaji.....

Maria, Sarah and Cale Ryden

February 8, 2020

What a beautifully written obituary. He was such a wonderful person full of cheer and love that shone through every time I met him. His undeniable kindness, charity and desire to make everyone feel welcome and treasured is what Sarah, Cale and I will remember the most. He made you feel like family. Light such as this never leaves you, it only spreads outwards ❤️

Renu Saxena

February 8, 2020

Dear Poonam aunty and your beloved children and grandchildren, and dear relatives, we send our love and condolences for being parted from dear Ravi uncle. What an inspiring obituary, about a true legend, who has contributed his unique character to the world. I feel fortunate to have shared conversations with him, when he shared his stories and mine, accepting me as I am. So true, moving with the times, forever young.
With love and respect from Renu and James XXX

Viresh Seth

February 8, 2020

Goodbye great friend and motivator. You taught us a lot on how to live, enjoy and survive that I will never forget. Will always be reminiscing our days together in Engineering College and have you in our thoughts forever.

I know you leave behind a great family and I wish them much courage to bear this great loss.

Ashok Kumar Saxena

February 8, 2020

Ravi a great personality is not my Chacha only he was a affectionate elder brother, a true friend and a very good advisor of mine.
I have unlimited wonderful memories with him like in childhood how to have heavy pocket money by visiting relatives and getting RUCNA which used to give by elders at the time you departure in India, in teenage how to involve everyone of the group in odd activities like smoking etc so that no one disclose it to elders , as of bachelor youth how to travel on truck ,by taking lift on passing vehicle, by using bicycle of a friend and if these facilities are not available then by walking to save money for the other required youth activities , as married person how to handle wife when caught by her and of above sixties young man how to live for yourself a happy life by keeping your earnings in pocket .
He was two and half years elder then me in age but in ideology, thoughts and socializing at least ten years ahead and therefore he was my valuable adviser at the time of need.
I am in debt of his hospitality which he provided me on the Edmonton visits and moral support at the time I was in depression due to death with in three days of my wife and mother.
चाचा जी
आप के अन्तिम समय से पहले आपके पास न होने का दुःख सदैव रहेगा। क्षमा किजिऐगा

Though his leaving for a long journey is a great loss to me but there is no comparison of loss and pain which Poonam Chachiji Roshni Steve, Rashmi Leo, Kapil Chelsea and their young kids are having. Pray the wholly soul rest in peace and family get courage to bear this great loss. Om Shanti Shanti Shanti

FROM THE FAMILY