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JA Snow Funeral Home

339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax, NS

OBITUARY

Bridglal Pachai

November 30, 1927November 27, 2019
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Age 91 of Halifax, passed away November 27, 2019 at the QEII. Born in Umbulwana, South Africa, he made his journey to Canada in 1975 as Senior Killam Fellow. In addition to his extensive work in Africa, he worked at Dalhousie University, St Mary’s University, Mt St Vincent University, the Black Cultural Centre and served as Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. He was a humble man, served his community as a Rotarian and shared his wisdom through the more than 20 books he wrote and edited. He was recipient of the Gandhi, King, Ikeda award, the Order of Nova Scotia and the Order of Canada. Survived by his wife of 67 years, Leela; daughters Indira and Ansuya; sons Jairaj, Santosh and Pradeep; sister Baby; 12 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Cremation has taken place under the direction of JA Snow Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life Gathering will take place Sunday December 1, from 2 -4, with remarks at 2:30, at Cruikshanks Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor Street, Halifax. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the QEII Hospital Foundation. The family would like to send special thanks to the paramedics and the QEII health team for their extraordinary care.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Gathering Sunday, December 1, 2019

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Karin mclay

December 9, 2019

To the Pachai family,

I was fortunate to get to know Dr. Pachai in the early 2000s while we both volunteered with a local non-profit organization. I was regularly moved by his gentle nature and kind ways. Although we haven't been in touch in recent years, his impact on my professional life was significant and I know his contributions to our province will not be forgotten.

Please accept my sincere condolences on your loss.
Karin McLay

Lyn Mensah

December 4, 2019

So sad to hear about the passing of Bridge.

My condolences to the family.
He was a man of great stature and contributions.

He will be dearly missed

Maxine Brooks Maxwell

December 3, 2019

Leela and Family,

It saddened me to learn of Bridge's passing. Please accept my sincere condolences. Unfortunately I was out of the country and could not make the home-going service.

I am happy I was able to share my love and respect to him before he passed. Thank you for sharing him with all of us. I will never forget his wisdom and encouragement. I remember he told me once, "Maxine you have the ability to walk among kings and commons alike." He saw potential in me that I didn't see myself.

Thank you Bridge! I'll see you again in the sweet by and by.

Much love,
Maxine

George Elliott Clarke

December 3, 2019

I’m so, so, sorry that Bridge is gone. I don’t mean to pun on his name when I note that he was a bridge between Canada and Africa, between Rocky Jones and Nelson Mandela, between civil rights and human rights, between the Ivory Tower and the black and brown masses of us struggling still for true freedom, true equality. It’s undeniable that he was a prince among us, a giant among us; that we commit his earthly remains to their rest; but what remains with us is his spirit, persisting as he persisted; insisting as he insisted; that we never give in to wrong and that we never give up struggling for what is deathlessly right.


Dr. George Elliott Clarke, O.C., O.N.S., F.R.C.G.S., PhD, LLD (etc.)

Amarchand (Pops) Huri

December 2, 2019

I have sent an email to Ansuyah, expressing my condolences, and a few anecdotes of my interaction with Sir Mr Bridglal Pachai.
To the family I say, Take comfort from the outpourings of all who interacted with him well enough to express the caliber of a “gentle giant” who has served humanity well.
Pops

Donna Heslop

December 2, 2019

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Dr Pachai. We have many fond memories of our times spent with the Pachais during their visits to Bermuda. We have the utmost respect for Bridge for his significant contributions to his communities, for his intellect and for the wonderful family that he and Leela raised. He will be missed. Our thoughts are with his family during this sad time. We hope that your many memories will help to sustain you.
Chris and Donna Heslop

David W. States

December 1, 2019

To the Pachai family,
Sorry we were unable to make the Celebration of Life as we were out of town. His presence will be sorely missed in the history community of this province. Sincere condolences to you all,
David W. States

Paula Harnish

December 1, 2019

Dear Leela and family
My sincere condolences to you on the passing of Bridglal. Bridge was a true gentleman and I have many fond memories of him on Carriageway Crescent and in the neighborhood.
Deepest sympathy to you all. Paula Harnish

Radha Pillay

December 1, 2019

Dear Pachai Family
Please receive our sincere condolences from everyone who knew Prof Pachai in South Africa. Although he spent many years in Canada, he took a keen interest in the land of his birth, its people and politics, visiting as often as he could and writing prolifically about its beauty and the influence it had on him. His visits were always a delight and on a personal note, I will not forget his presence at my wedding and the time he spent at my parents' and my homes. Rest in Peace, Sir.
Love from Africa 🌍

Ramona Hill

November 30, 2019

To the Pachai Family,

My deepest condolences on the loss of your loved one. Dr. Pachai was an inspiring and humble man. I am so glad I had the opportunity to send a message to him, prior to his passing.

May the precious memories of him provide comfort and strength to you during this difficult time.

Ramona Hill

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