OBITUARY

Donald Ankim Ram Chandra

February 15, 1935July 18, 2021

Don, one of eleven children, was born Ankim Ram Chandra on February 15, 1935 in Fiji. Don and his four brothers attended a christian school where he learned English and learned about Jesus. Don chose to be baptized and added the name Donald. While still a young boy, Don lost his mother. He and his youngest sister then lived with relatives. Don said with a chuckle that his mother was strict and when she wanted to get after him, he would run to his father and slide between his feet for protection.

Don became a teacher at the school he used to attend. When Don and Lora visited Fiji in 1998, Don was invited to address the students - what an honour. His second teaching job was in Suva. Adventurous, Don emigrated to Canada, first to Toronto, then to Sparwood, BC. The next move was to Vancouver to attend UBC where he earned his Bachelor of Education Degree. Right after, he was hired to teach in Alert Bay, BC in 1970. In January 1971, Lora arrived to teach at the primary school. That's when their love story began. August 21st, 1971, Don and Lora said their vows in Toronto where Lora's family lived. They all loved him. Don and Lora moved to North Delta and Don started teaching at Hugh McRoberts Secondary School in Richmond, where he taught until he retired twenty-six years later.

In 1975, the first daughter, Karen was born. What joy! Then in 1977, another bundle of joy, Lisa arrived. Don loved his girls and was very proud of them. The family enjoyed many activities - driving across Canada to Ontario, camping and hiking. Don and Lora had a strong Christian faith and were active members at Surrey Methodist Church for many years and then at Surrey Alliance, to the present.

Don was athletic and exercised daily. After the age of 50, he learned to skate, ski and snowboard, and golf, which he loved. As his mobility declined, this was something hard for him to give up. What a thrill and blessing in his old age to become a grandparent to Xavier, now 7 and Genevieve, 4. He lamented that he would not be around to watch them fully grow up.

Wherever Don went, he made good friends. He strongly believed everyone was equal and mattered. We will greatly miss Don's infectious smile, his kind gentle spirit and his love.

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Nishanth Chandra

July 28, 2021

We had Met Don Aaja once in the mid nineties,
I was but very little. we can only wish that we could have spent more time with him.

On behalf of Late Ankim Sekar, Nileshni Sekar and I, Nishanth Chandra, we would like to pass on our deepest and sincere condolences to the grieving family. It is indeed a very difficult phase, and to live with the absence of a loved one is never a feeling one would want to go through.

Be rest assured that Aaja is at a better place and I pray that his soul is always at peace.

Kamini Chandra

July 28, 2021

Don Chandra was my dad's brother. My dad, Shiu Chandra was the youngest of the brothers and we heard quite a lot about Chandar dada who resided in Canada. Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to meet him

Our deepest condolences to the grieving family. It is extremely difficult to come to terms when we lose our loved ones. May our good Lord grant dada eternal rest and may his soul Rest in Peace.

Lora dadi, if I may call you that, I pray that you all find comfort in knowing that dada is at peace. God bless you all

Louise Laberge-Coleman

July 27, 2021

My dear Lora,

I am very chagrined to hear of Don passing!
I know that his loss from Earth creates a big hole for you and the girls. He was so proud of them and his your grand kids brought him such a joy and comfort as he progressively got more dependent on all of you. I trust that your deep faith and the cherish memories will give you the courage and strength in the aftermaths. I know you to have!

My sincere and deepest condolences Lora.
Sending lots of love,

Louise

Su McCluskey

July 27, 2021

Uncle Don was my father's brother and I remember him coming to visit us in London, England in the 1960's. Many years later he visited my husband and I on our farm in Australia and loved handling our cattle.

In more recent times I was very fortunate to travel with my Dad to Vancouver to visit Don and spend time with Lora, Lisa and Karen and her family. It was a great time and I have many lovely memories of that visit and am so pleased that Dad and I were able to see Don and have some quality time with him.

Rest in peace Uncle Don - you leave behind a great legacy.

Roshni Reddy

July 27, 2021

Don Chandra was my mum's brother.

Met Don mama for the first time in 1998 during his visit to Fiji. He spent quality time with us during this time and had a high recommendation for my ginger tea which he always talked about.

Will be always missed by your sweetheart as he use to call me.

Rest In Peace my dearest mama you will be forever in our hearts but never forgotten.

Krishnan Reddy

July 26, 2021

Don Chandra was our maternal uncle whom we came to know of and grow really fond of later in our lives. We have sweet memories that will always stay with us of awesome time we spent with you whenever we visited Canada. The jokes, the laughter and the family stories that you told us are still very fresh in our memories. A short poem for you Mama:

We thought of you today
We thought of you yesterday and days before that too
We often think of you in silence
Now all we have are memories and your picture in a frame
God has you in his keeping and we have you in our hearts.

Ingrid & Walt Shouldice

July 26, 2021

Our visits to Vancouver were always enriched by Don's welcoming sense of humour, golf in days gone by, walks, and more recently, games on the deck. Thank you Don for being such a good husband to my dear friend Lora from high school days.

Ankim Swamy

July 25, 2021

My younger brother Don was the fifth child of Mahalatchmi and Latchmi of Wavu Wavu, Vanualevu, Fii . I will always have very fond memories of Don (Chandr), especially when my mother died and left us very young on the farm. As I was the eldest child still living at home, I looked after Don and the younger ones until my father remarried.
He will be remembered by my living sisters , Amrawati, Kamlawati, Leelawati , Lalliwati, nephews and neices , my wife Ruth, children Su and Rena and only grandson Ziggy, as well as friends in Fiji and abroad.

May his soul rest in peace.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY