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AHAMED HYDAR ALI (published on April 10, 2010)



AHAMED HYDAR ALI 1919 - 2010 It is with deep sorrow and fond memories that we announce the sudden passing of our father and grandfather on March 23, 2010 while visiting Trinidad, the country of his birth. He was 91 years old. His final days in Trinidad were truly those of joy and contentment as he reconnected with long lost family, and it was fitting that he was laid to rest in the cane fields of Esperanza where he was born and spent his youth. He leaves to remember and continue his legacy his children, Fred, Zobida (Rudy), Jameel (Jeannette), Ray (Elaine) and his grandchildren Erick (Karen), Christine (Mike), Vanessa, Corinne (Chris), Renee (Chris), Christopher, Jonathan and his many friends in Winnipeg and around the world. He is predeceased by his mother, father, brother, sister and his loving wife Zaitoon who passed away in 1997. It is comforting to know that his new adventures will involve those that he missed. Our father, who we referred to as Papper , was born in Esperanza Estates, Trinidad, in the dying days of colonialism. His father was an indentured labourer and those early years were full of hardships. Nevertheless, his family never compromised their hope, faith and cultural practices. Those experiences shaped his character and established his beliefs in the value of education and in providing support and compassion to those most marginalized in society. Against great odds, he managed to become the first in his village to attend and graduate from St. Mary's College. He married our mother in 1947 and after a successful career in government he moved his family to Canada in 1957 in hopes for a better life for his children. He attended university and after obtaining a MSW, he worked for a number of social service organizations in Winnipeg. Later, he would turn his attention to entrepreneurial activities as owner of hotels in rural Manitoba. At the end of his working career he owned a neighbourhood grocery store. There he was more a neighbourhood counsellor than store owner. Papper was always a humanitarian and assisted many people throughout his life but this quality was heightened after the death of our mother. He gave his money to those that needed financial assistance and his time to many organizations. His volunteerism was extensive including working with newcomers, the Red Cross, MCC, at the airport as a Gold Wing Ambassador and supporting a variety of religious and educational institutions. He especially enjoyed his time with C.E.S.O where he engaged in many projects for First Nations communities and projects around the world. He travelled extensively, going to places like Ecuador, China, Cuba, Philippines, Hungary, Ukraine, Ghana, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Palestine. Our father had many talents and was incredibly knowledgeable in many areas. He loved to garden, wrote extensively, and read poetry and historical books. He enjoyed spending time with his children and grand-children especially during our Friday family gatherings at his home. Papper In his later years he joined the Masons and enjoyed the fellowship of his lodge brothers. His hearty laughter and his ability to tell a story will be missed. A special thank you and appreciation to the Aziz family in Trinidad who provided him with love and support during his final days. A trust fund will be established in his name. For more information please email rali@shaw.ca. Papper, you are loved and will be missed!


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