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On March 20, 2020, after a long battle with cancer, Shirin was called home to be with her Lord and Saviour.
Shirin grew up in India. She is the youngest of six children. Shirin was predeceased by her parents, John and Catherine, her sisters, Rose and Leti, and brothers, Patrick and Freddy.
Shirin and her husband Eduard met in Chicago while both studying and completing their Phd's. They settled in Winnipeg making it their home. They worked as professors in psychology at the University of Manitoba. As time progressed they were blessed with a daughter, Anjali, on their 10th wedding anniversary. A son, Michael, followed nearly three years later. Balancing family life and a full-time career was challenging, yet thanks to Ruby (Shirin's surviving sister) both Shirin and Eduard were able to do this. There were many family vacations taken in Vancouver during the winters, as well as time exploring other provinces. Shirin enjoyed flower gardens and museums on these trips. As time grew closer to retirement, Shirin was blessed with four grandsons, Andrew, Anthony, Ian and Stephan.
Shirin spent the last four years of her life at the Convalescent Home of Winnipeg. We would like to thank the staff for all the love and care these years.
Shirin is survived by her husband Eduard; sister Ruby; daughter Anjali (Mark), grandsons, Andrew, Anthony and Ian; son Michael, grandson Stephan; nephew Bushan (Esther), and many nieces and nephews in India.
A private family interment has been held at Glen Lawn Memorial Gardens. Memorial service to occur later in 2020.
In lieu of flowers, donations to be made to CancerCare Manitoba

Family and friends may sign a
book of condolence at

Glen Lawn Funeral Home

Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 28, 2020

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • I am so sorry to hear of Shirin's passing, and extend condolences to Eduard and the family. As a former student and teaching assistant, I appreciate how much they helped shape my understanding and appreciation of developmental processes. A very nice mentor, and I think of her often. - Posted by: Darlene Crone-Todd (Former Student) on: Aug 14, 2020

  • Please accept my sympathy on the passing of Shirin. Losing a lifelong companion is a very difficult experience that brings out the strongest of emotions with the mere sight of a personal object or memory of the lost individual I hope that Shirin's husband, children, and friends can support each other especially well over the next year as their lives are pushed in new directions with the loss of their wife mother, and friend. - Posted by: James Forest (Colleague) on: Mar 31, 2020

  • Shirin was a long-time university colleague who taught developmental courses on child development, adolescent development, and aging. She brought much needed gender and cultural diversity to our department. Indeed, I don't recall ever seeing her dressed in Western styles. She preferred traditional Indian clothing that brought a splash of style and color that contrasted with the informal styles that most of us favoured. Shirin and Eduard were quite inseparable as colleagues. They had neighbouring offices and collaborated closely in their teaching and research. They would arrive together (for many years in a 1970's vintage Volvo sedan). Eduard always drove, and would drop Shirin off close to our building entrance, after which he would park the car and walk to his office. I'm sure that Shirin's passing has been a great loss for Eduard, and I'm glad that he has their children and grandchildren for comfort. - Posted by: Warren Eaton (colleague) on: Mar 28, 2020

  • Eduard and family, Very sorry to learn that Shirin passed. My condolances to all of you. Having been colleagues for all my own academic career, I have many memories of those years specifically related to Shirin that related to departmental meetings and events, teaching, and graduate student research and supervision. Shirin was a strong contributor to all of these. As one of a very small group of women in the Department of Psychology Shirin faced, and overcame, challenges that should have been. - Posted by: John McIntyre (former colleague) on: Mar 28, 2020

  • I was so sorry to hear of Shirin's battle with cancer, and her recent passing. I sent my sincere condolences to Eduard and family. - Posted by: Lorna Jakobson (Colleague) on: Mar 28, 2020

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