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He was predeceased by his parents, Maya and Sudhanya Kumar Roy; his brothers, Ashoke (Uma) and Asim; his sisters, Sumita and Krishna; and brother-in-law, Dilip.
He will be lovingly remembered by his devoted wife of 31 years, Ratna; his two sons, Neilloy and Rajarshi; his brothers, Pranab (Manju) and Gautam; his sister, Gita; his sister-in-law, Jaya; and numerous relatives around the world.
Gaurisankar was born in Kolkata, India on October 26, 1947. He lived many years in India until he decided to follow in the footsteps of his older brothers and move to Canada. Gaurisankar arrived in Winnipeg during the fall of 1975; here, he began to carve out a new life for himself. He secured employment at the Winnipeg School Division (where he worked for more than 20 years), married his wife, bought a house and raised his children.
Gaurisankar loved life. He would visit his relatives in India any chance that he got. He enjoyed watching tennis, soccer and cricket. Every summer he made sure that his garden was in full bloom. Fish was his favourite food and it was on the menu almost every night. Spending time with his friends was one of Gaurisankar's favourite activities. So many evenings were spent talking and laughing with those he held dear.
Unfortunately, the last decade of Gaurisankar's life was spent battling an array of health complications. Renal failure, prostate and colon cancer to name a few. He fought and overcame these challenges. For a time, he almost seemed invincible; however, in early 2019 Gaurisankar was diagnosed with brain lymphoma. He and his healthcare team were ready for a fight. They were able to beat back the lymphoma with radiation therapy. For about a year it looked like Gaurisankar had beat the odds once again. Sadly, his body succumbed to years of illnesses and he just could not continue.
Gaurisankar lived an amazing life. He was an unbreakable spirit and a courageous man. Starting a family late in life, learning a new culture and standing defiant against unrelenting illnesses. He did it all.
The Roy family would like to thank all the healthcare professionals who were involved in Gaurisankar's care over the years. In particular, we would like to acknowledge the dialysis unit at the St. Boniface Hospital. The unit was Gaurisankar's second home and its staff were his second family.
Due to the risk of SARS-COV-2, a minimal funeral with limited attendance will be held at Thomson "In the Park" Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 2, 2020. A proper celebration of Gaurisankar's life will occur on a later date.
Dad, thank you for the love and life
you gave us.
We will always keep you in our hearts
and in our minds.
THOMSON "IN THE PARK"
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 01, 2020
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