BOODAJEE, Govind Narain
December 27, 2023

1937-2023

Govind passed away peacefully at the Lachine Hospital on December 27, 2023. He will be missed by his wife, Urszula Olender, his daughters Sonja and Elsa, his nephews Purusram (Kajal), Rafal (Holly) and Robert (Stephanie), sister-in-law Elizabeth (Piotr), and many friends.

To my/our dad for being a quiet, yet powerful energy who always assisted those who were close to him. He brought his thoughts and actions in mindful ways, always finding solutions to the most tedious task. As simple and as humble he would always say “That’s in our destiny…….” He never questioned where the Universe lead him to go….. He just trusted that he would have a landing place to where the stars and God would take him.

He crossed 2 Oceans, married and had two daughters. He became a conscientious and honest automobile mechanic, always lending a hand when someone needed help with his gifted hands.

WE LOVE YOU ALWAYS IN THE HEAVENS WITH YOUR brothers & sisters and parents who have kept an eye on him. You are & will be forever in our hearts ❤️ & soul. ✝️✨️💖🙏🏽

The family will receive condolences at St-Luke’s Parish, 106 Anselme-Lavigne, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Qc H9A 1N8, on Wednesday, January 3, 2023 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by the funeral mass at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of your choice.

 

Visitation

St-Luke's Parish

106 Anselme-Lavigne, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Qc H9A 1N8

Wednesday, January 3, 2024 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Funeral Mass

St-Luke's Parish

106 Anselme-Lavigne, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Qc H9A 1N8

Wednesday, January 3, 2024 - 1 p.m.

27 responses

  1. Wendy Aitken

    December 29, 2023 at 8:57 am

    Dear Urszula, Elsa and Sonja, We are so saddened by the death of Govind. These last few years have been difficult for all of you. Govind is now at peace and you have all your wonderful memories of him. With love, Paul and Wendy

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    • VISHNU DOWLUTTA and Rachel (my wife)

      December 29, 2023 at 2:04 pm

      Dear Sonja, we have never met and perhaps will never meet. My cousin Mangra and Daya from Mauritius forwarded to me the news of your dad’s passing. My family and I are very sorry. We send you and your family our sincere condolences. The picture of your dad is a spitting image of mine when he was young. My dad passed away on September 7th 2015 at the age of 97. My name is Vishnu Dowlutta and we are family. My dad was the cousin of your paternal grandfather. I remember your dad very well when we were growing up in Mauritius. Your dad left Mauritius a while ago and I left in 1972 to come to UK to train and to work as a nurse. I have another cousin called Roy who lives in UK, he told me that your dad visited him once when he was in UK. Unfortunately I did not meet your dad then. I don’t know whether your dad ever mentioned Roy to you. He passed away about 3 years ago. I am in touch with his wife and daughters. I don’t know how much you know about or ancestors. We are Hindus and come from Maharashtra in India. Our ancestors came to Mauritius after the abolition of slavery to work as indentured labourers. I won’t bother you too much with this at such a difficult time for you and your family. But you are welcomed to contact me, or visit me, if ever you are in uk. I also wrote a small autobiography with a few pictures of my family and a history of the Marathi in Mauritius. You can buy a copy on Amazon, it is not expensive, you can then continue more research if you, or your children are interested. It will be a start. I will send you a picture of the first with the title in a minute. The book is called, ‘ Yes Matron ‘ from Mont Roches Mauritius to Driffield East Yorkshire, UK, by Dulsingh Dowlutta. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this difficult time. May the Bless you. Take care and all the very best. Keep in touch. Vishnu Dowlutta. In touch.

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      • Sonja

        February 18, 2024 at 5:29 pm

        I just want to thank you for your insightful & informative condolences. All that I know & sense is that families are brought together from births, marriages and deaths! It took the passing of my dad to bring our families to find our common connection as a legacy of reliance to find our roots.

        I thank for grounding our reason to which why we were brought as ‘instruments’ so to say of our energies were assigned to be in the places that we were ‘assigned’ to go to and be leaders in our lives in assisting others in the way to help them.

        Daya often mentioned about you. I sense that there is a strong bond, of how your children are the continuation of our family lineage as an expansion of similar “fabric”, as I imagine brings us closer than we are. My dad married a Westerner, as a did Rajen my first cousin. This not about how our family divergence, but it is more about the diversity that has been created for our future family and how that expansion is bringing a stronger legacy for our family & humanity. May our paths converge in the near future. Bless you & Jai

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    • Urszula Boodajee

      February 18, 2024 at 6:38 pm

      Thank you dear Wendy & Paul. Your comments and presence was very much appreciated. Govind must have been happy and surprised that so many of our friends and family attended his final good bye. blessings Urszula, Sonja, Elsa

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  2. Chitra

    December 30, 2023 at 7:54 am

    We, the offspring of Itul, late brother to Uncle Govind, are so grieved about the passing away of this last icon of a generation that worshipped hard work, while being dedicated to their loved ones… We have in mind those memories when he visited us in Mauritius in the early seventies, a stylish young man whose looks rivalled those of prominent movie stars of the time… we looked up to him – that person who had been bold enough to cross the oceans to follow his dreams…

    Our brother Pip, his wife Mila and daughter June who are fortunate to have been near Uncle Govind, Aunt Ursula, cousins Elsa and Sonja for the two last decades will no doubt feel the significance of this loss more than ourselves here in Uncle Govind’s native land… My daughter Shandra who has also been in Montréal for some years now will miss this grandfatherly figure… As for myself, my sister Veena and my son Hans, we thank our stars to have been able to spend some time with Uncle Govind three months back when we visited the family in Montréal.

    Deepest condolences to Uncle Govind’s family are also conveyed from Brinda, our youngest sister in Italy, my husband Sajun, and members of his family who have met Uncle Govind when he visited Mauritius.

    Rest In Peace, Uncle Govind.

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    • Sonja

      February 18, 2024 at 5:56 pm

      Thank you do much for your message of how my dad brought an important as small, but such an important energic abundance in the role that he had brought to your lives and to our family’s legacy of awareness of ‘opportunities’ to be taken when it presents itself in our paths that always leads us towards ‘convergence ‘.

      Your presence last year when you visited MTL meant a lot and brought perhaps not a direct representation of remembering what dad did remember, however he seemed to be in a place of peace in the 3-D presence. I believe it brought him some peace knowing that his own leaving MRU, brought those to visit him. Thank you so much for this dualistic purpose visit for your brother Pip and to have Veena join in this rare moment. My dad’s role brought so much for the family to find and to bring unity amongst ourselves!

      So happy that Shandra felt that my dad brought this grandfather presence in her life, and that her brother Hans was able to met him.

      Again thank you for finding in both your soul & heart to be here time when he was still with us. Nameste‍♀️

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  3. Alan Vincent

    December 30, 2023 at 2:40 pm

    I am so very saddened by the news of Mr. Boodajee’s passing.

    No words can give you the comfort and peace I wish for you all. The hole left by the loss of someone so dear never gets filled but time will give you the strength to persevere.

    Prayers and warm thoughts for you all in this difficult time.

    Stay strong ❤️

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    • Ursula

      February 18, 2024 at 6:49 pm

      It was so very special and uplifting to see you in this very difficult time for all of us. Your presence made a difference in our hearts. I just know that my ‘husband’
      was happy and very much surprise ,n the fact that so many friends and family were there for the last good bye. May he rest in peace knowing how many people cared that attended. He now knows……….

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  4. Dinny & Alphons

    December 30, 2023 at 8:36 pm

    Our sincere condolences to you Urszula, , Elsa and Sonja, these are difficult times for all you. Keep his memories with you and trust in God to give you strength and courage We will keep you in our thougths and prayers. Dinny & Alphons

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    • Ursula

      February 18, 2024 at 6:54 pm

      Your presence and energy added special acknowledgement to Govind’s departure. Thank you so much for being with us. Having such a strong community such as ours at St-Luke’s, makes grieving a little easier. Much love in your hearts . Blessings Ursula & girls.

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  5. John & Simone Fougere

    December 31, 2023 at 8:14 pm

    Urszula and family,please accept our sincere condolences. John & Simone

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    • Ursula

      February 18, 2024 at 6:57 pm

      It was such an honor for both of you to be with ALL of us in this transitional moment. Peace & love.

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  6. John & Simone Fougere

    December 31, 2023 at 8:14 pm

    Urszula and family,please accept our sincere condolences. John & Simone

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  7. Phyllis Coutinho

    December 31, 2023 at 11:41 pm

    Dear Ursula and family! May you find comfort in warm memories and in knowing others sympathize and care . In sympathy &God Blessy

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    • Ursula

      February 18, 2024 at 6:59 pm

      It is so very nice to have left these comforting words . It meant the World to ALL of us ! Blessing Ursula & girls.

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    • Ursula

      February 18, 2024 at 7:01 pm

      Your kind words are comforting to us . It meant the World for you to write that it! Blessing Ursula & girls.

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  8. Mark and Alisa Mierzejewski

    January 2, 2024 at 3:30 pm

    Dear Ula, Sonya, and Elsa! Our condolences, Govind will be missed. Always enjoyed our time together. May God grant you and the girls peace in this time of sorrow.

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    • Ursula

      February 18, 2024 at 7:04 pm

      Thank for your kind words, card and generous gesture. We will always remember the great times that we had spent together! Much Love Ursula, Sonja & Elsa.

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  9. Daya n Mukund

    January 3, 2024 at 6:53 am

    Dear Ursula. Sonja , Elsa
    Eversince 27 December we are with you all at this time of prayers for Da Govind’s soul too rest in peace and bring solace to the family

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    • Sonja

      February 18, 2024 at 6:14 pm

      Thank you Daya for your immense energy of bringing all of us together as a uniting & converging force for our family in honoring dad’s life. Your acknowledgment & imput to our family’s lives and their situation, is holding the ‘common thread’ to hold the ‘web’ of our intention in our lives as a visceral experience that we all have. Truly bringing that ‘legacy holding’, is an active one in real time!! I sense that dad brought his as an internal mechanism, without him knowing that he was doing that…….but his soul called him to do that……..
      Thank you Daya for your impeccable resource that you have from our family and guarding the ones you have shared of my dad with me. Bless you & Jai ❤️

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  10. Nevil Mundil

    January 3, 2024 at 3:03 pm

    RIP. My sincere sympathies to Ursula and family. It really hard to lose someone . I’ve been in comparable circumstances before ! Yet Life journey continues … Be strong & God Bless

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    • Ursula

      February 18, 2024 at 7:16 pm

      Thank you Nevil for your heart felt reflections & wishes. True, it is never easy letting go of someone that we love, and you understand that- much appreciated!
      Blessings to you & your wife Ursula & girls.

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  11. Hans

    January 5, 2024 at 4:38 pm

    Rest in peace, Aja Govind. Sincere condolences to Auntie Ursula, Sonja and Elsa in this tough time.

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  12. Ravin & Noel and Family

    January 6, 2024 at 8:46 am

    Dear Urszula, Elsa and Sonja , our prayers are with you in these difficult moments .

    We still remember Uncle Govind visit in Mauritius , a very energetic and kind person . He will stay in our memories and heart forever. Our dad (Sambah) late brother to Uncle Govind was always taking about the hardship brothers and sisters have through but they never give up and at the end they all were surrounded by a loveable family . They are all now reunited in heaven.

    Rest In Peace, Uncle Govind.

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    • Ursula

      February 18, 2024 at 7:12 pm

      We are touched by your response. He did his best, and it is part of what he was showing us what family is/was all about. We will miss him tremendously, but we know that he IS happy with ALL his loved ones out in HEAVEN……….. Blessings to you all and NAMESTE Ursula, Sonja & Elsa .

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  13. Sonja & family

    February 18, 2024 at 6:22 pm

    Thank you so much for your kind words and acknowledging my dad’s passing

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  14. Sonja & family

    February 18, 2024 at 6:40 pm

    Thank you Hans for your condolences. I’m sure that my dad appreciated the 1st time that you met him last summer. Let us as a family bring this pivotal/ rite of passage in our lives, as one of remembrance of his choices and living it with intention. Nameste ‍♀️

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