October 4, 1949 – April 10, 2011
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Daya Wati Govind, beloved wife of Bishun Dayal Govind, at the age of 61 years after a courageous battle with cancer.
Daya was born in Raiwaqa, Suva, Fiji Islands. She grew up with her large family, which included many cousins, with whom she remained close throughout her life. Daya migrated to Canada with her family in 1974. She was the foundation of her family, and worked hard to build a loving home for them. Daya also played a vital role in the upbringing of her grandchildren, who brought her a tremendous amount of joy. They will always remember their grandma’s loving, kind, and generous ways. Daya was well-respected in the Fijian community; she enjoyed volunteering with the Suva Soccer Association, and was always willing to lend a helping hand whenever required. Her final place of employment was at the Calgary International Airport, where Daya became a familiar figure to family and friends. Daya will be fondly remembered for her ever-present smile, which would light up any room she walked into.
Besides her devoted husband of 41 years, Daya will be lovingly remembered by her children; Ranjana Sharma (Shailend), Janice Chandra (Ritesh), and Sanjay Govind (Christy); grandchildren: Ashneil, Rajneil, Rohan, Rupi, Joshua, and Ishaan; sister-in-law Sarojni Kumar; brother Virendra Kumar (Mary); sisters Maya Sahay (Ram) and Sushila Prasad (Chandrika); numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. She will also be remembered by other extended family members and so many friends whose lives she brightened.
Daya was predeceased by her father Behari Lal, her mother Phul Kaur Lal, and her eldest brother Bijay Kumar.
Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Eastside Memorial Chapel (5388 Memorial Drive N.E.) on Friday April 15, at 12:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Eastside Memorial Chapel (5388 Memorial Drive N.E.) on Friday, April 15, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family wishes to thank the staff at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, and especially the staff at the Santuari Hospice at the Peter Lougheed Hospital for all of their dedication and care they gave to Daya and her husband.
In living memory of Daya Govind, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Eastside Memorial Chapel, 5388 MEMORIAL DRIVE N.E. Telephone: (403) 248-8585.Print This Obituary & Condolences