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KAUSHAL, Rakesh Kumar

September 2, 1955 – Sanehwal, India
May 8, 2017 – Edmonton, Alberta

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of a husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle, Rakesh Kaushal. He passed away suddenly at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, AB, on Monday, May 8, 2017.

Rakesh was born in Sanewahl, India and immigrated to Canada in 1975. At the University of Saskatchewan, he met and later married Rita Kaushal (nee Zarowny) in 1979.

He had a keen sense for learning and graduated from the Government Polytechnic College in Ambala City, Haryana, India with a Diploma in Civil Engineering. After immigrating to Canada he obtained a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, class of 1980. Rakesh was a proud member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

A few engineering projects Rakesh worked on throughout his career include, the Calgary Olympic Luge and Bobsled Run, Old Man River Dam, and most recently the Fort Hills Oil Refinery Plant. His engineering work took him all over the world including India, Saudi Arabia, England and most recently Seoul, South Korea.

Rakesh loved to travel, having visited Venezuela, Japan, Dubai and most recently Hawaii. He also enjoyed playing squash and tennis; most often beating his much younger counterparts in a match.

He leaves to mourn his wife Rita; sons, Pavan Kaushal and his wife Carrie; Sunjay Kaushal and his wife Johanna; Krishan Kaushal and his wife Danielle; grandchildren, Riley Stefanich and Hayden Kaushal; siblings, Ramesh Kaushal (Prabha), Rajesh Kaushal (Renu) and Chander Kaushal, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Keshwa Vati (nee Lakhanpal) and Krishan Kaushal; sister Varsha Kaushal; sister-in-law Uma Kaushal.

The family would like to thank the Suncor staff who helped him in his final days.

Rakesh, you will always remain in our hearts, until we meet again. We love you.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North) on Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 2:00p.m. Reception to follow at the Funeral Home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Rakesh’s favorite charities to World Vision Canada, 1 World Drive, Mississauga, Ontario, L5T 2Y4 Telephone: (866) 595-5550, www.worldvision.ca or Effect: Hope, The Leprosy Mission Canada, 200-90 Allstate Parkway, Markham, Ontario, L3R 6H3 Telephone: 1-888-537-7679.

In living memory of Rakesh Kaushal, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Phyillis and Wayne Rorquist :

    My dear sister Rita and family. My heart breaks as I read this and wish I could ease the pain you are feeling. Rakesh was an important part of our family. We will dearly miss him.

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  2. Tammy Mickle-Hopkins :

    My deepest sympathy to Rita and family. We never loose those who we hold dear as they are kept in a special part of our hearts.

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  3. Faye Schulz ( Dreger) :

    Sorry for your loss Rita

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  4. My family joins in conveying our deepest sympathy to Rita and family for such a tragic loss. I have profound memories of working with Rakesh on earlier project. RIP……

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  5. Don & Val Zapski & Family :

    Dear Rita and Family, we are so sorry to hear about Rakesh. Love, hugs and prayers to all of you.

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  6. Lynda Trovato :

    My sincere condolences to the family and the friends of Rakesh

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  7. Wayne and Diane Kanak :

    Our deepest sympathy, Rita, to you and your family! So sorry to hear of your great loss.

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  8. Brian and Sharon Rorquist :

    Our very deepest sympathy, Rita and family. So hard to lose someone so young. Thinking of you all.

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  9. Shelley Shahanaghi :

    Masoud and I send our deepest condolences. The journey of life has so many twists and turns, leaving us pondering many times, the mysteries of life. This is one of those mysteries that has us all at a loss for words. My encouragement tonyou is to be still, breathe in his essence, remembering and celebrating with each other, who he was to each of you and what his purpose was here on earth. His achievements and accomplishments are the fragrances of his soul that will remain here for all time and felt by all who have been, and will be, touched by his creativity, his passions and his purpose. May his soul freely fly as your hearts gently release him back into the folds of heavens arms.
    With tender hearts of love empathy and compassion, we send warm hugs,
    Shelley and Masoud Shahanaghi

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  10. Dear Rita, Pawan, Carrie,Sunjay, Johanna Krishan and Danielle
    We were deeply saddened at the news of Rakesh’s untimely death. May God give you the strength to bear this loss. Now all we have is memories of him….mine go back to our shared childhood( his mum was my mum’s sister so we were first cousins). Rest in peace Rakesh.You will be a part of us always.
    Rajul (Pappu)
    Rakesh Gaur (my husband)

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  11. John and Donna Zarowny :

    We senh our deepest sympathy to you Rita and your Family, our love and thoughts are with you.

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  12. Craig White :

    so sad to hear this news, we only knew Rakesh briefly while we were over from England attending a hockey camp at Penticton. We were lucky enough to spend some time with the family later on in Calgary and it was clear what a lovely man he was and that he adored his family, it was a time we talk about often as your hospitality was amazing.
    Rip mate, and our sincerest condolences from my family to your family.

    Craig, Tina, Susie and Dale White

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  13. Ramesh kaushal. :

    Rakesh was my younger brother a soul mate my best friend . He is transformed into another plane of life , in an enlightened form . May he live peacefully there . Lord give enough strength to wife Rita , three sons Pavan &Carrie, Sunjay &Johanna , grand daughter Haiden and Krishan & Danielle to have courage to bear the loss. Paramhansa Yogananda Our spiritual Master says :—–
    At physical death man loses his consciousness of the flesh and becomes conscious of his astral body in the astral world. Thus physical death is astral birth. Later, he passes from the consciousness of luminous astral birth to the consciousness of dark astral death and awakens in a new physical body. Thus astral death is physical birth. These recurrent cycles of physical and astral encasements are the ineluctable destiny of all unenlightened men.

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  14. Bonita Jewitt :

    We were very sad to hear of Rakesh’s passing. He was such a great guy. A wonderful husband and father. Our hears are with you Rita and family at this time.
    Jim, Bonita, Tyler, and Ashlynn Jewitt

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  15. Linda Miller :

    My heart breaks for such a loss of such a loving father and husband. I saw him at the wedding this past summer he was beaming and so happy. May he live peacefully in the afterworld, knowing that someday we will all be united in spirit with all of us. May your loss be bearable because you know he’s peaceful and in the loving arms of our saviour until eternity. God Bless you all.

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  16. Chander Prabha :

    I send my heartily condolences and sympathy to dear Rita and all family members at the untimely death of dear Rakesh my husband’s younger brother and more than a brother and friend to me . The loss of such a charming personality is unforgettable. May he rest in peace and God attract his soul towards His Lotus Feet and give salvation. AMEN

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  17. Maria & Leo Elder :

    Hi Rita and family. We send our condolences on the loss of your husband and father. We only met Rakesh once (at Krishan’s and Danielle’s wedding) buy over the years our friends, Angela and John Coolman told us about your great family, and or course we love Danielle and Krishan.

    Our prayers are with you.

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  18. effect:hope (The Leprosy Mission Canada) :

    effect:hope (The Leprosy Mission Canada) extends our heartfelt condolences to the Kaushal family. Through their kindness and generosity, Rakesh and Rita changed the lives of many people who suffer from leprosy and other neglected tropical diseases. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  19. Brad and Val Gaukel :

    Rita and family
    We want you all to know how deeply saddened we both are by the loss of Rakesh. He was a kind and wonderful man, who had a huge impact on our lives. He always greeted us with a hug, a smile, and a great story! We have so many memories of our many years as friends and now family. His kind heart, giving ways, and his intense love for his family was inspiring. He introduced us both to so many interesting travels, foods, music and culture that we would have otherwise never experienced. Those experiences will have a lasting impact on us both forever. Brad’s memories of his travels to Dubai, India, and Korea are unforgettable. Those adventures happened because Rakesh was in our lives. Please know we are here for you all now and in the days to come, and we will keep him in our hearts forever.
    Love, Brad and Val

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