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MISHRA, Narendra Deo

July 1, 1923 – December 31, 2012

Narendra Deo, passed away on Monday, December 31, 2012 at the age of 89 years.

Narendra Deo, the second of four sons of R.S. Misra, was born in the Himalayan Foothills, but grew up in Rajasthan, where his father was an educator. He studied at Benares Hindu University, and in 1947 got a scholarship to Harvard to be an electrical engineer for newly-independent India. He worked on the Tennessee Valley Authority dam project, and for Quebec and Ontario Hydro, before returning to India in 1952 with Mary Campbell – they married in Lucknow. N. Deo worked for Bharat Heavy Electricals on the Bhakra Nangal Dam. In 1967 he immigrated to Canada, first to Burnaby, B.C., where he worked for B.C. Hydro and for B.C.I.T., moving to Calgary in 1980. A lifelong student, volunteer and mentor, Deo was a member of professional engineering Associations APEGGA and IEE, and a long-time member of the Calgary Hindu Society. He was active in many service organizations, and was recognized for work with the Vedanta Society; Calgary Science Centre; Indo-Canada Association; Interfaith and Multicultural Associations, among others. We will miss his gentle spirit and wry wit.

N. Deo is survived by his beloved and loving wife of sixty years, Mary/Meera; daughters Sheila Mishra (Jagannath Chingunde); Pratibha Sarkar (Anil); Veena Mishra; and numerous grandchildren, nephews and nieces, and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at McInnis & Holloway’s Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Saturday, January 12, 2013, at 10:30 am. Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice.

In living memory of Narendra Deo Mishra, 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. Jeremy & Reny :

    Although there are no words to express how much we miss Uncle, he will always be in our hearts and minds. With loving memories of Narinji…

    Peace, prayers and blessings.

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  2. Monica Weetman :

    Dear Mary and family,
    I am so sad to hear of Narendra’s passing. Although I am unable to come to the memorial service, please know that my thoughts and prayers will be with you. Please accept my sincerest condolences to you all.

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  3. Arun and Madhu :

    Dear MeeraJi and Family
    We are sad to hear of Narendra Jees passing away. May god give peace to the departed soul. He will always be in our hearts and minds. Please convey our heartfelt condolences to every one in the family.

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  4. Amarnath / Savita / Sudha / Mrigesh / Kiran Kshatriya :

    Pandit ji , as we all preferred to call Mishra ji, has been a dear friend since we met in the corridors of BC Inst. of Tech almost four decades ago . He was tranquil incarnate – committed to social service and an active member of the Vedant Society. We will miss his quiet sense of humour.
    “I was not aware of the moment when I first crossed the threshhold of this life.
    What was the power that made me open out in to this vast mystery like a bud in the forest at night.
    When in the morning I looked upon the light I felt in a moment that I was no stranger in this world, that the inscrutable without name and form had taken me in its arms in the form of my own mother.
    Even so, in death the same unknown will appear as ever known to me. And because I love this life, I know I shall love death as well.
    The child cries out when from the right breast the mother takes it away, in the very next moment to find in the left one its consolation.”
    Rabindranath Tagore – Gitanjai XCV , Nobel Laureate in Literature 1913/

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  5. kamlakar and Rama Sukul :

    It is a somber moment for all of us who new Mr. Mishra. We pray for the departed soul. May God grant him place in heaven to celebrate his life. I met Mr. Mishra in 1968. Ever since our families became friends and we enjoyed many events together in beautiful Burnaby. I will always remember his great smile to greet people and soft laugh. May God give his family and all of strength to bear his loss. Please accept our heart felt condolences.

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  6. Rajita Mishra :

    Tauji, my uncle, was my Dad’s Elder brother. He was very much respected in the family as an icon for intelligence, affection and gentleness. With Him, an era of our elder generation has passed away. I remember his visits to India with lots of nostalgia and love. He was very fond of samosas and jalebis which my Dad would always get for him for evening tea which was enjoyed by the whole family. I am sure he is up there with my father enjoying the good Indian food he was so fond of. Narendra Tauji would always guide the family with sensible advice and guidance. Tauji, miss you a lot.
    Lots of Love to you – Your Niece Rubu

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  7. Parakram Mishra :

    Our deepest condolences to the bereaved family of Shri Narendra Deo Mishra, our dear ‘Chachaji’. He was my dear father’s younger brother and we knew him as a very gentle and caring ‘Chachaji’. He visited India regularly until a few years ago and made it a point to visit and meet everyone he knew, which was really a very difficult thing to do. Traveling by bus and train, often without any travel reservations, something which we, much younger and living in India, would think twice of doing. Such was his attachment to all of us. We remember him for his gentle ways, caring and loving nature and for his accomplishments in academics and as an engineer. We pay our respects to him and offer our heartfelt condolences to our Meera Chachiji, Sheila, Veena, Pratibha and their families. On a lighter note, the four brothers, Surendra Deo (my father), Narendra Deo, Gyanendra Deo, Mahendra Deo and their dear father Shri Radhey Shyam are united once again, up there, discussing (and arguing!) about life and related issues. Must be having a lively time. RIP the Misras/Mishras of their generations. We their proud descendants carry forth the baton hoping to be as good and noble as they were.

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  8. shubham pathak :

    Shri N.D Mishra was the last man standing with this loss we lost One Generation of Mishra’s. My heart felt condolences goes out to all the immediate family member of Shri Mishra on behalf of the families of Shri Gyanendra Deo Mishra (Brother to Narendra Deo) and all of us who were some way or the other associated to Shri N.D Mishra (Beloved Nanaji).

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  9. Sam Jayashankar :

    Dear Meeraji and Family,

    Please accept my deepest condolences.

    I can never forget Mishraji – he was the most kind and gentle soul that I had the honour of knowing (thanks to Apu). He would always insist on making chai for us and could connect with all with ease. He was equally passionate about Vedanta and fixing his pc!

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  10. Dear Mary – and Sheila, Veena, and Pratibha,

    It is pure happenstance that we learnt of Narenji’s passing. We want you to know that our thoughts and love are with you and your daughters at this time. Your family has always been special to us – after all, you were our in loco parentis when we moved here. We will remember Narenji as a knowledgeable man, a caring person, and a loving husband and father. We will never forget the slide show at your home in Burnaby!
    You have always been, and continue to be, in our thoughts.


    Don, Joanne, and Daneva Dansby

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  11. Dolly Bhatia Bhola :

    Dear Aunty Mary,
    My mom (Swarn Bhatia) sent me a beautiful photo of you and Sheila as a baby. I forwarded it to the Calgary Herald. I am so sorry to hear uncle Naren’s passing. I got your contact late. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy and see you and your family soon.
    Dolly (Oakville,On)

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