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NAYAK, Devdas (Dev) Ullal

1932–2012

Devdas (Dev) Nayak beloved husband of Vim Nayak of Calgary, passed away on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at the age of 80 years.

Dev was born in Shimoga, India, the youngest of seven children. He grew up in the city of Mangalore before completing his BSc. in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics in Bangalore. Despite having to learn the language, he continued his studies in Germany, where he earned an electrical engineering degree from the University of Stuttgart and worked for the Swiss electrical manufacturing company Brown Boveri & Co, in Baden, Switzerland. He was transferred to Montreal in 1967 and again to Calgary in 1983. Devdas and Vimala were married in 1968 and their sons Anil and Arun were born in Montreal. In 1985, he left Brown Boveri to become the North American distributor for a German construction toy system called Lasy, which he continued until his retirement in 1999. His retirement years were very active, including traveling extensively, doting on his beloved granddaughters and in recent years enjoying daily walks with his dog in Fish Creek Park. He was an active member of the Chinook Outdoor Club and Prairie Mountaineers, two Calgary-based hiking clubs. A lifelong learner, he also studied Spanish in his retirement increasing his fluency count to seven languages. He was generous with his time and advice for family members and friends alike, many of whom considered him one of the kindest men they knew.

Besides his loving wife Vim of forty-four years, Dev is survived by his sons and daughter-in-law, Anil Nayak (Andrea Hay) and Arun Nayak; and two granddaughters Sophie and Tess Nayak.

At Dev’s request no funeral service will be held. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Dev’s family wishes to express their deepest gratitude to the kind and compassionate caregivers in Unit 57 of the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.

In living memory of Dev Nayak, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Bruce Dunlop :

    Sincere condolences Vim to you and your Family in the loss of Dev. I enjoyed our hikes together and the visit we had at the Spring Meeting.
    Dev was a good friend and I shall miss him. Take good care of each other

    Sincerely
    Bruce Dunlop

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  2. Louise & Michel Charbonneau :

    Saturday night and we just heard from a fellow hiker about Dev passing away. We loved Dev, we always had interesting conversation while hiking together. We want to offer our sincere condolences to Vim and the family. Louise & Michel Charbonneau

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  3. Ken & Sylvia Stowell :

    To Vim and family, we extend our sincere condolences on the passing of Dev, our dear neighbour and friend. His winning smile and kind manner will be missed. We are eternally grateful for his tireless efforts to make our community a better place to live that is a testament to who he was – a wonderful man whose loss we mourn.

    In Sympathy,

    Ken & Sylvia

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  4. Georgina Bodnar & Gerry Hopman :

    Our sincere condolences. We will miss Dev as a friend and neighbour.

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  5. Ed & Betty Borbely :

    Vim & Family:

    We were saddened to hear of your loss. Dev will be long remembered for the dedication and betterment of our community.

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  6. Murray & Rosemary Mitchell :

    Vim and Family, Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of your husband Dev and the father of Anil and Arun. We have happy memories of him especially during scout activities and at various functions we attended.

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  7. Joanne Daeninck :

    Dear Vim and family
    We were very sorry to hear about Dev. Rick and I remember all the times we saw him in the yard or out walking.
    Our sincere sympathies to you and your family. We are thinking of you.
    Rick and Joanne Daeninck

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  8. Rose Briand :

    I was saddened to hear of Devs death. I always enjoyed hiking with him. He was a true gentleman and I’ll miss him.

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  9. Ron and Joyce Zentner :

    We were very saddened to hear of your loss, Vim. Dev contributed so much to our community. We shall miss him.

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  10. Ramesh C Joshi :

    My dear Vim and th erest of teh family:
    Dev was on eof the most gentle person I came accross. I got to know him only through the Chinook Hiking or outdoor club. He was very much liked by wevery one in the club. I did have soem brief converstaions with him and he was garcious inn all those.
    Dev will be missed by every one he knew. It is hard not to miss a person who was multi lingual where as most in this country have torubloe with even teh two official languages.
    He was a man of very few but selcted words unless one came to know of his intellectual and humane qualities.
    With kind regards .

    Ramesh C Joshi

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  11. Laurette Roth :

    I wish to extend my sincere condolences to you and your family. Dev was always a bright light on the hiking trails and in the club. He will be missed.

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  12. My sincere condolences Vim, to you and your family on the loss of Dev. I will miss his humour and great conversation on the hiking trails.

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  13. Holly Brown :

    Dr. Nayak, please accept my condolences on your loss.

    It has been a pleasure to embrace Dev’s hardy handshake and share in his engaging company and big hearted smile.

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  14. Norma Becerra :

    Thinking of you Vim and your family at this time of sorrow. I enjoyed hiking with Dev and it was wonderful to speak Spanish with him. He will be greatly missed in our hiking club.

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  15. Rhonda Bjorklund :

    Vim, to you and your family, my deepest sympathy on the loss of Dev. May you have good memories to sustain you at this difficult time and find peace and comfort in the love of family and friends. He will be missed from our Prairie Mountaineers Hiking Club.

    Rhonda Bjorklund

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  16. Dinesh and Sheela Shenoy-Calgary :

    Dearest Vimala,Anil and Arun,
    Devdas was like a elder brother to all of us in Calgary. We always admired his honesty,kindness,alertness and immense knowledge in everything he undertook. We are going to miss him very much and wish his soul eternal peace.

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  17. Helen Robertson :

    Vim: Please accept my condolences for the loss of Dev. Dev was always such a delight to spend time with on the trail. Always smiling.

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  18. Kris and Renu Hegde :

    Vimla , Anil and Arun our heart felt condolence and may God be with you . Devdas was A Great Soul and we will miss him .

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  19. Sarika Shetty :

    Dearest Vimla Aunty,

    We were deeply saddened to hear about Uncle Devdas. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy.I have such fond memories of uncle. He was always so nice to us. Please take care.
    Sarika & Family (Shetty’s)

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