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NENSHI, Kurbanali Hussein

June 16, 1940 – June 17, 2012

Kurban passed away on Father’s Day, the day after his 72nd birthday, Born in Tanzania, Kurban was thrust into a leadership role early when his own father died young. From that moment, Kurban worked tirelessly to ensure that his younger siblings were able to succeed. He married Noorjah in 1967, and the family came to Canada in 1971, settling in Calgary in 1973. In many ways, his life was ordinary – struggle, sacrifice, giving back to the community, building an amazing future for his family. But he never forgot just how extraordinary this country and this city are, in giving him and so many others incredible opportunity. This, combined with his deep and unshakeable faith, led him to instill the value of service in everyone he touched. Kurban was a compassionate man who loved his family with a fierce devotion.

He leaves behind his loving wife Noorjah, daughter Shaheen , son-in-law Al-Noor and son Naheed, as well as the lights of his life, his granddaughters Asha and Sofia. He also leaves five siblings and their families, including innumerable nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, and even great-grand nieces. He also leaves his wife’s family, the Esmails, to whom he was very close. He was pre-deceased by his parents, five other siblings and much-loved siblings-in-law.

The family would like to thank our amazing extended clan for all their love and support (how do people function without dozens of cousins?). We would also like to thank all of the many health professionals for the exemplary care they provided, in this system we are blessed to access. We must single out Dr. Nanette Alvarez and her team (especially Diane, Leslie, and Shah) and Dr. Jose Madrilejos, as well as Dr. Gail Ewasechko, the Palliative Care team and all of the staff of Rockyview Unit 58 for their compassion at the end. It was because of this amazing care over the years that Kurban was able to see his children achieve their dreams, and see his granddaughters born, as well as spend special precious time with them.

There will be a private memorial service in the Ismaili Muslim tradition. In lieu of flowers, if so desired, memorial tributes may be made to the Calgary Foundation, referencing the Nenshi Family Charitable Fund, benefitting immigrant youth, people in poverty, and arts and culture in Calgary: 700-999 8 Street SW, Calgary AB, T2R 1J5. www.thecalgaryfoundation.org Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Kurbanali Nenshi a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200.

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  1. My sympathies to the family on the loss of a husband , father, grandfather and friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Ron Esch

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  2. Nawaz Abdulla :

    Please accept our sincere condolonces on
    the loss of your beloved father. We pray that you and your family have peace and healing through this sad time.

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  3. Mr & Mrs Amir Abdulla :

    Our sincere condolences on this loss of your husband, father, brother and grandfather. We all pray for you all to have peace and healing at this sad time.

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  4. Norm & Val Olsen :

    Mayor Nenshi:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.

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  5. George and Marcia Lane :

    Dear Naheed,
    George joins me in sending condolences to you and your family on the death of your father. The loss of a parent is always difficult; please know you have our sympathies.

    Marcia and George

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  6. Jill Petrovic on behalf of the entire team at the Alzheimer Society of Calgary :

    What a wonderful example Mr. Nenshi was as a leader, family man, community member, neighbour and friend. His memory will live on to provide guidance, leadership and inspiration for countless others, and he will never be forgotten. We extend our most heartfelt condolences to the entire Nenshi family and the Ismaili community in Calgary.

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  7. Marian & Ed Williamson :

    Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Noorjah & family.
    We are very saddened on the passing of Kurban, he was a great guy & a friend when he worked with Ed. There will always be special memories of him.
    With our deepest sympathy.
    Ed & Marian Williamson

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  8. Patricia Sullivan :

    To Mayor Naheed Nenshi and family,

    It was with great sadness that I learned of the loss of your dear father.

    I wanted you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and with your family at this difficult time.
    “Bon Courage”,
    Patricia Sullivan
    Calgary citizen

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  9. Annette Kozicki :

    Naheed:
    I’m extending condolences to you Naheed and your family.
    I’m remembering that when my father died, although older than you are now, my feelings were so like a child who just lost her Daddy.
    Knowing you for so long and having met your mother, I do believe that you are a family with so many good memories.
    Take care.

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  10. Wanda Orlik :

    My deepest condolences to Mayor Nenshi and his family. Kurban was my frist “Boss” at Bonar Packaging (now Hood) and I respected him for all the hard work and dedication he put toward his position there. A really “super guy” to work for.

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  11. The sky has added a bright, new star to shine upon us. Sincere condolances to your family and relatives from another Calgarian.

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  12. Salima Dhalla :

    My prayers are with you all at this time of loss. I pray for the strength of your faith and peace of mind. Kurban Uncle was always so kind and loving in all my interactions with him. To his tribute, he leaves behind an amazing family who will always honour and love him. I’m sorry I could be with you at this time, but know you are in my thoughts and prayers. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

    Salima Dhalla

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  13. Jaya Sharma and Amit Bhatnagar :

    Dear Mayor Naheed Nenshi,

    We are extending condolences to you and your family on hearing about the loss of your dear father. Our prayers are with you and your family in this difficult time. May his soul rest in peace.

    Jaya Sharma and Amit Bhatnagar.

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