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VESUWALLA – Aspi “Alan” Nariman

September 6, 1936 – February 26, 2010

Aspi Vesuwalla’s favourite chair sits empty. The cricket channel’s been cancelled. The woodworking tools in the garage are gathering dust. His son’s E4 opening on the chessboard remains unanswered. His snooker league has some gaps to fill. Three beautiful, little girls are missing a grandfather.

Aspi, or “Alan” as he was known to most people, died Friday, February 26, despite his surgeon’s best efforts following a massive heart attack at the age of 73. The last thing he told his family before going under the knife was to go home, as his youngest son had to work the next day. Typical.

Having left his home in India for England in 1956 at the age of 19 with nothing but his clothes and his work ethic, he knew how hard it was to build a life for oneself. Aspi, along with many Indians at the time, found opportunity in London, where he worked as an engineer, helping to usher in the modern era of aerospace.

Still, he enjoyed his life, spending his 20s haunting the city’s snooker halls and pubs. On New Year’s Eve 1966, he met Dianne Pinner, an English woman he would marry that September and with whom he would spend the rest of his life. They moved to Winnipeg in 1981 in search of better opportunities for their two children, Stephen and Peter.

Aspi persevered through several business ventures with varying degrees of success, working to put his kids through university in the hope their lives would be easier than his.

He obsessed over his family, making an effort to reconnect with more distant relatives in England, India and other parts of Canada. In 1999 he was finally united with Andy Pike, a long-lost son from a previous relationship. After Stephen and his wife, Julie, had their daughter, Emma, Aspi retired to Calgary to be closer to them.

He enjoyed his remaining years. He took up woodworking, joined the local snooker league, danced at the legion, talked politics with anyone who would listen and took Dianne on a number of cruises around the world. In 2007, Aspi was fortunate enough to spend time with Andy; his wife, Carol; and their daughters, Ellie and Mollie, in Ireland. Alas, that would be the last time they would see him.

Aspi’s death was a shock to his family here and around the world. Letters of condolence have all mentioned his good nature, and how much he enjoyed his life and his family.

Funeral Services for Aspi will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Saturday, March 6, 2010. Traditional Zoroastrian Prayers will begin at 10:30 a.m. Friends and well wishers are not expected to attend the prayer segment, but are invited to an informal, light-hearted service beginning at 11:20 a.m. Anyone wishing to say a few words, or have anything read on their behalf, will be very welcome. Email Peter at A reception will follow at Stephen and Julie’s home, 2310 4th Avenue N.W., beginning 12:30 p.m. Forward condolences through

In living memory of Alan Vesuwalla, 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. percy bulsara :

    Not only a friend but a brother–will be sadly missed–wish I was there to say my final farewell–shall be in my prayers on Saturday

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  2. roy rolheiser :

    Steve, I was sorry to hear of the passing of your Father + my thoughts + prayers are with you + your family in this time of sadness.
    Sincerely, Roy

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  3. Tony Farrer :

    I fondly remember the many great times I had with Alan at the Charleswood Legion in Winnipeg playing snooker.
    Also the dinners that he and Dianne would generously invite me to at their house.
    I feel sad that I hadn’t seen him for some years now!
    He will be sadly missed by many people here in Charleswood also.
    Sincerely T. Farrer

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  4. yvonne bulsara :

    Allan, the eternal optimist. Always full of hope and always eager to offer his hospitality to his friends. My love goes out to my dearest friend Dianne and the boys and all the rest of the family. With love Yvonne.

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  5. Linda & Brian Barringer :

    We were so sorry to hear of the sudden passing of Alan…..our thoughts are with you Diane along with Peter Steven and family. Although its been awhile since we have seen you, we often think of you.
    With love Linda Brian Lee & Gary x

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  6. Phil Gillin :

    My sympathies and condolences to you and your family on the sudden loss of your Dad – it sounded like he had a rich, interesting and wonderful life.

    Don’t know if it is you or your brother, but you are the senior Vesuwalla(s) now, so carry the standard high and proud.


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