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DUHA, Shamsud

December 1, 1932 -Bangladesh
January 9, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Dr. Shamsud Duha at the age of 86, passed away peacefully at McKenzie Revera Living in Calgary, Alberta on Wednesday January 9, 2019.

Sham was born on December 1, 1932 in Chittagong, Bangladesh. He was the sixth of eight children and the final living child of the late Arfanali and late Rahmatunessa.

Sham endured and overcame numerous and significant challenges during his childhood. At the age of 7 he nearly died from typhoid fever. At around 9 years old, he fell very ill again. This time from an attack of Malaria and he was not able to attend school for a full year. As an early indication of his determination and perseverance, Sham successfully relearned speech and other motor skills which he had completely lost during his illness.

He received a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Dacca in 1958 and began practicing medicine. In 1961, through arranged marriage, Sham married Nazma. One year later, they had their first child, Lipi.

Sham’s dream was to open a medical clinic that would provide free world-class surgical services to the people in his home town village of Kamalpur. In pursuit of this dream, Sham temporarily left his wife and new born daughter in Bangladesh and accepted a research assistant and internship position at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. He eventually obtained a Master of Science in 1966 from McGill.

In 1966 he relocated to Saskatoon to take a resident position at the University Hospital. His wife, Nazma and daughter, Lipi left Bangladesh and joined him in Saskatoon after being apart for over 4 years.

Sham received the distinguished surgical credentials he wanted by obtaining a Fellowship with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada.

In 1968 Sham and Nazma joyfully welcomed their second daughter, Aalo. He continued his medical career as a Senior Associate at the Saskatoon Cancer Clinic and a Clinical Teacher in Surgery at the University Hospital in Saskatoon from 1968-1969.

During this period of time, Sham met Dr. Harvey Christiansen who convinced Sham to visit a town in Northern Saskatchewan, Nipawin, as they were in need of a surgeon. Sham fell in love with the quiet beauty and nature of this small town. He made the decision to move his family to Nipawin but still with the goal of moving back to homeland, Bangladesh, to open the free medical clinic.

Due to the horrific Bangladeshi genocide and subsequent civil war in 1971, Dr. Sham sadly gave up his dream of returning to his homeland. He wanted to provide the best future and opportunities for his two daughters and believed that would be to stay in Canada. Sham became a true Canadian patriot. He would seek out and always chose “Made in Canada” products and services over foreign imports. He was a proud of the country, what it represented and strongly supported the movement for universal health care for all Canadians.

Still wishing to support his native country and people, Dr. Sham financially sponsored the university education of 17 nieces and nephews. Also, over the years, he quietly gave generously to numerous charities focused on lifting people out of poverty.

In 1972, Sham and Nazma’s welcomed their only son, Samuel Karim.

Dr. Sham lived in the town of Nipawin for 30 years (1969-1999) where he served as a highly skilled General Surgeon and General Practitioner. Sham thoroughly enjoyed close bonds with friends and numerous hobbies including fishing, camping, gardening, travelling, cooking & barbecuing.

In 1999, Sham and Nazma retired in Saskatoon. During his retirement years he loved spending time with Nazma. The happiness of their grandchildren became Sham’s primary focus and purpose in life. They enjoyed travelling together to Australia, Calgary and Edmonton to be with their 8 grandchildren and to spend quality time simply playing with them. His grandkids have called him “The Little Buddha” as they loved his presence, light humor, endless patience and quiet demeanor.

He is survived and will be greatly missed by his wife of 58 years, Nazma; his three children; his eight grandchildren; and two grandchildren in-laws.

A private memorial service was held in Calgary. A public memorial service will be held in Saskatoon later in the year. Date and location will be announced this spring/summer 2019.

If friends so desire, Memorial Donations may be made directly to Plan International

In living memory of Shamsudduha, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Dear Aalo and family,
    We are thinking about you and your family at this time. Sending love and light to you during your time of reflection on your Dad’s life.
    Our deepest sympathies,
    Wen & Greg Kauffman

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  2. Dear Nazma, Lipi,Alo and Sam
    I read with great sorrow the passing of Dr. Sham. He was a special must be very proud of him, and miss him so. I still live in Nipawin (lost my husband Terry Gingara to cancer) and have remarried Bob Hay. Grant is the ElectricalEngineer at the mine at Esterhazy,where he and his wife have two boys. Time flys!! Take care..would love to give you a big hug!!
    Love Betty (Gingara) Hay

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