Shane Glenn Lalani, 24, a resident of Chicago, Ill., and DePaul University student, died at his home in Chicago Friday, June 13, 2008.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 21, at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, corner of Third and Lewis Streets in Livingston. Graveside committal and burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery in Livingston.
Arrangements are under the direction of Franzen-Davis Funeral Home in Livingston.
Shane was born Sept. 12, 1983, in Livingston to Carol Glenn Lalani and Salim (Sal) Lalani. He spent his early years in England and attended Claremont School in Esher, Surrey, from 1987 to 1997. Shane was an avid sportsman, excelling at tennis and cricket. He represented his school and local clubs in both sports with distinction while earning team and personal honors. He also participated in many chess tournaments, winning several medals and trophies.
While in England Shane had many opportunities to travel - with both school and family. He visited castles, museums, sporting events (Wimbledon, Lords, the Oval) and countries such as France, Denmark, Morocco and Spain. He also traveled to Australia and New Zealand a couple of times to visit his great grandmother and family there.
Shane always looked forward to summers in Montana to visit his Nana, Grandpa and cousins. He enjoyed trips to Canyon Ferry and Paradise Valley to go camping, boating and fishing with cousins, parents and grandparents. This was also a time to head north to visit cousins, aunts and uncles in Calgary, Alberta, and sample interesting foods.
Shane moved to Montana with his family at the age of 13 and attended Bozeman schools for a few years. While in Bozeman, Shane continued with coaching and traveling on the tennis circuit, winning several tournaments.
In pursuit of his passion, Shane enrolled at the Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Fla., where he had spent time before. He played competitive junior tennis at the international level with several good results while also befriending many top names in the sport. During this time Shane attended the Bradenton Academy and graduated in 2002 from high school with a straight A grade point average. Prior to moving on to University of San Diego, Shane took advantage of the opportunity to work for BBC in London, among other things assisting tennis greats John McEnroe, John Newcomb and others at Wimbledon.
In 2004, Shane transferred from San Diego to DePaul University. There he majored in business studies and was selected also to complete a second degree in finance honors. Shane was an honors student on the Dean's List. He was due to graduate in December.
Shane loved Chicago with all that it had to offer, especially sports. He attended Cubs and White Sox games, watched the Bulls and Black Hawks and had season tickets to Bears' games. An avid sports fan, he traveled to New York and Las Vegas for boxing and other events.
Possessed of a great sense of humor, Shane particularly liked English comedies. He was fond of music and movies, with a large collection of both. He was into weight lifting and strength training.
Shane had a very sensitive and artistic side, drifting him into singing, poetry and acting. He was always sending flowers and love notes to his mother. He displayed considerable courage and persevered through some trying and difficult times, finding faith and strength to keep going.
Shane was fortunate to have a very loving family and a very large and loyal group of friends who were always there for him. He will be sorely missed by all.
Survivors include his maternal grandmother, Dulcie C. Pomajbo of Livingston and Firoz Lalani of Calgary, Alberta; his parents, Carol and Sal Lalani of Bozeman; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins in America, Canada, Australia, England and Kenya. He also leaves behind a menagerie of dogs who will miss him a lot.
Shane was preceded in death by maternal grandfather, J. Wallace Glenn of Livingston; and special grandpa, Mike Pomajbo; and paternal grandfather, Mahmed Lalani of Nairobi, Kenya.
If so desired, memorials may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 120 Wall St., 19th Floor, New York, NY 10005, Attn.: Vanessa Campbell; or to Joslin Diabetes Center, One Joslin Place, Boston, MA 02215.
Franzen-Davis Funeral Home & Crematory
118 North Third Street
Livingston, MT 59047
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 19, 2008