Claire Mehta

  • "I stopped by to visit today as I was in your area and not..."
    - Dawna Nwachi nee Boon
  • "Dear Ardeshir and family I remember getting Claire ready..."
  • "Dear Ardeshir and family, I was so sorry to hear about the..."
    - Lisa Bendall
  • "To Ardeshir and Family- Just read the articles that..."
    - Rich Siegel
  • "Ardeshir, though we never met, I admired Claire's amazing..."
    - Raina Imig

MEHTA, Claire (nee: Clarris Kelly) Claire passed away unexpectedly on Saturday March 5, 2011 at the age of 55. She is the beloved wife of Ardeshir Mehta and loving mother of Cyrus, Arthur, and Anisha. She will be deeply missed by her father Kenneth Kelly, her Aunts Clarris Wilson and Janet Hatton, her sisters: Kathleen (Jeff Whitehead) and Katharine (Peter Turner), brothers: Ron (Lynn Tober) and Dan (Susan Johnston), sister-in-law Shireen (Edul Sethna), and her 16 nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her mother Jean Kelly. Claire will be deeply mourned by her many cherished friends. Claire was born (March 22, 1955) and raised in Ottawa. She studied Political Science and English at Carleton University and received her Law Degree from the University of Western Ontario. She was called to the Bar in 1981 and worked for 28 years for the Federal Dept of Indian and Northern Affairs. Claire fought her whole life for the rights of the disabled including being the complainant in a pivotal case concerning the rights of disabled persons to access public transportation (the challenge was initiated as Clarris Kelly vs Via Rail and subsequently the Council of Canadians with Disabilities took on the role of plaintiff, pursuing the case to the Supreme Court of Canada, which ruled in their favour). Claire suffered from a rare neurological disease that limited her physical mobility but never contained her soaring spirit, keen intellect and unbounded love. In spite of the challenges of her condition and the limitations others sought to put on her, she lived her life with courage, determination, joy, and, above all, for the well-being of others. She approached every barrier, no matter how daunting to the rest of us, as something she would overcome and she did. She will be remembered by all who met her for her courageous spirit, her joie de vivre, and above all her limitless love. Visitation: Thursday 19:00 to 21:00, Rideau Park United Church, 2203 Alta Vista Drive, Ottawa and Friday March 11th, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. with the Memorial Service immediately following at 11:00 am at Rideau Park United Church.
Published in The Ottawa Citizen from Mar. 9 to Mar. 11, 2011
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