KHOSLA, Sukh Dev
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1932 - 2013
Sukh Dev Khosla passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family at the age of 80 after a long and generous life on January 12, 2013. He was born in 1932, the fifth of six children to Har Narain and Rukman Khosla in India and remained proud of and attached to his humble beginnings. He is predeceased by his parents and dearest brother Dharam Vir and will forever be in the hearts of his siblings Bal Dev, Satya, Krishan and Dulari. Sukh Dev is survived by his devoted and beloved wife of 52 years, Sudarshan (nee Kundra) and will be profoundly and deeply missed by his children Jay (Lisa) and Gautam (Sarah). He will always be an inspirational and cherished Dadaji to his grandchildren Jasmine, Samaya and Siena.
In addition to being a devoted family man, Sukh Dev was a scholar and outstanding student. As a lifelong learner, he began his academic pursuits through obtaining his Bachelor's and Master of Arts degrees from Punjab University as well as completing advanced post-graduate work at the Indian Statistical Institute. In 1960, he received a United Nations fellowship to attend the University of Cambridge, U.K. Following this, he became a Fulbright scholar while teaching and finalizing his post-graduate work at the Wharton School, University Pennsylvania. In 1966, Sukh Dev went on to become a Professor of Economics and Statistics at Queens University in Kingston. He then chose to serve to Canada by joining the federal public service in 1970 where he primarily worked at the Competition Bureau from its inception. He had a long and distinguished career while being instrumental in fostering the development of Canadian Competition policy that culminated in the bestowment of a Governor General's Award in recognition of his significant contribution to Canada.
Prior to and following his retirement in 1993, Sukh Dev was actively involved as a community builder through his membership in the Rotary Club, as a pioneer in Ottawa's Indo-Canadian Association, and in supporting the growth and development of the neighborhood of Kanata. Throughout his life, he was an exercise enthusiast and continued to participate in swimming, badminton, tennis and skiing activities and was a competitive bridge player, avid gardener and photographer.
Sukh Dev's keen mind, insightful observations, deep reflections on life and knack for building good will and friendships will be missed by all who knew him. The family would like to thank their loved ones and friends for their support as well as the staff at the Queensway-Carleton and Ottawa (General Campus) Hospitals, where he received such compassionate care in his last few days. A very special thanks to Dr. Jake Majewski for his patience and kind attention to Sukh Dev's care over the past few weeks. Family will receive friends at the Pinecrest Visitation Centre (2500 Baseline Road) on Thursday, January 17, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. A Funeral service with prayers will take place at the Pinecrest Remembrance Chapel on Friday, January 18 at 12:00 noon. Reception to follow that will be followed by prayer at 3:30 pm at the Gurdwara Saheb (Ottawa Sikh Temple), 25 Gurdwara Rd, Nepean, K2E 7X6.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the
or Ottawa General Hospital.
Published in The Ottawa Citizen from Jan. 15 to Jan. 16, 2013