NATH, Gyanendra, M.Com., M.Ed., Dip.Ed., CGA
February 22, 1932 - April 6, 2012
Gyan Nath will always be remembered for his love of learning. Born in Bisauli, India, Gyan lived in India, Fiji and eventually settled in Vancouver, Canada. He pursued his education at multiple universities including Agra, Lucknow, the University of Auckland and UBC. Mr. Nath, as he was fondly known, shared his passion for education as a well-respected teacher in the Fiji Islands, Nelson, Kamloops and here in Vancouver. His lessons were not restricted to facts and figures. Mr. Nath's innovative lessons extended beyond the curriculum to help students reach their career aspirations. His leadership skills earned him positions as the vice president of the Vancouver Secondary Teachers Association, geographic representative of the BC Teachers Federation, and the president of the Canadian College of Teachers in BC. Not only was Mr. Nath a leader in the classroom, he was also a leader in his community. As an Indian coming from Fiji settled in Canada, he was passionate about multiculturalism and deeply involved with the growing population of Indo-Canadians in Vancouver. He was instrumental in the founding and development of the India Club of Vancouver and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad of Burnaby. He was the President of the National Indo-Canadian Council and an active member of various multicultural organizations. Mr. Nath's contributions did not go unnoticed. Amongst his many certificates and awards for his community work, he was also specifically recognized for his contribution to the Advisory Council on Multiculturalism. Mr. Nath was dedicated to his community and his craft, but still made time for the finer things in life. The father of three was an avid tennis player and enjoyed playing cards, recently taking home the bronze medal at the Seniors Games in 2010 for Bridge. He loved to go gallivanting on car trips and later on cruises, bringing along his loving family for many adventures. His dedication to family was no secret. After taking an early retirement from teaching, he was devoted to building Families as Support Teams (FAST), a comprehensive social service project aimed at building support across multiple generations. In light of his efforts to help strengthen families, Mr. Nath received an International Year of the Family Award from the Canadian Minister of Health. Always good for a hearty laugh and sage advice, Mr. Nath treated everyone like family. He was married for 57 years to his loving and amazing wife, Jyan and together, they raised their son, Rajeev (Veena) and two daughters, Amrit (Aurobindo) and Ragini (Anil). From 1989 forward, he was a loving grandfather to Ishani, Avinaash, Alisha, Priya and Akshay. He was Mr. Nath to many, but to his family, he will always be a completely proud and wonderfully encouraging Pa, Nanaji and Babaji. He will be incredibly missed and we hope that he will continue to learn and love on this next phase of his journey. A Celebration of Life was held: Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Five Rivers Funeral Home and crematorium 7410 Hopcott Road, Delta, BC Canada.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from April 8 to April 11, 2012