Arya Shankar MAJUMDER
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MAJUMDER Arya Shankar, 11, born on July 29, 1998, died on April 25, 2010 of Upper Saddle River, NJ. Survived by his loving parents Kumud and Swati Majumder (nee Roy). Arya was a wonderful boy who loved, lived, shared and cared with a huge heart. Although cancer took his life, it didn't take away his spirit and didn't change who he was as a person. He conquered it in every other aspect - mentally, emotionally, spiritually and even physically. Doctors often called him a "rock-star" given the way he triumphed over the side effects of his chemotherapy. He never whined about the pain and was always more concerned about the people around him than he was for himself. His empathy was unmatched as was his consideration for others. Arya's maturity also led to his admiration of tradition and the etiquette of traditional values (he thought school uniforms were a "good idea"). He honored his Indian heritage, his grandparents and his school teachers. Although Arya was a very mature young man with compassion well beyond his years, he also enjoyed life to the fullest and lived large during his short life. He loved music, calling it "the greatest thing on earth". He had real pizzazz for all things nice. He often spoke about growing up and going to Harvard to become a lawyer so that he could afford nice things like a Lamborghini or Ferrari, Yankees season tickets and NY Ranger games. But, then, Arya also had a very serious side. He was a fierce competitor in sports and cards and held people accountable for their actions and words. He was extremely particular about time. 5 PM meant 5 PM. He cared about the world (often stating he wanted to become a Senator after a lawyer to better the world), other kids with Leukemia, the environment and the homeless. He said once that "I would give most of the money I make to these causes but would also leave enough for myself to buy a nice car". He was very much loved by his family, all of his friends (especially his close friends Andrew, Gavin, Corey, and Nick), his teachers, doctors, his dog Max and cat Fluffy. A celebration of Arya's life and visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 from 3-9 PM at the Van Emburgh-Sneider-Pernice Funeral Home, 109 Darlington Ave, Ramsey. Friends and family are invited to share their fondest memories of Arya with visitors at 5:00 PM. A funeral service will be conducted on Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 1:30 PM at the funeral home. A funeral procession will depart the funeral home at 2:30 PM for a 3:15 PM Chapel Service at East Ridgelawn Crematory in Clifton, NJ. All visitors are invited to the repast at the Majumder's residence at 9 Cold Stream Lane, Upper Saddle River, NJ at 5 PM Thursday to celebrate Arya's life. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The Arya Majumder Fund for Pediatric Leukemia Research. There will also be a donation box at the funeral home on Wednesday for contributions that will go towards finding a cure. Alternatively, you can send a check made payable to MSKCC indicating "Arya Majumder Fund" in the note section. Checks should be mailed to: MSKCC (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center), Attn: Elise Cooke, 633 3rd Avenue, 28th Floor, New York, NY 10017.Please send tributes, memories and condolences at

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Published in The Record/Herald News on Apr. 27, 2010.
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May 3, 2010
Dear Kumudh and Swati, I sincerely hope and pray that God gives you the strength to go on. Arya was an amazing kid. He lived a short,full and very meaningful life. You must be so proud. May his soul rest in peace.
Prarthana Karmakar
May 2, 2010
Our hearts go out to you in your time of sorrow.
P&D Krishnan
May 2, 2010
Dear Swati and Kumud,
My heartfelt condolences on your loss. Time is the only healer but even then I am not sure how one ever gets over the loss of a precious child. May God grant you strength in your time of need.
Kalyani H
April 30, 2010
One can't describe the grif of what a parent goes though when they loose their sweet little child. From the day my husband(He is Arya's dad's colleague) told me about Arya's diagnosis and how bravely he is handling the chemo etc ...we thought that God will definately cure this cute little child. But I guess, God missed to understand the grief he was going to give the parents of an ONLY child. Really! sometimes we can't understand how God works.
Kumud and Swati! you both are wonderful and Extra-ordinary parents who didnot leave Arya's bed side from the time he was diagnosed. Remember!ARYA IS ALWAYS WITH YOU! He is and will be your's forever.
Hiranmayi Mannava
April 28, 2010
The family don't know me, when I read this on line, I was very saddened. My prayers are with the parents of this precious little boy..Sometimes I wonder how God works, but I guess we will never know until our day comes...It seems to me, that only the good die young.. God Bless You ,
Barbara Kislowski
April 27, 2010
May the God of All Consolation hold your precious child in His Arms until that day that all will be reunited and every tear will be wiped away.
Your beautiful son, Arya Shankar, has been enrolled on the Prayer List at Our Precious Angels, and will be remembered by name in our Daily Intentions.
May God grant you the Grace and Strength necessary to endure this difficult time. Be assured that there are many whom you do not know that grieve for your loss and will pray for you daily.
Our Precious Angels
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