MANI, Raghava S. Raghava Subra Mani, 81, of Cambridge, Ontario passed away at 3:28 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. He died after a long struggle with kidney disease surrounded by his family. Raghava was born to T.S. Raghavan and Seethalakshmi on November 24, 1937 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. He spent his early years residing with his maternal grandmother (Mangalam) in Magizhanjeri before returning to live with his parents and four siblings (Janikaraman, Vijayam, Sundararaman, and Vasantha) in Chennai. In 1959, at the age of 21, he married Prema Swaminathan. In 1957, he started his professional service at Western Railways in Guna, India, where he also completed his Bachelor of Arts in Economics, English Literature and European History. He then completed training at the Railway Institute as Senior Estimator/ Draftsman. In 1974, Raghava took the bold decision to immigrate to Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. Over the next two years, he brought his wife and four children to Canada. During his professional career as a mechanical engineer, he was particularly proud of his work pilot testing reverse osmosis technology and for helping to develop the first mobile polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) cleaning unit in Canada. Although he had an accomplished professional career, he will best be remembered for his contributions to art, music, and poetry. Raghava was a versatile visual artist and experimented with numerous mediums, including pen, pencil, pastel, oil/ acrylic paints, silk screen, watercolour, photography, digital, and ceramics. His artistic skills allowed him to illustrate many books and produce hundreds of works of art - which eventually led him to win the Bernice Adams Award for artist of the year in Cambridge in 1998. Raghava was a gifted singer-songwriter who wrote and performed his music compositions for both live and television audiences. His songs were recorded on an album in the early 1980s. His passion for music also led him to learn several instruments (harmonica, sitar, accordion, tabla, and harmonium) which complemented his melodic singing voice. He also had a love of poetry and actively participated in a number of poetry discussion forums. A collection of some of his poems were published in a book entitled ""Idle Tears"". Raghava's keen rational mind, pursuit of perfection, intense curiosity for learning, and passion for the visual, and musical arts will be a source of inspiration to his family for generations to come. Raghava is survived by his wife Prema, children: Gowri (Alex) Smart, Anand (Prabha) Mani, Aruna (Shomit) Adhya, Arvind (Indu) Mani, and grandchildren: Denya, Krishnan (Timeshri), Nithya, Shankar, Vinay, and Agustya. The funeral service, which was attended by family members, was held at Brampton Crematorium and Visitation Centre on Wednesday, January 23, 2019. The Mani family would like to thank the staff at Grand River Hospital (GRH) for their loving and dedicated care of Raghava over the past 5 years as he battled kidney disease. In lieu of flowers, a contribution to Grand River Foundation (Kidney Care) would be appreciated.
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Published in Waterloo Region Record from Jan. 22 to Jan. 29, 2019.