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Jatin Shukle
October 28, 1930 - September 3, 2019
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<div itemprop="description">Jatin Shukle of Ottawa, Canada passed away peacefully on September 3, 2019, at the age of 88. He is survived by his wife Harsha, his two sisters, Mrudula Shukle (Edmonton) and Vasuda Vyas (Baroda, India); two sons Prashant (Brenda) and Pravin (Jacqueline); and his 4 grandsons Kiran, Narayan, Vikram and Amir. Jatin was predeceased by all of his brothers (Jayant, Jagdish, Harish, and Vasant).<br><br>Jatin was born in British India in the port city of Bombay, as it was then known, on October 28, 1930, the 3rd of seven children born to Purushottam and Yashoda Shukle. Family life in British India, and later free India, exemplified a love of family, friendship, and community. Daily life was punctuated with frequent gatherings filled with good food, warm hospitality and plenty of laughter and practical jokes. The Shukle’s also held a tremendous pride for India and Indian Independence, and loved to discuss national and world politics, and affairs of the day. Jatin’s sense of humour and family values influenced the next generation, and many nieces and nephews were entertained by his wide repertoire of jokes, and occasionally were the subject of a playful trick. <br><br>After having obtained degrees in Science and Education, Jatin chose to become an educator. He was a dedicated teacher, who believed teaching was a vocation and not simply a job. His career, which spanned approximately 30 years, started in Bombay, India, then led him to Kisumu in Kenya, where his wife Harsha grew up, and eventually to Lampman, Saskatchewan, when he emigrated to Canada in 1964. In Kenya, as in India, Jatin made numerous friends, many of whom he would encounter in later life in Canada, and in his travels to the United States and the United Kingdom. <br><br>Jatin was a proud and patriotic Canadian, with an abiding and fervent belief that Canada is the greatest country in the world. He often said that he and his extended family, many of whom he helped find their way to Canada, had been granted a tremendous opportunity to pursue their dreams in safety and freedom. <br><br>He was a strong believer in communities and contributed his energy and talent to many throughout his life in Canada. His first community in Canada was in the idyllic prairie town of Lampman, Saskatchewan, where he taught high school sciences, and loved the school, his colleagues, and most of all his beloved students. His second was the teaching community in Saskatchewan where he served as a counsellor for the Saskatchewan Teachers Federation. <br><br>His third community, the Grand Lodge of Masons of Saskatchewan, led him to travel around the province as the Deputy District Grand Master during the year 1984-1985. <br><br>His fourth community spanned multiple provinces and cities as he worked tirelessly to promote a Gujarati Samaj (community), whether in the role of President of the Gujarati Samaj of Saskatchewan, or in encouraging participation and support for the Gujarati communities of Manitoba, Alberta, and Ottawa. Jatin was also a strong supporter of the Hindu Temple of Ottawa-Carleton. <br><br>While these communities were important, his greatest joy was derived from his grandsons. Any time their names were mentioned, his love and pride were evident, and he cherished every moment he spent with them. He was a devoted Dada, who took an active role in babysitting the boys with Harsha, from the time they were infants. Later, he chauffeured them back and forth to school, and occasionally to their sporting activities.<br><br>Jatin’s devotion to his communities, his family, friends, students and most importantly his wife of 58 years were an inspiration to many. His humility, kind and gentle ways, and willingness to share a joke led to the Gujarati moniker of Sarabhai or Sarakaka (the good brother or good uncle). It was a nickname well-earned for a life well-lived. <br><br>Jatin will receive a Hindu funeral on September 13th, 2019 at the Cole (Pinecrest) Funeral Home at 2500 Baseline Road, in Ottawa, from 2-3 pm. A reception will follow from 3-4 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to your local chapter of Community Foundations of Canada would be most appreciated (see for details.) <br></div>