RAICHURA, Jayantilal Dayalji
Jayantilal Dayalji Raichura, age 80, passed away on Saturday October 6, 2012 at the Kelowna General Hospital.
He leaves his devoted wife of 58 years, Sharda (nee: Ruparell) Raichura, his daughter Smita (Suresh) Tanna and their daughter, Shefali; daughter Geeta Raichura and her sons Suraj and Anil and daughter Anjali; and son Tushar Raichura. He was predeceased by his son, Sunil, in 1983. His four beautiful grandchildren were the source of much pride and joy for him. He is also survived by his four brothers: Vinay – Milton Keynes, UK; Rajen – Buffalo Point, MB; Arvind (Pushpa) – Ottawa, ON; and Ashwin (Jayshree) – Milton Keynes, UK. He also leaves behind many cousin-brothers, cousin-sisters and their spouses along with many nieces and nephews in Canada, UK and India.
Jayantilal, known as JD to his friends, was born in Kamuli, Uganda on January 19, 1932 to Dayalji and Santok (nee: Tanna) Raichura. He grew up in East Africa, making friends who have remained lifelong companions.
He studied law at Lincoln’s Inn in London, UK, returning to Jinja, Uganda to practice. His foresight saw him relocate to Winnipeg in 1966 and his family followed him a few months later making Winnipeg their home. He built a career with his legal training having held the position of Public Trustee for Manitoba for many years and had appeared at the Supreme Court of Canada on numerous occasions winning precedent setting legal cases. He was bestowed the honour of being appointed to the Queens Council in 1982. He retired to San Antonio, TX in 1993 and later returned to Canada to settle in Kelowna, BC.
His interests were diverse including sports, travel, gourmet food and entertaining. For many years he enjoyed golf, squash, tennis, billiards and cricket. He prepared and enjoyed food from around the world which he accented with his hobby of wine making. His worldliness and sharp intellect motivated him to explore and enjoy all the world has to offer. He camped with his family from coast to coast of this beautiful country instilling in them the same love for exploration and life.
His light shone brightly and his absence will be profoundly felt by all those who loved him. He will be missed and remembered for his drive and passion for life.
Funeral service will be held at Springfield Funeral Home in Kelowna, BC on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 10:00 am.
Memorial donations may be made to the Cancer Centre for the Southern Interior in Kelowna, BC.
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