John Bhagwat Ramoutar


It is with deepest sorrow that we mourn the death of John Ramoutar on February 23, 2019, at almost 90 years of age.

He is survived by his wife Leah; son Davin; daughter Tannis McNeil and son-in-law Brent McNeil, granddaughter Sierra McNeil and grandson Torin McNeil and wife Katte and great- grandson Maverick.

John immigrated to Regina from Trinidad in 1957 to further his education, earning his B.S.W. and M.S.W. in Saskatchewan and Manitoba. His career began in Winnipeg and Calgary before moving to Edmonton in 1967 where he was the Director of the John Howard Society, assisting individuals in the correctional system. He later became the Director of Social Services for Alberta Hospital Edmonton and was a Member of the Board of The Sheltered Workshop/Excel Resources until his retirement in 1994.

His retirement years were filled with love for his grandchildren with many visits to Malaysia to see his daughter and family and other visits to see family and friends in Toronto and Windsor and his home country of Trinidad.

He took pride in his yard, spending many hours on his garden. Woodworking was another favourite hobby and he built several furniture pieces for the home as well as a doll house and three rocking horses. He loved dancing, Citadel theatre and the opera up to a few weeks of going into hospital. He died peacefully in his sleep at 3 a.m. of complications from heart and kidney failure.

A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, March 11 at 3:00pm at Southminster – Steinhauer United Church, 10740-19th Avenue NW Edmonton.

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Southminster-Steinhauer United Church - Edmonton

10740 19 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6J 6W9

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Reiner and Amy Loewan

We so much appreciated John’s friendliness at our church.

Always so cheerful and appreciative.

We will miss him, Reiner and Amy Loewan

Rachel Mansell & Sasha Rawana

Dear Aunty Leah, Tannis, Davin, and family: thinking of all of you today as we remember Uncle John. We have very fond memories of the visits Aunty Leah & Uncle John made to Toronto when we were younger, as well as the family trip we took to Edmonton.

Uncle John and family always made time for us; even recently when I (Rachel) unexpectedly came to Edmonton in December. We will always remember our kind, tall uncle with a smile on his face asking us to dance.

Sending our love today and always.
Rachel Mansell & Sasha Rawana

Donna Rawana

To dear Aunty Leah, Davin, Tannis, Brent, Sierra, Torin, Katte, and Maverick, we extend to you all our deepest sympathies on the loss of Uncle John. He was a much loved uncle who was a big part of our lives. We will always remember his many kindnesses and his big hugs and will miss him dearly. We pray you God’s comfort and peace. ”God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalms 46:1 With much love, Ken, Donna, Sasha Rawana, Rachel, Jordan Mansell

Baby Ruby Samlalsingh

I am saddened by the loss of a close brother and friend. To dear Leah, my birthday sister and all the family I extend, on behalf of myself and my family, our love and deepest condolences. May all the wonderful memories we share bring us much comfort. With much love, Baby

Joleene Samlalsingh

Dearest Aunty Leah, Tannis & Davin, we send our deepest condolences to you during this very sad time. Uncle Bhaggie will forever be in my heart & memories. Always with a smile on his face. He will be missed dearly but never forgotten.
Love Joleene Samlalsingh

Derek Khan

Dear Auntie Leah, Tanis and Davin.
My deepest and sincerest sympathies. Uncle Bhaggie was a great inspiration to many and strong influence in my life. I remember our conversations about the work we did, having a good work ethic, and general discussions about business and the economy. A great and direct sense of humour. I also know where I get my ‘seriousness’ from!! Auntie Leah, it was always so much fun to see both of you when visiting Toronto or when I visited on various business trips and seeing all of you. It was such a pleasure when Janet, I and the kids stayed with you. Lauren and Nolan still talk about how warm and cozy it was staying at your house. Uncle Bhaggie was a great man. A man of character, presence, integrity and strong sense of family values. The world needs more like him. I will miss him a lot. Lyn also sends her deepest condolences and her love. Thinking of all of you during this time. Love Derek.

Leela Khan

We are deeply saddened by the passing of uncle Bhagwat. Over the years we spent many happy vacations with him and Aunty Leah,both in Toronto and Edmonton. We got to know what a kind, compassionate and loving person he was. We feel truly blessed to have had him in our lives, and will miss him more than words can say.
Leela,Bobby,Derek,warren And Karen

Debbie Davis

Aunt Leah, Tannis, Davin and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Uncle John was “one of a kind” and will be dearly missed by all who knew him. Keeping you all in my thoughts.
Love Debbie

Rose, Chris and Tristan O’Brien

Dearest Auntie Leah, Tanis and Davin,
We send our deepest condolences to you during this very sad time. Uncle Bhaggie will always be in our hearts and our memories. He always had a smile on his face and a certain grace surrounded him. He stood tall and proud and kept people captivated with his storytelling. Charming and intelligent, he was the perfect gentleman. He will be be truly missed but never forgotten.
With all out love,
Rose, Chris and Tristan

Marg Barkwell

My deep condolences to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Marg Barkwell

Janet Khan

Our deepest condolences Auntie Leah and family. Uncle Bhaggie was a lovely and gracious gentleman and we always enjoyed our time spent with you during your visits to Toronto and when we came out to visit in Edmonton. Love always, Janet, Lauren and Nolan Khan xoxo

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