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.