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September 14, 1936 ~ March 2, 2022 (age 85) 85 Years Old
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With heavy hearts, we announce the death of Ramjibon Ghose of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada on March 2, 2022 at the Camp Hill Veterans Memorial Building. He passed peacefully in the presence of his wife Bandana, daughter Sarmita (Ranu), and son Rana. He is also survived by his son-in-law Ranjan Misra, and granddaughters Yasmin and Simran. Ramjibon had been bravely dealing with the progressive symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease for the last sixteen years, ultimately passing due to aspiration pneumonia.
Cremation services were held privately for immediate family on March 6, 2022 in Halifax. Plans for a celebration of his life to allow friends and family to gather comfortably will be announced for a later date in Halifax. In lieu of flowers or gifts, please consider a donation to Parkinson Society Nova Scotia https://www.parkinsonsocietynovascotia.com/donate/ In the meantime, we welcome you to share precious memories of Ramjibon by uploading your photos & videos of him, & video messages you’d like to leave for the family here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/6EQyuZ3VAbPRTTDFA
“Ramjibon” means the life of Lord Ram. “Rama”, as called by his parents Rajkristo and Bhubaneswari Ghose, was born in Howrah, West Bengal, India on September 14, 1936. He was the fifth child of nine: four brothers and four sisters. He lost his father at the age of 7, so life proved to be challenging early on. He was a champion juggler, acrobat, and trapeze artist in his teen years. With his engineering education from City College Calcutta and a manufacturing apprenticeship at Hindustan Small Tool Company, he moved to Wuppertal, Germany in 1961 to complete a gears manufacturing apprenticeship, staying for five years while developing his design and engineering portfolio and learning to speak fluent German. He moved to Thunder Bay, Ontario in 1966 to work at Northland Machinery and Canadian Car as a design draftsman. In 1969, he moved to Wabush, Labrador to work for Wabush Mines until 1980 as a mechanical designer in plant engineering. He then became the project manager for Western Peat Moss in Lameque, New Brunswick until 1983, where he designed their peat moss processing plant and operations. Thereafter, he was the project engineer for CanExel in East River, Nova Scotia, and later developed his own brand, Pro-Scope Consulting Services, to pursue independent consulting throughout Canada as a project managing mechanical, construction, and environmental engineer, including specialization in process piping and boiler/steam power plant design in these different industries, before retiring in Halifax in 1991.
Ramjibon married Bandana Ghosh of Burdwan, West Bengal, India in 1968. Their children Sarmita (Ranu) & Janak (Rana) were born in Wabush, Labrador. An avid world traveller, Ramjibon was gregarious and adventurous. He was multi-lingual in Bengali, Hindi, German, and English, and enjoyed dabbling in other languages especially while attempting to greet others in their native tongues. Organized and a perfectionist, he was always reliable in finding any item in its right place, and expected others to learn the same. He had a knack for physicality, be it performing in the circus, in various styles of ballroom dancing, cycling, swimming, and in winter sports such as curling and cross-country skiing. He was a renaissance man, relishing both Eastern and Western classical music, possessing a melodious singing voice, and equally skilled in the kitchen as someone who appreciated the nuances of eating and curating the pleasures derived from doing so.. An astute documentarian and personal historian, he was a particular, diligent and consistent record keeper using written diary, audiotape, print & colour reversal (slide) film photography, 8mm film and video, and digital photography, all produced with a unique artistic flair.
Upon his retirement, he and Bandana embraced all that Halifax had to offer, volunteering for almost every major art and entertainment festival, the early days of the Art of Living Foundation, Vedanta Ashram Society, the Public Gardens, the Waterfront, Lawrencetown Beach, and many picnic parks and oceanside moments. They would visit Ranu regularly in Dallas, Texas, spending several winter holidays with their granddaughters. They travelled when it was feasible.
Parkinson’s Disease started to outwardly affect his appearance and lifestyle in 2014, and though travelling slowed down, he persisted on staying as functionally independent as possible with caregiving assistance from Bandana, continuing his favourite activities of cooking, eating, and shopping. The progressive nature of this neurological condition took a significant turn in 2019 as his decreasing swallowing ability and mobility required the acute care entry and eventual transition to long term care at the nearby Veterans Memorial Building. While he remained as active and engaged as he could with physical and recreational therapies, he received the utmost care by his team of nurses & professionals during these last 2 years of his life. We are forever grateful for the adventurous life that he led and the multitude of examples on how to live the best life while being in the moment.