It is with a heavy heart and great sadness we announce Sudesh Jamani, 72, passed away July 27 2021, embraced by the enduring love of her daughter.
Sudesh (Deshi) Jamani nee Sharma, was born in Mbale, Uganda, on December 25, 1948, to Somavanti and Dwarkanath Sharma. She was the eleventh child and the seventh daughter. She was predeceased by her parents, husband Mansur (Jim) Jamani (2019), brothers Prem, Jyoti, Surinder (Sam), Narinder (Nindi), and sisters Damyanti (Guddi), Vimla, Kamla. She is survived by her daughter Farah, son-in-law James Pencharz and their two children Leila and Oliver, along with her sisters Sarla, Saroj, and Santosh.
Though life threw her many challenges, Deshi always met those challenges with strength and determination. After growing up in Uganda, she moved to England in early adulthood to continue her education in secretarial work. After working in that field for several years, she met her husband Mansur (Jim) Jamani. Looking for fresh opportunities, Jim and Deshi decided to move Canada and, after receiving the sage advice from their family, settled on the small town-pace of Stratford. Deshi worked as an administrative assistant for a small company in Stratford for a few years, but her desire to help and care for people prompted her to train to become an RN while her daughter was beginning Kindergarten. As an RN, she worked in the medical/surgical unit of Stratford General Hospital, displaying the hallmark compassion and caring that Deshi was known for.
It’s not just the gardeners’ hands, the bakers love that found its way into all of her edible delights, the artisan crafts of her knitting or sewing nor the exuberance and levity she shared to friends and family alike. It was her strength that is most in envy. This gifted ability to always know that faith sees best in the dark, that despite challenges she rose, coming through stronger and showed us what is possible when we encounter our own impossibilities. She was always an expressive and loving person, and these attributes of hers transcended to her daughter and grandchildren. After her retirement from nursing all other causes seemed to take a back seat as she surrounded those children, her “jewels”, with her love and her full attention. Even as she battled ongoing illness, she showed the courage to fight through her malady and as a result she always lived life on her own terms and in her own way. She rests now reflective and still, giving us a chance to stand upon her shoulders to help her carry out her unfinished work.
She will be so sadly missed, her spirit, her spark, her love and her heart. She lives on in everyone she has touched both personally and professionally and who had the fortune to be friends or family with her. Her kindness and compassion was reciprocated by the generosity and respect shown by the staff at the Stratford Rotary Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations to be made in remembrance to Rotary Hospice Stratford Perth through the W. G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford. ON.
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. – Serenity Prayer
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