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Reverend Ronald Mahabir, Urgel Bourgie / Athos

Reverend Ronald Mahabir
1930 - 2021

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Reverend Ronald Mahabir

It is with cherished memories and broken hearts that we mourn the loss of our beloved Ronald Mahabir, loving husband of Gemma Eccles-Mahabir, father of Sherry Mahabir-St. Pierre (Tom), Lisa Mahabir-McAllister (Terry), and Lynda Mahabir (Frank); grandfather of Chris and Daniela St. Pierre, Aidan and Liam Perreault, and Jack McAllister; brother of Manick (Babsie) and Salick (Sumintra) (all deceased); brother-in-law of Marjorie Mullahoo (Errol, deceased), Barbara Tackoor (Angus, deceased), Knolly, Marilyn, Keith, Andy (Judy) and Vitra (deceased) Eccles; treasured by his many nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family, and a devoted friend to all who knew him. Born in Trinidad, West Indies, Ron came to Canada and settled in Chateauguay, Quebec where he quickly became a respected member of the community, and of the whole Chateauguay mosaic. He lived a blessed life, surrounded by his family and friends, his books and music, and his bountiful garden. Ron was an avid reader and scholar, never ceasing to expand his knowledge on a variety of topics throughout his life. He was an inspiring figure to all who knew him through his work as a dedicated minister, author and much-loved teacher at Howard S. Billings High School. He touched the lives of so many with his brilliant mind, kind and generous spirit and loving heart. Our memories of his beautiful existence and his bright smile will live on in our hearts forever.

Memorial Service to be held at Maplewood Presbyterian Church: Saturday, August 7th, 2021, 11:00 AM. Live streaming for the service will be available via the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2607978530

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:
 Maplewood Presbyterian Church
215 McLeod
Chateauguay, Quebec, J6J 2H5
Phone: 450-691-4560 / Email: [email protected]
Website: https://www. maplewoodchurch.net
OR
 St. Andrew’s United Church
46 Rue Dupont Ouest
Chateauguay, Quebec, J6J-1G3
Phone: 450-698-1050 / Email: [email protected]
Website: https://www. saintandrewsunitedchurch.org

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Messages in memory of Reverend Ronald Mahabir

Connie Gariepy
July 26, 2021
My very deepest condolences to the family. He was truly a beautiful soul. Thinking of all of you.
Sybil Tabb
July 25, 2021
Dear Gemma & family…My sincere condolences and deepest sympathy at this sad time…..I remember Ron as a sincere & humble person. May he forever R.I.P.
Brandice Ashe Campbell
July 25, 2021
The first English Teacher that truly recognized my passion for writing and litterature! Rest in peace Mr. Mahabir, you were a beautiful inspiration to my education, and will forever carry your kind words throughout my life!
Sheldon O’Connor
July 25, 2021
I feel all of us who knew Mr.Mahabir from H.S. Billings are deeply saddened by his passing, but also know we were privileged to have known him. What a wonderful and beautifully obituary, my sincerest condolences to the family and his friends.
Susan Plomer Truffa
July 24, 2021
Sincere condolences to the family. I remember him from my days as a school commissioner, a very pleasant gentleman. May he rest in peacee.
Brenda Lederhose
July 23, 2021
My Condolences to the Family, Mr Mahabir was one of my Favorite teachers in Billings, always loved going to his English Class, and I was not huge fan of school, but loved his class, he made a huge impact on many students. R.I.P
Deborah Wilson
July 23, 2021
I believe the first time we met Charlie Gorayeb was in Mr. Mahabir's English class!
Deborah Wilson
July 23, 2021
So sorry to hear of Mr Mahabir's passing. He was one of my teachers at Billings in Chateauguay. Many fond memories - he was such a good and patient teacher and a real gentleman.
Roop Mahabir
July 23, 2021
There is an old faded black and white photograph of me, my right hand curled up to my right eye as if wiping tears away, taken probably about 70 years ago. It was my mother’s ( God rest her soul) favorite photo. It was taken by my uncle Ron in front of our home in Mc Bean Village, Couva, Trinidad. I also remember a birthday present given to me by uncle Ron that my mother wished he hadn’t given me - a harmonica, which I played incessantly and drove my parents crazy. I was too young to know how to play it, but that started my love for music. I remember the many days I would see uncle Ron sitting on the concrete bannister in our front porch and reading, sometimes reciting poetry aloud. In later years, after uncle Ron had left to further his education in Canada, I remember going through our collection of the many books that he left with my parents and being truly impressed by how well-read he was and the diversity of his reading. I, in turn, developed a great interest in reading. Uncle Ron was also the first one in our family to go abroad and get a university education. Everyone in our family was very proud of all his accomplishments. Uncle Ron, I still am. You were an inspiration to everyone in our family. Thank you for your kindness. I will, as all of us will, remember you for everything you meant to our family. Rest In Peace, my dear uncle….and my sincere condolences to Aunt Gemma, his beautiful daughters, friends and colleagues.
Joanne Grimes Wright
July 23, 2021
Mr. Mahabir was one of my teachers at Chateauguay High School between1962-1966. He was a wonderful teacher for whom I had the utmost respect. He had a wry sense of humour and I will always remember him as being a very kind and gentle man. He briefly attended a high school reunion at Billings in 2013, and I am thankful to have had an opportunity to chat with him at that time. Surprisingly, he remembered me! My sincere condolences to his family.
Shirley and Al Albrant
July 23, 2021
Dear Gemma and all the family, our deepest sympathy goes out to you all. May Ron now be safe in the arms of Jesus.
Jason calvert
July 23, 2021
Mr. Mahabir was the second teacher i met at Billings (the first was the late Farid Guindi). I remember walking into his class and this smiling gentleman was standing at the front at his "podium" (a re purposed drafting table) he introduced himself with humor, telling us pronouncing his name was easy... maha and beer, like the drink His humor and interest in the subject he taught made it come alive. I was not someone who would normally be interested in Ulysses but Mr Mahabir truly made it come alive. All through high school he was one of those teachers you knew you could always go and chat with. I remember when he signed my yearbook with one of his great words of wisdom "from one cook to another, when times are tough and you cant make both ends meet... make one vegetables" Rest in peace Mr. Mahabir
Ann-Christine Gurholt
July 23, 2021
My sincere condolences to family and friends. Mr. Mahabir as I called him, was one of my favourite teachers. He always had time to listen and made learning interesting and he made life at Billings a better place. He will be sadly missed by not only family and friends but by his students at HSB. I am in Calgary otherwise I'd attend his funeral. Prayers sent your way. Ann-Christine Gurholt
Natalie Smith
July 23, 2021
My sincere condolences to Sherry and her family, I will try to go to the service, and will definitely say a prayer for all of you.
Micheline Primeau (McDonald)
July 23, 2021
Sincerest condolences to Mr. Mahabir's family, friends and the many students in which lives he enriched. Godspeed.
CHARLES GHORAYEB
July 23, 2021
He was the first teacher i met at HSB. He helped me learn the language in both oral nd written for. He never judged people. I could not have written a more beautiful or accurate obituary, but I must make mention of his great sense of humour. His eyes sparkled when he was kidding, and you knew the witty comment was on the way. I will miss him dearly. Condolences to the whole family.
Sherry
July 23, 2021
I love you, Dad.
Erich and Audrey Bauer
July 23, 2021
Dear Gemma and family, we extend our sincere sympathy in the passing of your husband and father. May God give you strength during this difficult time. Erich and Audrey Bauer
Sue (Susilla) Gajadhar
July 23, 2021
I am very saddened and grieved by the passing of my dear Uncle. I wished that I could have seen him just one more time, to hear him tell stories of his early life, recite poems, and proudly showing his garden. I am comforted that we were able to spend some time with him in the last few years. Uncle Ron was the youngest and last of the Mahabir brothers to have passed on. He was loved and will be missed by all who have known him. He was a brilliant scholar and a humble man. He is gone but not forgotten. He will forever be etched in our memories. May you rest in peace, my dear Uncle! 'Till we meet again!
Jai & Dee Persaud
July 22, 2021
Dearest Gemma, we extend our deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your beloved husband Ron. May he Rest In Peace and may God keep you in good health and strong faith that you will one day in the distant future rejoin Ron as you continue your love, beautiful memories and happiness in each other’s arms again. Stay strong and continue to live happily for both of you. Jai & Dee Persaud.
Susan Mahabir
July 22, 2021
Uncle Ron had been a blessing to so many. His love will live on forever in many hearts. Rest In Peace Uncle Ron!
Carole Moller
July 22, 2021
May his soul Rest In Peace,,,RON Would be sadly missed by all

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