Hon. Deepak Obhrai, PC, MP passes away of cancer (Aug. 3, 2019)

(OTTAWA) Hon. Deepak Obhrai, Member of Parliament for Calgary Forest Lawn and Dean of the Conservative Caucus has passed away last night after a brief and aggressive battle with liver cancer. He passed away peacefully in Calgary surrounded by his family.

Hon. Obhrai was diagnosed a few weeks prior with stage 4 liver cancer in Calgary.

As Dean of the Conservative Caucus, Hon. Obhrai was also the Conservative Party’s nominated candidate in the riding of Calgary Forest Lawn, which he represented in Ottawa since 1997. This was going to be his 8th federal election that he was due to contest. In the current parliament he contested the Leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada, sending a strong message to ethnic communities that the CPC was open to all Canadians.

Hon. Deepak Obhrai holds the honors of being the longest-serving Parliamentary Secretary to a Minister of Foreign Affairs in Canadian history, and also the longest-serving Indo-Canadian MP in Parliament.

Born and raised in Tanzania, Africa, Hon. Obhrai studied on 3 continents before settling in Calgary with his family in 1977. 

Hon. Obhrai was a devoted husband to his wife Neena, loving father to Priti, Kaajal, and Amman, and adoring grandfather to Davin Jacob and Evasha.

 Messages of condolence can be sent by mail to the parliamentary office in Ottawa and email (deepak.obhrai@parl.gc.ca).

Books of condolence will be available for signing at the constituency and parliamentary offices.

Swearing-in ceremony after the 2015 general election
Engaging youth at the University of Calgary (2019)
Lighting the Diya with Rona Ambrose during Diwali at Parliament Hill (2015)
Remembrance Day Ceremony in Calgary
The 'Deepak Mobile'
Meeting HRH The Prince of Wales at CHOGM in Sri Lanka (2013)
Lunar New Year in Calgary (2019)
Vaisakhi with Andrew Scheer in Vancouver
The Night Deepak Obhrai brought the House to its feet!

To all, we are so overwhelmed with the outpouring of love, tributes and condolences being showered on us that there is no way we can individually say thank you. However I want you to know that during our healing time, we read each of your words and they truly envelop us with light and protection so that we can move through each day.

Yesterday we held Dad’s cremation ceremony, which he wished to be private, and it was definitely the hardest day of my life. However after the ceremony we also felt a release to the attachment of Dad’s body. He was in so much pain in the last few days we ourselves were grateful for him to finally be at peace. There are times we feel as though the last few weeks were a bad dream- and that dad is actually on a trip – but then we realize it is a journey he won’t return from, and that is when the tears flow. But then the laughter immediately follows because we remember something funny he would say or do. Dad was such an incredible person, he argued, laughed and filled each one of our lives with special memories that there is truly little room to feel sad for long! ♥️

Thank you all for the love and messages, each word, each sentiment, and each hug helps us take a step forward every day.

We will keep you posted on the Celebration of Life for Dad.

Much love,
Priti Obhrai-Martin