Parmeshwar “Paul” Dass, 88 of Teri, NW Frontier Province succumbed to Parkinson’s in the comfort of his nursing home, The Village of Humber Heights, Etobicoke surrounded by his family. Painfully only in spirit and not in person due to the Coronavirus. This occurred on the auspicious Easter Day April 12th, 2020. He was loved by his family and all that knew him at his bedside via the internet in his last days.
Parmeshwar is survived by his wife Tripta of 65 years, his sons Rajeev and Sanjeev, his daughters in law Bhavna and Sonia, grandsons Arnav, Armaan and Ishaan and many nieces, nephews and extended family. He was a wonderful son, husband, father, father in law, grandfather and sibling. He never met a stranger and his family extended beyond blood relatives to so many individuals. He single handedly took responsibility for his entire family at the age of 12 when his father died prematurely. Parmeshwar and his family survived the Hindu/Moslem riots during the partition of India. Despite all the obstacles he had to overcome, he educated himself, provided for the family and managed to join the elite Indian Foregin Service. This allowed him to make the extra income to provide for his family back home and educate his sons at the most prestigious schools in India. He rose above all expectations from the remote mountainous village bordering Pakistan/ Afghanistan. His work took him across SouthEast Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, North America to finally settle in his home of 33 years, his beloved city of Toronto, Canada. He prematurely retired from the Foreign Service at the age of 56 and embarked on a new career in Mortgage and Real Estate. Forever the charmer, he loved the mortgage business and real estate sales. The integrity with which he conducted himself was legendary. Like with everything in his life, he went above and beyond for his clients and coworkers. This is testament to the fact that so many of them have reached out to us at this grim occasion and have become part of his extended family unbeknownst to us.
Parmeshwar loved a good bridge card game as well as a three card Indian poker game, watching his cricket games around the world at any time of day or night. He loved to watch and listen to old classic Hollywood and Bollywood movies and songs.He also liked a good scotch! Mentally and physically active, he pursued his passions until 10 years ago when Parkinson’s took hold of his body. Prior to that you could not keep up with him. The disease debilitated his body, but nothing could dull that sharp mind. Until recently you could still see that twinkle in his eye and his zest for life was amazing. These are some of the words that describe him. Fearless, Determined, great work ethic, full of life, witty, mischievous, and always ready to help his fellow man. His mantra of life “Never take NO for an answer!”. A special thank you to all the staff at Village of Humber Heights, Etobicoke for their loving care and support and providing that human touch during his final days, organizing and assisting with FaceTime and Zoom meetings with the family. Also, the family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the Meadowvale Funeral Home for their understanding during this difficult time. The COVID restrictions have tested us all in so many ways. We appreciate the hard work they have put into making the last rites befitting the great man we are laying to rest.