In memory of

Satya Pal Thakore

November 22, 1934 -  December 27, 2018

Satya Pal Thakore passed away suddenly on Thursday December 27th, 2018 at the age of 84. He will be missed by many, but none more than his wife of nearly 54 years, Sneh, his sons Sanjeev and Amit, his daughters-in-law, Moira and Cindy, and his grandchildren Madison, Brianna, Bryce, Jacob and Jamie.

Born in India on November 22nd, 1934, he was one of 7 children in his family and he lived his life without compromise for his adventurous 84 years.

Satya and Sneh settled outside of London, UK during the early years of their marriage and his career started with a job at British Airways where he took full advantage of his newfound access to travel the world. Soon after their move to London, they had their first child, Sanjeev.

After visiting Montreal for Expo in 1967, the family thirst for adventure once again took hold and they moved to High Park and he attended the University of Toronto to obtain his teaching degree.

With degrees in hand, the family once again uprooted to Manitoulin Island in Northern Ontario. Satya and Sneh began their teaching careers in the aboriginal community of Wikwemikong where they had their second child, Amit.

Satya continued to teach in Wiky for over a decade while the family moved to nearby Manitowaning. While Manitoulin Island bore little if any resemblance to his homeland in India, he was undaunted in looking to experience life from yet another perspective. He quickly learned that the key to social integration on the island was found in keeping his doors open to all and obsessively watching Hockey Night in Canada. He even went so far as to annually build an outdoor rink at his house, to the delight of his children and everyone else in Manitowaning. This led to a terribly short, but successful, career as a minor hockey coach despite a profound inability to skate.

After a short stay in Wiarton, Ontario, Satya and Sneh left their teaching careers behind for yet another adventure. The family returned to Toronto, this time settling in Scarborough to open an Indian grocery store. As with everything he did, he went all in to ensure this next stage of his adventure was a success. The family ran the business for over a decade which provided the opportunity to re-connect with their roots and integrate into a number of cultural and social initiatives.

The family eventually sold the grocery store and Satya and Sneh entered retirement. True to form, this was yet another excuse to continue their adventurous ways. Free from the demands of running a business, they could once again travel and set off globe-trotting, which always included an annual trip to India to reconnect with family and friends. At home, they devoted themselves to cultural groups in their community and their growing family.

At each stop along the way, Satya sought to gain every experience he could, which he knew meant embracing and learning from those around him. He committed himself to his communities which led to lasting friendships across the globe. He valued each of those friendships even as he moved on to different places and adventures.

In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful if you could make a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Should you wish, donations can be made using the 'Make a Donation' tab below.


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Ashok and Seema Malhotra (Uncle)

Entered December 31, 2018 from Detroit USA

I came to know Uncle Satti (as we fondly called Mr. Satya Pal Thakore) after I got married to Mrs Sneh Thakore’s niece, Seema. Satti uncle was a man of principles and religiously lived by the values and standards he had set for his life. For instance, he would rather, give the whole sum of money meant to be offered at the altar of a temple, to the poor boy standing at the door of the temple, waiting for his turn for the prasad. Mr. Thakore was a friend of friends and would always keep his word. He lived a an honorable life of dignity based on the basic values of fairness and honesty. At the same time, Satti Ucle had a great sense of subtle humor. For instance his captivating greetings of “Ram Ram Ji” came so spontaneously from the lips of those close to him. At the same time, whenever he met us, he would smilingly ask, Ashok, “Change Change” meaning “is everything good with you?” It is hard to convince ourselves that such a lively man with such a zest for life and adventure is no more here. However, the Lord must have some better plans for this great individual, our uncle Satti! We pray to our Lord to help Mrs Sneh Thakore and the rest of the family to bear this irreparable loss . We will truly miss our Dear Satti uncle here in this physical world.

Palwasha hussain (Friend)

Entered January 1, 2019 from Mississauga

Ram Ram Ji

angelo D'cruz & Family 

Entered January 3, 2019 from Mississauga

May your Dad's soul Rest in Peace.
And may God you and your family all the strength

Archana Gupta (Friend)

Entered January 3, 2019 from 24 Lisa crescent, Richmond Hill, On

Mr Thakore along with Sneh has been an inspiration for all on how to live a happy, successful, meaningful life. His contribution to Hindi literature as inspiration behind VASUDHA JURNAL is an achievement literary circles will remember for long time.

Minakshi and Ashutosh (eternal friend, guru, guide)

Entered January 3, 2019 from Morgantown WV

An amazing person. His kindness and magnanimity cannot be described in words. His unconditional kindness and benevolence was extra ordinary. When we started our life / career in Toronto as newcomers, he made us feel at home. Actually their place was home to us and several like us. He was always just a call away (literally) - any question, we will find the right answer / right guidance.

He always inspired us and was ever full of positive energy. We will miss him, but true shraddhanjali will be to adopt his spirit of helping everyone unconditionally.

With prayers,
Minakshi-Ashutosh and family


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