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Thursday, July 14, 2005

Sam Tata Passes

TATA, Sam Bejan
On the evening of July 3rd, 2005 Sam Bejan Tata peacefully moved on in his journey with the love of family and friends all around him. Born in Shanghai on September 30th, 1911 to Naja and Bejan, Sam leaves behind his sister Aloo (Bejan deceased) and brothers Adi (deceased) (Frenny), Phiroze (Buchu), Jangoo (Lydia). His daughter Toni (Tim), grandchildren Geoffrey, Bryan. His extended family Karli, Lisanne, Emily, Josie, Rita, John. Nieces, a nephew (deceased) and many other family members, friends and colleagues. A photographer of amazing ability and stature. A man of quick wit, gentle humour, kindness, strength and shrewdness. Sam touched many lives and in his way created quiet revolutions of thought. We are richer for having known him. Many thanks to everyone who touched Sam's life so gently and with such compassion and care in the last few months. Thank you to Sooke Hospice, the nurses of Home and Community Care and Juan de Fuca Home Support caregivers. A special thank you to Mandy Peters, Lynn Gardner and Margot Swinburnson. A gathering to celebrate Sam's life will be held on Saturday, July 30th between 1.00 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. at the Ganges Restaurant, 6079 Sherbrooke St. West in Montreal to raise a glass and toast a lovely man. In lieu of flowers please donate to the charity of your choice or pass on an act of kindness. "Now cracks a noble heart. Goodnight sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."
Published in the Ottawa Citizen on 7/14/2005.

For some examples of Tata's photographs see my Hugh Hood web page.

Also, longtime Greely resident, Gordon Pyper passed away this week at home. He was 85. I first met his wife Lucy at the (now closed) basement restaurant at Place Bell on Elgin St. in Ottawa. Then I met up with her at their rural residence in Greely where I bought farm fresh eggs and beef and listened to some stories. If you're interested, you may want to refer to my previous blog entries about my egg and lamb experiences here and here.

CBC Arts obit on Sam Tata here.

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