(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. More biographical details can be found at https://deepakobhrai.com/bio/ . For a full list of Awards and Recognitions that he received, please consult https://deepakobhrai.com/award
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.
Books of condolence will be available for signing at the constituency and parliamentary offices.
Details for the funeral arrangements for the Hon. Deepak Obhrai will be announced shortly.
Message from the Obhrai family:
Last night our beloved and vibrant father passed away peacefully surrounded by his family.
We are still shocked by his sudden departure.
We would like to thank all the Doctors and Nurses at the South Health Campus hospital in Calgary for their exceptional care of our father, and of us.
Furthermore, we want all his friends, constituents of Calgary Forest Lawn, his supporters from all over the world, and all his colleagues to know that their support and love for our Dad continued to inspire him to break every glass ceiling, and overcome every obstacle, so that he could continue doing what he loved the most – standing up for human rights.
We ask that tributes can be made on Deepak’s Social Media, and ask that during this difficult time they have privacy to reflect on Deepak as a husband, father, and grandfather.
At this time we ask to please hold all visits, phone calls and messages to us directly. However, please connect with his Calgary and Ottawa office, to leave messages.
Or please contact Dolly (Umang) Manro for further details.
the Obhrai family