March 14, 1938 - April 16, 2017
“The practice of peace and reconciliation is one of the most vital and artistic of human actions”
– Thich Nhat Hanh
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dearest dad, Zain Mohammed, aged 79 on Easter Sunday April 16th at Riverview Health Centre. He had been struggling with congestive heart failure and diabetes complications.
Zain will be deeply missed by his children, Tahira, Ron (Heike), and Natalie (Ron), his surviving siblings Zelina and Tyab, his only grandchild Sean, and many nieces and nephews and their children, all of whom he cherished.
The loss of Zain will also be felt by so many friends and fellow spiritual travelers - as to know him was to love him. Zain’s infectious laughter, his wondrous joy for all that is alive in the world, and his depth of caring and compassion for others has touched our souls in ways that words cannot adequately express. Most of all, he was a spiritual being who often spoke of the never ending journey to the highest Self. His life role was peacemaker, teacher of meditation, wise listener, and healer to many hearts in need.
Among Zain’s greatest pleasures; a meal with others, a dip in the lake, a good game of cards, and authentic conversation with anyone he encountered. Oh – and movies! Dad loved movies and staying up late with snacks.
Zain was born into a humble life on March 14, 1938 in Trinidad. He lived there with his parents and nine siblings until the age of eighteen when he emigrated to Winnipeg to attend University. He married Aline a few years later and began a long career in education as a high school teacher and guidance counselor. He later received his Masters degree and Doctorate in Education and went on to become a marriage and family therapist and supervisor. Zain began his spiritual journey mid life and applied himself with steadfast commitment until his dying day. Our grief may never end, but we will surely smile each time we imagine his head uplifted in joyous laughter.
Cremation has taken place according to his wishes, and a memorial service will be held at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Winnipeg, 603 Wellington Crescent (at Academy), Sunday April 23, 2017 at 5:30 pm.
From Dad, his favourite salutation
(The Spirit within me salutes
the Spirit within you!)
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