Obituaries

Dr. Sampurnanand (Sam) Dube MD

01/03/1939 - 08/10/2020

Obituary for Dr. Sampurnanand (Sam) Dube MD

Dr. Sampurnanand (Sam) Dube MD
March 1, 1939 – October 8, 2020

It is with great sadness that the family of Dr. Sam Dube MD announce his passing on October 8, 2020.

Born March 1, 1939 in Gorakhpur India, Sam was the second youngest of nine children. At a young age he set his ambition towards a medical profession and duly graduated from the National Medical School of Calcutta, successfully obtaining residency in London, England.

In 1971 Sam married Pushpa Dube and they chose to raise their family in Canada. Sam worked at the University of Alberta hospital (1971-1977). Sam then joined the Prairie Medical practice in Grande Prairie. Here he proudly served the community for 40 years until his retirement in 2017.

Sam is lovingly remembered as a man with compassion and kindness to the core of his being. He profoundly touched the lives of so many. A deeply spiritual man, Sam drew from all faiths for guidance and wisdom. His considerable capacity and accomplishments were always maintained with distinguished humility. Above all, Dr. Sam Dube treasured his family.

Sam Dube is survived by his wife, Mrs. Puspha Dube, his children; Dr. Ajeet Dube, Dr. Alok Dube, Mrs. Nina Barrett and five grandchildren; his brothers Mr. Indra Dube, Mr. Vishnu Dube and sister Mrs. Saraswati Tripathi.
He was predeceased by his parents Pandit Harihar Prasad Dube and Mrs.Savitri Dube, brothers Dr. Bhagwan Prasad Dube, Mr. Krishna Deo Dube, and sisters Mrs. Susila Dubey, Mrs. Shanti Tewari and Mrs. Sharda Mani Tripathi.

A Celebration of Life for Dr. Sam Dube will be held on Friday October 16, at 9am at Bear Creek Funeral Home, 11802 99 Ave, Grande Prairie.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions the capacity is very limited, the family requests you follow the memorial service via live stream on the Bear Creek Funeral Home YouTube channel (please see the livestream link at the bottom of the page).

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780 830 7742 www.bearcreekfuneral.com

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Dear Nina, Gordon and Jay, and all the family, I am deeply saddened by your tragic loss and hope you feel some comfort from the love, support and sincere sympathy being sent your way. Please know I am thinking of you.
- Peggy Moore
Dear Puspha and family, I was deeply saddened to hear about Sam's passing. I have great respect for him as I worked closely with him for many years.He was like my older brother, always gave me good advice.We had great times together travelling to few conferences .He played a mean game of table tennis, always beating me ! He was a great friend that treated my family with respect and dignity.I will never forget Sam Dube. Abdul Rahman
- abdul rahman
My condolences to the Dube family. Sending love and hugs to my friend Nina
- Jenn
Dear Pushpa and family. Dr. Dube was a good friend of the family who shared interest in spiritual pursuits. We are sorry we cannot be with you and your family due to COVID. Wishing you all peace and strength during this time. - Medha, Nachiket and Gautam Karnik
- Gautam Karnik
To Pushpa, Ajeet, Alok and Nina. We are thinking of you as you mourn the loss of your husband and father. Sam was always kind, compassionate and quiet. I remember him treating me for a nasty bout of tonsillitis at the ER and we enjoyed a visit chatting about "our boys". Pushpa, I always look forward to our random visits when we are out and about and perhaps we can sit and have a refreshment next time we meet. Wishing you peace, comfort, courage and lots of love through this time of sorrow. With heartfelt thoughts and deepest sympathy - Grace and D'Arcy Donald.
- Grace Donald
Pushpa and Family It is sad news; the loss of Dr. Sam Dube. Sam was a dignified gentleman, yet a humble, down to earth caring physician. I have many fond memories of Sam over the past 40 years. The memories in particular include Sam and I, along with Dr. Cled Lewis and Abdul travelling to various locations to attend medical conferences. We had a lot of laughs on those excursions! May he Rest In Peace knowing the huge impact he had on so many of his patients over the years. He will be missed. Kebreab Libsekal.
- na
Heartfelt Sympathy to Dr. Dube's " family" - " Big Hugs to all " As I listened to the Live Stream of " Celebration of Life" - I too "echo" the sentiments expressed. God Bless !!! Daphne
- Daphne Hauck
Sincere condolences and deepest sympathies to Pushpa-Ji and the whole family. I have many fond memories of interactions and time spent with Dr. Dube from when I first moved to GP through now, over 20 years later. He will be missed.
- Arjun Roy
Dear Puspha, Nina, Ajeet , Alok and wider family, We are so sorry to hear of your loss and will be joining you at 9am to follow the service. We will always remember Sam's grace and kindness when we were in Canada for Nina and Gordon's wedding. Thinking of you all at this time; our deepest sympathies. Mrs Mary Barrett, And from Richard, Petra, Nicolas, Laura and family here in the UK.
- R & P Barrett
We met Dr. Dube in 1980, when we moved to Grande Prairie. Soon we became good friends. He was always present at the monthly Poojas and supported all the cultural activities, Grande Prairie has lost a big pillar of the East Indian Community. We feel very sad that due to COVID we are unable to be by the side of Pushpa ji and the rest of the family. We pray to the God to give peace to the departed soul and strength to the family to bear this loss.
- Desh & Meera
Dearest Pushpa,Ajeet,Alok & Nina, We are all saddened by the news of Dr.Dube's passing away.Our prayers and thoughts are offered for you.May God console you in your great loss. Bernie,Louise,Angle,Monique & Chantal Duval.
- The Duvals
Dear Mrs. Dube, Ajeet, Alok , Nina and all your families... thinking of you and passing on our sincere thoughts of comfort and strength at this time, along with our condolences. May Dr. Dube Rest In Peace. From Pat and Bert Hunt, Scarlett and family and Nando.
- Pat Hunt
Nina, Gords, Jay and Family, Thinking of all of you and wishing you all moments of peace, comfort, and love as you remember a great man. We are so incredibly sorry for your loss. - Mel, Sam and Hunter
- Melissa Rothwell
Firstly, condolences to Bushpa and family. Sam was a fine person whom I was privileged to be colleague and friend. I had multiple fond memories of our many years together, one I could never forget. Sam and I were at an Asthma Conference in San Francisco which finished on a Saturday at noon, our flight was not until 6pm so off we went to enjoy a lunch accompanied by wine and finishing with Scotch. Feeling no pain but a little guilty that we did not have presents for our wives we decided silk scarves would impress and after directions and a famous trolley bus ride we entered a very elegant shop with multiple silk scarves to choose from. Sam said he was unsure which to choose and needed to meditate and in so doing sat cross legged in the middle of the store . Slightly embarrassed but considerably under the influence of a good Whiskey I decided to join him and sat cross legged in front of him and shut my eyes, regrettably we were ushered, all be it politely, out of the shop without scarves! We decided we would get something in the airport. So currently I am living in the UK and being 7 hours ahead I will again raise a glass to a wonderful human being who will be missed but remembered by many.
- Cledwyn Lewis
Dear Pushpa Bhabhi, Ajeet & Alok - l am Ajja, younger brother of Navneet ji , this morning when l opened the WhatsApp posts as every day l used to get few forwards from Sampoo Bhai even l had received 2 on the 8th Oct itself that l am enclosing below. It seems his thoughts were turning towards Supreme God. I opened this one as usual and my hands stared trembling while reading the contents that he has left for heavenly abode on 8th itself. I was shocked. He loved me as his younger brother and l loved him too. I have so many sweet memories of him that would take pages if l write. My last meeting with him was at Gorakhpur and on asking for his next visit , he said '' '' This Sept l had plans of going to Seattle and would had surely visited him. He was a loving and caring person and had attachment for his old friends. I will always miss him . May the God Almighty Bless and take Him in His fold ( please never forget me and to meet if you ever visit Gorakhpur )
- Ashtabhuji Das
Dear Pushpa Bhabhi, Ajeet & Alok - l am Ajja, younger brother of Navneet ji , this morning when l opened the WhatsApp posts as every day l used to get few forwards from Sampoo Bhai even l had received 2 on the 8th Oct itself that l am enclosing below. It seems his thoughts were turning towards Supreme God. I opened this one as usual and my hands stared trembling while reading the contents that he has left for heavenly abode on 8th itself. I was shocked. He loved me as his younger brother and l loved him too. I have so many sweet memories of him that would take pages if l write. My last meeting with him was at Gorakhpur and on asking for his next visit , he said '' '' This Sept l had plans of going to Seattle and would had surely visited him. He was a loving and caring person and had attachment for his old friends. I will always miss him . May the God Almighty Bless and take Him in His fold ( please never forget me and to meet if you ever visit Gorakhpur )
- Ashtabhuji Das
Dear Pushpa and family. I am so sorry to hear of Dr Dube's passing. My sincere condolences. I have many fond memories of Dr Dube, back to my first few years in practice when I worked down the hall from him at Prairie Medical Clinic as well as at social gatherings at your home. He will be greatly missed. My thoughts are with you.
- Keith Lemay
Dear Pushpa, My deepest sympathies to you and your children, in particular Alok who spent many hours in my home with Stephan when they were growing up. I always enjoyed seeing you and Dr. Dube in the office when I was still working. You were both always so pleasant and kind to me. I was shocked and dismayed to hear of Dr. Dube's passing. You are all in my thoughts and in my prayers. Take care.
- Linda Hinton
Dear Puspha, Ajeet ,Alok and Nina, On behalf of myself Madeleine as well as Abdul, Matthew, Jonathan and Christine, please accept our heartfelt condolences. We have such fond memories of the many suppers enjoyed at your house. There were always may treats for the kids, yummy East Indian food and the best Chai tea ever ! I also remember when Sam lent Matthew a suit for his grade 12 graduation! Thinking of all of you during this difficult time.
- Madeleine Rahman
I had the pleasure of working with Dr. Dube at Prairie Medical. He was quite a character and always had a smile. My condolences to Pushpa, Ajeet, Alok and Nina and families.
- Sharyn Newnham
I am so sad to hear the passing of Dr. Dube. I worked with him for many years at QE11. He was such a compassionate Dr. and all that knew him loved him! My deepest condolences to the family. He may be gone but will never be forgotten.
- Jean
Dear Pushpa I am so sorry to hear of Sam's death and want you to know I am thinking of him and you with Happy thoughts when we were all working in Grande Prairie. My prayers are with you and your children. With love Hilary ( Wynters)
- Wynters Hilary
I know Sam and his family for many years I am shocked and saddened can't think Sam is not there just talked to him few days ago loss of my long standing great friend whom I was fortunate to know and his lovely family for many years we used to work uk same hospital I can not imagine he is not here any more my best friend and mentor god bless u my dear friend lots of love Bijoy
- Bijoy Mondal
Dr. Dube was my doctor for 40 years. He was such a kind and compassionate man, I was honoured to consider him a friend. I still have the iron he gave me at my wedding in 1983. I will miss his warm smile. My deepest sympathy to his entire family.
- Linda Perkins
Dr. Dube delivered me when I was born and stayed my family doctor for almost 30 years. He was a very understanding person and helped me with many tough issues I was going through in my teen years. Never critical towards me, but very realistic, our discussions helped me shape many more difficult choices in my life at the time and I will always be grateful for his words. I can truly say that he had my best interests at heart when helping me. The world is definitely a lesser place without him.
- Delvin Rach
Dr. Dube was my family doctor for many years. He was a great doctor and a very kind man. My condolences to his family.
- Darren Oilund
Thank you Sweet Soul for living and working with us in Grande Prairie. Please watch over us.
- Wendy
Dear Pushpa, my deepest sympathies. I have the warmest memories of Sam, he was a great colleague, a fine physician and well loved by his patients.
- Margaret kirwan
Very saddened by this news. Dr. Dube was not only our family physician, he was our family friend. So many fond memories of my dad sharing a laugh with uncle ji. My condolences to the family. He will be fondly remembered.
- Sarbjit Sandhu
Doctor Dube was our family doctor for 40 years. He was so missed when he retired many good conversations were held with him! Sending love and warm thoughts to Pushpa and family!!!
- Allene Hodgson
Our Nelson family doctor for years. Dr Dube was a friend, always had a smile, and was a fantastic compassionate Doctor. Condolences to the family.
- Kristi Lea
Doctor Dube had been my family doctor since he first came to Grande Prairie. He had seen me up until his retirement. It saddens me to know that we have lost such a great and caring man as Doctor Dube. My condolences to the Dube family he will be forever missed. Faye Partsch
- Faye Partsch
Dr Dube was an amazing man. He was our family doctor for over 25 years. He was compassionate, understanding and so down to earth. The best doctor we ever had. RIP sir, you will be missed!
- Kathy temple
Dear Pushpa I am sorry to hear of your loss. I cherish the memories we have. You and Sam were always so very kind. Sending you, and your family, lots of love and praying that you will find peace in your heart through your love and memories of such a beautiful soul. May God bless you always. Kathy McGovern
- Kathryn McGovern
I will be greatly grateful for the wonderful doctor you been to me in 27 years, and to my children, Sorry to the family for their loss.
- Rosalie Badger
I worked at Prairie Medical for decades and so enjoyed Dear Dr Dube There was always so much laughter and friendships My sincere condolences to Pushpa and family
- Phyllis Dirom
Dr. Dube, you will always hold a special place in my heart! My deepest sympathy to the Dube family.
- Bonnie Kennedy
To the entire Dube Family, please accept my most sincere condolences. In 1977, after the birth of my son Bill Given, he became my family's Doctor and continued to be so until his retirement. We feel your loss.
- Colleen Tarrant
I was the first baby Dr. Dube delivered after arriving in Grande Prairie, something he noted every time I visited for the rest of my life. From my childhood colds and flu when I would come in with my parents, to my visits as an adult just before his retirement, Dr. Dube was a trusted friend. I will be forever grateful for his care and friendship.
- Bill Given
Dr. Dube was our family doctor until we moved to Edmonton. I would say probably close to 18 years maybe more. He was the best doctor we ever had. He will be missed.
- Patricia Church
Condolences to the family, dr Dube was my long time family Dr, he in fact delivered me in 1970,
- Ernest Dumont
Rest In Peace Dr. Dube, I have worked with you for years . We lost a great soul and mentor
- Livia

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