14/04/1936 - 28/07/2022
Obituary For Tripti Kali
We honour and celebrate Tripti Kali, who passed away peacefully on July 28th, 2022, surrounded by loved ones.
Born in British-occupied India in 1936, and growing up during the Second World War and the Partition of India, she lived a full life that spanned continents and history. Living through many hardships and challenges, Tripti Kali was imbued with a deep reservoir of kindness, love, and decency. She showed love for all, an appreciation of her home, her identity, education, and a life-long commitment toward the betterment of others.
She was a lifelong learner, and loved to discover, understand, and master new skills:
In her youth, she was a competitive baseball player, and made for fierce competition during matches of Carom. She was a virtuosic seamstress, with a keen design eye and photographic memory. An avid naturalist, she cared for all animals, and had the greenest thumbs; always maintaining a complex garden, even cultivating generations of lemons and bananas in Hay River and Grande Prairie. She was also a notable and prodigious cook, with recipes spanning all regions of India.
She was an avid reader and historian, with a thirst for knowledge. She carried on the oral tradition of Hinduism, maintaining by memory an enormous breadth of Hindu scriptures, texts and histories, with a deep understanding of, and many reflections on each. She loved all sorts of literature, from Western authors to Indian authors, particularly literary figures such as Sarat Chandra Chatterjee and Rabindranath Tagore, with quotes ready for all situations.
Moving to Canada in 1998, she embraced her new home with the same inquisitiveness; she appreciated the parallels between Indian cultures and that of First Nations peoples. She took up Inuit beadwork, and attended dog sled races in -40ºC. She also became a published author, writing a book of prayers in Bengali.
Tripti Kali is survived by her 4 daughters, 7 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, as well as many relatives, siblings, nephews, nieces, friends and many others whose life she touched across Canada, the United States, Great Britain, India and beyond. She is remembered fondly and adored.
A celebration of Tripti's life will be held on Tuesday August 2nd, 2022 at 10:00am at Bear Creek Funeral Home (11802 99 Avenue in Grande Prairie, Alberta). Tripti's celebration of life will be livestreamed beginning at 10am, the link will be added below.
Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742 bearcreekfuneral.com
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