In Celebration of

Hari Thakur

November 3, 1931 -  February 26, 2023

HARI THAKUR (3 November 1931 – 26 February 2023)

Beloved husband and father, Hari Thakur followed his path of curiosity that led to travel, learning and building ties with unexpected people. Hari grew up during Partition-torn India, which deeply affected his worldview. Working full-time and going to college full-time, he later earned a scholarship to Stanford University for an MBA. He then moved to Vancouver, BC, where he met his future wife Ruth Hoj, knowing he wanted to marry her the moment he saw her. At the time of his death, they were happily married for 60 years.

His interest in economic development eventually brought him to banking, where he was the Vice President of Banque Nationale in Montreal. Continuing his fascination of countries in political transition, he later became a consultant in Romania, after the execution of Nicolae Ceaușescu, where he trained bankers how to shift working from a communist state to a free-world economy. As a son of a professor, Hari did what he thought he would never do: be a professor. Hari found a love of teaching young, probing minds at McGill University, and much later, as a volunteer professor at the Thomas Moore Institute. Believing deeply in giving back, Hari was on the board of the United Way for many years.

Above all of Hari’s qualities we will miss, it is his kindness, his infectious smile and his belly laugh.

Hari pre-deceases his wife Ruth Thakur, his daughter Shanti Thakur, his son-in-law John Monaco and his close cadre of friends whom he called “The Seekers” group. Hari also leaves behind siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews in Canada, India and the United States.


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Rani bhattacharya (Sister)

Entered March 4, 2023 from Scarborough toronto Ontario

Growing up my brother and I were very close , he wasa kind and loving soul. We are in Canada because of him . He has visited us many times in Halifax and Toronto. WE had a wonderful time together , great memories fll of life and a beaming smile, he motivated us , we will miss you mejda , so sad ,always cherish your memories love Reat in peaceOM SHANTI Rani.

Ravi Guru Singh (Friend of Shanti)

Entered March 5, 2023 from Brooklyn

Though i did not get a chance to meet him, Hari was a trailblazer in so many ways, and you can see that through the amazing qualities of his daughter, Shanti, who I met as an actor recreating moments of his life in the documentary "Terrible Children." A Terrible Child he was not, in that his commitment to the love of his wife Ruth was exemplary. I am lucky to have been in the orbit of such a fantastic human being. Rest in peace, with warm regards, Ravi Guru Singh

Debashish Bhattacharya and Susanne Ruemmele (Family)

Entered March 6, 2023 from Princeton, New Jersey

Dear Shanti and John,
Susanne and I send you our love and support and deepest condolences for the loss of you wonderful dad. Mejo Mama was an amazing person, both impressive in his accomplishments and generous with his time. Shanti, I know that you will carry the torch for him and Ruth in the future.
All our love as always,
Debashish and Susanne

Mark Reisch (Shanti's Co-Worker)

Entered March 6, 2023 from Rochester

I'm so sorry for your loss. Though I didn't know your father, it is never easy to have a loved one leave. I hope that your home is filled with peace and love with an assurance that he is no longer suffering but is at rest. We wish you well.

Chantal Foulds (Daughter of John Foulds)

Entered March 6, 2023 from Longueuil

My deepest condolences to the family. Though I met Hari just in the last few years, I greatly enjoyed talking to him when we would eat together at the residence with my father. He brought moments of intellectual conversation, much appreciated by my Dad. My thoughs are with you. Take care.