It is with profound sadness that the Nakai Family announces the sudden death of our beloved [Dr. Someshwar Singh Nakai]husband and father at age 84. December 16, 1937 – December 31, 2021.
He was predeceased by his parents, Gurcharan and Rajendra Nakai; his eldest brother, General Jagdishwar S. Nakai; his nephew Gobinder Nakai; and his long-time friend and caregiver, Sally McLaren. He is lovingly survived by his wife of 46 years, Dr. Ruth Collins-Nakai; daughter Natasha; son Sunil; brother Yogishwar; and various dear aunts, nephews, cousins and extended family and friends.
Born in Kotadu, India into what was then one of the twelve ruling families of the Punjab, Somesh grew up in northern India, attended Bishop Cotton School, a British boarding school for boys in Simla, followed by university, and medical school at what was then the top medical faculty in India in Amritsar. After interning in Delhi, he trained in general surgery and started his chest surgery training in New York. When he was conscripted by the Americans for the war in Viet Nam, he left the United States and came to Canada to finish his cardiovascular thoracic training. In Edmonton, he met Ruth and decided to stay in Canada, becoming a much-admired educator, an extraordinarily gifted surgeon, and a teacher and mentor for generations of surgical trainees and colleagues. Unfortunately, Parkinson Disease forced his premature exit from the surgical world, though he missed, to the very end, teaching and mentoring.
Nick was an exceptional man: kind, wise, generous, patient, brilliant, and extremely humble. Respected and loved by all who came to know him, he will be fondly remembered for his fabulous sense of humour and for his quiet leadership.
The family is grateful to the staff at the CHOICE program at the Zetter Centre, the Geriatric Rehabilitation Program at the Glenrose Hospital, and the staff in the Emergency and ICU at the University for their attentive and dignified care.
A private cremation has taken place. A celebration of his life may be held at a later date. To sign the book of condolences and to share memories, please visit www.dignitymemorial.com.
Published on January 6, 2022
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Unfortunately we do not have any BCS related information about Dr Nakai. It is appreciated if someone could very kindly post details, if known, about his years at BCS etc. Thank you!