Submitted by RASHIDA and FARAH TEJANI, Vancouver
Originally from Uganda, Jehangir and Rashida Tejani together with their two year old daughter Farah immigrated to Vancouver, Canada, in August 1970, two years before the Ugandan refugee crisis in 1972. After working in paint sales, Jehangir opened his own business, JR Imports, until his retirement in 2015. Jehangir was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing pool. He loved cooking gourmet meals and entertaining friends and family members, and was regarded as “the life of the party.” He encountered health issues in recent months and was hospitalized. Sadly, he never recovered from his illness, and passed away on May 16, 2021 at the age of 75. His funeral was held in Vancouver on May 21, 2021.
Jehangir is survived by his wife Rashida, daughter Farah, son Faizal and three grandchildren Donnie, Jayden and Charlize. We pray that his soul may rest in eternal peace. Ameen.
The following poem in Jehangir’s honour was penned by his daughter Farah, a creative writer based in Vancouver.
Much Too Soon To Go
By FARAH TEJANI
Dad, how could you leave us and go so soon,
When there was so much left to do and say?
All of us were hoping and praying,
That you would recuperate and stay,
None of us could bare to see the pain you were in
You, the “King of Laughter”…
But there is some consolation that your Soul’s Journey will begin,
And finally you will be at ease in the World Hereafter.
You gave generously and rarely said “No”
Your heart was pure gold,
And quite frankly there could be no match
To the gut-busting jokes that you told.
Now here I sit with pain and tears of joy
This double sided coin ,
Such is life here on this Earth
We come from Him and with Him we rejoin.
I want to thank you Dad , with my most sincere heart
For the life lessons that you taught me
And the greatest gift was you father!
Greater than anything you bought me.
Our home was open to many,
And everyone you met became your friend
It is just the way you were…
You are my inspiration and you were my friend.
Oh how many stories you would tell,
And each one fresh and new,
It was not difficult to attract an audience,
Every detail was 100% true
And Dad you were a jack all trades,
You and Mom always provided,
Please tell me WHAT COULD YOU NOT DO?
Thank you for how you patiently guided.
You and Mom had vision and you wanted to raise us here,
Despite the comforts of Kampala, Uganda…
You took a gamble for sure,
And here me and my brother are grateful citizens of this GREAT LAND
Fearless you both were, I admire your strength and conviction.
Dad, I will call on you from time to time,
Because I know you will hear me,
I am happy that you are not suffering…
But I will never get over the loss.
I love you, Papa Jan…You will never be far from my heart.
Date posted: June 28, 2021.
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Farah Tejani is a creative writer based in Vancouver. She is currently working on Childrens’ stories and a collection of poetry called “Elastic Embrace” to be published later this year. She has contributed numerous poems for Simerg and its sister website Barakah in recent months. Here are links to some of Farah’s poems: The Fragrance of Spring; Elastic Embrace; and The Great Sacrifice.