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In Loving Memory of

Mushtaq Masih

1935-2020

Obituary of Mushtaq Masih

It is with great sadness and heavy hearts the family of Mushtaq Masih lost their patriarch on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 8:59am. Mushtaq Masih was born in Northern India in 1935. He received his Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Physical Education from Batala Bearing Christian College and University of Gwalior. In India he was known as a competitive athlete and excelled at sports like sprinting, field hockey, and boxing. Mushtaq’s talent allowed him to represent India on several national athletic teams. He was best known as a member of India’s 3 fastest men- The Three Flying M’s (Milkha, Makhan, and Mushtaq) and his record-breaking time in the 100-meter dash. As a nationally celebrated athlete, winning dozens of awards across India, Mushtaq continues to hold records for his success in track and field. He went on to serve as a director of sports for the states of Punjab and Haryana.

Mushtaq arrived in Canada and settled in P.E.I. in 1966 with his young family. He was an educator in phys-ed and mathematics, and went on to serve as the director of physical education for P.E.I, and was a known champion for women’s field hockey across the country. Mushtaq was also the founder president of the P.E.I. Amateur Boxing Association and inducted into the Canadian Boxing Hall of Fame in 1973. The same year Mushtaq and his wife were guests at the Opening Centennial Summer Games, where Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip famously and publicly greeted the only East Indian couple in attendance. Mushtaq’s passion for sports led him to become a pioneer for sporting equipment, and a titan in importing and exporting sporting goods across Canada. Mushtaq went on to become a national sponsor and delegate for the Canadian Olympic Team from 1972-1984.

Mushtaq was also widely recognized as a pillar of the East Indian community, sponsoring and helping to immigrate more than 20 East Indian families to the Maritimes. In the mid-eighties Mushtaq relocated to the Niagara region and continued his entrepreneurial journey, owning and operating Niagara’s first East Indian restaurant; stemming from his desire to continue to serve his East Indian Community and integrate its culture into the Canadian mosaic for all to enjoy. Throughout his life he had a passion for travel and accomplished his goal of traveling the world aboard PANAM in 40 days, touching his feet in every ocean. Mushtaq often gave back his time and donated to charitable organizations both in Canada and India.

Mushtaq lived a passionate life of gratitude, joy, service and love. He passed peacefully with his wife and eldest granddaughter by his side. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Zohara Masih and children Rita Chahal (Chander), Renu D’Cunha (Pascal), Varinder Masih (Sunita), and Vijay Masih (Preetshika). Mushtaq will also be fondly remembered by his 9 grandchildren Crystal D’Cunha, Ravi Chahal (Jiwan), Asha Bhanot (Sonny), Rachel D’Cunha, Joshua D’Cunha, Anjali Chahal, Zeena Masih, Sheena Masih, and Amora Singmasi; and 5 great-grandchildren Zorique Olayori, Tejas Chahal, Naveen Bhanot, Maeva Chahal, and Neela Bhanot.

His life is being celebrated in a private family ceremony at St. John’s Anglican Church, 3428 Portage Road, Niagara Falls, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. Family members attending the funeral are required to wear a mask and comply with social distancing. Friends and family are welcome to post their condolences found on Mushtaq’s tribute page. Those who wish to send flowers or make memorial donations to Plan Canada - India (https://plancanada.ca/india), can contact Essentials Cremation and Burial Services for assistance by calling 905-354-2133.






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Robin Nakai, Bishop Cotton School, Simla
3 months ago

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Memories of a School Boy .
When I joined Bishop Cotton School in Shimla , I little realised that I would be meeting and rubbing shoulders , though I was far to short to rub shoulders , with existing legends and those who would go down in to the annals of time , as legendary figures .
Games were an integral part of the school curriculum and it was totally compulsory to be on the playing fields in your games kit , every evening and participating in the game of the season – as games were played in pre set and planned
fixtures in the year , and divided into compartments , keeping the weather seasons in view , as football was a rainy season fixture .
It was first in class that I was to meet Mr. Mushtaq Masih , and there is no recollection in my mind of the subject which he taught and of which class he was then the class teacher off – I think it was Lower 2 or maybe Upper 2 — I do recall , one year , that Krishna Rana ( Tiger ) and I went one day after the final exams , to Mr . Mushtaq Masih’s house , to ask him to give Tiger Rana some grace marks , in maths I think , so that Tiger would not fail the finals , and thus not be allowed to come back to School in March for the next session . Tiger being a fabulous natural born sportsman was a favourite of Mr . Masih , and I recall standing down in Remove Dormitory , out side Sir’s house and hearing Sir laugh and say – Don’t worry Tiger , go enjoy Kathmandu and your holidays , and you will come back next year ‘
Tiger got his grace marks — and came back to school next year —that was the magnanimity of Mr . Musthtaq Masih .
My encounters with him were to happen on the hockey field , and it was from this legend – of whose glory we school boys were totally unaware – that I was to learn the art of dribble , trap , scoop , backhand pass whilst at a full run , snap the ball b

Badal Singh 338
3 months ago

Sincere condolences to the entire family ,
Mr Masih was my Atheletics coach at Bishop cotton school Simla in 1962/63 And helped me improve my 100 yard dash and to break the school record ….. I will always remember and be grateful to him 🙏

Mohammed Olayori
11 months ago

To the descendants of Mushtaq Masih, fondly known as Nana/Big Nana, please accept my condolences for your loss, but rejoice and revel in the legacy he has left. I know he will be truly missed, being the pillar he was to the family and the community as a whole. I pray he rests in perfect peace and continues to watch over the family.
Take heart, an Icon is gone but leaves behind a trail of great deeds that we all should aspire to. Farewell Nana.

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Abdul & Saru Nuray
11 months ago

We were shocked by the news that your Dad has passed. He was a great family guy who had accomplished a lot and will be missed by all of us. May time heal the sadness that you feel with the loss of your Dad. Your Dad has passed on, but his thoughts, hopes, and dreams live on. He has found eternal rest. Please know that during these tough times we are thinking of you and praying for your entire family.

Isabell Camillo
11 months ago

Dear Crystal,

We send along our deepest condolences to you and your family, and we join you in celebrating the wonderful accomplishments of your Nana.

With love and friendship,

Isabell Camillo and Family ♡

Lina Gendron
11 months ago

My deepest sympathy to Vijay and Family and Pascal and Family
Your Father sounds like quite an extraordinary man
Prayers for you all
Lina Gendron

Daughter of PYARELAL(pyaroo)NaginaIndia
11 months ago

I am so sorry to hear this sad news.Zora bua je im Shiva Narula daughter of late PYARELAL(pyaroo)NAGINA.My deepest condolence with you & your family.Hope some day ill meet you in India .Love you tons.You are the only one from my papas side whom we lovingly call bua je. Thanks a lot for the love &affection you have given me when i was a kid.Cherishing the olf memories of you &uncle.❤❤

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