Jay Gajjar passes away

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Mississauga, April 8 (CINEWS): Jay Gajjar, a prominent South Asian passed away in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on March 31st. Bhajans are to be held at Mississauga Hindu Heritage Mandir, 6300 Mississauga Rd, Mississauga ON L5N 1A7, on Sunday, April 10, 2016 from 2pm to 4pm.
The late Mr Gajjar came to Canada in 1970, he was a poet who wrote numerous short stories and novels. According to Manhar Modi, a Gujarati poet, “ “Gajjar who chose Canada as his home in 1970, has celebrated our country with his writings, his works, his services… Gajjar brings a poet’s sensitivity and imagination that is at times startling. He brings the evangelist’s zeal. He brings the businessman’s organization and practicality. He brings a sense of deep appreciation.. the example he has shown as a community leader is great.”
The well known Gujarati story writer was widely acclaimed by critics. His book ‘The Shuddering Stones’ won critical acclaim. Another one ‘A Life Lost, A Life Gained’, the story is about a woman who lost her husband, misses him terribly and is searching for something to cure her grief.
Jay Gajjar was a very active member of the community. He also served in several provincial and national committees. Because of his active involvement Gajjar was greatly recognized by the community, province and nation for his dedicated services for many years. He was awarded many awards. Awards and Honours: 1975 “Outstanding New Lion” award by the Stephenville Lions Club 1987 “10 Years Outstanding Service” award by the Winter Carnival Committee 1988 “Volunteer of the Day” award by CFSX Radio 1988 “Heart of Gold Award” by the Air Canada 1990 “The Citizen of the Year” by the Town of Stephenville 1991 “The Harvey Webber Award” by Atlantic Provinces Chamber of Comm. 1991 “The Citation for Citizenship” – national award by the Minister, Multicultural & Citizenship, Government of Canada 1991.
Mr. Gajjar has written over four hundred short stories published in several well-known dailies and magazines.
In his last years, Mr. Gajjar, enjoyed a retired life in Mississauga with his wife Kavita and son Dr. Neil Gajjar. To the very end Mr. Gajjar enjoyed reading and writing short stories and novels in Gujarati and English reflecting his western and eastern experience. “

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