Dr. Jagannath K. Wani


We are sad to say that Dr. Jagannath K. Wani  lost his bravely fought battle with cancer.  He passed away peacefully at the Sarcee Hospice in Calgary on Friday May 5, 2017 at the age of 82 2/3 years (he always liked to be precise).  In his final months, his family (daughter Varsha, son Raju, daughter-in-law Pratima, grandchildren Deliya and Saajan and relatives from India), were able to spend many quality hours with him.  His grandchildren even attempted to beat him in chess.  To us he was a great father and grandfather, but to many he was a great role model, mentor and a helping hand.  He was a Professor Emeritus of Statistics and Actuarial Science at the University of Calgary but his true love was his philanthropic work.  He focused his attention on mental illness, fundraising for the less fortunate in India, and promotion of India’s art and culture in North America.  He founded more than 18 Canadian and Indian organizations in the areas of education, culture, and health.  For this work he was awarded the Order of Canada on May 3, 2013.  He made a difference in so many peoples lives.  He will be lovingly remembered and missed by all of us.


At Jagannath’s request, the family is conducting a private cremation.

7 Obituaries

  1. Vilas Joshi

    A man with exceptional achievements. We new him well and will definitely miss him.

    • Mahadev Tadkase

      Please accept my deepest condolences for your father’s loss.May his soul rest in peace and your heart and soul find peace and comfort.

      • Murray Burke

        He was a great man who cared for those less fortunate. He achieved a great deal in his life.

        • Karen Kopciuk

          Dr. Wani was an inspiring professor when I was an undergraduate student in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics who challenged his students to be their very best. I am sorry to hear of his passing; my prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.

          • M. Fenyvesi

            Dr. Wani was a man with many impressive achievements, including the founding of the Actuarial program and the funding of scholarships for the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. He will be missed.

            • Bhagwan D Aggarwala

              Dr. Wani was a great asset to the East Indian community in Calgary.

              • Rajeshwari

                Our condolences to the Wani family at their loss. Dr. Wani will be remembered for his multifaceted achievements, ranging from raising funds for needy organizations to writing and to promoting cultural activities in Calgary.

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