Harihara Iyer was born in Tamil Nadu in 1934. His family came from Kanya Kumari, the very southern tip of India. After studying Engineering in Kerala and teaching at IIT Bombay, he came to Edmonton in 1968 to do his PhD at the University of Alberta. He then built a career in the oil industry (Fenco, Gulf) and was excited to design off-shore oil drilling structures and ice-breakers. He presented papers in Sweden, Norway, and Japan. He loved travelling, especially road trips, during which his curiosity made him stop at every single ‘point of interest’ on route – much to the chagrin of his kids. With his strong interest in classical Indian music, he became an executive member of the RagaMala Music Society. Later, after retirement, he became involved in different passions – such as watching old movies, debating politics, and Toastmasters where he also helped mentor new groups.
He will be deeply missed by his wife and companion of over 60 years Kamala, his daughters Vidya (Ross) and Ranjani (Barun), and his granddaughters Kiran and Kalpana. He will be affectionately remembered by his five younger brothers, his wife’s siblings, and his many family members and friends around the world. And he will no doubt be joyously welcomed to his wonderful new home by his parents and his grandson Rahul.
Our heartfelt thanks to his oncologist Dr. Victor Zepeda and the staff of the Tom Baker Cancer Centre who helped him throughout his 7-year battle with multiple myeloma. Sincere thanks to the caregivers who caringly tended to him every day. A special thanks to dear family & friends for their many phone calls, visits, meals, and just lending an ear or a strong shoulder.
Funeral Ceremonies will be held at COUNTRY HILLS CREMATORIUM & FUNERAL SERVICES, 11995 16 Street NE on Sunday, January 30, 2022 at 3:00 pm.
In accordance with the city by-law, all those attending in person must provide personal identification as well as either proof of double vaccination, or proof of a privately-paid negative rapid test result taken within 72 hours of service, or documentation of a medical exemption. Those with any flu like symptoms will not be permitted in the funeral home. Masks are also mandatory.
PLEASE NOTE THAT PROOF OF VACCINATION WITH A QR CODE MUST NOW BE PROVIDED.
Those wishing to watch the Funeral Ceremony from the comfort of their home may do so via this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86224053826
Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Harihara’s obituary at https://www.countryhillscrematorium.ca/obituaries/sankara-harikara-iyer/