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Naraine Datt

May 31, 1942 – Jan 22, 2021


Live Stream Details

Service:Β January 28, 2021

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm


Condolence Board


  1. Sunil

    No matter how old we are, it’s never easy to lose a parent. May you find strength in your memories and your faith. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Nadia xo

  2. Stay strong Sunil

  3. Our most sincere sympathy Mrs Datt , Devin , Pat and family . Cherish his love and memories . May he Rest In Peace . Love Dad and Doris

  4. Dr. Krishna & Ranee Persaud send their sincere Condolences to Raj’s wife and the children . From Savitri’s Aunt & Uncle :- Ranee & Krishna

  5. and full of life.
    Br Raj lived with us in Bush Lot from about the age of 15 or so for about 4 or 5 years.
    He became our Big Brother as we were all girls in the family at that time .
    He always helped around the house and Yard doing odd chores. We were all so grateful.

    He was always interested in Education , including his passions which were painting and writing.

    I distinctly remember him helping me to write an Essay when I was about 10,for a school assignment.

    I had to chose a topic and he suggested it as : “A Rough Diamond”.
    I had to look it up in the dictionary, as I did not even know what that meant.
    Anyway, he corrected it and I think he even re_wrote the whole thing!
    Well, Of course I got full marks and Teacher Lance Jaundoo said it was very well written.

    I never said I got help!

    He was quite talented, even at that young age.

    Br Raj was always interested in and cared for our whole family . Each time he called -which was quite often- he would enquire about everyone.

    He also cared for friends , always encouraging people to attend the Annual Bush Lot Picnic, which he helped to start in its younger days. Those were always a success and he knew everyone who attended and loved them all.

    He cared deeply for his Loving wife and his boys. His boys were his world and they have become such talented young men. of whom he was so very proud.

    Sr Chan , Sunil and Devin you will miss him tremendously, but you have such wonderful memories of him that they will help you through these difficult times.

    He will be truly missed by our whole family and his hundred of friends.

    All our Love,
    From Savitri , Brij, Reshmi, Hayley Bisessar and their families.

  6. Will miss you my friend
    Rest in peace

  7. On behalf of the Balram family, please let me extend our sincerest condolences. I understand what is to lose a loved one, someone that has touched the hearts and minds of so many people scattered across the world. May his soul rest in peace, knowing he has made the world a better place through his contributions, and that his legacy will live on through his loved ones.

  8. Dearest Chan and family,
    There are no words to adequately express the sadness we felt over the passing of our
    dear cousin Raj. He was an example to us all. We will never know another like him.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this very difficult time.

    With love.

    Utra & Edward Burrow

  9. Sister Chan, Sunil and Devin and your families:
    So sorry to hear that our dear Brother Raj has passed. He was very special to us as Savitri mentioned for a while he was our big brother. We loved him very much and we will miss him dearly.
    Sattie and Danny McGinty

  10. I knew Naraine well for the last five years when he was a member of our Caribbean Canadian writers group here in Greater Toronto. I would say he was a man who had found his place in life and how rare is that! He thought his place would be as a teacher and writer in Guyana, but the PNC government there basically chased him out. He went to the United States and then to Canada where he put down his anchor. Found that his place in life was Canada, his purpose to take care of himself and his family, and to write his poems trying to improve the world and bring out the good in people. I believe he did them both, and in the years I knew him as a contented man and how rare is that?

  11. Our deepest sympathy to Chan and family . May you get the strength and courage during this difficult time and may the cherished memories live on forever.

  12. Naraine was one of the few persons who wrote for the sake of writing. He was a kind and helpful person, and I remember fondly the CariCan meetings we had at his house.

  13. Our sincere condolences to the entire family. May his soul Rest In Peace always
    Waveney and Neville Sukul

  14. My dear Brother Raj,

    Memories of you will be cherished always.

    Your cousin Babbie

  15. Dear Bhoughee Chan, Sunil, Devin and families,

    The news of Br. Raj’s passing was a terrible shock. He was the thread that kept all the cousins up to date with all the latest news. He was funny, charming and smart. He will be remembered as someone who always smile when greeting you. You all and I have good memories of him and those will keep him alive in our hearts forever. In these difficult times, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. With love,
    Babsie and Les

  16. Dear Chan, Sunil, & Devin, our heartfelt sympathy to all of you. Raj was a loving cousin always kept in touch w/me and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you! May he rest in peace!
    Love Baby & Family

  17. I express my profound sympathy to the family of my dear friend, Raj. May his soul rest in peace, and may the family be blessed with courage and strength to continue in life.

  18. Our sincere condolences to the family on the loss of our dear cousin Raj. he will be remembered as a cousin who
    cared for all the lives he touched/

  19. Good Bye my friend, may you find happiness in the next world. You will be missed by all.

  20. Dearest Sister Chan and family,

    Br Raj was a great cuz. He will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this very difficult time.

    With Love

    Bhaje and Ambi

  21. My Condolenses to Chan, Sunil, Dvin and my cousins.


  23. Our heart felt condolences to Chan, Sunil, Devin and their extended families for the passing of Norman. He was a wonderful man and a great poet and we will all miss him. We have known him since 1979 and have always known him to be a simple and humane man. From time to time we ran into him and Chan when our interactions were always enjoyable. May his Atma attain Moksha. Raam Naam Satya Hai.

  24. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.

  25. Peter and Sabi Jailall wish to extend our sincere condolences to Chan, the children and the extended family. Norm will be missed by all of us.

  26. We are very sorry for your loss. Condolences to your family.

  27. Our deepest condolences to Aunty Chan, Sunil, Charity and Devin. It is so sad that we can’t physically be with you at this time, but please know that you are all in our hearts and prayers.
    Sis Una and children also send their condolences.
    Uncle Raj will definitely be missed. May his soul RIP.πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

  28. His humility, calling me ‘uncle’ tells me he has lived in the footsteps of his outstanding family who were very respectful and were role models for our community. I will miss him. He is one of many of that family of Bush lot WC Berbice who were pillars of the community which I remember for being kind and supportive as well as hard working. I pray for the Lord to bless his soul with Shanti.

  29. Heartfelt condolences to the family of this beautiful soul. May God give you the strength and courage to get this difficult time and remember the wonderful life you shared with your husband and father. May he rest in everlasting peace. Gone but never forgotten. You will always have a place in my heart. You were no less than a father to me and I will forever remember your kindness. Sleep on my papa.

  30. Dear Aunty Chan, Sunil, Devin and Family,

    Our deepest condolences to you all. We remember Uncle Raj fondly, always with a big smile, quick with a joke and giving a great big hug. We send big hugs to you all today, know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love, Lori & Bryan

  31. Chano our sincerest sympathy to you and your family. Very sorry for Raj’s passing so unexpectedly. Thinking and praying for you all at this time of grief. Kam & Mac Persad

  32. The loss of a dear one is irreplaceable. What is lost is only the body. The jeevatma is still alive looking after the family members and friends. My deep condolences to all those affected by this loss.

  33. My heart felt condolences to sister Chan and my cousins Sunil and Devin.

  34. My sincere condolences to the Naraine family….It was truly great pleasure knowing Norman for over 30 years..we had a fun time working together at Century 21…He will always say or do something to lighten up the moment.RIP MY FRIEND.


    My Loving Br RAJ was the best brother anyone could have.
    Your memory will always live in our hearts.
    May Heavenly Peace guide you on your Journey.

  36. My condolences go out to the entire family. I’ve known Chano since we were teaching at No.1 Canal. Stay strong.

  37. Our heartfelt condolences to Aunty Chan and the family. Uncle Raj was truly a wonderful person and will be dearly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  38. Bhougie my deepest sympathies
    We had great times driving from Toronto to Miami and he was planning for us to tour UK and the continent to visit auntie Pearly
    I am so sorry

  39. Our deepest sympathy to the entire family.R.I.P..Raj. Norma Rachpaul Lall.

  40. Sharing in your sadness as you remember Tr. Raj. Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. Sincerest sympathy to the entire family during this difficult time.

  41. Our deepest condolences from the Mapanao Crew to the Datt Crew. May your memories of your father give you warmth and peace at this difficult time. I will cherish my memories that we’ve all spent together as a family. I will miss you calling me Princess and making me feel special in your presence. Sending your family healing thoughts and positive vibes with Divine Love and Light.

  42. My Deepest Sympathy to Chano, Devin and the entire family for the Loss of Beloved Teacher Raj. May his Soul Rest In Peace. Blessings to all during this difficult time.

  43. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family for your great loss my dear friend Chano.
    May God give you guys the strength and faith to cope with everything.
    I wish him a peaceful journey.

  44. I love you my brother very much. You were the best and I’ll miss you forever. Rest In Peace.

  45. Our sincere condolences to the family

  46. Robert and Lorene Singh, Ottawa

    Dear Chan, Sunil, Devin and family
    Our deepest condolences to you all at this time. Our families had wonderful, happy times together both in Ottawa and in Toronto. We will cherish the memories and hope they will bring a smile to heart when you remember as well. You will be missed, Norm. Rest in Peace.

  47. My sincere condolences to you aunty chan and your family.πŸ™πŸ™

  48. Aunty Chan, Devin,Sunil,

    Thinking of all of you through this difficult day. What a touching and honorable tribute to such a wonderful person. May his memory always be a blessing that makes you laugh and warms your hearts especially on those days when you miss him so much. We love you all, God bless you uncle Raj…rest well. Love Lynn, Shaco, Spencer and Carter

  49. Sister Chan, you and your boys are precious and we lift up your family in prayers. I remember those days in the 1980’s when teacher Raj started the Bush Lot Picnic in Morningside Park and I was there to help him. So glad I was able to spend one last day with you and teacher Raj at your backyard and home. I treasure all the memories of this valued soul who has gone before us. Memories of teacher Raj have become my treasure. Now, may his sweet soul sleep in eternity.

  50. Deepest sympathy to Chan and her sons from the Nizamudin family especially Indra and Tehanie.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  51. Dear Uncle Raj, I remember when you, Sunil and Devin came to my wedding nearly 20 years ago. We all loved your speech, which was full of humour and love. And we chuckled when we saw you sneak the hot pepper sauce out to spice up the food to your highest of standards. I recall you cooking metagee for us – it was the best, you were right about that.

    You taught me so much about our family roots in India and Guyana and I am grateful for that. You were a warm and loving uncle, full of stories and knowledge. I will miss you dearly and am happy to have known you and to be related to such a fabulous person.

    My thoughts and love are with auntie Chano and my dearest cousins, Sunil and Devin. Uncle Raj, you will always be remembered with deep love and admiration.

  52. Naraine was a member of our Carican Writers’ Group. He wrote both prose (normal writing) and poetry (beautiful writing) that inspired us all.
    Norm, we’ll miss you. Our group will cherish your memory.
    Our sincere condolences to Chan & the Boys.
    Gone but not forgotten.

  53. our deepest sympathy to the entire family.πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™


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