Arun Pradhan passed away peacefully on July 30th, 2016, at Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket. He is survived by his wife Veena (nee Gupte), daughters Monika (m. Sushil) and Soniya (m. Chanderkant), grandchildren Nikhil, Armaan, Aaryan, and Neil, and siblings Neema Pradhan, Ashok Pradhan, Anil Pradhan and Nandu Ansari.
Born in Nagpur, India on January 18th, 1940, he studied Architecture in Mumbai then immigrated to Toronto with his wife, Veena more than fifty years ago. He was a long time member of Toronto’s Marathi Bhashik Mandal.
In Toronto, he worked as architect before moving to the Middle East for several years. There, he worked with Bell Canada and helped establish their telecommunications infrastructure. Upon retuning to Toronto he began a private practice with his partner, which he continued to run until his illness. His firm has had many successful projects including his most significant achievement - the Swami Narayan Mandir.
During his life some of his favorite passions included travelling with his wife, learning new languages, taking music lessons, and playing golf. Arun will be remembered as an extremely jovial person who welcomed everyone into his home and made a lasting impression on everyone he met.
A celebration of his life will take place at the Elgin Mills Visitation Centre and Crematorium.
Venue: Elgin Mills Visitation Centre and Crematorium
1591 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill, ON L4S 1M9