I learned that every mortal will taste death. But only some will taste life. ~Rumi 

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Nasser Shojania, who died peacefully at home at age 94. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 61 years, Mitra, his younger brother Dr. Majid Shojania, his children Kamran (Anna), Keyvan (Lindsay), and Nima (Maureen), along with his nephew Pirouz (Carol and son Ryan) and grandchildren Alexander, Christianne, Yasmin, and Jordan. His many surviving cousins, nieces, nephews, and other extended family span three continents.

Born in Iran to Mojtaba Shojania, a descendant of the Qajar dynasty, and Naiereh Ashraf Khalvati, of the Aga Khan family, Nasser was the fifth of nine children. He attended medical school in Tehran before marrying Mitra and starting a family. Together they moved to Winnipeg in 1965 so that Nasser could complete his medical residency and they decided to stay in Canada. The more temperate climate of Victoria beckoned and the growing family eventually relocated to settle in the city that he loved most. He joined the Pathology Department at both Victoria General and Victoria Jubilee Hospitals where he practiced as a dermatopathologist until he retired at 75.

Although he was a physician with a scientific nature, he was also an artist, poet, and writer. His acrylic paintings and wood sculptures are featured prominently in the homes of his family members and friends. He translated poetry from Farsi to English and French and he wrote an autobiography entitled “A Persian Letter” to memorialize family histories. A true renaissance man, he was as comfortable with frozen sections and a microscope as he was quoting Hafiz and Rumi or dancing with Mitra.

Always active and happiest in nature, Nasser made the most of the moderate weather and spent some time outdoors almost every day of his life. He could be spotted most days along the trails near Arbutus Cove or at

Gyro Beach with his walking stick in hand. In his later career and post-retirement years, he spent more time at the Victoria Golf Club with Mitra and friends. They had enjoyed a rich social life and hosted countless parties and fundraisers for a variety of causes over the decades before settling into some quieter pursuits in recent years like small dinner parties and playing duplicate bridge.

Nasser treasured his family above all. Perhaps his greatest early influence was his beloved mother, whom he revered. She survived WW2 and the years after as a widow with nine children, all of whom benefited from her wisdom and her admonition to pursue knowledge and find their own paths. He imparted the same advice to his sons as they laid their own plans – two following him into medicine and one going into law. He was proud of their accomplishments and enjoyed the time that he spent with them and their wives over the decades. His great joy was in watching the evolution of his grandchildren as they matured and he was able to discuss philosophy and poetry with them as well.

While we grieve the loss of our extraordinary family patriarch, we celebrate the remarkable 94 year journey that brought him to his forever city and are grateful that he departed the way he had lived: in comfort, with family, reading Hafiz one last time.

A Funeral Service and Reception will be held in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive, Victoria, BC on Saturday, June 15th, 2024 at 1:00 pm. Interment at Royal Oak Burial Park.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in his memory to Arthritis Research Canada.  https://www.arthritisresearch.ca/donate/
Condolences may be offered to the family below.

Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation. ~Rumi

Deepening The Wonder (Hafiz)

Death is a favor to us,
But our scales have lost their balance.

The impermanence of the body
Should give us great clarity,
Deepening the wonder in our senses and eyes

Of this mysterious existence we share
And are surely just traveling through.

If I were in the Tavern tonight,
Hafiz would call for drinks

And as the Master poured, I would be reminded
That all I know of life and myself is that

We are just a midair flight of golden wine
Between His Pitcher and His Cup.

If I were in the Tavern tonight,
I would buy freely for everyone in this world

Because our marriage with the Cruel
Beauty Of time and space cannot endure
very long.

Death is a favor to us,
But our minds have lost their balance.

The miraculous existence and impermanence of
Form Always makes the illuminated ones
Laugh and Sing.


McCall Gardens

  • Siobhan Liang

    Mitra and family.
    I’m so sorry for your loss.
    I have fond memories of you all.
    Siobhan Liang

  • SG

    Dear Kam, Keyvan and Nima,
    I met you father many times over the years. I was always impressed with his many talents. Not just his accomplishments as a physician-scientist, but also as a writer, a poet, and a delightful conversationalist.

    You may not know much about me, but I know a lot about all of you. I have heard so much about you from day you were each born, and all through your early school years, and then college, your career accomplishments and your weddings. And I can tell you for a fact that your father and mother were so very proud of you and in awe of all your accomplishments and recognition for your achievements.

  • Abie and Nahid Hosseini

    Dear Mitra and Dr. Shojania family
    We were saddened beyond measure to hear of the passing of our dear friend Nasser. We have fond memories of enjoying Nasser and Mitra’s hospitality and friendship since the late 1960s. Nasser and I grew up in two small towns separated by thirty kilometers. We both used the same dialect and shared the same local culture. Whenever Nasser and I got together, we talked about issues and laughed, and nobody knew what we were talking about because of the use of the local dialect and phrases. I communicated with him via email practically daily, and he would send me comments back. His outlook on life was inspiring, and I often asked his opinion to improve my view of my life. His passing created a vacuum in my email contacts, and I lost my last link to my roots—our greatest condolence to Mitra and Nasser’s family. May Nasser’s legacy of understanding and joy continue to inspire you and guide your lives.

    Abie and Nahid Hosseini

  • Nader Shakib

    Dear Mitra and sons,
    Please accept my deepest condolences about Nasser . I only met him for a few days but was so impressed by him and his feelings about his home land when he recited his poem about his childhood. I could really feel all that he was full of love.
    I hope that he rests in peace.
    Nader Shakib

  • Leila Namdari

    Dear Auntie Mitra
    Nader and I wanted to express our heartfelt condolences to you and the family. I wish I was there beside you in these hard times. My mom is sending her love and prayers as well. Amou Nasser was an exceptional soul and we were blessed to spend time with him last year after many years apart.
    Love you loads

  • Norman J. Prelypchan

    Dear Mitra,
    I will remember Nasser’s warm presence.
    I always felt it a privilege to share time with him.
    His memory will live on.
    Blessings to you and your family.

  • Cindy Rosenbaum

    Such a beautiful person. Thank you for letting us know your father. Saul and I always enjoyed his company and sense of humour. He truly was someone special.
    Hugs to all of you.
    Saul and Cyndi

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