It is with extreme sorrow that we announce the passing of my husband and our father, Gurdial Ram, on May 25, 2020.

Gurdial was predeceased by his parents, Sadhu Ram and Channon Kaur. He is survived by his wife, Gurmit Kaur, his children, Babita, Harmesh (Harminder Kaur), and Aman, his three grandchildren Sanjay, Krishin, and Mya, as well as a large extended family including several siblings, nieces, and nephews.

Gurdial was born on November 30, 1950 in Ladhran, Punjab. He moved to Singapore in 1952 and travelled to Bilston Midland, England in 1960 with his father and brothers.  He married Gurmit in 1970. In 1974, he moved to Victoria, British Columbia with his wife and children.

Gurdial was a member of Boiler Maker Union and was respected for his exemplary work ethic. He worked tirelessly for many years with Victoria Machinery, as well as Yarrows Shipyard and Victoria Shipyard.  Unfortunately, due to the nature of this work, his career was cut short after being diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis in 2013.

Gurdial was known for his generosity and hosted several relatives as they immigrated to Canada. He was well known for his impressive sense of style and his caring nature.

He has left a large void in the lives of his family and friends and we will cherish him in our hearts forever. We would like to thank our many relatives and family friends for their kind support during this very difficult time. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to British Columbia Lung Association.  Private funeral due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens


  • Jocelyn Sundher

    To all the family—

    I’m sharing in the pain of your loss and extending heartfelt sympathy to all of you. Gurdial was a very kind, gentle and loving man. I will miss him greatly.

  • Jocelyn Sundher

    Gurmit, your loss is so great and my heart is hurting for you❤️ You and Gardial are such wonderful friends and we spent many hours together laughing, crying, arguing and hoping above all that he would remain with us for many more years. It was not meant to be but I will miss him so much.

    Thinking of you at this sad time and wishing you comfort and healing in the days ahead. May loving memories and fun times be your constant comfort and fill your heart with peace.

  • Lester Brown

    Saddened to hear of your loss, it is mine also, I worked with Gurdial for many years he was indeed larger than life.
    He had a wonderful sense of humor and a very kind heart.
    He came to this country for a better life for himself and his family he worked very hard to achieve that.
    I always enjoyed his insights and the time I spent with him we shared many laughs and no matter how tough the job he was always cheerful and helpful and very fair to the people that worked for him
    I will remember him
    R.I.P. my friend

  • Gurdial Dass Kailey

    My deep condolence to grief family, may his soul rest in peace

  • Klear Family

    Our deepest condolences to the Chumber family. He always had a smile and friendly Hello when we would run into him. May you all be well in this sad and difficult time.

    Darshi, Darshan, Krishna and Bal Klear

  • Bo Brajkovic

    I am truly sorry for your loss.Please accept my deepest condolences .
    RIP my Friend !

  • Jeeto Crone

    On behalf of our family we are so sorry for the loss of Gurdial. He will be greatly missed. Will always remember his warm smile whenever he would see us. Hope happy memories of him will bring all of you some comfort at this very difficult time. Love Jeeto,Nim, Jeet, Piara and Manga Lagah.

  • Jagtar sehjal

    Gurdial Parji was such a beacon of love and respect and a pillar of strength. He was charismatic and had unmistakable presence whenever we had the opportunity to meet him, which was sadly not often enough. He will be deeply missed and forever remembered.
    Our heartfelt condolences to bhabi ji and all the Chumber family.

  • Chandra S Singh

    I am one of the newsest member of this family. It feels like yesterday I met him at my wedding and shared a few laughs and received his blessings. My condolences to all the family members. I pray to the universe to give all of your strength in this troubled time. Just remember you are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless taiya’s soul and grant it eternal peace.
    Words may not suffice to express the heartfelt sorrow that I feel for the passing of taiya Gurdial. Please accept my condolences.

  • Terry Maragozis

    Dear Gurmit and family

    Wishing you our deepest sympathy for your loss at this difficult time. Chumber was a valued co worker and friend over the years and his memories will live on.

    Sincerely Terry and Leslie Maragozis

  • Kiren Mal

    So sad beyond words. My family will cherish the wonderful memories we had with Mama Gurdial. The visits to Victoria were always so welcoming and full of laughter. Thank you for introducing me to red wine.. I will forever be grateful. Rest In Peace now

  • Lydia Rodenburgh

    Dear Gurmit and all of your family.

    I want to extend my sincere condolences to you and all your family in the loss of your dear husband, father, grandfather and friend. The last few years has been a very rough journey and I now hope that Gurdial can rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you all as you go through this time of mourning.

    Lydia Rodenburgh

  • Harbinder Tekhi

    Our deepest condolences to the Chumber family our thoughts and prayers are with you, sorry for your loss.

  • Amarjeet & Suman Gill

    Your smiling and pleasant face are missed today…Tomorrow and Always.RIP

    Amarjeet,Suman and family.

  • Stephen Lofts

    I met Gurdial when we worked together at Yarrows in 1979. We shared many afternoon shifts together at Victoria Shipyards and my favourite nights were when he brought in home cooking to share with his work-mates. He was a hard working and caring man and I shall miss him.

  • Stephen Lofts

    I met Gurdial in 1979 when we worked together at Yarrows. Since then, I have spent many afternoon shifts with him at Victoria Shipyards and got to know him well. My favourite nights were when he brought in home cooking to share with his work-mates! He was hard working and caring and I shall miss him.

  • Mina

    Our heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family.

    We will surely miss the presence of a truly lovable and caring person, Parji was always smiling and showed so much love.

    He will be missed dearly.

    God bless x

    Mina and family

  • Mina

    Our heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. We will surely miss the presence of a truly lovable and kind person,Parji was always smiling and showed so much love and care.

    God bless from Mina and family.

  • Tony

    Going to miss you Fufar Ji, it feels like just yesterday you were in Calgary for Aidens First Birthday Party with the family. Still looking at the pictures and imagining your still here. May you rest in peace, you are such an amazing kind hearted, loved and respected human. Our deepest condolences to the family, love you all and stay strong.

  • Ed Vulic

    My sincerest condolences to the Chumber family.I worked with Gurdial for many years and will always
    remember his big heart and cheerful personality.We shared many laughs together.
    R.I.P my friend!

  • Balvinder Kumar

    Sorry about that God bless his soul RIP

  • Balvinder and surinder

    Dearest phabhiji and family. We send our deepest heartfelt condolences. Both parji and yourself have always been there for all the family, extended family. You both showered us with so much love. Always there for us. We will miss parji so much. May god give you the strength to remain strong. Love you always. X

  • Suki & Anita Grewal

    Our sincerest condolences to the Chumber family during this difficult time.Our thoughts & prayers are with you, may your dear father rest in peace.

  • sumeet bedi

    Very very sad to hear about Gurdial’s passing away. Our condolences to Gurmeet, Babita, Harmesh, Aman and all of the extended family. My brother Nikku and I were the very early ones to meet and greet Gurdial, when he first arrived in Victoria ( fernwood ). And we have cherished our friendship since.You will be greatly missed , my friend. May God bless his soul and provide strength to his family to help cope with this huge loss.
    Sumeet, Parveen and Nikku.

  • Bhupinder Khangura

    I have known Gurdial for many years.He was always a very caring very respectful friend.We shall miss him. May God bless and give peace to his soul.

    Bhupinder and Meena Khangura.

  • Diz T

    My Deepest Condolences to Harmeesh and the Entire Chumber Family RIP

  • Hussain Mustafa

    With our deepest sympathy, we mourn the loss of our workmate. Gurdial was a generous and easy going man who was respected by his co-workers. We are sorry to see him go!

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