It is with great sorrow and sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved Mother and Grandmother. Suman was born and grew up in Ludhiana, India where she excelled in academics and received her Master’s in English Literature in 1972.

After being married to her husband, Surinder Kumar in 1973, the couple lived in Dehradun, India where they welcomed their eldest son Saket in 1974. In 1976, Surinder received a scholarship to pursue a Doctorate in Engineering in Canada, and the young family moved to Ottawa where they lived for 3 years. There, their youngest son Sumit was born in 1978 and the family returned to Dehradun after Surinder received his PhD.

The family immigrated to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1982 where Suman was an integral part of the Hindu and larger community for over 20 years. In 2003 Suman moved to Victoria, BC along with her sons where she once again promptly built another wide circle of lifelong friends. Suman is survived by Surinder, her sister Ripan (Jeevan), her sons Saket (Kiran) and Sumit (Alana) and the grandchildren that were the most precious beings in the universe to her, Nyah, Dylan, Shay and Ayla.

Suman’s passions included her love of travel that saw her explore and experience the globe with her ever-adventurous and fun-loving spirit. Her profound friendships have left a lasting impact on so many people who held her as a dearest friend, a source of joy and exuberance, and someone with whom they could share deeply personal feelings and experiences. Her most everlasting gift will be the intense love that she showered upon her family, her nurturing of her children and grandchildren that have taught them the true meaning of love, acceptance, and joy.

A Funeral Service and Prayers will be held in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive in Royal Oak, on Wednesday, November 17th, 2021 at 10:00 am. Seating is limited.

A Prayer Service and lunch will be held on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 10:00 AM at the Victoria Hindu Temple (masks required). A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will also be scheduled at a later date.

Condolences to the family may be left below.

McCall Gardens


  • Aruna Ralhan

    We are so sorry to hear about Suman Didi’s dismisses. I so fondly remember many summers of my childhood when we use to visit Ludhiana, our Massi’s home and had wonderful time staying up late listening to stories from Suman and Ripan Didi. She will always be in our hearts. Our condolences to the whole family.

  • Mukul Kumar

    So shocked to hear about her sudden demise… May her soul Rest In Peace. My thoughts and prayers are with her family members. May God give them enough strength to bear this loss. With my deepest condolences…

  • Sunita and Krishan

    Our deepest condolences at Suman’s passing away.She was my best friend.I will miss her.May God grant her His/Her blessings.Sunita and Krishan

  • Janet and Art Postle

    We were shocked to learn about our dear friend, Suman’s passing when we returned from visiting family in Vancouver. It is hard to comprehend and take in this loss.

    Suman was one of those rare friends who even though we didn’t see each other often after she moved to Victoria, when we did connect it was like we were as close as ever. She had an ability to make everyone feel special and loved.

    We are so grateful to have been able to visit with Suman in her home three years ago when we were in Victoria; to reminisce about good times past, traveling together in India, dreaming of future adventures, and sharing stories about family and grandchildren. Suman was a marvelous cook and entertainer and you could always be assured that when you were with Suman your tummy would be filled with gourmet Indian dishes and your heart would be overflowing with happiness.

    We know that Suman had an adventurous spirit and a love for traveling, for meeting new people and exploring places she had never been before. One of my fondest memories of Suman is her sharing that the world was such a beautiful place and that her only regret would be not having the chance to see all of it’s beauty.

    We are so sorry Sumit, Saket, Surinder and the entire Kumar family for the loss of Suman in your lives and send our heartfelt condolences to all of you.

    May you rest in peace dearest Suman!

  • Jean Koenig

    Suman was such a good friend: kind and considerate, always ready with a laugh or a smile or a story,up for for a movie or a theatre performance, or just lingering over lunch.
    It is a hard thing to know that this vibrant woman I knew for more than 10 years has quietly passed on.
    My sincere condolences to the Kumar family and to Suman’s many friends.

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