It is with great sadness that the family of Uttam Sthankiya announce his passing on Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon at the age of 75. Uttam was born in Chhaya, India but spent most of his childhood in Kampala, Uganda. It was here where he fostered his lifelong love for sports and education. He spent many days in his childhood playing different sports, learning, exploring, and spending time with his nine siblings.
Uttam obtained a degree in economics at Makerere University in Kampala. Following graduation, Uttam and his (now former) wife emigrated to London, England in 1971. It was here where Uttam experienced fatherhood for the first two times. The family moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1981, where he would become a father once again.
He embarked on a long and rewarding career as a Career and Employment Consultant with the Government of Saskatchewan. He forged lifelong friendships here while also helping countless people find a new path through his kindness, support, and expertise. A longtime member of the Riverside Racquet Club, he would often be found on the court looking for new and challenging opponents to play squash, racquetball, or volleyball. For decades he continued to make lasting friendships and memories at his beloved club.
Gentle, soft-spoken, loving, and passionate are words that are often used to describe Uttam. An avid traveller he would explore the world with a full backpack, a travel book in hand, and adventure on his mind, he loved to experience different countries, making many friends along the way. Uttam spent countless years dedicated to volunteering at community events, most notably with the Saskatoon Jazz Festival, something he took great pride in. Uttam touched many lives during his forty years in Saskatoon and will be missed by many.
He is survived by his three daughters, Cheetal (Alan Carley), Rina, and Anita; his ex-wife Nina Modha; six siblings; and numerous nieces and nephews, and friends.
A private family Celebration of Uttam’s Life will take place on Monday, May 3, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Saskatoon Funeral Home with Dr. Haresh Vachhrajani officiating. The service will also be live streamed and those who were touched by Uttam are encouraged to attend safely from their home using the live stream link located on Uttam’s tribute page at www.saskatoonfuneralhome.com where you may also leave condolences. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial donations be made to the Canadian Lung Association or Diabetes Canada.
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