The family of Anji Davar is sad to announce her passing, Friday night, October 19th, at the age of 92. She is survived by her sons Celes, Zal and Gudarz and their families including three grand-children and two great-grandchildren. Her sisters Rita and Elsie, and brother Roque and his family also mourn her loss.
Anji came to Fredericton in 1960 with her husband and three boys after living her life in various parts of India and the US.
Initially a fully dedicated and devoted full-time Mom, Anji built a network of strong and warm relationships within and around her community. She was active in the UNB Faculty Women’s Association, and was renowned in the Glengarry Place area for her formidably tasty, summertime raspberry pies.
Soon after coming to Fredericton, Anji started a pre-school and kindergarten in her home that continued for about 15yrs. Blending Montessori and other early childhood educational concepts in her teaching, she offered a rich and fun beginning for many children in and around the neighborhood. Her students played, learned, created, wrote, and read with an awareness that she saw and encouraged in them with great astuteness and understanding. Even into her late 80’s, her former kindergarten children who remained in the area would remind her of their early memories of their time in her classroom, learning and loving to learn.
In addition to already being a mom and an educator, to further her education, Anji went on to obtain a Bachelor’s degree at UNB in Arts in 1987. To say she loved her studies would be an understatement. She adored learning and plied her skills as a thinker, reader and writer to her own education with great enthusiasm. Anji remained a a passionate advocate for literacy and children's and women's rights and a lifelong learner in all ways, reading passionately and deeply, always loving and celebrating the deepest insights she gleaned or discovered. Anji’s love for reading and literacy also became a motivation for her participation in the Faculty Women’s Book Club group, where she was known for her forthright opinions, and her encouragement to the group to read more books by Indian authors.
Anji was also very active, as a participant in the local arts. She celebrated and helped advance many local artists, and practiced her own art in multimedia including watercolor and embroidery, in classes and on her own. In her spare time, together with her husband, she gardened with industry, love and tenderness to keep their home vibrant with outdoor beauty through the spring and summer.
Lastly, Anji’s love for her extended family was also deep. In her later years at Shannex after her husband had died, she lived for the moments when family members would arrive, breaking into an unmistakable smile of delight. Her Shannex family of care-givers also enjoyed her very much, and the special relationship she had with each of them.
She will be sorely missed by her wide circle of friends and family who know that Anji had a spirit of fire, was a fountain of warmth and kindness, had the highest aspirations for herself and those around her, and yet was always grounded in the language of love and compassion.
A reception and celebration of Anji’s life will be held Thursday, November 22nd at McAdams Funeral Home 160 York St, from 1:30-4:30 PM.
Memorial donations may be made to the Molly Lamb Bobak Children’s Education Program at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery at: http://beaverbrookartgallery.org/en/support/donations (please choose Capital Campaign; in notes include: "Molly Lamb Bobak Children’s Education Program in memory of Anji Davar"); or call 506-458-2035; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.