In Memoriam

Dedar Sihota
Dedar Sihota, BA'49, BEd'58
February 9, 1924 - October 8, 2022

Dedar Sihota passed away peacefully with his family by his side on October 8, 2022, at the impressive age of 98.

Dee was born in India on February 9, 1924, and came to Victoria, BC, in 1936 at the age of 12. He overcame many barriers in order to attend UBC, where he graduated in 1949 with a BA in economics, psychology, and history. UBC was where he met his future wife and the love of his life, Joyce Moll. Dee went on to have a very successful career in education as a teacher, counsellor, vice-principal and principal. In retirement, Dee and Joyce ran a blueberry farm and spent many winters travelling extensively. Dee was an intelligent, kind, and generous man, one who influenced many people over the course of his life. He made such an impact on his students that many of them continued to visit him throughout his retirement, until his very last days.

Although he will be dearly missed, Dee leaves behind a large legacy. He is survived by six of his children, Paul (Kenzie), Jan, Kim (Kathy), Karen, Don (Denis), Chris (Cal), and his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Dial Kaur Gosal (née Sihota), and sister-in-law Dorothy Gurney (née Brown). Dee was predeceased by his loving wife Joyce, with whom he spent 68 wonderful years, and by his beloved son Darshan.