75 of Tampa, FL, passed away on September 17, 2020.
Sajeevan “Saj” Ramkissoon Mathura, age 75, passed away on Thursday September 17, 2020 at the Pepin Heart Institute in Tampa, Florida – due to heart complications. He was born in Debe, Trinidad, on February 10, 1945 to Ramkeesoon and Phulbasiya Mathura, the last of their nine children.
He attended high school at Naparima College in Trinidad and received a scholarship to study Mechanical Engineering at Paisley College of Technology in Glasgow, Scotland. He also graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of the West Indies.
A recognized authority in the field of engineering in Trinidad and Tobago, he is best known for his work on remodeling the Naparima Bowl – at that time, the largest performing arts center in South Trinidad. He was elected Past Master of Lodge Naparima and District Grand Officer for Trinidad & Tobago.
Saj also frequently worked as a consultant and lead engineer for some of North America’s top engineering firms, leading large-scale projects in Canada, the US and as far afield as Malaysia. Many younger work colleagues describe him as an indispensable mentor and not only respected his expertise but also his easy going and jovial nature.
In 1969, he married Judy Parsad Mathura, a teacher and his high school sweetheart. In 1971 and 1974 respectively, he welcomed his two daughters Karyn and Shalini, who were the most important part of his life. He was a devoted husband and father and took great pride in the stellar academic and career achievements of both of his daughters. Saj was also a lifelong tennis and cricket fan and would spend hours playing these sports with his daughters and his many nieces and nephews.
He took care of Judy when she was diagnosed with breast cancer until her death. During this difficult time, he found great solace spending time with his three grandchildren Justine, Brandon and Ela. He was a karaoke aficionado, and loved playing the guitar and belting out Elvis’ greatest hits for them.
From his siblings, he is preceded in death by Hardaye Debideen, Dr. Gharbaharan Mathura, Gangadaye Dinanath, Sajandaye Supersad, Dr. Rajandaye Ramkissoon, and Dr. Sugandaye Ramkissoon – and survived by Dr. Jeevan Mathura and Sabita Harry.
After his first wife Judy’s death, Saj remained close to her siblings. He is preceded in death by his brothers-in-law Krishna Parsad and Shastri Parsad – and is survived by her sisters Joan Samlalsingh, Jean Chong Ping, Nita Chan Sing and Lynette Maharaj. Saj eventually remarried his childhood sweetheart Betty Karmody, with whom he enjoyed a happy and full life until his death. He is also survived by Betty’s sisters Barbara Hubah and Deborah Martirosian, and brother Lloyd Mohammed, and is preceded in death by Winston Mohammed.
A funeral service is scheduled for 2:00pm on September 24, 2020 at Cremations of Greater Tampa Bay. A zoom link to view a live stream of the service will be provided prior on the website or via email.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Sajeevan Ramkissoon Mathura to Shriners Hospital at https://donate.lovetotherescue.org/give/119312/.
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