Onkar Atwal

Onkar Atwal

Saturday, February 16th, 1929 - Tuesday, July 16th, 2019
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Atwal, Onkar
Passed away peacefully at home with loved ones by his side on Tuesday, July 16th, 2019. Onkar in his 90th year, was the beloved husband of Devinder Dana and of the late Raj (1958), Loving father of Nina (Gerry), Preeti (Bradley), Seema (Ajit) and Randeep and adored grandfather of Evan. He will be sadly missed by his brothers Pritam and Rachpal with whom he had an exceptionally close bond and his extended family. He was predeceased by his parents Karnail and Bhagwanti and sister Amarjeet.

Onkar was a dedicated professor emeritus of veterinary medicine at the University of Guelph for 29 years and around the world in India, Afghanistan, Mexico, Ecuador, St. Kitts, Alabama and at his alma mater Davis, California.

Onkar’s love of animals extended to his canine family Rex, Satchi, Sidney, Daphne and Gryffen. He had a passion for music, Urdu poetry and ghazals and especially singing which was a much anticipated event at family celebrations.

Onkar was a world traveler starting in Kenya where he was born and continuing through many countries in Asia, Europe, and North, Central and South America but his heart was always at home in India where he spent his formative years. He had a spontaneous and adventurous spirit — traveling alone with his brother by ship from Mombasa to Bombay en route to boarding school, jumping up on stage and singing with Joan Baez in Berkeley and driving with his family through the Khyber Pass.

He will be remembered as a great conversationalist, a lover of history and biography, an avid sports buff and respected professor.

A service will be held at Woodlawn Memorial Park, 762 Woolwich St, Guelph, on Saturday, July 20 at 10 a.m. Reception to follow at Gilbert MacIntyre and Son Funeral Home, Hart Chapel, 1099 Gordon St, Guelph. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ALS Society. Donation cards are available at the funeral home (519-821-5077), or online at
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    Saturday, July 20th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, July 20th, 2019 10:00am
    Woodlawn Memorial Park
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  • Reception

    Saturday, July 20th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, July 20th, 2019 11:00am
    Hart Fellowship Lounge
    1099 Gordon St
    Guelph, Ontario N1G 4X9
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Mike Herne

Posted at 12:15pm
My condolences to the Atwal family and specifically Randy. I was very sorry to hear of Onkar's passing and if I had heard before the services then I would have come to pay my respects. Tara and I will be thinking of you all during this difficult time. I will always remember fondly of all the times I spent in Randy's house playing games and listening to music. I thank both of Randy's parents for sharing their home with me during those years. Love to all of you.

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