Susie was born on March 8, 1947 to Sham Kaur and Jaswant Singh Berar in Duncan, BC. Susie grew up in a warm and nurturing home in Lake Cowichan, BC and attended the University of British Columbia. She obtained her Bachelor of Education and then, in her fifties, believing in being a life-long learner, furthered her education at Simon Fraser University.
Susie was an elementary school teacher and her primary focus was teaching ESL students since 1968. Susie retired from Trudeau Elementary in 2014 with extra special memories of colleagues, students, parents, and grandparents. She was instrumental in building a warm and inclusive environment for the school community. Susie was known for her dedication to teaching and serving as a role model to countless students, student teachers, colleagues, and members of the school community. Susie was known for her dedication to teaching and serving as a role model to countless students, student teachers, colleagues, and members of the school community. Her motto was always ‘how can I help someone today?’ and Susie had a loving and gentle way of engaging anyone in conversation.
Susie loved cooking and baking and it brought her great joy to host gatherings – large and small with friends and family. Susie was an avid reader, volunteer after retirement and devoted wife, mother, aunt, and “Nani Ji”. Susie taught her children and grandchildren the value of hard work, respect, being kind, and remaining close as a family unit and looking after each other.
Susie married Tarry Sandhu on October 12, 1969 and they had two beloved daughters, Carrie (Steve Jagpal, precious granddaughter Karina) and Kristy (Vik Sood-Toronto, precious grandson Shaan and precious granddaughter Lara).
Susie is also survived by siblings Abtar Berar (Minder), Curly Berar, Vic Berar, Sharon Niles (David) and sister-in-law Lynda Berar, father-in-law Chanan Singh Sandhu, numerous nieces and nephews, many cousins, extended family members and devoted friends who were like family.
Susie was preceded in death by her dear mother Sham Kaur Berar, dear father Jaswant Singh Berar, father-in-law Shankar Singh Sandhu, mother-in-law Santo Kaur Sandhu, mother-in-law Charn Kaur Sandhu, beloved sister Charno Gill, caring brother Sodi Berar, brother-in-law Hakim Singh Gill, cousin Ujager Singh Rai, and sister-in-law Joan Berar.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the ALS Society of BC are welcome to further support research for a cure.
Funeral Services will be on Monday, August 13 at 2 p.m. at Valley View Funeral Home and Cemetery, 14660 72nd Avenue, Surrey, followed by a Bhog / Prayer Service at 4 p.m. at the India Cultural Centre of Canada, 8600 No. 5 Road, Richmond.