Dickson Nathaniel Iqbal, 63 of Brampton, ON passed away April 26, 2015 surrounded by his loving family.
He was born to the late Jasmin Massey and Nazir Iqbal Mall, on September 29, 1951 in Karachi, Pakistan. On December 27, 1978 Dickson married the love of his life, Hilda Ghosh. They moved to Canada shortly after to start their new life together. They were together for over 43 years and married for 36 years.
Dickson is survived by his loving wife Hilda Ghosh Iqbal, his three children Michelle Iqbal and beloved Grandson Ethan Nathaniel Osbourne, Timothy Iqbal and Valarie (Warren) Augley. His three sisters Rosaline (John) Turner; Shirin (David) Charles and Catherine (Vernon) Grey; Nieces Sharon Bassi, Daisy (John) Rozario, Sheba (John) Funari, Jennifer Grey- Gonsalves, Bridgette (Denny) Rosa; Nephews Raymond Turner, Derek Turner, Rodney Charles and Michael Grey and Nana to 19 extended grandchildren Aaron, Amy, Alex, Ashley, Joshua, Amanda, Meghan, Jasmine, Kaedon, Christina, Jasmine, Harlean, Matthew, Hanna, Mark, Davina, David, Alyssa and Aleena.
Dickson was a loving husband, father, Nana (Grandfather) and friend to so many. The number of long friendships Dickson had is a testament to the kind of person he was. He was loyal, patient, kind, determind and loving to all he encountered and was one of the friendliest people you could ever meet. He could make a stranger a friend within five minutes. His patience and kindness to others was unforgettable. He was always there to help others whenever they needed. He was a people person and loved to spread positivity and was encouraged by the love of so many.
Dickson had a passion for driving. He had a job he absolutely loved, A truck driver by profession, he drove for over 20 years for Schneider National, travelling across Canada and the United States until he was forced to give it up after suffering a heart attack in 2011. Despite that he went back to work for another year and a half until he had to give it up completely. He enjoyed watching old westerns, movies and nature shows. His hobbies included collecting model trains and cars, collecting T-shirts from different places we travelled to and spending Sundays going to the flea markets with his wife.
He was a loving, patient and God fearing father and was always there for his children, no matter what and an even more amazing Nana to his grandson Ethan; affectionately known as his “Channa Munna”.
Since childhood he was committed to God. Dickson started as an alter boy in the Anglican church and was active with the youth group for many years until he met his wife who was a Seventh Day Adventist. He came to Canada in 1976 and started taking bible studies and was baptized at Perth Church in Toronto by Pastor R. a member of the South Asian Seventh-Day Adventist church for the last few years, he was ordained as an Elder and dedicated his life to serving God. Though he was sick, he continued to have faith, believed in God and trusted him fully in the end. Often you could find him talking to God and even when began to have difficulty speaking, he was still praying to God.
Visitation will be from 7 pm – 9 pm on Thursday, April 30th at St. John’s Dixie Cemetery Chapel. Funeral Services will be held at Mississauga Seventh Day Adventist Church on Friday, May 1 at 11 am. There will also be a viewing from 10 am – 11 am before the service begins.
We were the ones that were blessed by having him in our lives.
Rest in the Lord’s Arms, Till we meet again.
I just learned about the passing away of Dickey – May his soul rest in peace in the arms of Jesus. Accept my heart felt sympathy and condolence. May God our Savior be with you and comfort you all in this time of great sorrow.
Without a doubt, losing a loving, caring husband and a parent is a painful experience. Just want you all to know that me and Sammy are equal partners in your grief; and pray that may God Almighty give you all the strength to concentrate more on the joy of meeting him one day than the sadness of him being departed from you
Mona dear, I said this on the passing away of Uncle, and I am saying it again, that you and your family are welcome any time to come and stay with us in U.S.A for a change of Atmosphere. It will get your minds off the sadness that the passing away of a loved one brings. It would be our pleasure to have you.
With sincere sympathy and love to you all from both me and Sammy.
Will try to get in touch with you via e-mail too @moname….! Hope its still valid.
Sleep in peace my dear Brother, you have done your work well. See you in the morning.
Sleep in the arms of Jesus. A pleasure knowing you.
i appreciated Mr. Iqbal’s friendliness, his strong quiet leadership, and his clear and obvious love for his family. He was a great man, and inspired those who knew him.
To the family he left behind, Sister Iqbal, Michelle, Timothy, Valerie, and the relatives worldwide that i don’t know personally: i know you are continuing to grieve his loss. i have an idea of how difficult this must be for you. i’m hoping you’ll allow the Comforter to hold you close, and to soothe your pain. i ask for blessings for y’all during this difficult time.
You were one of a kind. Someone who was kind and appreciated the simple things in life. You should still be here, but the Lord called you home. We cannot question why, although the loss is felt by all who knew you. Thank you for being a great little brother to my mom, and a sweet uncle to me. I will miss your Facebook updates and cherish the memories you left with us. We miss you today, mamu. We will always miss you. Peace comes in knowing that you are in heaven with nana & nani now. Mo more suffering. Love you always.
Sorry for loss I will never understand the pain you feel but I am hoping that you find comfort in the word and remember he is not in pain any pain anymore or suffering.
He has lived a life to see a grandchild, his children get married and great life with your dear mother Hilda praying his soul is resting in peace. And don’t forget you will see him again Iqbal Family
We, as a Southern Asia SDA church family, is going to greatly miss Elder Dickson’s lesson study, encouragements, heartfelt prayers, the association, the music participation etc etc. But we’re all sure that we will meet you on that Glorious Day when Jesus comes.
Rest Safely in the arms of Jesus…..See you on the great resurrection morning.
My sweet Mamu,
I am still trying to wrap my head on living in a world without you. You were very special to me, I will always remember your humble smile, your positive attitude and all the love you always showed me.
My heart is broken and a piece of it will always be with you. I know your with Nana and Nani and that is the only comfort I am taking with losing you.
Rest in the arms of the Angels Mamu, as you were truly one here on earth.
Missing you always xoxoxo
I will miss the Sabbath lunch, and other, photos that Dickson regularly shared on Facebook.
Dickson was one of a kind. Kind, thoughtful, and possessed a great sense of humour. He will be sadly missed. RIP my friend.
a wonderful great kind friend who always had a smile and a kind word for all ,he will be missed ,love you DIckson
You will be missed