August 20, 1968 – December 1, 2021
In Loving Memory ~
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the sudden passing of Dev Kumar Parmar on December 1, 2021 at the age of 53 years. When he departed, Dev was fully wrapped in the loving arms of his family.
Dev was precious and will be profoundly missed by all who knew and loved him. He was an honourable, generous, protective, and loving son, brother, uncle, cousin, and friend to many.
He is survived by his parents, Amrik and Balinder, and his sisters, Angela (Rajinder), Neelam (Jonny), nephews, Aaron and Raman, and numerous relatives and friends. Dev is predeceased by his younger brother, Anoop, who passed away earlier this year on April 28, 2021.
Born on August 20, 1968, at the Cowichan District Hospital, Dev was the second oldest of four children. He graduated from Cowichan Secondary School in 1986. During high school, he was a natural leader who fully immersed himself in school sports, clubs, social events, and worked at Romeo’s Pizza.
After graduation, Dev moved to Vancouver and went to UBC. He became a serial entrepreneur in 1991 with Mint Cards and Blueline Sports. He then expanded his interests to Eye To Eye Opticians, Optical Outlet, Factory Optical, and D & D Optical. Dev also made his mark in Real Estate and absolutely crushed it.
Dev excelled at everything he did. He was passionate about sports and played any and every sport he could. No matter how busy life was, Dev always made time to work out, play hockey, basketball, baseball, soccer, and ping pong.
His world was his family, his friends, his businesses, and being active. He was his own man, what you see is what you get. He wore his heart on his sleeve and had a genuine love of life. Dev loved animals and was blessed with his two beautiful dogs, Jake and Sophie. His love and care of them was second to none.
He was a force of nature and a strong competitor whether it was in business or when he was playing sports. He had a larger than life presence. Dev was full of wisdom and readily shared his life lessons. He was a natural at solving problems and a bottom liner. There was no problem too big for him.
He was a Renaissance man, adept at learning new skills to pass through any specific hurdle or challenge.
Those who knew Dev, even just a little, lost a shining light in their lives. He affected numerous people in his lifetime. Dev was always willing to help others and asked for nothing in return. He was ready and willing at a moment’s notice.
We are eternally thankful that we had him in our lives and continue to remember him as the extraordinary guy that he was. Dev had so much goodness and so much capacity to bring happiness to others.
He forever lives in the hearts of those who were blessed to know him. It’s a love shared that will never fade away. The world is a lesser place without him. Dev will always be by our side.
A celebration of Dev’s life will be held at New Life Community Baptist Church at 1839 Tzouhalem Road on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 11 am. Doors open at 10 a.m. Due to Covid 19 restrictions proof of vaccination and masks are required. Capacity in the church is limited.
The family would appreciate those who can, to remember Dev from afar. The service is followed by prayers and lunch at the Paldi Sikh Temple at 23 Paldi Road.
Online condolences can be made at: www.hwwallacecbc.com
“Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again”
H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre
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