Mani Jehangir Clubwala passed away in Chennai, India on March 10, 2022, at the age of 92 with her sons, Astad and Kaikhushru by her side. She was adored by all and will be missed a great deal by their families which includes Astad’s wife, Behroze, her granddaughter Tenaz, her great granddaughter Zarina, her grandson Neville, his wife Raquel and her great grandchildren Asher and Lola; and by Kaika’s wife Nilufer, her granddaughter Rashna, her husband Andrew, and her granddaughter Deena.
Born into a large family in Karachi, and the youngest of 9 siblings Mani was loved a great deal not only by her children and grandchildren and her late husband Jehangir (Jangoo), but she was also loved by all. She had this unique personality of endearing herself to everyone she met. Married at the young age of 19, she dedicated her life to social work.
Mani was very committed for a long time with the Bharat Scouts and Guides movement as the District Commissioner in Mumbai and as the State Commissioner for Guides in Tamilnadu. In 1977 she was the recipient of the Silver Elephant, the highest national award of the Bharat Scouts & Guides, presented by the President of India.
She was deeply involved with the National Association for the Blind. She was President of the Tamilnadu State Branch and Vice President of the National Association of the Blind, India. In recognition of her service for the blind, she was presented with the Rustom Merwanji Alpaiwalla Memorial Award 2000.
Mani was dedicated to working with the Guild of Service in Chennai. She was also involved with the development of the Seva Samajam Girls Home – a home for orphan girls established by Mary Clubwala Jadhav, who was related to her husband.
She had great love for the Parsi community of Chennai and was, for several years, the Secretary of the Madras Parsi Association, and a Trustee of the Jal Phiroj Clubwala Dar-e-Meher. She was instrumental in raising funds to rebuild the Jal Phiroj Clubwala Memorial Hall, (The Parsi Club) and to further enhance the trust fund of the Jal Phiroj Clubwala Dar-e-Meher. She also represented Chennai at the Federation of Parsi Zoroastrian Anjumans of India.
Mani Clubwala dedicated her life to making the world a better place. She lived and loved life to the fullest, had an infectious laughter and delighted in narrating her life’s experiences to her children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. She leaves behind a large group of nieces and nephews and their families in Karachi and around the world who loved her as dearly as she loved them. She followed ZAGNY’s news closely and knew many of our ZAGNY members well.
Her abundance of giving and community service will live with us forever. Her smile will always live in our hearts; her journey in this world will continue to inspire and enlighten us.
May she find Garothman Behest.