Official Obituary of

Tariq Ahad Hossenbux

March 12, 2024

Tariq Hossenbux Obituary

Tariq  Hossenbux

September 14, 1973 - March 12, 2024.


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a son, brother, uncle, and friend, Tariq Hossenbux on March 12, 2024.  Tariq - or Steve as he was sometimes called - was a commercial pilot for over 24 years, and business advisor. Some of you may remember him from his days training staff at Natural Pet Foods in Carleton Place, or his years in school at Seneca College, or Carleton University. Tariq was the most genuine person I know. If you wanted a truthful answer, you could come to him and be assured that he would give you a poignant reply. He had two true loves in life: flying and exploring northern Canada. He would spend weeks driving to remote locations, and spend months living up north, flying residents from remote regions to the city. This was his passion. He often encouraged visiting these beautiful places and shared many photos and reflections on the people and stories he met and heard along the way. He loved these trips and experiences exploring places that many people do not get a chance to see.

This saying from his Facebook page says it all...

The world is a book, and those who don't travel only read one page. ~ Augustine of Hippo

He also loved animals, and shared how he walked with the locals and their lions in Mauritius, and swam with the turtles in Easter Island, and enjoyed seeing wildlife in Canada. For Christmas, he would donate to the Humane Society International as a gift for the kids. He always had advice for people with sick animals and he was often described as having a wealth of knowledge that he loved to impart with willing listeners. This is probably due to his incredible memory. He read facts, and then they were stored in his brain. As a child, he found an error in the Guinness book of records, which he insisted be corrected. And it was!! For those that do not know him as well, he was a history buff. He had extensive knowledge of all things military, aviation, or historical. We spent May 2023 traveling to Orlando where I thought we might do typical Florida entertainment e.g. Disney or Universal; but Tariq had other places he wanted to explore, so we visited the Navy Seals Museum and Kennedy Space Center. He had such a great time conversing with the veterans working there, and they with him. He was such a history buff and avid reader, recommending books to the kids, and to Tony and myself. I am halfway through Tomson Highway’s book, Permanent Astonishment among many others that he has suggested. His love of local lore and artifacts were part of why his apartment was filled to the brim with treasures from his travels. He would talk of aboriginal stories that he picked up on his travels up north and the interesting people that he met along the way. He also loved sports and art. He always changed the channel to either sports radio or CBC. He shared his landscapes and encouraged the children to paint. Tariq attended many hockey games at the Canadian Tire Center where he had to educate Tony on the players and the game. He gave us cooking tips, history lessons and more. He loved the casino and betting on sports (I think my grandma and he shared this hobby) and always followed hockey, baseball and football. He rarely complained, and we never heard him complain about his cancer - he was so incredibly brave and never wanted to share that burden with anyone. Like many things he kept it to himself and remained stoic to his last day.

We pray he is now without pain, content on a new adventure somewhere. We will all miss him tremendously and will never be the same without him. We will honor his final wishes and will scatter his ashes "somewhere quiet and nice" - in a remote region of Northern Canada that he so loved. One of his favorite spots is Pancake Bay on Lake Superior; I think that he would have approved of that.

Donations may be made in Tariq's memory to Humane Society International, https://www.hsi.org/ (see link below)






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