Former MLA John Nuraney, who held the riding of Burnaby-Willingdon for the B.C. Liberals from 2001 to 2009, died early Monday, November 21, 2016 at the age of 79.
MLA John Nuraney is being remembered as a “gentleman” with a legacy of compassion.
“When I think of John Nuraney, one word comes to mind: gentleman,” said B.C. Premier Christy Clark in a statement. The premier’s statement remembers Nuraney as a respected leader in the Ismaili community, an entrepreneur and a philanthropist.
Nuraney was born in Kenya, and immigrated to Canada from Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) in 1974, after his business and assets were seized by the Zairian government. “British Columbia was lucky he chose us,” said Clark, who called Nuraney a “mentor and friend.” “John arrived here with nothing, but you can’t keep a man of his talent down.” His “legacy of compassion” will continue through his wife, Gulshan, three children and grandchildren, the premier wrote.