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773 Moody Street
Waltham, MA 02453
Phone: 781-893-6260
Fax: 781-893-5965
Sambar Datta

Sambar Datta

Thursday, November 2nd, 1939 - Monday, July 15th, 2019
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On July 15, 2019 our beloved and loving husband and father, Sambar Datta at age 79, passed away surrounded in his final moments and days by his family and listening to the music that brought so much peace to him all his life. Over the past two years he fought and persevered through many medical challenges stemming from complications due to his esophageal cancer surgery. He always kept fighting in hopes of a better outcome, so he could spend more time with his family.

He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years of marriage, Kamala Datta, his three children, Kaushik (Noelle) Datta, Victoria Datta and Sonia (Robert) Varallo, his four loving grandchildren, Asha & Sachin Datta, Kamira and Joelle Varallo, and many other nephews and nieces who love and remember him fondly.

Sambar Datta was born on December 17, 1939 to his parents, Khagendra Nath and Sushoma Datta in Kolkata, India, one of ten children. He loved his parents and his siblings very much.

Sambar Datta loved his profession as an electrical & controls engineer. He worked at Stone & Webster (Shaw Group) the majority of his professional life, from where he retired after 46 years. He loved the design aspect of building power plants, seeing projects through to execution, and all the people interactions along the way. He was proud of doing his job well and loved the day they would turn the finished product over to the client.

His other personal passion was music whether it be listening to, performing or cultivating it in the community. Sambar loved many different genres of music- jazz, blues, classical and rock but his one true love was Indian Classical Music. He had an impeccable ear for Indian Classical music, meeting some of the greats during his lifetime.

Most importantly, Sambar Datta, was a kind and gentle soul. He spent a lifetime helping friends, family or strangers whenever and however he could. He believed in education as the strong foundation for a successful life. He was uncannily empathetic, always striving to understand the struggles of others to better himself. He passed these values and others on through his family.

Family, relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend funeral services in the Mary Catherine Chapel of Brasco & Sons Memorial, 773 Moody St., Waltham, MA, on Saturday July 20, 2019 from 10:00am-12:00pm, followed by a religious service at the crematorium for immediate family.

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 20th, 2019 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Saturday, July 20th, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
    The Mary Catherine Chapel of Brasco & Sons
    773 Moody Street
    WALTHAM, MA 02453
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  • Service

    Saturday, July 20th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, July 20th, 2019 10:00am
    The Mary Catherine Chapel of Brasco & Sons
    773 Moody Street
    WALTHAM, MA 02453
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Janice Cave

Posted at 05:10pm
I remember one particular day Mr Datta didn't want to walk. the nurse taking care of him asked me to come and see if I could get him to walk. When I walked in the room he practically stood up and was ready to go. His nurse couldn't believe his response after she had tried several time. I'm sure he was tired but he gave it his best shot.

I know you are at peace now. My deepest sympathy to the Datta Family.

Posted at 12:52am
Joy Joy as he was affectionately known was a soft spoken person who always appeared to me as one of the few of my father’s brothers with his head firmly on his shoulders.

Though he was soft spoken, there was tremendous substance and good old-fashioned common sense in every piece of advice he seemed to give.

I have always loved America but I owe, in part, the genesis of this love to the memorable holidays I spent with him and his loving family here in America. He was the first person in our family to blaze the trail into America and their family has always been a pillar of support and guidance for every other family member who has followed.

In Vedantic philosophy they say that the effect good karma never diminishes whether in one life or in another. I am sure Joy Joy’s good deeds will see him embrace happiness till eternity!

Chandrima, Sudev and Nishan Datta

Subir Mallick

Posted at 10:45pm
Krishna and Subir:
Sambar Babu was not only a leader in our Bengali community, but a stable and just guide that steered our community through many a rough waters, always landing us on the side of JUSTICE. His directions are now bearing us fruits.


Tamika and Dan Djondo

Posted at 06:14pm
We are holding you in our thoughts, and praying that love and beautiful memories lead you through the days ahead. With sympathy and love,
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Posted at 12:16pm
Our love and support go out to the entire Datta family. We are so glad we had the pleasure of knowing such a kind and gentle soul. Love, Jeanine
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