Wednesday, June 22, 2016

In Honour of the late Mahesh Butani

The Spectator's tribute to Mahesh can be found by clicking here, or buying June 24th's paper. 

Mahesh Butani was a passionate individual who was steadfast in his convictions. His love for Hamilton was second to none, and we are deeply saddened to learn of Mahesh's passing.

We thought it most fitting to honour Mahesh by reposting an answer he gave to a question we once asked him in The Hamiltonian:

If you had the undivided attention of all Hamiltonians, including city council, what would you say to council, and what would you say to Hamiltonians, in terms of advice on how we can better succeed as a city?

To the Council:

Endeavour to meet at least one other councilor and their family for an informal dinner once a week through the term, in spite of conflicting agendas and schedules.

Always be wary of forming a quorum at barbeques, games and chat rooms.

Stay the course on the vision of making Hamilton a ' People's Place' as per the internationally recognized definition of the term, in spite of conflicting agendas.

Hand over the baton with grace when you feel you have given your best to the community and have nothing more to contribute to the ever evolving public good in rapidly changing times.

To Hamiltonians:

Form new Citizens Talent Banks and not new Watch Groups.
Start trading in innovative ideas amongst different talent banks and the Council.

Collaborate with your Councillor to achieve your aspirations for Hamilton.

Don't be afraid in forming a quorum at barbeques, games and chat rooms.

Stay the course on the vision of making Hamilton a 'People"s Place' as per the internationally recognized definition of the term, in spite of conflicting agendas.

Mentor with grace those who you feel are capable of leading the next guard to enhance the ever evolving public good in rapidly changing times, and show up to vote for them when your time comes to take a stand.

Rest in Peace Mahesh. You will be missed!

The Hamiltonian


  1. Very sad news indeed. Mahesh and I did not always agree on things, but he was a formidable debater who had some brilliant ideas.

    Rest in peace

  2. surprised and saddened to learn of this, I always admired Mr.Butani for his intelligence, wit and grit. Truly engaged, my condolences to the family.

  3. AnonymousJune 23, 2016

    I think Mahesh was one of those Hamilton heros.


    While I did not always agree with his POV, he was a smart person whose input will be missed. RIP

  5. AnonymousJune 29, 2016

    I was so pleased to be mentored and supported both personally and in business with this lovely man. He was a dedicated father,passionate art lover,inspiration speaker. His words of "stay flexible in life" plus discussing our parenting of the our daughters, the mutual love of architecture and art. It's always inspiring to me to learn about what food people enjoy. Denninger's where we original met remains a favorite for me. Mahesh was a gracious host and generous with information/ knowledge and his network of friends. Authentic speech, to remaining disciplined in meditation and to be patient with our youthful neighbors and friends. He humbling listen to other viewpoints with patience beyond what I ever have seen.
    Although recently not feeling well and frustrated by the lack of engagement to discuss the LRT was what he joked about even in the hospital. He survived surgery and was in good humour.

    Our conversations about simple life, love and gardening will be missed. My 4 o'clock "walk" to Denningers will remain the wind in my hair, the rain on my skin and the memory of your smile and nod to meet me over there.

    Your favorite cashier sent me condolences, your "pizza Friday guy" is crying and I dont know if anybody is handing out chocolates to the girls in International Village...but I say Nick feeding his bird and smokin in your spot. Shall I ask him to move over?

    pitter patter
    kiss kiss

    Love you,


  6. AnonymousJune 29, 2016

    This is a very classy tribute to a very unique person.

    RIP Mahesh.


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