Shri Sham Sunder Chhokra

April 21, 1929 - March 25, 2024
Shri Sham Sunder Chhokra

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Shri Sham Sunder Chhokra of Wilmington, North Carolina passed away on March 25th, 2024, just 1 month shy of his 95th Birthday. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirmati Radha Rani. He is survived by a daughter, Reetu Anand (Raj) of Ludhiana (Punjab, India) and sons, Sunil Arora (Kavita) of Wilmington (NC) and Sudhir Arora (Vandana) of Amritsar (Punjab, India), his grandchildren, 3 grandsons, 2 granddaughters and 3 great grandchildren. He loved all his family members deeply.

He was born in Amritsar (Punjab, India) and witnessed India gain independence from Great Britain in 1947 and sadly being partitioned at the same time. With his brothers, he was engaged in the family business to supply clothing fabrics to vendors in Punjab and neighboring states on behalf of the Federal Government. His business travels took him to Himachal Pradesh, Kashmir, and Ladakh, sometimes in the thick of heavy snow and wintery weather. He retired after 50 years’ service and came to Wilmington in 2008. He gave generous donations to charitable organizations and those in need while he was in India.

He lived in his 3rd floor condo in Mayfaire, overlooking Main Street. A very pious, spiritual, and regimented man, he prayed for 2 hours daily and chanted hymns while sitting on the floor in a lotus position. He was hugely popular in the neighborhood, frequently seen enjoying his jaunts up and down Main Street. He had a very kind and unassuming personality, always smiling and initiating easy conversations with complete strangers. Sometimes, he invited people he had just met to his condo for tea and Indian snacks and cookies. He was blessed with great health and possessed exceptional stamina, walking from his condo all the way to Eastwood Road and back (a 2-mile round-trip) almost daily. When he lived on his own in India, he had a cook who fixed his meals. In Wilmington, to his great credit, he learned over time to cook quite memorable Indian meals from scratch. Friends and family members dropped in regularly, often bringing cooked food and enjoyed eating together with him.

Unfortunately, he was afflicted by advancing age and health issues in recent years which he bravely combated until the very end. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

To view a recording of the memorial service CLICK HERE.

In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make contributions to Lower Cape Fear LifeCare, 1414 Physicians Dr., Wilmington, NC 28401 in his memory by clicking here.

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Care entrusted to Wilmington Funeral & Cremation – Wilmington Chapel – 1535 S. 41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099.




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  • April 09, 2024
    Glenn Barefoot says:
    I learned many things from this dear man in the short time I knew him. He said to me, "My religion is the love of all religions." This beautiful line I quote to my grandchildren and in times when controversies could arise. He was gentle and welcoming. It always made me happy to be with him. He was a blessing .

  • April 08, 2024
    Edward "AVERY" Bates says:
    Many wonderful professional experiences with Sunil Arora. I had the pleasure of meeting his father only once. I have no doubt that Sunil was a wonderful caregiver for his father. My thoughts are with you Dr. Arora❤!

  • April 04, 2024
    Dilip Gadani says:
    Our deepest condolences to Sunil and his family. Our prayers are with the family. Prafull & DiliP Gadani

  • April 04, 2024
    Ajay and Anjali Dashputre says:
    We are so sorry for your loss. Wishing you peace during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • April 04, 2024
    Midesha Pillay-Stewart says:
    I’m so sorry for your loss. I pray your family will take strength from each other and in the knowledge that your Father and Grandfather lived a long and what’s sounds like a fulfilling life. Take care.