Dr. Ashoke Deb

December 24, 1948 to December 21, 2018


Dr. Ashoke Deb (Professor of Computer Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland – St. John’s Campus)

Passed away at home in St. John’s. Predeceased by his parents Shanti Sengupta and Amiyendu Deb of Calcutta, India, and sister Swapna De. Survived by his sister Rina Ghosh, niece Pritha Ghosh, nephew Amrit De, as well as a large circle of dear friends in St. John’s and dear friends and family in Calcutta. Dr. Deb received his Bachelor and Masters degrees in Calcutta, his Doctorate in Computer Science from the University of Iowa, and became a member of the Computer Science and Mathematics Faculty at Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1976.  As a long-time contributor, teacher and researcher, he was one of the founding faculty members to establish the Computer Science Department at Memorial University.  An avid photographer, Indian classical vocalist, jazz ballet dancer, woodwork artisan, voracious reader, gardener, and eternal seeker. He was also a great conversationalist with an infectious laugh. Ashoke was a multi-talented individual who enjoyed all aspects of life. Cremation will take place. Visitation at Carnell’s Funeral Home on Saturday, January 19 from 9am – 3pm with a funeral service immediately following in the Chapel at 3pm. Flowers gratefully accepted, or in lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of one’s choice in Ashoke’s memory would be appreciated.



9 a.m. - 3 p.m. on January 19, 2019

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
View on Map


3:00pm, Saturday January 19th

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
View on Map


Leave a Condolence

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Aashoke was a neigbour and friend for many years. We would join each other for a chat across the road or at each other’s front gardens. Politics and gardening were common topics, interspersed with lots of laughter. He was a fine man, a smart man and a dedicated teacher. I was glad to know him.
He will be missed. My condolences to his family.

From yet another admiring student … I took my first programming course from Ashoke in 1979 or so – he taught my brother even earlier than that!
Though I didn’t know Ashoke well outside of the classroom, after 40 years I still remember him clearly as a gentle, peaceful soul, and a wonderful, intelligent teacher. I ran into him occasionally over the years, and he always remembered me 🙂

My heartfelt condolences to his family.

I was a student of Dr. Deb’s back in 2004 when I took the last Computer Science course of my undergraduate degree. I remember him as a gifted professor who cared very much about his students. I was sad and quite surprised to hear of his sudden passing. My condolences to Dr. Deb’s friends and family. I’m sorry for your loss.

I was very shocked and saddened to learn of Ashoke’s passing. My contacts with him were due to working in the QE II Library and having other friends in the Computer Science Department. While I hadn’t seen him in over 10 years, because of having moved away from St.John’s, he was one of the people whom I missed. I send my condolences to his family and friends.

Sorry to here of Ashoke passing he was a very pleasant person always up for a chat and a laugh

Sad to just learn of the passing of a friend. Dr. Ashoke Deb passed away in late December. Ashoke was a cherished customer of mine going back 25 years or more. I first met him at Duckworth Lunch in the late 1980’s. A large portion of Duckworth Street workers of all ilk would gather for breakfast at the eatery back in the day and you would pull up a chair at any table that had a stray empty chair. One such morning I pulled up a chair and joined Ashoke, a joyful man, MUN prof. and most affable in nature. He came to the store with me after breakfast to discuss musicial interests and a long-term relationship commenced. Together we explored the historic depths of jazz, classical and numerous international music genres. He was always laughing and had a truly affectionate way of treating all whom he connected with as many can attest. Many times we lunched together at International Flavours over several years, most recently less than a year ago to discuss global politics, the humanities and of course, music. I will miss his joyous laughter, profound perspective on life and most of all his warm friendship. Farewell, Ashoke.

Dr. Ashoke Deb was one of the founding faculty member of the Department of Computer Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He made a special and long-time contribution to our department.

As his colleague I feel deeply sorry for his suddenly passing. May he rest in peace. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

I remember Deb as a Prof at MUN, he taught me the hardware-related course in Comp Sci dept. It was a really tough course, I had a lot of respect for him. Saddened to hear this!

My first job at MUN was working in the Computer Science Department. I will remember my time there fondly in no small part to people like Ashoke who always managed to make me laugh. He was a fun person and it was always a treat to sit down and have a chat with him… when you could get him to park himself long enough to talk. He always seemed to be on his feet darting from here to there, always busy but never too busy to smile and throw a bit of humor your way.
My condolences go out to his family and friends. He will definitely be missed.
Sincere sympathies.
Shena Keats Quinton

Ashoke was a wonderful neighbour and friend. We have many fond memories of our time on New Cove Road.

I offer my sincere condolences to Ashoke’s family, friends and associates. I remember him from the Computer Sciences Department when my late husband Jim Dawe was part of the Department for many years. I think maybe he and Jim studied in Iowa together. Sorry to everyone for your loss. May he Rest In Peace.

Dr. Deb was among one of my many memorable professors when I studied Computer Science from 1991 to 1997 at Memorial. I am saddened to hear of his passing. As noted in his memroriam, he certainly did have a boisterous laugh! My deepest condolences to his family and friends.