Dr. Ratnajothi Hoover

April 30, 1944 to August 23, 2016


Passed away peacefully in the presence of his loving family on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital, at the age of 72. Leaving to mourn, his wife Ranjini; daughter Shobhana (Nathan); brother Jeyaraj; sisters Kamala, Ranjini, and Shanthi, as well as a large circle of relatives, friends, and students throughout Canada, Sri Lanka, and the UK. Visitation at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, on Friday, August 26th, 2016 from 5 – 9 p.m. A Funeral service will take place in the Carnell Memorial Chapel on Saturday, August 27th, 2016 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cancer Society, or the Health Sciences Centre.



5-9 p.m. on August 26, 2016

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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2:00pm, Saturday August 27th

Carnell’s Funeral Home
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Though time has past we never forget Dr. Hoover. I think about him often, remembering funny/sweet moments (like when he accidentally called me sweetie when I answered the phone, thinking I was Shobi). I also think of him watching Nathaniel and Caleb, knowing how proud and full of love for his grandsons he would be. Forever sending my love to Shobi and Mrs. Hoover.

I was looking for one of his article written in 1994, instead I find this information about his passing away 5 years ago. I send my thoughts and prayers to his familly. Dr. Hoover was an excellent researcher. He still is one of my preferate reference on the thermal processing of starch. Brillant scientist never died. They live in their achievements. May he rest in peach

I am deeply saddened by the news of Dr. Ratnajothi Hoover passing. As a research collaborator, we coauthored more than 25 peer-reviewed scientific papers in last 13 years. He will be truly missed as a very knowledgeable professor in our starch research community. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

With sorrow I have learned of the passing of my former employer, a warm and patient man. I offer my condolences to his family and friends. May he rest in peace.

Dearest Ranjini aunty and Shobi,
We are at a loss of words to express how shocked we are to hear about Dr. Hoover’s passing and we can feel your pain. Praying for God’s special peace, grace and strength for both of you at this difficult time. We can always celebrate his life that has touched many students.
Sending our love and prayers,
Manoj and Jenny from India

Sending love and condolences to Aunty and Shobi. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Dr. Hoover will be missed deeply!

Dear Aunty Ranjini & Shobhana, Uncle Jeyaraj, Aunty Kamala, Aunty Ranjini, and Aunty Shanthi and to all the extended family,

It was such a shock to hear about Uncle Jothi’s passing, after just seeing him at Nirosha & Cody’s wedding in May. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies are with you all during this difficult time.

Angela Gajamugan & Alec Dale
Siva & Kangga Gajamugan

Ranjini, I just found out about your husband. I am so sorry for you loss. You and Shobhana are in my prayers and thoughts. I know there is nothing I can say to ease the pain but he will be forever in your heart and he will live on in your memories. Celebrate his life and have some laughs and smiles tomorrow.

Our deepest condolences go out to Ranjani Auntie and Shobi. The news of Jodi uncle’s sickness was a complete shock to us. He was someone who ensured every aspect of his life was perfect. He was a great family friend, one whom we could never forget.. Our family has such fond memories of Him. When my mother and father first immigrated to Canada, he provided constant support and assistance making the transition much easier. We pray Gods grace and strength for the family and relatives during this difficult time.

Ruby, Cynthia and Jonathan

I never had the opportunity to meet Dr. Hoover, but i have heard nice words having worked with his sister Shanthi. Please rest well, eternally with God our creator. And may God grant all the families and relatives strength, love, and grace at this time and always. Amen.

My condolence goes to the family Dr. Hoover left behind. The news of his sickness was a shock to me. I was opportuned to be his student in the last winter semester and he was very nice and helpful. The short period I knew him matters to me a lot and he will be missed dearly. RIP Dr. Hoover.

Ranjini Aunty and Shobi, my heart hurts for you both as you have had to say your goodbyes so quickly. Dr. Hoover has a special place in my heart. He gave me my start in my college days and helped me finish strong with published papers. His kindness, integrity and work ethic shaped who I am. I am so sorry for your loss. You are constantly in our thoughts and prayers.

With much love,
Grace, Tom, Annika & Micah

Kamala & Guy,
Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your brother and brother-in-law.
We shall keep in our prayers, and may his soul rest in peace.

Ranee and Kumar Kanagarajah

My deepest condolences to Professor Hoover’s family and in particular to Mrs. Ranjini Hoover and daughter Shobhana. Jothi was a colleague for many years and I enjoyed his friendship.

Antonio Martin

It is terrible to hear about your loss. In this sorrowful time, I would like to extend my heartfelt condolences to Dr. Hoover’s family. May Professor Hoover rest in peace.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Aunty Ranjani and Shobi. May the memories bring you both comfort during this time and peace to your heart. Shobi he was so proud of you and you were his greatest achievement. He had a quiet wisdom about him, which was always appreciated. We will miss him.

Professor Hoover was one the best teachers that we ever met. We all are deeply saddened by his demise. We met him first almost sixteen years ago in St. john’s and ever since he was a great teacher and mentor for us and for many in St. John’s, too. Dear Ranjani and Shobha, please accept our condolences.

We are deeply saddened by the news of Dr. Hoover’s passing. Our most heartfelt condolences to Ranjini akka and family. Remembering Dr. Hoover’s wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts. May he rest in peace!

Our deepest sympathies to Mrs Hoover and family. He was one of our colleagues in the Food Section of Ceylon Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research during the ’70 and ‘ 80’s. May he Rest in Peace.

Thank you
Deepali Abeyratne and Nimali Abeyratne
Ex CISIR employees

Dr. Hoover was one of my favorite biochemistry professors. Thoroughly enjoyed his classes. My condolences to his family and to the University community who knew him well.

Kamala I am your former class mate at MC. I was saddened to be informed of your brother’s passing.You and the family are in my thoughts and prayers as you grieve your loss. God bless you and keep you close in your time of sadness.

We are saddened by the passing of Dr. Hoover. He will be in our thoughts and prayers. Our deepest condolences to Ranjini and Shobi.

I was deeply saddened to hear of Johti’s passing. I was a graduate student of his from 1993-1996 and enjoyed working with him. He was a wonderful teacher and mentor. He will be greatly missed by the university community. My thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time.

My condolences to the family of Dr Hoover. I work in the general office in biochemistry where Dr Hoover was a faculty member. I was shocked to hear of his passing. Thoughts and prayers to his family. BettyAnn Gaslard.

The Department of Biochemistry extends our deepest condolences to Dr. Hoover’s family. He was a valued colleague, mentor, and friend who will be sadly missed by all who had the pleasure of working with him. May he rest in peace.

Our deepest condolences to Ranjini, Shobi and all family members on this great loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers! May he rest in peace!

Our deepest sympathies to all. May the Lord comfort and strengthen you.

Deepest sympathies to the Hoover family.

The news was a deep shock, and I will miss seeing him whenever we would pass each other at MUN.
Such a peaceful gentleman. So sad to know of his passing: a light has gone out….

Paris Georghiou, Chemistry Department,, MUN

We are deeply saddened by the news. Dr. Hoover was known to us for more than 30 years, as an excellent teacher to both of us and later as a close friend. When we left Newfoundland a couple of months ago, he was there to say good-bye, and we never thought that would be the last time we meet him. Dear Ranjini and Shobi, we feel for your loss, please accept our most sincere condolences. We will include him in our thoughts and daily prayers.

My deepest condolences to you Aunty and Shobi . May god give you the fortitude needed . Uncle will always be with you in spirit . He is resting in peace .

Wish to convey our sincere condolences and our deepest sympathies. May God give you comfort at this very sad time.
Ravi, Roshini and Family.

We were deeply saddened by the loss of our family friend. Our deepest condolences to Ranjani, Shobi and other family members.

May the love of friends and relatives comfort you all during this difficult time.

Uditha, Darshani, Kushan and Malin Balasooriya

Hi Ranjani and Shobi, Please accept our deepest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this hard time. Dr. Hoover was one of the best and nicest people I met in Canada. He will be truly missed. May he rest in peace.

Sending our heartfelt condolences to Ranjini, Shobhi, and the relatives of Dr. Ratnajothi Hoover. He was a very good friend to our family and an inspiration to our children, specially my daughter Grace. He was a very good friend to me at Memorial University, a person of unassuming nature, gentle character and sharp intellect. His sudden death has been a great shock to us. We will miss him dearly. We pray for his family that they will be comforted by God to bear his sudden, poignant and unexpected separation from them.

Our deepest condolences to Ranjini Acca, Shobi, and all family members.

Shobi and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you find some peace in remembering the happy times shared with your dad. Sending much love.

Sending sincere condolences to Dr.Hoovers family and loved ones. He was an amazing, helpful man who left a lasting impression on his many students. May this brilliant professer rest in peace.

Sending my deepest condolences to the family of Dr. Hoover. He was a kind soul who loved to teach. He will be missed by so many.

A sad day and a terrible loss of a friend. May his soul rest in peace.
Siri, Nelun, Nehara & Sittara

Please accept my sincere condolences.
Dr. Hoover was my professor for biochemistry in 2013- he was so kind and was always there to help his students!
May the love of family and friends comfort you all during this difficult time.

Charlesly Salter (MUN School of Nursing)