In Memory of Purabi Ruby Biswas

January 14, 1946 - September 22, 2019

Resided in New Hartford, NY


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Purabi Ruby Biswas, 73, of New Hartford, died Sunday, Sept. 22nd, 2019 at the Siegenthaler Center.

She was born on Jan. 14th, 1946 in Sriniketan, Birbhum in India, the youngest daughter of Tarak Chandra Dhar and Anila Rani Guharoy Dhar. She was educated at Vishwa Bharati University in Santiniketan, India where she received a Masters in Philosophy.

Ruby married Surj Biswas on April 30th, 1972 in Kolkata, India and moved to the US shortly after, residing along the East Coast before settling in Upstate New York in 1987. She served as librarian at institutions around the Greater Mohawk Valley and finished her career at the Utica Public Library 6 years ago.

An active member of the Bengali communities where she lived throughout her life, Ruby was instrumental in directing local productions featuring the poetry, music, and dance of the Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s collected works. Her passions also included gardening, reading, writing, cinema, travelling, and cooking.

She is survived by her husband, Surj Biswas, her son, Sanjoy, daughter-in-law, Mita, and 8yr old grandson, Anikh.

The family would like to thank all their local friends in New Hartford, Utica, Syracuse, Cortland, Ithaca, & Binghamton for their sincere friendship and support.

Calling hours will be on Friday, Oct. 4th from 12:00 to 1:30pm, and a service will follow at 1:30pm at the Friedel, Williams, & Edmunds Funeral and Cremation Services, 13 Oxford Rd., New Hartford, NY 13413.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a contribution to the Utica Public Library “In Honor of Ruby Biswas.”