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Born: Mar 02, 1939
Date of Passing: Feb 27, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
Our father leaves behind his wife of 54 years, Gobind Kaur; his three children, daughter Tejinder Kaur and her husband Martin and #1 grandson Jeevin, his son Parmvir Singh and his wife Harjot Kaur and cherished granddaughter, Sahaj Kaur and his youngest daughter Sunjeet Kaur, his Sun. The reality of who our father leaves behind is vast and extends to every and all members of our family. He was the youngest son of four and the second youngest of eight children, (the late(s) Nichattar Singh, Darshan Singh, Sarban Singh, Amar Kaur, Tej Kaur, Kartar Kaur and survived by Gurdip Kaur). He made sure that all "his children", be it, nieces, nephews, extended or close were all given his attention and love.
Faith above all things was a driving force and purpose in our father's life; he truly was the embodiment of God's faithful servant. He loved life - he was always explicit and clear that the greatest gift in life was life itself. Taking long walks and basking in the sunlight, big or small, our father took nothing for granted and cherished it all. He took complicated and complex situations and always was able to simplify everything; he had such a way with words.
As our hearts lay open and our eyes swell trying to grapple with the loss of this giant, we continue to remind ourselves that he would not want anyone to shed a tear for him. We come and we go, we came from our Maker and so one day shall we meet this Maker. Simply put our father was a giant, and when giants fall the earth shakes. That is what we are feeling, forever grateful to call him ours in his lifetime, but shaken.
The weight of his presence in all our lives is immeasurable. Kewal was an open valley of knowledge, he loved to learn, he always had a library card on him, he was constantly reading or writing and the joy, curiosity and excitement he felt in learning new things or a new skill was so inspiring to us all.
It needs to be said that what our father gave to the community was nothing short of tireless devotion. There are countless awards and medals and recognition he received over the years from community organizations, political parties and most notably the Governor General of Canada Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Confederation of Canada for significant contribution to compatriots, community and Canada. He also received the Queens Commemorative Medal in Honour for Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee in 2002 for his contributions to community, city and country.
The gifts our father bestowed on his family and his community should give us a sense of not only what his purpose was but leaves us with direction as we move forward. As this news of his passing washes over us, we are in awe of just how far and wide his light shined - at home and across oceans there are individuals and communities mourning this loss and sharing stories of just how significant our father was to them. He was a not only a leader and healer but also an activist who advocated tirelessly his entire life for his beliefs, justice and equality.
"Whoever has come, shall depart, all shall
have their turn. He who owns our soul, and
our very breath of life - Why should we
forget that Lord and Master from our minds?"
- Sri Guru Granth Sahib Pg. 474
THOMSON "IN THE PARK"
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 02, 2021
Condolences & Memories (3 entries)
I am deeply saddened by the news of your loss. Please accept my condolences. I pray that Wahaguru hi will grant you strength. - Posted by: Ajit Manku (Friend) on: Mar 03, 2021
My deepest condolences to the entire family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. May God keep you strong and united through this tough time. - Posted by: BaldevSingh Ramgotra (Close friend ) on: Mar 02, 2021
Parm, Harjot and Shah.....losing a parent/grandparent is a huge loss and I completely feel your pain. May the coming days, weeks, months and years comfort all of you with all of the amazing memories you have made together with him over his lifetime! xooooo - Posted by: Adele Finch (Friend) on: Mar 02, 2021
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