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Monday, 2nd July 2007
18th Aassaar (Samvat 539 Nanakshahi)
Vaheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Vaheguru Ji Ki Fateh
Bhai Sahib Swaran Singh, 68, who passed away after a heart attack yesterday evening at Wolverhampton , United Kingdom , had spent his last day serving his community selflessly. Earlier yesterday, Swaran Singh, who was UNITED SIKHS' director of community multifaith awareness director, had driven from Leeds to assist us in our presentation on the Right To Turban campaign, to the sangat at the Sedgley Street Gurdwara in Wolverhampton .
Bhai Sahib, who for 38 years had been a carer to his disabled wife, Jagdish Kaur, would always put the community's needs first, whenever he was asked to assist in any project.
We were always inspired by his humility and love. He recently gave the following advice on how to handle a dispute: “Where love is thick faults are thin.”
Bhai Sahib's knowledge, experience and humility made him a great asset to the community's campaign for human rights. Bhai Sahib was an activist who shared his knowledge selflessly as a Sikh religious visitor to several prisons in North England .
He recently championed for the right of access for the disabled to attend prayers in the Darbar Sahib (prayer hall) at the Chapletown Leeds Gurdwara Sahib. Bhai Sahib had raised this issue when his wife was refused entry into the prayer hall in her wheel chair. The problem was resolved amicably in January, through mediation by the Disability Rights Commission, and he was looking forward to the implementation of the agreement to provide access to the disabled at the Gurdwara Sahib.
We join his family and friends to celebrate beautiful memories of a brave and selfless husband, father and friend, who was a boon to the community till the end.
Director, UNITED SIKHS
To transform underprivileged and minority communities and individuals into informed and vibrant members of society through civic, educational and personal development programs, by fostering active participation in social and economic activity.
UNITED SIKHS is also an avenue for networking between like-minded organisations to establish and nurture meaningful projects and dialogues - whether social, cultural or political- to promote harmony, understanding and reciprocity in our villages, towns and cities.
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Accordingly, UNITED SIKHS has sought to fulfil its mission not only by informing, educating and uplifting fellow beings but also by participating in cross-cultural and political exchanges to ensure that the promises and benefits of democracy are realized by all.
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