We, the Singh family, are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Surjit Singh on June 13, 2022, aged 94. He was the son of the late Partap Singh and the late Raj Kaur. He is survived by Jagir Kaur, his loving wife of 64 years; daughter, Sonya; sons, Kam (Manpreet) and Sarbjit (Jagmohan); and four grandchildren, Sareen, Jasleen, Traveen, and Naveen. Surjit was surrounded by family until the very end of his wonderful life.
Surjit was born in Kassoana, a village in Punjab, India. His storied career began with a Bachelor of Arts, Diploma in Physical Education, and master’s degree in Persian, culminating in emigration from his native India to Canada. He settled in the Maritimes, where his family joined him after three years. Here, he was a beloved teacher of physical education. He would fill up the trunk of his car with sports equipment and travel between schools in Truro, Old Barns, Bible Hill, Hilden, Brookfield, and Middle and Upper Stewiacke. His students remembered him well into their adult years and always recalled how much they loved his class whenever they crossed paths with ‘Mr. Singh’.
In addition to being a dedicated gym teacher, Surjit was a devoted member of The Gideons and deeply committed to the Church. He rarely missed prayer meetings and had a full complement of chauffeurs to bring him to each one. He was recently honoured for his dedication to global outreach thanks to his worldwide travels with backpacks full of donations in tow, totaling over one million donations over his lifetime. He was also a senior and founding member of the Maritime Sikh Society. He was affectionately nicknamed ‘Columbus’ for helping countless members of his extended family join him in Canada.
Surjit was an accomplished athlete himself and continued to stay active throughout his senior years, even participating in track & field on the world stage in his 60s. His grandchildren followed his lead into sports, and he cheered them on through many years of soccer, track & field, and volleyball. This involvement undoubtedly kept him in excellent health because he was never ill.
He passed away after a short stay in the Colchester East Hants Health Centre, where he was ably cared for by Dr. David Henderson, Dr. Dwayne Coad, Dr. Rob Graham, Dr. Renee Amiro, Dr. Harold Berghuis, and Dr. Sushil Sharma. Special thanks to nurses and staff of the palliative care service, MDU, ER, and the medical floor for their excellent care.
Donations may be made in his memory to the Maritime Sikh Society or to The Gideons.
Care has been entrusted to Colchester Community Funeral Home, 512 Willow St, Truro, NS, where a visitation will take place on Friday, June 17th from 6-8pm, and funeral service on Saturday, June 18th at 11am with Phil Grant and Ralph Fillmore officiating. Webcasting will begin at 10:58am (AST) and is available with full obituary and online condolences at www.ColchesterCommunity.com.