Hardial Singh: Seremban Sikh stalwart, former headmaster passes away

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Saskaar: 2pm on 27/12/16 (Tues) at Templer Crematorium Seremban | Malaysia

Hardial Singh (1931-2016), Seremban

Hardial Singh, a former headmaster and Seremban gurdwara president, passed away today. He was 85.

Hardial was a former headmaster of Rantau and Labu secondary schools.

The present Menteri Besar of Negeri Sembilan Mohamad Mohammad Hassan was among his students.

Hardial served in various capacities at Gurdwara Sahib Seremban (GSS) between 1985 to 2002. He had stints as president, Vice President, secretary and treasurer.

“He was mentor to most of our current youth who are in the gurdwara committee,” said one active volunteer.

He was also a founding member of the 300 years Khalsa Welfare Fund NS in 1999 and established the gurdwara’s library.

Hardial began his teaching career in Port Dickson. Later, he was appointed as headmaster at Rantau Secondary School and then continued at Labu Secondary School. He retired in 1983 after 33 years of service.

“In that time he was a popular and dynamic Headmaster, much respected and loved by staff, students and the wider community.

“Under his guidance, Rantau won state championships in hockey, netball and football year after year, a great achievement for a rural school. He instilled pride and confidence in all his students and is loved and remembered by all of them,” according to an article prepared by the family.

Hardial was also said to be the driving force behind researching and publishing a book about the Sikhs of Negeri Sembilan.

He was also involved in the Rotary Club of Seremban.

Name: Hardial Singh s/o Rashpal Singh

Born: 21 Feb 1931

Demise: 26 Dec 2016

Saskaar: 2pm on 27/12/16 (Tues) at Templer Crematorium Seremban

Cortege timing: Cortege leaves residence at 12pm on 27/12-16 (Tues) No 2, Jalan BU 11/17, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya

Message from family: He was a loving husband and father, an eldest brother who raised his younger siblings and was a father to them as well, and a friend to many people from all walks of life. He will be loved and remembered fondly by so many people for all his achievements as well as his sheer goodness and likeability, his great sense of humour, his love of sport, his generosity and wisdom. We mourn the passing of a great man, but as the old proverb says, “Say not in grief ‘He is no more’ but live in thankfulness that he was. ”

Contact: Amret 012.330 8047, Pat 016 l.600 5325, Gurmit 012.383 6713

Asia Samachar | Entry: 26 Dec 2016, 00:50 | Source: Family

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    Jagdev Singh: One of the greatest leaders who guided and supported all Youth activities at Gurdwara Sahib Seremban. He will always be remembered for his dedication in sewa and bringing changes in Seremban.

    Karamindar Singh Khalsa: A great Sikh gentleman who served the Sikh community with dedication. Will be remembered by all. My deepest and sincere condolences to the family.

    Tharampal Singh: What a gentleman he was..I have known him ever since I was a small boy and he always had a huge smile with him

    Datuk Sucha Singh: May Waheguru bless his soul A gentleman indeed He was also the past president of the Malaysian Gurdwaras Council Waheguru

    Naenti Kaur Singh: A great educator and sikh leader who will leave a lasting legacy

    Balabir Kaur: We were blessed to have him as our leader. My deepest condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace.

  2. My condolences to the family.

    Many deceased have monies in EPF, CoOperatives, etc and benefits available from SOCSO and if the person was a member of any association. Relatives of Government pensioners are also entitled to RM3K grant from the Pensions Department and this does not need any receipts of expenditure.
    Suggest any family member go through the old documents to confirm as not many parents tell their spouses, siblings or children of what they have or where they have and this also applies to other family members including spouses and children and siblings.
    I realise that this may not be the right time to say all this but it is important otherwise the money if any, will end up with transfer to UNCLAIMED MONEYS REGISTRAR from where it is very cumbersome to collect. Apologies if misunderstood.
    ALL GURDWARAS-MANDIRS-SOCIETIES-NGOs-INDIVIDUALS SHOULD PROVIDE SUCH ADVICE AS AND WHEN NECESSARY WHO MAY BE AFFECTED INCLUDING THOSE STILL LIVING TO PREVENT RECOVERY PROBLEMS.

    I notice that Sardar Hardial Singh Ji was also a founding member of the 300 years Khalsa Welfare Fund NS in 1999 and established the Gurdwara’s library. Like several other Welfare funds established in the past by Sikhs little is known about the existence of this Welfare Fund NS and who can apply for assistance or what are its objectives. People like Sardar Hardial Singh Ji are excellent role models who will not be forgotten including for their contributions to Sanggat-Community-Society but it is important that his memory be kept fresh by ensuring that TRrust Funds such as Welfare Fund NS are kept alive and progressive. I remember another fund which was established by the late Dr Tara Singh Ji and Dato Mahima Singh Ji, both of Seramban, but like others, both the Funds appear to have been forgotten by the Trustees/Relative as well as the Sanggat.

    Suggest the existence of this and other similar funds be listed by Sikh Organisations such as Malaysian Gurdwara Council, Sikh Naujawan Sabha, SWAN Khalsa Diwan, etc and information be publicised to enable those in need can make applications.
    EVERY GURDWARA NOTICE BOARD [AND WEBSITE IF THEY HAVE] SHOULD SHOW THIS INFORMATION WITH CONTACT DETAILS. PERIODICAL ANNOUNCEMENT SHOULD ALSO BE MADE TO SANGGAT ESPECIALLY DURING GURPURABS, VAISAKHI AND OTHER CELEBRATIONS WHEN THE PRESENT SANGGAT IS LARGE.

    Pray the soul of Sardar Hardial Singh Ji rest with the Wahe Guru Ji

  3. He was also President of the Malaysian Gurdwaras Council and did progressive work for the development of the Council.

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