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Kanwaljit Singh [Rivaz 1969 Batch]

MESSAGE FROM HIS DAUGHTER [Namrita Singh McGarity]:

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that our father, Kanwal Jit Singh, is no longer with us. Dad fought a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s, and ultimately passed away at home, in his sleep, on Tuesday, January 13, 2021.
To the world Dad was a great friend, life of the party, ultimate prankster, travel and food enthusiast, Iphone fanatic, casino lover, and bona fide fashionista through and through. While he was all of that (and then some!) to us he was simply Dad…the man who taught us how to swim, shared his love for travel and adventure with us and taught us how to be independent and make something of our lives.
Though it has only been a day, the depth of this loss is already apparent. We will always love him and hold him in our hearts. As difficult as it feels at this moment, we are comforted by knowing that he is finally free of the walker, medications and all of the other constraints that held him back from living with the exuberance and passion with which he had always lived. Dad was larger than life. Only today did he finally transcend it once and for all.
Anyone who knew Dad knew how important family and friends were to him. There are no words to adequately thank each of you for the love and support you provided for Dad in his final years and that you continue to provide for us even as he is no longer with us. We would be lost without your support.

– Namrita Singh McGarity

Extension of date to receive the Application & Vision Statement for Vice President of OCA (India) 2021-2023

Dear OCs,

At the very outset,on behalf of the President and the Executive Committee of OCA(India),I would like to wish you and your family a very Happy New Year 2021.

I’am writing to inform you that on account of the unprecedented times which we find ourselves passing through,the date to receive the application and vision statement to select the Vice President of OCA(India) for the term 2021-2023 has been extended till 15th February 2021.All those OC’s desirous of being considered for the position of Vice President OCA(India) may kindly send their application accompanied with a vision statement by the 15th of February 2021. The application and vision statement should be sent in a sealed envelope clearly mentioning expression of interest- VP of OCA India, to  the following address.

The Secretary,OCA (India)
House No.565
Sector, 10-D
Chandigarh -160011

The envelopes would be opened only in the presence of the Selection Committee.

As per Clause 5-C of the MOA of OCA(India) minimum criteria to be fulfilled to become Vice President of the Executive committee of OCA(India) is as follows:

a)    A person shall fulfill conditions laid down below to qualify for the post of the Vice President of the executive committee. Selection committee shall also ensure the compliance of this clause before deciding upon the name of vice president:

Compulsory Conditions:

i)  Person applying for the post of Vice President shall be a member of the Society and shall do so in writing

ii) The application  must be accompanied by a vision statement.

iii) He should have served at any one of the regional chapters for at least one year as President/Secretary or served as member of executive committee of the society or its regional chapters, or should be an OC of eminence.

iv) Must have studied in the School (Bishop Cotton) for at least 2 years as a boarder.

Looking forward to receiving your application.

Regards,

Ajay Thiara

Secretary, OCA(India)
+91-9876900001

More sad shocking news – our dear Partap Grewal no more

Email from Surinderjit Singh to Vijay Khurana:

This is Surinderjit Sohi, Partap Grewal‘s nephew. I’m sorry to inform you that Partap Chachaji passed away on Dec 2nd 2020 at 11:30pm. He passed away due to complications with Covid-19. I have arranged for his funeral on, Wednesday Dec 9th 2020. The funeral home will provide me a link that I will provide you with, so that Partap Chachaji’s friends can remotely attend the funeral. Can you please send me your cell phone number so that I can provide you with the link and can you also inform Partap Chachajis other friends about this?

Sincerely
Surinderjit Sohi


Dear Surinderjit,

Thank you for your email.

This is shocking news. May he now rest in peace and it leaves his friends heart broken and hurt by this sad message.

Partap had sent Gurcharan Singh Anand and me almost identical messages about the presence of Covid cases in the institution that he was in followed one last message that the pathogen had infected him as well. After that message on November 21,2020 there was absolute silence and just last evening I sent a mail to Stephanie Karpatia (Revera Living & Long Term Care Centre) enquiring about Partap. Your message was an unexpected and distressful blow, to say the least.

I am endorsing this mail to his friends from School and their number is large which will indicate the wide circle of well wishers he had, most of them for well over 50 years.

I await your inputs. My thanks

My kind regards

Sincerely

Vijay Khurana


Very Sad News

Pratap would call me maybe once a year and we had some nice chats about School . About his own ailments and we used to compare Sweden and Canada (As these countries have lots in Common )

RIP Pratap -We shall always remember you

Regards

Sudhir [Kashyap]


This is indeed very sad news.
I had visited Partap 4 years back in his hospice, and he was being well taken care of; though he became a bit emotional when I was leaving.
Partap was a naturally talented sportsman. A fantastic hockey player, a solid long distance runner as he won the Under 15 marathon in 1961.
When the illness struck, he did not give up. Instead he migrated to Canada on a wheelchair, learnt computer science and started working. He was with IBM for some time. He told me that he had also worked in New York for a few years.
He had great determination and faced adversity head on and made a life for himself.
May his soul rest in peace.
SM Singh


Best Regards
SM Singh


Regret to inform that Minnie – Mohinderjit Singh – passed on

Dear All,

It is with deep regret I write to inform you that Mohinderjit Singh, Lefroy, 1949-1957 passed away this morning. Fondly known as Minnie (or Minijit Singh) by all, he was the second eldest in a family of  four brothers, the others being Ravijit, Daljit (Chikoo) and Inderjit (Badal). Their only sister, Amber, possessed the good looks that this family inherited. An attractive and personable looking family, they were fond of the outdoors, exceptionally athletic and spirited. All these four brothers and their sister were close to each other and lively folks leaving their mark wherever they went.

Mohinderjit Singh (Minnie).

Minnie was in School an excellent athlete, short distance sprints, formidable boxer and soccer player. He left a mark and was a redoubtable opponent. These attributes served him well while he was involved in the family stone quarry business located out of Barauli. I am informed that most of the red sandstone in and around Delhi emerged from their quarries. He was based in Bangkok for several years representing the family business interests with flair and considerable success.

Minnie suffered from a severe lung infection, not connected to Covid, which resulted in hospitalisation some weeks ago. It is most unfortunate but he did not recover and sadly passed away today. Our deepest condolences to the family.

Warmly

Vijay [Khurana]