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Gurdev Singh [BCS Teacher] passed away

As just seen at Mr Kabir Mutafi’s  Facebook post

Kamini said Rohit Singla has posted that Capt. Gurdev Singh passed away early this morning,. I have just spoken with Ranjit and he has confirmed. Details will be swirling soon but for the moment, I may dare hope that the flag is at half mast and a formal post be put on all Fb BCS pages. Jassi and family, including cousins and wives etc are in Australia. Ranjit, Ma’am Mrs Gurdev and other senior members of the family ar together in Ludhiana.

It was the heart. Gurdev had two stents put in at Fortis several weeks earlier and was in good form. But Last night complained of discomfort at about 1.00am. By the time they could get him back to Fortis from the local hospital, he had gone.

A memorial service in Chapel and then later a brass plaque would be a good way to acknowledge the special contribution and invaluable example that Gurdev was, to generation and generations of Cottonians.

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BCS Teacher Leela Goel [née Advani] passed on

Leela Advani [later married name Goel] passed on at the age of 91 at New Delhi on 23rd September 2019 of old age complications. She was cremated at Lodhi Crematorium Delhi on 25/9/19.

Miss Advani” as she was known at BCS, taught English during 1953~55 and went back to Lucknow in ’55 to do a second Masters [in English, after having done an earlier one in Anthropology]. She then taught English at Isabella Thoburn College Lucknow after completing her Masters in English.

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Down memory lane: Mr. Tuli / Mr & Mrs. Shankar / Mr & Mrs. Roshan Lal

BCS Founder’s Day
Year Unknown [between 1964~1976?]

Dr. Y. S. Parmar [first CM of Himachal Pradesh] meeting BCS Staff.

Seen in the photo [left to right]:
Dr. Parmar – Mr. Anil ChaudharyMrs. Chaudhary – Mr. Roshan Lal Vashisht –  Mrs. Roshan Lal – Mr. Gauri Shankar [shaking hands with Dr.  Parmar] – Mrs. Shankar – Mr. L.C. Tuli.

Photo sent by Rajiv Shankar -1962-1974 Curzon – [Mr. Gauri Shankar’s son]

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Letter to, and reply from Mr. Goss

Letter to Mr Goss from Vijay Khurana and OCs:

My dear Mr Goss,

On behalf of my friends, the Old Cottonians, and myself, we wish you every happiness and good health on your 90th birthday. Congratulations.

You were instrumental in affecting the lives of so many of us. You taught us a lot of valuable lessons and those we have not forgotten with gratitude and appreciation. You have our profuse thanks

I have never forgotten your versatility as a teacher. One of the few, perhaps the only one, I know who taught us such diverse subjects as English and Mathematics with admirable ease. You introduced us to Sherlock Holmes with those reading sessions during class hours fostered an interest that led us to reading so many more of the “classics”. You showed us the light and developed the interest in reading.

You encouraged us to conduct debates in the classroom and it led to some of my peers turning out to be wonderful orators whose presence in the law courts is remembered to this day. Rajive Sawhney was one of them.

We trembled at your marking system. It then seemed harsh but it goaded us to do better and this was apparent in the marks that most of us obtained at the Board exams, more than what you ever gave us !! Thank you, again.

On the games field you coached many soccer players and the boys enjoyed the process never to have forgotten the game they played and won against Sanawar.

Thank you, Mr Goss for being the wonderful guide for so many of us.

We wish you well and we wish you every happiness.

With our love and good wishes to Mrs Goss, the family and you.

Very affectionately

The Old Cottonians & Vijay

From: Ronald Goss
Sent: 08 May 2019 23:37
To: Vijay Khurana
Subject: Thank You.

Dear Vijay:

My sincere thanks to you and the OCs on whose behalf you have sent me such a beautiful letter.  How can I tell you what it means to a 90- year-old retired school teacher whose greatest reward in life lies in the remarkable achievements and successes of his students?  It is indeed gratifying to know that so many of you have attained such heights in your careers and brought such honour to your families and to your old school.  My congratulations to every one of you. 

 

Thank you so much for your generous birthday wishes.  My 90th birthday celebration was an occasion to remember, and Mrs. Goss has my undying love and appreciation for all the hard work she put into planning such a wonderful party.  It was held here in our condo party room, and all my family were present, a rare occasion indeed.  Also present were many old friends from Vermilion (our home for 41 years), our condo friends, and friends from my church.  Yvonne’s brother and his wife came all the way from Australia, and another brother-in-law, who has just been declared cancer-free after his many months of sheer agony, was present much to our relief and delight.  It was a grand reunion.  Regretfully missing were two Old Cottonians, Dilip Tinani and Inderjit Singh Gill, who were going to drive  from Calgary but were deterred by the snow fall that morning.  We look forward to their visit in the near furure.

Mrs. Goss and all my family send their regards.  Thank you, one and all, for your good wishes (your words were music to my ears) and for remembering me in my old age.

Good health and happiness to you all.  “Overcome Evil with Good”.

Ron Goss

BCS 1956-64

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Treasure trove of Photographs!

We have received a treasure trove of photographs [around 680]. This precious collection has been built by Kanwarjit Singh [Partap] Grewal over the years by photos he has in his collection, by those received from various OCs and some that he came across. Partap’s message and the gallery to his DropBox folders appear via this LINK

ENJOY!

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