With a heavy heart, we share the news of the passing of Sardar Dharam Singh Ji on September 9, 2014. He was the last surviving sibling of five brothers and one sister in a large, close-knit family.
Born in Kangraur in Nawanshahr District, Punjab, India, he spent his childhood in Ajmer, Rajasthan, India. He had a distinguished professional career in civil administration and retired in Jaipur, Rajasthan as the Deputy Secretary to the Governor of Rajasthan in 1977. He received many accolades for his work, including an award presented to him in 1976 by Dr. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, President of India, for his excellence in service.
Sardar Dharam Singh Ji was the heart of his widespread and extensive family. His dedication to his faith motivated so many to become more spiritual and devout Sikhs. He epitomized the principles of the Sikh religion, truly living in the spirit of chardi kala, or eternal optimism. His steadfast belief in Waheguru, or Almighty God, never wavered throughout his 93 years on this Earth.
His compassion and service-oriented spirit greatly inspired his loved ones to follow in his footsteps and make volunteerism a key part of his legacy. He exemplified his dedication to serving others through both his professional work in the land of his birth and his civic involvement in his adopted homeland. His passion for education partnered with his zeal for action served as an ideal foundation for his commitment to serving on the boards of several Jaipur-area colleges. He valued education above all else, and his passion for learning never abated. He greatly impacted his grandchildren’s lives by demonstrating this lifelong enthusiasm and always seeking to teach them in any possible way, whether it be a history lesson or a review of proper English grammar.
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Sardar Dharam Singh Ji was married to Ajit Kaur of Bariya Kalan of the Hoshiarpur District, Punjab until her untimely death in 1990, a few months shy of their 50th wedding anniversary. Together, they are survived by their children: Harinder Kaur of Cary, wife of Surinder Pal Singh (deceased); Rajinder Singh and his wife Jaswant Kaur of Jaipur; Balvinder Kaur and her husband Surjit Singh of Morrisville; Pushpender Singh and his wife Jasbir Kaur of Raleigh; and Bhupinder Singh and his wife Harpreet Kaur of Cary. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren: Shinu Manpreet Kaur Singh and her husband Michael Becker-Ehmck Prior of Boston; Nishu Harpreet Kaur of San Francisco; Tina Jaspreet Walha and her husband Kulbir Singh Walha of Seattle; Gurjinder Singh and his wife Simranjeet Kaur of Jaipur; Ravinder Singh Saund and Gurpreet Kaur Saund of Morrisville; Manreet Kaur Bal and her husband Jashanpreet Singh Bal of Baltimore; Simran Kaur Singh and Jaspal Singh of Raleigh; and Harliv Kaur and Baljeevan Singh of Cary. Lastly, he is survived by his great-grandsons Ushan Torsten Singh Prior and Arjan Orkan Singh Prior of Boston and his great-granddaughter Gurasees Kaur of Baltimore.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations in his memory be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org), supporting Alzheimer care, support, and research.