16 December 2007 – Harjeet Singh Chana

Harjeet Singh Chana s/o late Piara Singh & Satwant Kaur Chana.

Harjeet Singh Chana of Namdhari Sikh Sangat Southall, left for his heavenly abode on Tuesday, December 11, 2007, following a collapse while training on a hockey turf. He was aged 51yrs. Ramgharia Hockey Club was to experience history twice – only a few months ago the club lost a player in almost similar circumstances when he collapsed while taking part in the Satguru Pratap Singh Ji Hockey Tournamanet.
Harjeet Singh was born in 1956, in East Africa, to the late Piara Singh & Satwant Kaur Chana. The family immigrated to India in 1968 where they lived for 2 years before eventually settling in England in 1970. In 1982 he graduated from Salford University having read Electronics Engineering.

In the UK he was united in marriage to Kanwaljeet Kaur daughter of Rattan Singh & Gian Kaur Ryatt. They were blessed with a daughter – Harnam Kaur.

Harjeet Singh was a member Namdhari Sikh Sangat Southall where he served as treasurer, on the management committee for several years. He was one of the most active members of the centre and his seva for the sangat, community and at large was unsurpassed. His participation was taken for guaranteed,be it a havan, varni or the Jap Prayogs. He was always the last to leave the centre after all major functions. All will miss his presence in the sangat.

Parallel to his devotion to the sangat, Harjeet had a glittering sports career. He was associated with Field Hockey, a sport he took on-board in his days in Kenya. He was member of the current Ramgharia Hockey Club first eleven. He represented many clubs including Lions HC, Hounslow HC and Slough HC. While at Hounslow HC he was selected to represent the English indoor-hockey team. He played a pivotal role in promoting the annual Satguru Pratap Singh Ji Hockey Tournament in the UK. Harjeet was proud of the Namdhari Team from Sri Bhaini Sahib.

Harjeet is survived by his wife, Rani, his daughter Harnam, his brother Harpreet Singh and sister Jatinder. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, many friends, Ramgharia Hockey Team and the entire Namdhari community. The Funeral service and Bhog Ceremony was held on 16 December 2007. Over 300 people attended these functions.

On Tuesday 18th Dec, a vigil was observed at Featherstone Sports Centre, Southall. Around 100 persons from the club, namdhari & Ramgharia sangat braved the freezing & chilled weather to attend this occasion. After a ardas, various speakers narrated their lifes & time with Harjeet. Gurtejpal Singh Chana, president of NSSS announced that an honorary program will be held at the Southall center on 19th January.

Report by Namdhari Sikh Sangat Southall UK

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