Gurmel Singh, Owner of Kundan Singh Supermarket, passes away at his home in Tamavua
Gurmel Singh, the businessman who owned the flagship of Kundan Singh Supermarket Complex in Princess Road, Suva, and associated businesses died in Suva on Monday at his residence. He was 79 years of age. Mr Singh was born in India but moved to Fiji when he was two years old.
In an interview, his son Baljeet Singh, said his father passed away, leaving behind a space no one could fill. “Dad was not sick. He was normal on Monday, at about 6:15am came upstairs, had his shower and was praying when he just sat down and that was it,” Mr Singh said. Mr Singh also highlighted his father’s achievements and the positive impact his upbringing had on his children. “Dad went to Marist Saint Columbus School and he used to help his father, Kundan Singh, who was a farmer,” he said.
“After finishing school, my dad joined the civil service with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Trustees Office afterwards. “He later resigned from civil services to join the family business ‘Kundan Singh and Sons’ at that time.”
Mr Singh also spoke about the family business his father managed. “Kundan Singh Supermarket was established in the year 1956 and my father used to help out in the business after work,” he said. “Therefore, he has always been part and has been contributing to this business for a long time. “He joined the business proper after 1978 and was in the business full time for almost 38 years.” Speaking on his personal attributes, Mr Singh said his father was always prepared and an overall good leader. “As a person, he should have been in the army because he was like a commander,” he said.
“He was a perfectionist, always very neat and tidy, and whatever he wanted done, had to be done right away.” Mr Singh will be laid to rest tomorrow from the Samabula Sikh Temple. He is survived by his wife Gurden Singh, four sons, and 11 grandchildren.
Dad was not sick. He was normal on Monday, at about 6:15am came upstairs, had his shower and was praying when he just sat down and that was it.
Son of late Mr Gurmel Singh, Owner of Kundan Singh Supermarket
The late Gurmel Singh, the owner of Kundan Singh Supermarket.