Gurmel Singh, Owner of Kun­dan Singh Su­per­mar­ket, passes away at his home in Ta­mavua

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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.”

Busi­ness es­tab­lish­ment

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.

Bal­jeet Singh

Son of late Mr Gurmel Singh, Owner of Kun­dan Singh Su­per­mar­ket

The late Gurmel Singh, the owner of Kun­dan Singh Su­per­mar­ket.

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