The Mercury

Man who died at race remembered

Sportsman collapsed and died after completing the Mandela Day 21km run

- KAREN SINGH karen.singh@inl.co.za

A FORMER Pietermari­tzburg educator and vice-chairperso­n of Save Orion Athletics Club, who died at a Mandela Day Marathon race on Sunday, will be remembered for his “kindness, generosity and motivation”, according to his daughter.

Narend Singh, 65, collapsed after completing the 21km Mandela Day half-marathon outside Howick.

According to the family, he was jogging back to support other club members when he suffered cardiac arrest and was later declared dead at a nearby hospital.

He leaves his wife Meera, son Nivay and daughters Elisha and Narika Singh.

Singh was the former principal of Ridge View Primary and also taught at Raisethorp­e Secondary School.

Elisha said her father’s sudden death was a shock to the family.

She said he was a dedicated educator and a passionate sportsman. “He inspired so many people around him with his kindness, generosity and motivation. He was always encouragin­g others to live healthy, productive lives and had an ear for anyone with troubles to share,” said Elisha.

She added that her father was a legend on the football field and a great athlete.

“He shared his warmth and positivity. We have been so blessed to have had him in our lives,” she added.

Ajith Deena, chairperso­n of the Save Orion Athletic Club, said Singh was like an older brother to him. “My associatio­n with both him and his family spans over 20 years, ever since I relocated to Pietermari­tzburg.

“His gentle demeanour and support will be sorely missed. We have lost a gem of an individual,” said Deena.

He said Narend served as Save Orion Athletic Club’s vice-chairperso­n for 18 years, until April 2019, and was still a member of the executive committee.

The Mandela Day Marathon organisers also expressed their condolence­s to the family.

In a Facebook tribute, Raisethorp­e Secondary said: “Mr Singh was a dedicated and committed educator and a brilliant sportsman. He was a legend and his legacy will live on. He will always be remembered and missed by the Raisethorp­e Secondary family.”

Ridge View Primary School said: “We, as Ridge View Primary, are deeply saddened by the loss of our retired principal and colleague Mr Narend Singh. Our sincere condolence­s to the bereaved families during this difficult time.”

The funeral will take place today at 11.30am at the Aryan Hall in Raisethorp­e.

He inspired so many people around him with

his kindness

Elisha Singh

DAUGHTER OF THE DECEASED

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NAREND Singh, 65, collapsed after completing the 21km Mandela Day half-marathon outside Howick.

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