People are in mourning after a “true pillar” of the Derby Sikh community died from Covid-19.
Jagir Singh, who was a well-known figure among followers of the religion in Derby and further afield, died earlier this month.
The 71-year-old, who has been described as a “larger than life figure” was taken ill after developing Covid-19 pneumonia.
Sadly Mr Singh, who lived in Sinfin, passed away on November 7 this year.
Jas Singh Khatkar paid tribute to Mr Singh, saying he will be remembered as “a straight talking and honest man who stood by every word he spoke”.
He said: “It is with great sadness that the Derby Sikh community, as well as the wider international Sikh community are mourning the loss of a larger-than-life figure and leader, with the recent passing of Jagir Singh, 71, of Sinfin, Derby.
“Mr Singh has been a true pillar of the Sikh community not only in Derby but across the length and breadth of Britain.
“Following the attack on Sri Darbar Sahib (Golden Temple) Amritsar in 1984 which left a deep impression on his heart and mind he devoted his life into community service.
“He offered his boundless support in everything from community activism, youth football & sports to political lobbying in support of human rights.
“Jagir Singh was at the forefront in volunteering and donating money to support the families of the fallen heroes of the Sikh faith.”
He added that Mr Singh’s diagnosis and illness came on suddenly.
“However throughout his final days Mr Singh remained high spirited, strong and focused on his message to his family to never waver or neglect their service to the Sikh community or in the remembrance of Sikh martyrs,” he said.
Mr Singh is survived by his wife, four children and 11 grandchildren.