July 11, 1936 – February 28, 2019
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our wonderful father. Bali Singh Rai on Feb. 28th, 2019 at the age of 82.
Bali is survived by his loving family, wife, Joginder Kaur, and daughters Anita, Ravina, Ranjivan and son Paul, daughter- in-law Kuljeet, granddaughter Aneesha and grandson Jovan. Bali is also survived by his two sisters, Surjit Kaur Aujlay and Parkash Kaur Grewal.
Bali was born on July 11, 1936 in Moranwali, Punjab, India. In 1961, he moved to the UK and lived in the town of Leicester for 4 years. He immigrated to Canada and settling in Duncan, B.C. in 1965. Bali worked hard his entire life in the sawmill industry on Vancouver Island and eventually retired in 2001.
Our father was passionate about traveling to visit his home in Punjab and enjoyed many trips with this family. He had fond memories of travel to India, Hawaii, Tofino, California and a bus trip to Reno, Nevada. Dad also enjoyed his daily walks in Duncan, reading his Punjabi newspapers, listening to Hindi music and watching Bollywood films. Dad enjoyed card games with his brothers and brothers-in-law, time with family and he always looked forward to his coffee meetings with his close friends. Dad also enjoyed a good meal, was always well dressed and never forgot to add a dash of his favourite cologne. He will be missed by all that knew Dad’s gentle soul and warm smile.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 9th, 2019 at 10 am at Valley View Funeral Home, 14644 72nd Ave, Surrey, BC V3S 2E7. A prayer service will follow at Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib, 15255 68 Ave., Surrey, BC V3S 3L5.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kinsmen Lodge – 9650 137A St., Surrey, BC V3T 4H9 or the Heart & Stroke Foundation – 885 Dunsmuir St., Suite 200, Vancouver, BC V6C 1N5.