Charanjit Singh Purewal

December 6, 1935 – March 5, 2021
Charanjit passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on Friday, March 5, 2021, at the age of 85.
Survived by his loving wife, Harbans Kaur, sisters Harkeval Kaur Atwal (late Hardev Singh), Darshan Kaur Atwal (late Parkash Singh), and Satwant Kaur Atwal (Avtar), son Jas (Susan), daughter Brinderjeet (Shin), Grandsons Gavin, Jordan, and Jayce.
Charanjit was born in India on December 6,1935. He married his beloved wife in 1951, and furthered his studies, obtaining an Economics Degree from Ramgarhia College, Phagwara, Punjab, in 1954.
After being sponsored by his father-in-law Gulzar Singh Samra, Charanjit and Harbans immigrated to Canada, landing in Montreal on December 14, 1957. From Montreal, they first settled in Lake Cowichan, then moved to Mesachie Lake, and finally laid roots in Port Alberni in 1968.
Charanjit worked at Hillcrest Sawmill for 10 years where he obtained both his grading and tally tickets. He was hired at Alberni Pacific Division Sawmill as a grader where he was awarded the M&B Senior Grading Champion in 1971, and later went on to be an Export Grade Inspector for 30 years. He believed in ‘giving back’, which he did so by being an active and participating member of the Employee Family Assistance Program for APD.
After retiring in 1998, Charanjit played a greater role in his church, the Alberni Valley Gurdwara Society, by sitting on two Committees; the Sports Committee and Building Committee. He spent free time on his two favourite hobbies of watching the Stock Market and gardening.
His greatest joy during retirement was spending time with his family and grandchildren. Especially so with his eldest grandson, Gavin, either taking him to and from school, or chaperoning on Gavin’s field trips.
The family would like to thank Dr. Puts for his guidance and providing exemplary care to our husband, father, and grandfather. We’d also like to thank Dana Ball; along with the Home Support Services team, in particular, Anna, Jessica, and Karine, and the Palliative Care Nurses, Margaret and Katherine.
No formal public services will be held due to COVID-19. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Red Cross Society or the Alzheimer’s Society of BC.
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