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Piara Singh Basra


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Piara Singh Basra Obituary

Piara Singh Basra, 87, of Yuba City, CA, passed away peacefully on the morning of October 4, 2015. He was a resident of Yuba City for 35 years and was a member of the Tierra Buena Sikh Temple.

Piara Singh Basra was born on April 13, 1928 to Naranjan Singh and Banti Kaur Basra in his maternal home of Phalpota, Punjab. Growing up in Mehli, Phagwara, he started work in the family business of ranching and farming. After working several years in the family business, he found his true calling in merchant trade. Soon after, he got married to his beloved, Resham Kaur (of Bharoli, Punjab) and started a family. After raising his children, he decided to immigrate to the United States of America.

He first arrived in Yuba City, at the age of 52 with his son, Jasbir on October 1, 1980 and started work as a farm laborer. He worked at Newhall Land and Farming Co and Sierra Gold Nursery. In 1984, his wife and remaining children joined him in the States. After working for several years, he took retirement to help raise and spend time with his grandchildren.

His hobbies included: gardening, socializing, networking, shopping, and most of all spending time with loved ones. He would spend his free time calling family members from all over the world. He loved to shower his friends and family with gifts, whether it was an item of clothing, produce, or household item, he never was empty handed. He always surrounded himself with family and friends. He enjoyed every aspect of life. His quick wit and carefree attitude will be severely missed.

Proceeded in death by Naranjan Singh Basra (Father), Banti Kaur Basra (Mother), Resham Kaur Basra (Wife), Udham Singh Sahota (Uncle), Gulzar Singh Basra (Uncle), Meher Singh Basra (Uncle), Rashpal Kaur Kalay (Sister), Baksheesh Kaur Khaira (Sister), Paramjit Singh Basra (Son), and Balwinder Singh Khangura (Son-in-law).

Survived by his children Jasbir Singh Basra (Amritpal Kaur), Balwinder Singh Basra (Paramjit Kaur), Balbir Kaur Khangura and Sarbjit Kaur Shergill; sister, Surjit Kaur Johal; and best friend, Harbhajan Singh; grandchildren, Navkiran Kaur Basra, Parmvir Singh Basra, Shauna Pal Basra, Nevpreet Singh Shergill, Jaspreet Singh Shergill, Ramneet Kaur Basra, Sureena Basra, Rubeena Basra, Govind Singh Basra, Sundeep Kaur Sangha (Rupinder Singh), Rupinder Singh Khangura (Ami), and Harleen Kaur Khangura; great-grandchildren, Kelvin and Aryn Singh Sangha, and Ria and Devi Khangura.

Prayer services will start at 11:00 am Saturday, October 10, 2015 at the Chapel of the Twin Cities located at 715 Shasta Street, Yuba City, CA, 95991. Bhog services will follow at Tierra Buena Sikh Temple located at 2468 Tierra Buena Rd., Yuba City, CA, 95993.

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Published in Appeal Democrat from Oct. 8 to Oct. 10, 2015
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