UPPAL, Jagat (Jack)
February 27, 1925 - May 4, 2014
It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of the Honourable Dr. Jack Uppal on May 4, 2014. Jack will be lovingly missed by his children Cindy (Harjinder), Paul (Manjit), Davie (Kay) and Pam (Jinder), 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. A pioneer, a well-respected family man, a pillar of the community and a philanthropist, Jack will be greatly missed but never forgotten. Jack was a storyteller. He shared his stories of love, religion, and life in every speech he presented with hope that it would instill the same sense of pride he carried in his heart for his community and family. His humble beginnings fuelled his determination and fight to provide a quality of life for his family that would allow the following generations an opportunity to pursue their passions. He had an incredible work ethic that he shared with his children and as a result his company, Goldwood Industries, came to become one of many successful lumber mills in British Columbia. Recently, Jack was honoured with a Doctorate of Law by Simon Fraser University. Although this was only one of the many acknowledgements he had received over the years, he felt blessed by the mere mention of his name, and grateful for the recognition of his and his father's contribution to the South Asian community. Jack will always remain in our hearts, and his love forever in us all. It was an honour to have met him, a privilege to have known him, and a blessing to call him our father. We ask that you join our family as we celebrate the life of our father and his legacy on May 11, 2014 at the Riverside Funeral Home, 7410 Hopcott Rd., Ladner, BC at 10:00 am. followed by temple services at Guru Nanak Niwas, 8600 No. 5 Rd., Richmond, BC. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please donate to the charity of your choice.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province from May 8 to May 10, 2014