Ghale aaveh naanakaa sadhe uth
Those who are sent, come, O Nanak;
when they are called back, they depart and go.
- Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji
Please join us online Saturday October 24, 2020 at 4pm to commemorate S. Joginder Singh Sandhawalia’s life. Here is the link:
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S. Joginder Singh Sandhawalia peacefully departed on to the heavenly abode on Friday, October 16, 2020 just a few days before his 72nd birthday. Loving husband to Updesh Kaur Sandhawalia. Proud father to son Rupinder Singh Sandhawalia and daughters Jeevan Jyot Badh & Harpreet Kaur Sandhawalia. Doting father-in-law to Loveleen Kaur Sandhawalia & Vikram Jeet Singh Badh. Adoring grandfather to granddaughters Takhdeer Kaur Sandhawalia, Keeret Kaur Badh & Mannat Kaur Badh and grandsons Aviraj Singh Sandhawalia, Taranjeet Singh Badh & Harshaan Singh Sandhawalia. Caring brother and uncle.
Born in Amritsar, India on October 20, 1948, S. Joginder Singh grew up in Panipat, India with his parents, six siblings, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was a mischievous child but always worked hard. He completed his Bachelor’s in Agriculture from Khalsa College in Amritsar. After graduation, he decided to go into banking and worked as a manager for the Oriental Bank of Commerce. In 1989, at the age of 41, he uprooted his life in India and moved to Milwaukee, WI with his wife and three kids to join his brother S. Harbhajan Singh Sandhawalia and build a new life. He worked relentlessly to give his children a good quality of life and instilled the importance of a good education, hard work, and love & respect for all in his children.
S. Joginder Singh was a jovial man who believed in fostering a strong community and keeping a close-knit family. He was a good friend and close confidant for many. He loved the Sikh community in Wisconsin and was always willing to lend a helping hand to those who needed it. No matter what your age or background, S. Joginder Singh had the ability to find something that you both could relate to and help put you at ease.
During his life, he fought two battles with cancer and persevered his strength throughout both times. At first, he provided support and was the pillar of strength to his family when his wife battled with cancer in the early 90s. He once again showed that strength as he himself battled cancer for the last 10 years of his life. Through these times, when asked how he was doing, he would always respond by saying “Chardi Kala” (the Punjabi term for aspiring to maintain a mental state of eternal optimism and joy).
S. Joginder Singh was very committed to his faith. He dedicated many years to the Sikh Gurudwara Brookfield, WI. His passion was to have the Gurudwara follow the Sikh Rehat Maryada, encourage and enable community members to join the Khalsa, and focus on creating a positive and welcoming environment for children. He was a devout Amritdhari Sikh who truly embodied the spirit of a Khalsa saint-soldier. He believed in the word of Waheguru and left this world with a final “Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa. Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh.” for everyone.
Literally translated, the salutation means Khalsa belongs to Waheguru; Victory is gifted by Waheguru. This two-fold affirmation is, in the first place, an expression of a special relationship between God and those who dedicated their entire life to His service. Second, it is the expression that faith in the ultimate triumph of the forces of Goodness which despite all apparent setbacks, trials and hardships, is the just and essential end of the fight between good and evil in the world (sikhiwiki.org).
S. Joginder Singh lived a full and happy life. He will be greatly missed but forever he will remain in our hearts.