Many people are losing their family members and their friends to Covid-19. And, it’s heartbreaking to see that happen.
89-year-old Amrik Singh who was a well-known marathon runner in the UK died due to coronavirus infection on 22nd April.
‘Waheguru Baba’ to friends in Glasgow, ‘ustad’ to world’s oldest marathoner dies of Covid-19 https://t.co/efgYRCQbCJ via @IndianExpress— Amardeep S Reen (@amarxeon) April 26, 2020
He passed away at Birmingham’s City Hospital when he was struggling to utter his last words. Doctors said he kept saying ‘Waheguru, Waheguru.’
Amrik Singh hailed from Glasgow’s Pears Den in Scotland and he was also a marathon runner who left behind a collection of over 650 medals which he won running across the world. Apparently, he has participated in at least a hundred marathons.
Paman Singh, Amrik Singh’s grandson shared the sad news on Twitter where he also talked about his grandfather and pays tribute to him.
In a series of tweets, Paman Singh says his grandfather was a strong believer in humanity and he also served the elderly people of Glasgow by delivering items from his small shop for 35 years.
Thread on my grandfather who passed away due to Covid-19 this afternoon.— Paman Singh (@PamanSingh) April 22, 2020
1/ Sorry to post this, but it’s important we do not simply see statistics and remember the human impact. I am utterly heartbroken, my grandfather was admitted to hospital last Sunday with symptoms pic.twitter.com/cU9GMnzcD7
For Amrik, his main focus was on Seva – volunteering work. He worked at a local gurudwara and cheerfully washed the dishes, toilets and wiped the shoes of those who came through the doors.
5/ This was only a small part of his life though. His main focus was on Seva – volunteering work. At the local Gurdwara, he would cheerfully wash the dishes of others, clean the toilets, and wipe down the shoes of those who came through the doors. Nothing was beneath him.— Paman Singh (@PamanSingh) April 22, 2020
His grandson also goes on to mention that Amrik Singh was an inspiration for the Scottish Sikh Community. He always came forward to help the underprivileged and the homeless regardless of their caste and their beliefs.
Apart from his good deeds, Amrik Singh was passionate about running. His grandson also mentions that the running man part in Forrest Gump could have easily been based on him and his love for running.
9/ Apart from helping people, his passion was for running. They might as well have based the running man part of Forrest Gump on him. He ran over 650 races, from 5k to 10k, to half-marathons to full marathons, even though he only picked up running in his late forties.— Paman Singh (@PamanSingh) April 22, 2020
Amrik ran the London Marathon 26 times and also took part in various marathons around the world. He was an inspiration for everyone present in his life and he always urged people to become a better version of themselves.
Many Twitter users also mourned his death and this is what they had to say:
So sorry to hear of your loss but thank you for sharing his amazing life and compassion and kindness with us. What a wonderful person the UK has lost— Linda Green (@LindaGreenisms) April 23, 2020
Paman, my condolences. This is such sad news. I would see your grandfather at the gym and I remember him striding past me in the Glasgow marathon. Lovely man. Your tribute is beautiful.— Graham Connelly (@DocCTweets) April 23, 2020
A beautiful tribute to your grandfather. I am sorry for your huge loss.— Kiran Daurka (@kirandaurka) April 22, 2020
I am so sorry for your loss. What a wonderful man your Grabdfather is and how beautifully you appreciate that very full legacy you’ve shared with us. What a pure connection oh share. May he rest in eternal peace ❤️🙏🏽— anniesays (@sandieshokar) April 23, 2020
Your loving memorial to him here tells us all that your loss is a loss to us all. May your memories bring you strength.— Jillian the Elder (@ElderJillian) April 23, 2020
What an amazing, inspiring human being.— Elinor Elliot (@ElliotElinor) April 23, 2020
Deepest condolences to you and your family.
So, so sorry, he sounded like a good man ♥️— Jacqueline Riley, Esq. 🇫🇷🇪🇺 (@skirtbabe) April 23, 2020
Deeply moved and inspired. May the gentle warrior rest in peace after a lifetime of service to humanity. Love and Prayers for your family. ♥️🙏— Quarantined Chirpy (@IndianPrism) April 24, 2020
I am so sorry to read that your grandfather Amrit Singh has died. What a man. How proud he must have been of his grandson – What a beautiful tribute @PamanSingh – the memory of his life is so clearly a blessing. My deepest sorrow and condolences.— Caspar Glyn QC (@CasparQC) April 23, 2020
You will be missed. RIP!