Bachchi Devi Singh
Obituary For Bachchi Devi Singh
A letter of love to my mother.
In this time of loss I am reflecting on the incredible woman, wife, mother and friend that you were, what an amazing life you led, and what a hole it leaves in our lives.
From the beginning you did things that were incredibly brave, challenging and amazing.
Born in a small farming village in India you did what was expected of you and became part of an arranged marriage at such a young age. I can’t imagine how scary that must have been.
You patiently waited in your village as Dad was at university working on his degrees. When Dad got a scholarship to a University in Canada you patiently waited for him to secure a home and a new life there. Once he was ready he sent for you and you made the long journey to an extremely foreign land. I am so in awe of the struggles you faced as an immigrant from that little village in India as you came to this huge country of Canada. You came to this country where the language was foreign and you were alone with no support from family or friends. You committed to Dad and this new life he wanted. I know you did this out of a combination love and loyalty.
Once in Canada you experienced the birth of your first born child, Chuck. Your love for him was limitless and you were overjoyed. As a mother, your patience was your strength. A new mother, in a new country, with no family to lean on. Thankfully you found your community of kind immigrants and neighbours, these people were your new family. With the
uncertainty and fear that comes with motherhood, you were forever grateful for their kindnesses and advice. At the age of 43, after many years and many unsuccessful pregnancies, you were blessed with your second child. A daughter. With me, you were more confident as a mother.
When I was 10 you lost your husband and became a widow. You were a single, unemployed mother with two children. Your exceptional community rallied around you and again you rose to meet the challenge. Dad ran the house, you were never a part of the finances, or of things. You quickly learned how to pay city taxes, insure the home and do the banking. You ran the house and provided the best life for Chuck and I. We were always fed, safe and warm.
Throughout your life your hobbies filled your soul. You would take pride in cooking Indian food, and loved feeding all the unexpected guests. You were an incredible seamstress and could fix anything and were always willing to make me a new dress. You had a beautiful love of animals and plants. You were truly inspiring!
Thank you all the love you showed us no matter what, especially when we were at our most challenging as young adults. I am very grateful for the 48 wonderful years I had surrounded by your unconditional love.
As I reflect back on the life you lived it is so clear that it was defined by the love of your family (Canadian and Indian), the pride in your home and your unwavering love of Canada.
I am deeply saddened by losing your daily presence in our lives, but our fondest memories of you and the love you had for us will give comfort forever.
Love you Mum,
Bachchi Devi Singh was born 10 of May, 1930 passed away early morning on Sept 13,2021.
Predeceased by her husband Dr. Samar Bahadur Singh.
Survived by her son Chakradhar Singh, her daughter Kumud Singh, and her grandchildren Jacob and Sophie Singh.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to The Vedanta Ashram Society or the Northwood Foundation in mum’s honour.
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Hi Kamud, Paul and I want to send you our deepest sympathy on the loss of your mother. Although I never met her, your love letter to her was exceptional! It gave such a wonderful account of her life showing her strength and resolve. You were lucky to have such a beautiful mother and a loving relationship with her. Your mother will always be with you in your heart. May your memories of her be of great comfort to you in the days ahead. Thinking of you at this time in a special way. Hugs
What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful woman. Sending my condolences and love to Kumud, Chuck, and everyone who knew and loved her.
It was only three years go that I met your mother at exercise class. What an inspiration she was. And later I recognized her when I went to visit my Aunt at Northwood. Always so friendly, always happy and smiling. The letter is such a beautiful tribute to her life. Thank you for sharing her story.
So many memories of this living women. Mostly how her door was always open and her second to none Pizza! Mrs. Singh you helped raise me and I am forever grateful. Much love to you Kumud, Chuck and family.
Thank you for sharing your mum's story Kumud. What a brave and strong woman she was. I remember mom enjoying her many visits with your mum. I also remember the tasty Indian food that your mum would send up the street for us to try. My condolences to you and Chuck.
Bachchi will be remembered. What a lovely obituary and love letter.
Mrs. Singh was such a warm, loving, talented family woman who we admired so much. Kumud and Chuckie, you were very lucky to have her as your Mom! Blessings to you and your families...Herman and Judy Varma
you are an inspiration mum.
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