Shabeg Singh Sandhu

December 4, 1937August 2, 2014

Dr. Shabeg Singh Sandhu, born December 4, 1937, passed suddenly and too soon on August 2nd 2014. He was born in Lahore and lost both his parents by the time he was eight years old. Despite struggling as an orphan, he obtained his undergraduate and masters degrees with honors from Punjab University. He was also a well known scholar in Sikhi writings. In the early 1960s, he met with then Prime Minister Nehru along with the Sikh leader at the time to discuss Sikh interests in Punjab.

He obtained his PhD in genetics in 23 months from Purdue University and led a distinguished career as a professor and researcher. He traveled around the world representing the United States Environmental Protection Agency as well as the United Nations as a speaker and distinguished Delegate of International task forces. Later in his career he became a successful developer.

His greatest joy and gifts were his unwavering humility, compassion, wit, and devotion to helping others. His unique ability to find common ground regardless of cultural, racial, and socioeconomic differences was unparalleled. A devoted Rotarian and gardener, he leaves his life partner and wife Surinder, three children, Dr. Aman Sandhu, Navi Sandhu J.D., Dr. Ripple Shabeg Singh Sandhu, two granddaughters, Noor Shabeg Singh Sandhu and Ria Sandhu, his beloved extended family and his friends. He will be missed and is loved very much. His integrity, compassion and selfless giving will live on forever.

A memorial service will be held on August 9th at 3 pm at the Sikh Gurdwara of North Carolina on Banner Street in Durham, NC.

In lieu of flowers please donate to the Research Triangle Rotary Club’s polio eradication efforts.


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surinder sandhu

February 26, 2018

How can I put my feelings in words, I am not able to. You left us without any warning. It has been three and half years, but still can not believe that you are gone, will never see you again.
Going home tomorrow afternoon after two weeks of a wonderful vacation., with dear friends.

surinder sandhu

February 25, 2018

As you know I am on vacation with mine & your favorite friends. How much I miss you no body knows. In Sydney, remember your visits here, I am seeing the places you had been to, today going to Melbourne. I know you also went there.
These three & half years have been hard, but also good times, ripple's, Noor's, navi's achievements, Aman's wonderful job, but you missed it all.
We all miss you

surinder sandhu

February 21, 2018

Dear ripple, you are so right DAD is very proud of you as he always was. You never gave up, keep your head up.
Love you,

February 19, 2018

thinking about you

Ripple Shabeg Sandhu

February 4, 2018

Dear Dad- You and I - WE did it. We never gave up. Thank you for being my biggest fan.
You will always be my most favorite person ever.
And I still look pretty! Ha!

December 5, 2017

December 4th, 2017

80 years ago, God created a miracle. You live on. With every breath we take.

Your big sister has come to be with you.

I love you Dad

Sandhu Spirit

October 21, 2017

We honor you with every breath we take.

surinder sandhu

August 5, 2017

This is the first year that we did not plant our big vegetables garden. Navi & Jas use to prepare the fields, plant the seeds, but after that they did not have time to weed it. Then all that weed will take over. Then we decided to just plant in the raised beds, one we got built after we saw at goodwill farm when we did some Voulentier work.
I planted okra, eggplants, arugula & tomatoes, basil . We get Bhindi every day, I have shared with friends. I pick arugula for salad, Noor does not like the taste of it. When I cook bhindi, everyone remembers that was your favorite vegetable.
So much figs, from our new plants you had planted about a year ago. So much to tell you. Maybe next time.
Miss your every thing, you working in the office, in the garden, getting mad, drinking, sleeping, missed your dinner they evil day you fell.

Ripple S. Sandhu

July 18, 2017

Summer in NC, at our home, is the best gift a parent could give a child. Im staying forever (soon).

Mayor Sandhu is next on the to-do list. Vote for NSIII.

Thank you for the Crepuscular Rays,
my favorite and my best-

Ripple Shabeg Sandhu

Ripple Sandhu

June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day, Dada!

we miss our two favorite best friends- you and Rusty.

We are so grateful to be able to go home and into the garden- and know that you are there. And Storm is the best gift Rusty could have given us. Thank you.

Holy snakes!! forever.
always, Dad. you are in our every breath. love,
ripple, noor, and ria