Niren, you departed too soon… you still had many years ahead of you to enjoy life and to continue contributing to a better world.
28 Jan 1965 – 9 July 2021
I met Niren in 2013 when he joined our Meetup Fun Seekers Group. Niren had a very keen sense of humour and his positive outlook in life was contagious. In his own words:
Today is a good day, tomorrow will be even better.Niren Singh
Niren was incredibly bright and a successful businessman. He also believed in having fun. He would say:
Lets have fun. Only one life, make it count for you.Niren Singh
Niren travelled all around the world and for a while he became a bit of a globetrotter: the UK, the next moment Brazil, a few months later Dubai and Vietnam and then Morocco and Europe and back home to South Africa. Niren took his 80-year old mom on some of his travel adventures.
Niren and I became close friends and ably assisted by other members he was instrumental in growing the Meetup Fun Seekers Group to the huge group it is today with over 17,000 Members. Niren attended over 300 Meetups!!
Below, Niren’s Profile on Meetup Fun Seekers Group (click on screenshot to enlarge)
I smile when I think back of the many fun meetings we hosted together. Many (many!!) breakfasts, brunches, lunches and dinners, langarm/ sokkie dances at the Portuguese as well as at the Italian Clubs, the Melville Koppies Walk, The Kensington Walk, Hikes at Hennops, Suikerbosrand and… Niren and I co-hosted more than 100 hikes at Klipriviersberg. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who along the years have co-hosted the many successful hikes at Klipriviersberg: David, Estelle, Harry, Ilona, Lana, Natasha, Pam, Sylvia…
Many of you will recall the lunches we had at Thaba Ya Eco Hotel with Ilona, Jan and Niren; the ‘Singles Dinners’ at Adega Bedfordview; the amazing ‘Christmas in July’ dinners with Joey Meyer and Niren at Adega Bedfordview; the very successful ‘Business Networking’ Dinners with Jacqueline Bayes, Niren and I at the Sandton Sun and later at the Wanderers Club.
Estelle, Niren and I would go horse riding in Bronkhorstspruit. Estelle and Niren hosted many successful evenings at the Chicago Piano Bar – life can be fun!
I would consult Niren on business issues. He was always ready to provide sound advice – Niren was always ready to help others, Niren was a giver.
As friends, one couldn’t have asked for a better pair: I was invariably late for meetings, Niren was always early.
I asked Jan Whitehead who co-hosted many hikes and walks with Niren and I, if he would care to write a Tribute to Niren:
Nirendra, the Person we knew and loved, impressed as a man for all seasons, and for all of the good and right reasons. His legacy with Fun Seekers Joburg hiking group, is that he made a lasting impression on all who shared the trails with him.
Niren always gave words of encouragement to those around him in the hike group, and always ensured that the tail enders were shepherded to the next rest point along the way. Truly displaying those characteristics of care and concern for others, a hallmark of personal experience that many in the group came to know….
Lasting Impressions ~ this was where Nirendra came to the fore, with his quiet assurance, unassuming confidence backed by realtime experience, that was rarely disputed at the lively brunch or luncheon discussions, so enjoyed by him, and relishing different viewpoints proposed by those conversing over a Thaba ya Batswana Luncheon. Seasons and Reasons, with the Man who did it all, now gone to the great House in the Sky….Jan Whitehead
So very apt Jan. Thank you Sir.
It is kinda sad that I am always pushed for time and don’t spend enough quality time with friends and family. On a regular basis I would drop Niren a WhatsApp message. My last WhatsApp message to Niren was on Tuesday this week when I informed my friends that my dad had received the 2nd Pfizer jab. As usual I got a prompt reply from Niren (click on screenshot to enlarge):
I feel poorer with the passing of my friend Niren Singh but… my life has been enriched for having met a person such as Niren. Thank you Niren for your patience and kindness… thank you for always being there! Many people will miss you. Rest In Peace dear friend and God willing, we will meet again.
Niren is survived by his brother, sister, daughter, son-in-law and grand-daughter.