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July 1, 1938 - April 12, 2023

In Loving Memory ~

With heavy hearts, we gather today to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the passing of Namdar Khan, affectionately known as Shorty. Namdar peacefully departed on April 12th, 2023, at Cowichan District Hospital, surrounded by his loved ones. At the age of 84, Namdar left behind a legacy of love and warmth that touched everyone he encountered.

Shorty was born on July 1st, 1938, in the quaint village of Charuna, Pakistan, where he spent his formative years. In 1959, at the age of 21, Namdar and his family immigrated to Canada. He soon found his footing and embarked on a three-decade-long journey at the Youbou mill, where he dedicated himself to his work and worked hard until his retirement.

In 1968, Namdar married Gul Khan, and together they nurtured four children: Ameena, Ahmed (Katharine), Asha (Shane), and Ahamida (Jim), on Neva Road in Lake Cowichan, where he resided until his passing.

Namdar leaves behind a cherished legacy in his six grandchildren: Cody, Jacob, Mariah, Zella, Emirah, and Serena, as well as his great-grandchild Malik, and his brother Jamal Khan.

He joins his late father Gafoor Khan, late mother Basnoor Khan, and eldest brother Nasreen khan, who passed away earlier this year.

He was also everyone's favourite Uncle Shorty leaving behind many nieces and nephews.

Shorty was well known all around the community for his time at the Youbou mill, his devotion to his family, and his love for the outdoors. The forest was his sanctuary, where he found solace in hunting, woodcutting, or simply embracing the tranquillity of nature. He delighted in sharing these experiences with his grandchildren and visiting his children whenever he could.

Shorty was more than just a hardworking provider; he was also a passionate fisherman, regularly seen chasing steelhead on the Cowichan River. Yet, what truly made Namdar unforgettable was his irrepressible sense of humour.

Known for his quick wit and penchant for cracking jokes, he had a knack for lightening the mood and spreading laughter wherever he went. Whether it was a witty quip or a funny saying, Namdar's humour was a cherished part of his personality, bringing joy to all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Today, as we come together, we simultaneously grieve and celebrate the remarkable life of Shorty—a man of strength, kindness, and selflessness. One who prioritized others above himself and worked endlessly until his final days.

A man who chose strength over weakness and a man who worked harder than one could imagine.

Together, we remember a legend, as a wise man once said "and that's the bottom line."

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