Lachman Das Birdi

Concluding his successful journey through life,

Lachman Das Birdi joined his parents on February 5th, 2016 at the age of 75. Born in Jalandhar, India, Lachman immigrated to Victoria, BC in 1972 and in 1973 called Fort St. James his home.

His wife and six children joined him in 1976. Lachman worked at Takla Forest Products and Canfor Sawmill until his retirement. Many people in the community knew him simply by his last name,“Birdi”. During his days in Fort St. James, he enjoyed walks at Cottonwood Park and around the loop. He had a strong passion for history and always enjoyed discussions over a cup of tea.

Birdi worked hard, raised and educated his family, and contributed to society in many meaningful ways. He continued to visit Jalandhar during the winter months and established a school there where he financed the education of those less fortunate, as well as provided countless scholarships to promising youth. He also supported a number of other charitable causes that work towards the eradication of poverty and improving education globally.

Lachman Birdi will be sadly missed by family and friends. Multi-faith funeral services and final prayers were held on Feb 14th. There are not enough words that can describe just how important our father and Babaji was to us and what a powerful influence he continues to be.

Those we love don’t go away, they walk besides us every day.