26 Oct Mota Singh Grewal
Mota Singh Grewal was born on November 5, 1915 to Sardar Tota Singh and Punjab Kaur Grewal in the village of Sarabha, Ludhiana, Punjab. His father Tota Singh came to Canada in 1918 returning to Punjab in 1922. In India, Mota Singh served with the Army for 8 years. He came to Canada in 1952 first settling on Vancouver Island and then Calgary. In 1955 he moved to the Fraser Valley where he became involved in several businesses throughout the rest of the 50s and 60s including: mixed farming in Ruskin, dairy farming in Hatzic, a trucking business in Mission, and another farm in Sumas. In late 1967 he was involved in a serious trucking accident. After his recovery, he began devoting a lot of his time to the Gurdwara and community. In 1969, he became of the president of the Abbotsford Sikh Temple. In addition he served as a reciter of the Guru Granth Sahib. He visited India in 1976, deciding to donate his family’s land for the building of the Shaheed Katar Singh Sarbhah Medical College and Hospital. Mota Singh passed away on January 17, 1979 (This narration has been taken from the Khalsa Diwan Society, Abbotsford, B.C., Canada: Celebrating 100 Years special commemorative book).