Pritpal Singh Bindra
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Pritpal Singh Bindra
  • January 14, 1924 - July 15, 2017
  • California

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Major Pritpal Singh Bindra, age 93, passed away Saturday, July 15th at 1AM in Modesto, California. He was surrounded by his children, grandchildren, and beloved family and friends. He was lovingly referred to as PapaJi by all.

The funeral services will be held at 5PM on Thursday, July 20th at the Lakewood Funeral Home in Hughson, California. Prayer services to follow at 6PM at the Gurdwara Sahib of Modesto, California.

Major PS Bindra was born on January 14, 1924 in Rawalpindi, Punjab (what is now Pakistan) to Lochan Singh and Inder Kaur Bindra. As a child he was very studious and proud of being "first in his class." At the age of 18 he enlisted in the Indian Army. He served the Indian Army for 36 years. His service took him to all parts of India including Secunderabad, Nasik, Puna and remote areas like Ladakh where he was away from his family for years at a time. After his retirement from the army, Major Bindra settled in Mohali, Punjab and was an agricultural fertilizer dealer in Haryana for 8 years.

In 1949 he married Harsharan Bindra and they had three children together. He lovingly referred to her as "Sharan my love" and how she was the "most beautiful woman in India." In 1997 they moved to the United States and regularly visited their daughter and grandchildren in Australia. They were both very fond of gardening and maintained a picture perfect yard. Mrs. Bindra passed away from ovarian cancer in 2002.

He will alway be remembered for his many positive and aspirational qualities including his positive attitude, appreciation for life, energy, independent attitude, and unconditional love. He loved to socialize and became friends with everyone he met, both young and old. He left his mark on them with a story or two. He was very spiritual and would recite phrases from the Sikh holy book. He loved to read non-fiction and read the newspaper cover to cover to daily and was well versed on global affairs.

Major P.S. Bindra is preceded in death by his father Lochan Singh Bindra, his mother Inder Bakshi, wife Harshan Bindra, his son Harvinder Bindra.