Obituaries

Harpreet Singh Gill

30/10/1970 - 26/04/2020

Obituary for Harpreet Singh Gill

Sadly, our community lost a pillar and a friend to many on April 26th, 2020. Harpreet Singh Gill, 49, favourably known as Gill or Bitu passed away from a tragic accident at home. Harpreet first moved to Grande Prairie, Alberta in 1984 at the age of 14. He watched the city grow with him year by year, and he was always so proud to call it his home. His first step to accomplishing his goals was when he joined the family business of Major’s Restaurant. Here, he met some of his best friends and life partners that provided him the guidance in becoming a successful businessman. Over the years, Harpreet took on important roles in various restaurant ventures, until eventually he caught his big break. He opened multiple Edo restaurants in Grande Prairie, and his locations went on to being awarded with Top Growth Sales Leaders and Most Inspirational in the industry. One advice he always gave was to “Never turn your back on the hand that fed you your first opportunity.” For Harpreet, that opportunity was Major’s, which he always cherished.

Harpreet’s hard-work and dedication did not go unnoticed by his family and friends. He considered each day as a new blessing and continued to endeavour for his family. Despite all the successes his work brought him, his true happiness was with his family. He was a devoted father and husband who always made sure his family was his number one priority and were the most important to him. In his free time, he liked to spend time with his friends and he also loved gardening. Whoever had the pleasure of knowing Harpreet would describe him as a genuine man that dedicated his time and efforts in paying it forward. He was always willing to provide a helping hand for any individual who sought help. Harpreet is survived by his wife Sandeep of 28 years, and his two sons, Sahir and Sanpreet. Harpreet will deeply be missed by his friends and family, and all who knew him.

A funeral service is scheduled for 11:00am on May 3rd, 2020 at Bear Creek funeral home on 11802 99 Ave. The funeral will be restricted to friends and family due to COVID-19, but it will be live-streamed on the Bear Creek Funeral Home YouTube page. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQuYjCJhzsvz5NOdsXTUXvw
The best way to honor Harpreet is by giving back to your community.

Thank you to the city of Grande Prairie for showing so much love to our family and our father.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742 www.bearcreekfuneral.com

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I first me Gill years ago at Major's. A very nice, friendly man. I later enjoyed seeing him at his other restaurants or having lunch at Tony's! I'm so sorry for your loss Vicky and family!
- Bob Easton
My condolences to the family, he was a good man and had a big heart
- Richard Lafleur
Sorry for your loss. Condolence.
- Sukhdev Singh
Even though I mourn Gill's passing. I know my pain and sense of loss, does not come close to the pain Gill's family feels. My heart goes out to you. Even though he is gone from this world, his memories, kindness and love, will continue you live in all of us.
- Terry Sherback
To the entire family, we are saddened to hear this unbelievable news. We were never fortunate to meet him but heard wonderful stories about him from other family members. May you take peace in knowing he was a loved man and will be greatly missed.
- Laljeet Sekhon
I really going to miss Mr.Gill. I was an employee from years back, and continued in fair dealing with him. I am a courier now, and have brought to many of his businesses across town and consistently. Would see him at least once a week in transition, and he was truly fair and a caring boss for all of his employees, and worried for them. Last saw him the week before his last day, and he expressed his concern for his businesses and his employees during this pandemic. He didn't want to lay off, or let people go. It really bothered him. We talked outside, and away from his employees. He cared, but still had professional pride. Have a lot of respect and admiration for the man. He was good, and a rare minded person and he will be missed
- William Holme
So sorry to hear of Gill's passing. I have known him for only a few years but it is very evident that he cared deeply for his family and friends. My sincere condolences to Vicky, Sanpreet and Sahir. You are in my thoughts and prayers in this very difficult time.
- Tina Arnburg
We're really shocked when we learned about his untimely passing. You will be missed boss. Our deepest sympathies and condolences! May his soul Rest in Peace!
- Ria Cruz-Santos
So sorry for your loss! My condolences to all of you,
- Jason Mestinsek
I met him a few times at his edo locations. Impeccable customer service and very friendly. Took pride in his work with a smile. Shocked and saddened to hear of his passing away so suddenly
- Ali
To the Gill family, so so sorry to hear the loss of your husband and a father. Harpreet was a very nice man and a friend of my, a man that honoured to call my friend. It was a week prior we had talked and was concerned how I was doing and we need to get together when I get back from my trip, which was the day, that he was taken from us. When every we went for something to eat at Edison and Gill was there, it was like walking into his house, the smile and his generosity was the best. Harpreet till meet again my friend.
- Terry Burt
It is with such sadness that we heard about your father Sahir! We at Charles Spencer, Brenden and Sheldon have you and your family in our thoughts and prayers every day! Hold your memories close to heart, they will never leave you!
- Leanne Sample
Vickey and family I am so sorry to hear of Gills passing may your memories give you comfort at this time
- LLoyd ireland
I am so very sorry to hear of Gills' passing. I first met him when we worked together at Majors. He was friendly and kind and I enjoyed knowing him. My condolences to the family.
- BJ Blackerman

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