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Family pleading for missing memorial to be returned

ABBOTSFORD (NEWS1130) – A roadside memorial dedicated to a tireless community volunteer who died last month in Abbotsford has been stolen.

Aman Bring and his family placed a picture of Amarjit Singh Sidhu and fresh flowers near the spot where Sidhu died.

“We’re thinking why would anyone do such a thing?” Bring says.  “We set the memorial up again and we’ll continue to [go there].  For the time being it’s a way that our family is grieving.”

Bring and his family started to do some investigating last week.

“We thought that maybe it was the City of Abbotsford so we gave them a call to see if they took it away, however, they told us they don’t do that,” Bring says.  “We talked to a few neighbours in the area as well and there was reportedly a black pick up with two males who got out and took the memorial.”

No one caught the truck’s licence plate number, so there aren’t many leads for the police to follow.

That’s why Bring is hoping the thieves do the right thing.

“It’s a memorial, it’s not something that’s to be taken away,” Bring says.  

“It’s something that is really important to us.  If somebody has taken this away, it would be best if they came forward.”

Kabal Hundal with the Khalsa Diwan Society says Sidhu was well-known in the Sikh community for his volunteer work.

“He would spend 8 or 9 hours at the temple every day,” Hundal says.  

“He would come around 10 o’clock and would leave around 7 o’clock.  He was doing all kinds of jobs in the office, kitchen and everywhere he was needed.  He was a very helpful person.”

Sidhu, who was 74-years-old, was out for a walk on the morning of March 27 when he was hit by a van near Blueridge Drive and Summit Drive.