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City councillor grieves the loss of his daughter

A well-known city councillor, Surinderpal Rathor, and his family, are grieving the loss of their daughter, Roop Parmar, who passed away suddenly Friday. - Photo submitted
A well-known city councillor, Surinderpal Rathor, and his family, are grieving the loss of their daughter, Roop Parmar, who passed away suddenly Friday.
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Angie Mindus

Staff Writer

A well known city councillor and his family are grieving the loss of their only daughter, who died suddenly almost a year into her recovery from a heart transplant.

Councillor Surinderpal Rathor and his wife, Charanjit, are receiving an outpouring of support from the community as they come to terms with loss of their only daughter, Roop Parmar.

Roop was born and raised in Williams Lake and passed away Friday evening in her home, just 10 houses down from where she was raised by her parents.

The mother of three children; Priya, 14, Riya 10, and Digraj (known as DJ), 8, and wife to Harminder — Rathor said Roop was having much success in her recovery even up until Friday.

He said there was no indication of any trouble leading up to her death.

"It's a shock," a grieving Rathor said Monday. "I feel like a dead body walking without a soul."

Rathor said his daughter first started having trouble with her heart in 2002, and received a new heart Jan. 27, 2013 at St. Paul's Hospital.

"She was so charming to everybody. Those are the stories we're hearing now," Rathor said.

"She was always such a happy girl."

Funeral services for Roop will begin Saturday evening with a viewing at 5 p.m. at Compassionate Care Funerals.

Services will begin again Sunday, Feb. 2 at 10:30 a.m. at Compassionate Care Funerals, with cremation at 11 a.m. at Five Rivers Crematorium. Final prayers and services to follow at Guru Nanak Sikh Temple at about noon.

A vegetarian lunch will be provided at the temple following the service.

Roop was two months shy of celebrating her 38th birthday.

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