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SANDHU, Jatinder Singh “Tander”

April 11, 1971 — January 2, 2021

Tander was born April 11, 1971, in India and was raised in Sparwood, BC. He passed away at the age of 49 in Kelowna, BC on January 2, 2021, surrounded by love. Tander leaves behind his father Balwant Singh Sandhu; his sisters Amar Kler and Kam Boparai; his daughters Savanna Sandhu and Shawnay Sandhu, and their mother Rami Sandhu; and an endless amount of family and friends. He is predeceased by his mother Gurdev Kaur Sandhu.

He had a passion for all sports, especially hockey. Some of his happiest moments were spent teaching the kids how to skate, coaching their soccer games, and playing hockey with them. What made him the most happy was just being surrounded by family. He lit up every room he was in. He made everyone around him laugh and brought such joy to all; with his contagious laughter. His kindness and generosity was recognized by all; he had the biggest heart and cared for every single person he met. He was one of the most intelligent people you’d meet, and showcased his endless amount of knowledge in all aspects of his life. His incredibly strong mind and heart is what got him through the toughest days, which inspired all those around him. He battled congestive heart failure and then pulmonary lung disease with superhuman strength. His family and friends will miss him always, and he will live on in his beautiful daughters Savanna and Shawnay.

A private Funeral Service will be held to honour Tander. Due to the current pandemic restrictions it will be by invitation only. However, the family would like to invite all who want to pay their respects to join by Livestream on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at 1:00 pm. (below)

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Calgary Foothills Hospital, www.albertahealthservices.ca.

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  • Dalbir and Surinder Bains says:

    Please accept our deepest condolences to the entire family. Sending you love and hugs during this difficult time. RIP

  • Rani Gandha says:

    Tander, you will always remain on our hearts. I still remeber you from our childhood days as a kind, happy, full of life and charming young man. You wil be missed! May your soul rest in peace eternally!

  • Ginder Sidhu says:

    So sorry that Tander has passed away. We share in your time of grief and sadness. Sending our prayers and hugs. RIP Tander. You will live in my heart forever little brother. 😢

  • Ranbir and Tarri Kler says:

    It was an honour to have met Tander. He will be missed especially his laugh, humor, love for hockey and passion to teach others. Our deepest sympathies to the whole family; may you you all find solace in the many memories you shared with Tander. Wishing you a peaceful ever after Tander.

  • Gagan Grewal says:

    May The Departed Soul Rest In Peace 🙏🙏 Please Accept My Condolences. Gagan Grewal

  • BhinderSekhon says:

    My condolences to Sandhu Family.
    Tander was a great guy. We studied together at SAIT.
    We played hockey and had lot good memories. I will always remember him.

  • Gary Grewal says:

    It is very sad to lose such a kind and giving person as Tander. My deepest sympathy goes to his family and friends.

  • Tej Badhesha says:

    Our family’s sincerest condolences to the Sandhu family at this time and God Bless his Soul.

  • Melissa Cameron says:

    My deepest condolences go out to the whole family. “Tander” was always one of the good guys. May it bring you all comfort to know how deeply he will be missed by those who grew up with him. We all wondered where he ended up in his life after the Sparwood days. Though many of us have lost touch we still remember him back when we all started at MVES. We grew up with a rich melting pot of cultures and all followed our own paths in life but to those of us who grew up with him, he will always hold a special place in our hearts! He was funny and kind and the first one who could teach us all how to “moonwalk”. You left a Mark on our hearts none of us will ever forget. You truly were one of the good guys! ❤️

  • Ivy Stebnicki says:

    I am so very shocked and sorry to hear of Tander”s passing ( hugs and prayers to the family )

  • Navjot Dhillon says:

    Miss you Paji, I wish we had gotten to know each other better, though, all the time we spent together was really special and memorable. You were there to pick us up when we first landed at the airport in Calgary. Knowing you as an individual was truly an honour I am grateful for. Miss you loads. Rest In Peace!! You will always be remembered!

  • Babu Kaila says:

    My deepest condolences to the family. May God give all you strength. Tanders dad, sisters and daughters are in my thoughts and prayers in this difficult time. It was heartbreaking to hear of Tanders passing. He is gone too soon. I have many fond memories of him as we were in many of the same classes and graduated together. May his soul rest in eternal peace ♥️

  • Rupi Gill says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. We haven’t been in touch for many years, but everyone from Sparwood holds a dear place in each of our hearts. Hearing of Tander’s passing has been heartbreaking. Our thoughts are with his father and the rest of his family. May you all find strength in wonderful memories and may he fine peace in the arms of his beloved mother. ❤️

  • Amrit Nannan says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your whole family during this difficult time. Tander was a huge part of my childhood and all my fond memories of the Elk Valley and Calgary. He really did light up a room when he entered. I don’t think I ever remember a time where he wasn’t smiling or joking around. He never was annoyed the younger kids were hanging around and always included us at family parties. May you find some peace and I know he will be smiling down on your family. Hugs.

  • AJ Gill says:

    Kam and Mukh I am so sorry to hear about your loss, our prayers and thoughts are with you.
    With deepest sympathy our sincerest condolences.
    AJ and Harbinder

  • Larissa Lasaleta says:

    I did not have the fortune of meeting Tander Sandhu personally, but I have been close friends with his daughter, Shawnay, these past couple of years. I cannot imagine just how difficult this fight must have been for her and those close to her father, but she never gave up or lost hope. Over the years, I’ve learned that she is not only caring, thoughtful and strong, but also deeply passionate about her family and those she loves. Her character and the connection she shares with her father reflect the man he will be remembered as. My heart goes out to the family and friends grieving the loss of Tander Sandhu, may he rest in peace.

  • Karm Randhawa says:

    R.I.P Massre. I have many great memories with you, they will not be forgotten. You will be missed. Prayers and condolences to The whole family. 🙏🏼Waheguru

  • Sarabjit, Sukh and Harveer (UK) & Shinder Mami Ji (Phallewal) says:

    Deeply missed. Words cannot express. Heart felt condolences to Sandhu, Kler and Boparai families.

  • Deepi and Satnam UK says:

    Deeply missed and our regret is that we didnt get to meet you properly. May your beautiful soul rest in peace now with god. We feel the pain of this huge loss too…..for we knew such nice things about you through your close family. Peace and shanthi to all friends and family of Tander uncle xox

  • Howard Higgins says:

    I am saddened to learn of the passing of my friend Jatinder. We met at TD Insurance. My first impression of Jay was that he was soft spoken with a quick wit and a wonderful sense of humor. He spoke often and lovingly of his two daughters. I am among the many who will miss Jatinder. RIP my friend.

  • Al Frenette says:

    I was shocked and saddened to hear the news of ‘Tanners’ passing. He was one of my closest friends growing up in Sparwood. I have many fond memories of us playing hockey, soccer, basketball, volleyball and road hockey. my thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  • Harpreet Singh Marwaha says:

    I didn’t meet him but I heard every time from KARAMBIR KLER, that’s he was such a nice personality. He was suffering some health issues. May his soul Rest In Peace. My deepest condolences with the family. May God gives you strength.

  • Rajinder Randhawa says:

    I know that there are no words that can take away pain or sadness. I know losing dad, brother, son, partner and friend at very young age is the hardest and most painful thing you can go through. Tander since you were married to my baby sister Rami, I always accepted you as my little brother and you always respected me as oldest sister. Tander you had toughest fight with your illness since last year and fought very strongly with it. I don’t have the words that I can say to Savanna, Shawnay, Masarji, Binty, Kam, Rami and all our family and friends. My heart goes out at this time of pain and loss. Take comfort in knowing that he is in a better place now where there is no more pain and sadness. My deepest sympathy to all of you I am so sorry that I can’t be with you at this difficult time but I am always there if you ever need anything. I will be praying for you and all of us. Tander Rest In Peace, God bless your soul, you will stay in our hearts forever we will miss you.👏👏❤️😥

  • Swita Sharma says:

    My deepest condolences to the family. Very heartbreaking and saddened to hear the passing of hear Tander. You guys are all in our thoughts and prayers and may God give you all strength in this very difficult time. He has left too soon. RIP Tander!

  • Deanne walsh says:

    We are so sorry for the families loss. He will be missed by everyone he met. He always lit up a room when he talked about his daughters. We were happy to know him, and work with him. His smile was contagious.

  • Kenneth Blake says:

    I remember Jay fondly. He was driven, hard-working, respectful and eager to learn. He taught me that everyone can learn from anyone. His love for his family was unparalleled. We honour his memory. To the family: please accept condolences and my God grant you strength and courage during this difficult time and in the time ahead.
    So say we all.

  • Grewal Family says:

    Words may not suffice to express the heartfelt sorrow that we feel on the passing of Tender Bhaji but please accept our condolences and we will be sure to include him in our prayers. May his soul rest in peace. 🙏
    Much strength and love to Savanna, Shawnay and family from Kulwant Mama, Mami, Ricky, Jassi, Preet, Jasdeep.

  • Sukhy Leprieur says:

    He had a beautiful bright smile, he will be missed. Sending prayers for strength to all his family and friends, know that our community past and present grieves with you.

  • Bobby Randhawa says:

    Tander masser, I was 13 years old when you came into my life. Ever since, you have always shown me love and friendship. You have been part of all my milestones and many lows. Your heart is big, and you will always hold a special place in my life. Thank you for all the good times and the plentiful laughs. You will be be missed. Rest in Peace Tander, love you!

  • Tarlochan Gill says:

    My heart goes out to you all . God needed him more but he lives in your hearts and his chidren forever . 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼from the gill family Coventry

  • Dalbir Roopra says:

    Really sad to hear about your loss. May his soul Rest In Peace. My deep condolences to the family.

  • Bali Gill says:

    Always in our thoughts and prayers. You were a great person – humble and respectful. Great defense man in PAG. Later my friend we wll party above, keep the music on.

  • Sharnjit says:

    U will be missed ! May your soul in peace and eternaly.please accept my condolence.I remember when you came to visit us with parents we had so much fun

  • Yady Sandhu says:

    Tander brother you will truly be missed, I was blessed to have had you in my life and time we spent together and laughs we had will never be forgotten. I will never forget my trips to Calgary and weekly dosage of laughs we had, I was so glad we were able to spend some time together over the last 6 months and even tho we hadn’t seen each other in sometime it never felt like we had been apart, we just continued to laughing from our last encounter. RIP brother you will forever be in our hearts.

  • Jasmin Brar & Gurinder Brar says:

    Love you all so much. We are sending our love and prayers to everyone. I will never forget all the memories I am lucky to have with Tander Masser. I used to love sleeping over every weekend and watching all his DVD’s for years and years. Such a beautiful soul, you will be missed Tander Masser.

  • Sam Sandhu says:

    Tander was my older brother. He looked out for me and was always there to help guide and protect me. He was always laughing and making jokes. He was involved in my life growing up. He was my idol as a kid and I always wanted to be like him. His strength and love of life was second to none. Shawnay and I share a birthday and we would celebrate it together for many years. I will never forget those times with him. I remember driving his Trans am when he celebrated a little too hard. His love for his daughters was so strong and special. He would alway ensure everyone was okay and having a good time. I will never forget you and you will be in my heart forever. I love you.

  • Jas Khunkhun says:

    My heartfelt condolences to the family. God bless his soul.

  • Bali Gill says:

    So sorry for your loss, I remember his kind soul in playing ball hockey.

  • Parmvir Brar says:

    My deepest condolences to the family. I was saddened to hear about the news. My prayers and thoughts are with you all.

  • Raman Pannu says:

    Rest In Peace bhaji ! Heartfelt condolences to the entire family.

  • Raj Sidhu says:

    Deeply saddened to hear about Tander passing. He treated me like his younger brother and I always had a great time when we met. Will miss him. My deepest condolences to his family.

  • Jeet Dhillon says:

    My sincere condolences on this very sad loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and may God bless Tander’s soul. The memories of all of us growing up together in Sparwood and CNP will forever remain etched in our hearts.

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