Surinder Singh Badhesha, whom many knew as Shinda, peacefully passed away on November 24, 2023 surrounded by his wife, children, grandchildren, and siblings. 

Shinda was born on February 8, 1958, in the village Chaukiman, district Ludhiana, Punjab, India and he was the youngest among his five brothers and one sister. His life epitomized the American Dream. Shinda moved to the United States in 1978, becoming the trailblazer for his direct family. His relentless efforts paved the way for the rest of his siblings to join him, embodying the essence of sacrifice for family.

On February 9, 1986, Shinda married Rajinder Kaur, marking the beginning of a remarkable 37-year journey together. Shinda’s early years in America saw him toiling as a farm laborer in California’s central valley, and later, as a taxi driver in the bustling streets of Queens, NYC. He welcomed the arrival of two beloved children during their time in New York. On December 2, 1993, Shinda and his family made a significant move to Colorado Springs. In the pursuit of a better life, he worked at gas stations, saving diligently to achieve a dream. This dream materialized on April 2, 1997, when Shinda proudly became the owner of Village 7 Liquor.

Beyond his dedication to family and work, Shinda was a passionate sports fan, cheering on the Broncos, Nuggets, and Avalanche. In the later years of his life, he found immense joy in playing with his cherished grandkids. Shinda embodied the spirit of an immigrant who believed fervently in the promise of America. His legacy is not just a personal story but a testament to the enduring strength, sacrifice, and hope that characterize the immigrant experience. As we mourn his passing, let us celebrate Shinda’s life, a life marked by love, resilience, and an unwavering commitment to his family and dreams.

Surinder is survived by his wife, Rajinder Kaur; son, Deep Singh; daughter-in-law, Harshwinder Kaur; daughter, Kirnpreet Kaur; son-in-law, Dishpal Singh; grandson, Yuvraj Singh; granddaughter, Gurnaaz Kaur; brothers, Mohan Singh, Ajit Singh, Joginder Singh; and sister, Rabinder Kaur. Surinder is preceded in death by his parents, Karam Singh & Gurdial Kaur, and his brother, Sohan Singh, and sister-in-law, Gurmeet Kaur.

A funeral service with visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5, 2023 at the Shrine of Remembrance “America the Beautiful” Chapel, 1730 E. Fountain Blvd., Colorado Springs, CO 80910.

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