Popular PMB florist mourned by hundreds

2016-08-24 06:00
Ram’s Flower Market owner George Ram and some of his staff. PHOTO: file

Ram’s Flower Market owner George Ram and some of his staff. PHOTO: file

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HUNDREDS of people came out to say their final goodbye to well-known Pietermaritzburg businessman George Ram, who was laid to rest on Sunday.

The owner of Ram’s Flower Market died last Friday.

His daughter, Suhan, paid a moving tribute during the service held at Truro Hall, Northdale, saying her father had touched many lives.

“I feel frail, I feel weak and I could not be sadder. Dad, we desperately miss you. There is so much more that we want to share with you.

“We pray and hope to follow your legacy in the way that you wanted us to. Every precious moment I spent with you is etched in my memory and will be forever with me,” she said.

Suhan said her father had given her “the greatest” parental love.

“I felt him, I enjoyed him, he loved us. He nurtured us,” she said.

Advocate Ranjiv Nirghin, president of the Midlands Hindu Society, said Ram’s “untimely” death had left a huge void not only in his family, but in the community at large.

“We are aware of his silent, yet immense contribution made to society and religious organisations in the upliftment of our Dharma, and we pray that his positive spirit and the impact he made on the lives of all that he came into contact with will stand him in good stead as he journeys home. It is through the good deeds that he has done and the lives that he made a positive contribution to that his legacy will live on.

“In fact, it was his warm personality and endearing qualities that made him and his business so popular in Pietermaritzburg­.

“He made everyone who walked through his doors feel so special …”

Grandson Kiran Ram posted his farewell message on Facebook.

“I love you nana [grandfather]. I wish I said it to you more often than I did. It is not goodbye, just see you later. Thank you for all the memories, the laughs and trying to teach me to sing when I was little.

“Thank you for all the lessons and seemingly insignificant moments that are now some of my most precious and treasured memories. You really were my best friend.”

Relative Naresh Amichand said it was sore to lose Ram.

“It is very sad to lose such a religious stalwart. He gave so much to the community of Pietermaritzburg,” he said.

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