Born in Punjab in 1904, he moved to England in 1965, living first in Walsall, West Midlands, where he worked in a foundry, then retiring to the north-east in 1989, living with one of his nine children.
With 34 grandchildren and 63 great-grandchildren, Singh was always surrounded by family, said his grandson, Harvinder Gill, 31. "He was an incredible chap," Gill, from Ashbrooke, Sunderland, said. "He has lived a very happy and fulfilling life.
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Nazar Singh's cremation is set to be held ton Wednesday at the village crematorium.