“My father’s injuries and his passing, along with the other lives lost that day, are a reminder of the toxic hate that still plagues our country,” Raghuvinder Singh said. “But I want Baba ji to be remembered by the values, inspired by Sikhi, that he exemplified every day — including love, equality, humility, eternal optimism and service to others.”
Baba Punjab Singh was born Aug. 11, 1947, in Dhurkot, which is in eastern Pakistan in the province of Punjab. He traveled around the world delivering kathas, orations that share the lessons and history of the Sikh faith, his family said.
“He was very well respected,” Stephen Scaffidi, the mayor of Oak Creek at the time of the shooting, said in an interview on Wednesday.
Oak Creek is the southernmost municipality in Milwaukee County and has about 35,000 residents. The temple was founded in 1997 and had about 400 worshipers at the time of the shooting.
Mr. Scaffidi, who wrote a book about the shooting titled “Six Minutes in August,” said the temple’s members have become very involved in the community since the shooting. He said he would often join local Sikhs for a communal meal on Sundays, known as a langar, and drink chai with them.
“It’s something I think about every day,” he said of the shooting. “It’s changed my life.”
In addition to his sons, Mr. Singh is survived by his wife, two daughters and eight grandchildren. A 48-hour recitation of Sikh Holy Scriptures will begin on Thursday afternoon, followed by a funeral on Saturday.