The family of a Preston father who died suddenly while on a pilgrimage in India has paid tribute to a “loving” and “caring” man.
Rajinder Singh, 51, was going to the Golden Temple of Amritsar, but passed away just days into the pilgrimage following a cardiac arrest.
Mr Singh’s wife this week described him as her best friend and soul mate, and said she was devastated by the loss.
Amerjeet, 50, was with her husband when he died, along with his brother Gulab Singh MBE and sister-in-law.
Amerjeet, of Sharoe Green Lane, said: “He went to the hospital with a cardiac arrest, and he got worse and then he just passed away.
“It was very devastating and tragic - it was a real shock.”
Mr Singh grew up in Preston, and was heavily involved in youth work and voluntary work in the area.
His wife said: “He was a loving husband and we spent every day together.
“He was part of my life and he’s just left me unexpectedly.
“He was my best friend, my husband and my soul mate. I am absolutely devastated - I still can’t believe it.”
Mr Singh leaves behind four sisters and five brothers, as well as six children.
His eldest son Jagtar, 31, said his father had a “heart of gold.”
He said: “He was ace as a dad.
“He was tough and strong, but he had a heart of gold.
“He just had this glow that everyone needed, and he made people happy.
“He helped strangers, never mind his family - he had a heart of gold and that’s how I’ll remember him.
“I’ve lost the best thing in my life.”
Jagtar said his father had visited some Sikh temples in Delhi before he took ill.
He said: “He just adapted straight away and enjoyed it so much, so the last few days of his life were some of the happiest.”