It is with great sadness that I wish to inform the group the Simon (Shiva) Bala, BMD (72), passed away on Saturday April 13, 2013. He was 61 years old, and his career spanned India, Qatar, UK, Bahamas and finally Toronto, Canada which he strongly considered to be his home.
I have personally known Simon since childhood and for me he was the closest thing to immediate family in Canada. Xlers who met him at the XL picnics (he came only 2/3 times) are aware of his amazing and rich journey through life. His kindness and help was experienced by a large number of people and he gave selflessly asking for very little, if ever, in return.
I will keep the group updated of funeral plans.