Well known Southampton market trader Mohinder Singh Taheem died after fall from bed

Market trader died after fall from bed

Mohinder Singh Taheem

Mohinder Singh Taheem and wife Surinder

Mohinder Singh Taheem with his stall at Kingsland Market

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

MARKET trader from Hampshire, who was a key member of a Southampton temple for 25 years, died from a fall, an inquest heard.

Southampton Coroner’s Court heard how Mohinder Singh Taheem suffered a brain injury after falling by his hospital bed on February 3 this year. The grandfather of ten had a history of falls and had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease at the time of his death.

He died a few hours later at Southampton General Hospital in the early hours of February 4 – minutes before his family arrived.

During the hearing questions were raised by the family about the care the 79-year-old received in the days leading up to his fatal fall.

Delivering a verdict of accidental death, deputy coroner Gordon Denton said he did not think there was a lack of care.

“I am aware of the family’s questions surrounding the circumstances of Mr Taheem’s demise and I trust that this inquiry has been able to answer them to their satisfaction.

“I’m aware of the problems in communication of his condition being passed on to them.

“Every effort was made to contact them as soon as possible; however, sadly, this was too late for anybody to be with him when he passed away.”

Mohinder’s son, Gurmet said: “It would just have been nice for us to be there to say goodbye.”

After emigrating from Kenya when he was 13, he lived in Ringwood for more than 50 years, selling textiles at markets across the south until he retired in 1988.

He devoted his retirement to volunteering at the Singh Sabah Gurdwara in Cranberry Road in St Mary’s.

His family said he was the cook in the temple, catering for hundreds of worshippers and regularly cooking for the temple’s kabaddi team.

Gurmet, 40, who cares full time for his mother Surinder, said: “Everybody knew him. On hot days he would set up a table outside the temple and hand out cold drinks to people.”

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12:06pm Fri 16 May 14

bigfella777 says...

Sounds like he was a lovely guy, nice of the family to share that old photo from Kingsland Market, they must have very good memories of him.
Sounds like he was a lovely guy, nice of the family to share that old photo from Kingsland Market, they must have very good memories of him. bigfella777
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12:44pm Fri 16 May 14

itsnotjustice says...

why are four muppets going to take the time to DISLIKE the above post?????? there are some real sad people around.
why are four muppets going to take the time to DISLIKE the above post?????? there are some real sad people around. itsnotjustice
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2:14pm Fri 16 May 14

Missdoyle says...

Ahh I always used to see him in bevois valley always smiling always happy
Such a shame
Ahh I always used to see him in bevois valley always smiling always happy Such a shame Missdoyle
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2:27pm Fri 16 May 14

sotonbusdriver says...

A loss of a great man, he was friendly and polite to everyone... And certainly one who made the gap between Hindu, and the rest of the community much smaller...
He had time for everyone he met, and was such a humble man.
Will be very much missed
A loss of a great man, he was friendly and polite to everyone... And certainly one who made the gap between Hindu, and the rest of the community much smaller... He had time for everyone he met, and was such a humble man. Will be very much missed sotonbusdriver
  • Score: 12

7:46pm Fri 16 May 14

dango says...

sotonbusdriver wrote:
A loss of a great man, he was friendly and polite to everyone... And certainly one who made the gap between Hindu, and the rest of the community much smaller...
He had time for everyone he met, and was such a humble man.
Will be very much missed
Sikh :)
[quote][p][bold]sotonbusdriver[/bold] wrote: A loss of a great man, he was friendly and polite to everyone... And certainly one who made the gap between Hindu, and the rest of the community much smaller... He had time for everyone he met, and was such a humble man. Will be very much missed[/p][/quote]Sikh :) dango
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7:47pm Fri 16 May 14

chimneysweep 1234 says...

Great guy very sad
Great guy very sad chimneysweep 1234
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9:30pm Fri 16 May 14

Zexagon says...

I had a coat the same as the ones in the photo.it probably came from kingsland market as I always remember going there as a kid with my mum and going in the cafe in st Mary's st
I had a coat the same as the ones in the photo.it probably came from kingsland market as I always remember going there as a kid with my mum and going in the cafe in st Mary's st Zexagon
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