Bon Marche founder Parkash Singh Chima dies at Sikh Leisure Centre
Feb 16 2010 By Neil Atkinson
ONE of Huddersfield’s most highly-respected businessmen collapsed and died in front of his friends.
Mr Parkash Singh Chima – founder of the huge Bon Marche retail group – collapsed at Huddersfield’s Sikh Leisure Centre.
Mr Chima, 86, was there to play cards with fellow Sikhs, as he did on several days each week.
The centre holds daily social gatherings for elderly members of the community.
Many of them had been friends for years and were there last Thursday when he arrived.
Mr Chima, of Kirkburton, had arrived in his chauffeur-driven new Rolls Royce Ghost at the adjacent Sikh Temple on Thursday morning.
A family friend said: "He then walked across the road to the Sikh Leisure Centre to play cards with his friends.
"At 1pm, as he as about to take his seat, he suddenly collapsed.
"He passed away very quietly amongst his friends".