Losing Son Too Early, Father Puts
Pension Into Fostering Memories
By LIBBY CUDMORE • Hometown Oneonta & The Freeman’s Journal
ONEONTA – Dad Ram Singh is trying to follow son Ravi’s philosophy.
“His philosophy was the share a loaf of bread with many rather than just give it to one,” said the father. “So I try to do the best I can.”
Following his 25-year-old son’s sudden death in September 2016, Singh struggled to find an outlet for his grief. “I was sick to my stomach,” he said. “No one should ever have to go through that.”
But Ravi’s philosophy stuck in his mind, and he figured out how to honor his son’s short life and keep his memory alive in the community he was raised in. “I decided to do a charity,” he said. “He was very outgoing. I was shocked at how many people liked him.”
His first thought was that he would donate Ravi’s house on East Main Street to one of the local non-profits.
“I offered it to Catholic Charities and (Catskill Area) Hospice – they could have it as long as they kept his name on it,” he said. “But they both said it wasn’t suitable for their needs.”
He decided that he would start a charity to give money to local organizations. “This is what his feeling would have been for the community,” he said.