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Portlandville

Remembering Ravi

Remembering Ravi

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.

Ram Singh remembers his son Ravi through a shrine in his Portlandville home, and also through contributions to local charities. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

“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.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUGUST 4
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUGUST 4

City of Hills Art Fest Today

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ART & MUSIC – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Outdoor street festival featuring outstanding regional artists, crafters, musicians, writers, more. Main St., Oneonta. 607-432-2070 or visit cityofthehillsartsfestival.com

O-COUNTY FAIR – 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. See best Otsego County has to offer. Daily shows, rides, more. Highlights include equestrian Gymkhana, bicycle giveaway, truck pull, livestock parade of champions, Supreme Champion Showmanship, talent contest, more. Otsego County Fair, Mills St., Morris. 607-263-5289 or visit www.otsegocountyfair.org

Lumberfest Cuts With The Best

Lumberfest Cuts With Best

Above, Billy Adams, Owego, cuts through a log like butter with his custom-made chainsaw during the Hot Saw Competition at Wightman Lumber in Portlandville this afternoon as part of the 1st annual Lumberfest Lumberjack Festival. At right, professional cooper Bob Allers, Deansboro, demonstrates hoop making for barrels and drinking mugs.  The lumber yard partnered with the New York State Lumberyard Association to put on the event.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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