Feb 7 2013 by Ian Proctor, Harrow Observer
RELATIVES and friends remembered a caring and generous father-of-two during a memorial football tournament.
Shunil Ladha, 40, of Constable Gardens, Edgware, is believed to have suffered a heart attack minutes after finishing a weekly game with friends at Centenary Park Sports Club in Culver Grove, Stanmore, on Sunday, December 16.
He survived only a few hours and died at Northwick Park Hospital, Watford Road, Harrow.
His brother Neynes Ladha, 33, and others organised a day at the same sports club on Sunday to remember Mr Ladha, who was father to Rohan, 11, who has Down’s Syndrome and attends Alexandra School in South Harrow, and daughter Nyah, four, a pupil at Stag Lane infant and nursery school in Collier Drive, Edgware.
Neynes Ladha told the Observer: “Shunil’s wife, Rasila, and children were really happy and overwhelmed by the fact that so many people turned up.”
The tournament which Neynes and Rohan took part in, attracted 38 players and about 50 spectators. Winners were the Real Boltonians.
Mr Ladha described his brother, who was a social worker at Edgware Community Hospital, as a ‘happy, caring, considerate, overwhelmingly generous and a true gentleman’.
Signs renaming the pitch as the ‘SRL Memorial Pitch’ were unveiled to close friends and family, said Mr Ladha.
He said: “We are going to plant a tree in Centenary Park in March and the foundations for the memorial bench are setting, but because of the bad weather we haven’t been able to install it yet.
“That should be in the next week or two.”
What remains of the £3,456 raised from the day will go to the Down’s Syndrome Association after a donation has been made to the memorial expenses fund.
Mr Ladha, of Radstock Avenue, Kenton, said a follow-up event, called Shunil’s Picnic In The Park, has been organised for June 30 at Centenary Park with more children’s activities and another football tournament.
He said: “I would like to thank the Centenary Park Sports Club team for their help with renaming the pitch and especially manager Darraugh who refereed all the matches for free.”
The inquest into Shunil Ladha’s death was opened and adjourned at North London Coroner’s Court in Barnet on December 20.
A cause of death had not been determined.