Veteran community leader, President of Kamalganj Association UK, Chairman of Jubeda Khatun Foundation trust and Chief Advisor of Aid Bangladesh Community Forum, Faruque Ahmed died of old age complications on 26th March at 8.30 in the morning at North Week hospital in London. He was 87.
He left behind his wife, one son, one daughter and a host of relatives and well-wishers to mourn his death.
A numerous number of his well-wishers including Founder of Channel S Mahee Ferdous Jalil, Founder of British Bangladeshi Who’s Who and Editor of Bangla Mirror Abdul Karim Gani, Ex President of London Bangla Press Club Nobab Uddin, Director General of British Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce Saidur Rahman Renu and numerous other community organisations expressed their deepest sorrow at his death and prayed the salvation of departed soul.
Faruque Ahmed was a highly esteemed member of the Bangladeshi community, He was a qualified and vastly experienced Bengali interpreter who undertakes work across a number of disciplines including, criminal law, human rights and civil matters. Mr Ahmed arrived in the UK in 1959 to pursue further education. He was born in Kaliti-Tea State, Kulaura and is the eldest of four sons and two daughters. His father, Mulfath Uddin Ahmed was a successful manager of James Finlay Tea Garden Company. In 1952, Mr Ahmed’s father bought a house in Chowhatta, Sylhet town with the intention of relocating to provide higher education for his children. Mr Ahmed passed his Matriculation exam in Aided School, Sylhet before completing his Intermediate in Arts. Upon arriving in the UK, Mr Ahmed joined Regent Street Polytechnic College to study Tea Technology. Unfortunately, due to a sudden heart attack, his father passed away resulting in Mr Ahmed ceasing his studies to seek employment in order to provide for his brothers’ education in Bangladesh. Mr Ahmed is known for his active role during the campaign for the independence of Bangladesh and was involved in a number of select committees to help advance the cause. Mr Ahmed entered the insurance industry and began as an Associate for American Life Insurance Company (ALICO). In 1988, Mr Ahmed became the first Bengali branch manager in the UK and has achieved several awards for the success of his branch in Piccadilly Circus. Due to his elevation into management, he ofen represented ALICO at international conferences including – Brazil, Canada, Portugal and Spain. Mr Ahmed chose to leave the company following a heart bypass operation and later began interpreting. Over the years, Mr Ahmed has been recognised in the community for his ongoing efforts and commitment to help the impoverished in Bangladesh. Mr Ahmed started the Jobeda Khatun Foundation, named afer his late mother as a gateway to improve the lives of his local community in Komolgonj. His foundation continues to provide funding for education, food and clothes all year round.