Abdul Shakoor

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A little about Abdul:

He was born in the erstwhile princely state of Jammu & Kashmir on Wednesday 2nd March 1949. He had four siblings. He was the youngest from his siblings. He was the only son. He settled in 133 Bearwood Road, Smethwick, Sandwell, England in 1954. After leaving school, he settled in 73 Osborne Road, Forest Gate, London in 1965. He lost his father on Monday 16th August 1965. He went onto complete an apprenticeship with Jessups (Romford) Limited and was employed by them as a fitter from Monday 26th April 1971 to Wednesday 12th May 1976 servicing and repairing Vauxhall, Opel cars and Bedford vans. He went on to train as an HGV driver, sitting a test at Purfleet Test Centre on Wednesday 7th July 1976. By passing his test he became the United Kingdom’s first South Asian class one HGV driver. In his 32-year long professional driving career, he drove across United Kingdom and Europe. He delivered for A. H. Newbury Continental Freight Limited, Dansea Freight Limited, Eddie Stobart, Tate & Lyle Sugars and many more. He delivered to Spain, France, Germany, Belgium and many more countries in Europe. In the early 1970s, he drove a car by road from London, United Kingdom to the erstwhile princely state of Jammu & Kashmir. On Tuesday 11th November 2008, a minor stroke ended his 32-year long professional driving career. He loved travelling and had many different interesting stories to tell and encountered many different people along the side.

Personal short summary:

My beloved father, I dearly miss you a lot. You was one good hearted person. I remember some of your last words to me on Sunday 6th December 2020 at Newham University Hospital: ‘I love ya‘ and ‘I love you too‘. You was one lovely dad who meant so much to me and my siblings. I dearly miss you. I love you too much from the inner depths of my heart. Rest in Peace xxx.

With lots of love from your son,

Asif Shakoor 

Friday 9th April 2021


Anything else:

My beloved father sadly lost his life at 5:30am on Monday 7th December 2020 at Newham University Hospital due to pneumonia and COVID. A tree dedicated in loving memory of him brings peace and solace. A tree spreads its branches and gives peace.

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Mohammed Ali

Great memories!!! May he rest in peace!!!

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Tejpal Singh Ralmill

Very sorry for your loss Asif. It is now upon your shoulders to continue his legacy. Once again, condolences to you and your family. Tejpal.

Mohammed Jamil

May Allah swt grant Uncle Jannat ul firdaus.

He was a lovely guy & good hearted.

May Allah swt ease your pain of this big loss off a parent and give you all sabr.


Allegra Mostyn-Owen

I was so sorry to hear of his passing. It is a lovely idea to create this memory tree. I hope it jogs the memories of those who knew him into recollecting their stories about him. And I hope it brings comfort to you and all your family. My sincere condolences. Allegra

Gordon Partridge

Dear Asif,

Your dad was not only a brilliant lorry driver. He was a brilliant motor mechanic too. I remember in the 1970s when he repaired cars on the road side in Barking and East Ham. He also worked at a garage on Katherine Road and also repaired trucks for Essex dairies in Waltham Forest.

My sincere condolences to you and the family.



Asif, Arif, Amar, Farzana, Rizwana and dear aunty. A sad loss to all, but remember he has returned to the Rabb Al Alameen who will look after him. He will forever live as a memory in everyone’s hearts. You all need to remain strong together and reflect on good times of past and look forward to continuing your life in brave manner like your dad and grandad (his dad) would have wanted you to. Take care my dear cousins and aunty.

Stephen Timms

Asif. My deepest condolences. This is a great way to remember the remarkable man who was your father, and also to express powerfully your love and respect for him.


Asif, I’m so sorry for your loss. May his soul rest in peace and may those he leaves behind live a long life.


Deepest condolences to brother Asif and his family.

May Allah SWT grant Nana Abdul Shakoor the highest abode in Jannat Al Firdaws and give the family and friends sabr during this very difficult and testing time.


Asif, I am deeply sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences mate.


May Allah give him highest place in Paradise Ameen

Mohammed Hanif

Have some good memories of uncle, who was a great hard working man. Spent some fun moments with him and the many talks we had.
May Allah Almighty grant him a high maqaam in Jannah al-Firdaws. Ameen.

Asif Shakoor

I am thankful to Right Honourable Stephen Timms, Member of Parliament for the East Ham constituency, Allegra Mostyn-Owen, former wife of the current serving British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Tejpal Singh Ralmill, my cousins: Mohammed Jamil, Haroon Ramzan, Mohammed Hanif and Dr. Ashraf Zaman, also to: Haroon, Gordon Partridge, Mohammed Ali, Alan, Phoenix (I wish I could receive an introduction to the last four individuals namely: Gordon Partridge, Mohammed Ali, Alan and Phoenix, so I could personally thank them) and everyone else including family, relatives and friends for writing a message of condolence on the Memory Tree Page dedicated in loving memory of my late beloved father.

Zahid Rehman


Zahid Rehman

Sorry for your loss uncle was a very nice guy may Allah SWT give you all sabr and grant jannat firdous ameen

Alan Kunna

Asif, I never met your father but I am blessed to know you his kind and humble son. Please accept my sincere condolences on your sad loss.

Mumtaz Sharif

A hard working family man may Allah grant him Jannat ul firdous

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