Family tribute to Erith father-of-three Kamaljit Aujla found dead in Belvedere park

News Shopper: Much-loved Kamaljit Aujla, who was found dead in Franks Park, Belvedere Much-loved Kamaljit Aujla, who was found dead in Franks Park, Belvedere

A PROUD grandfather of two who had a “real zest for life” has been found dead in woodland yards from his Erith home.

Much-loved Kamaljit Aujla, known as Kam to his friends and family, was last seen going to pick up newspapers from the local shop on Wednesday. (Jan 9)

Met Police launched a public appeal after his family reported him missing and officers found the father of three’s body while searching Franks Park on Friday evening. (Jan 11)

He was 54 and had been battling a crippling degenerative condition which restricted him to a maximum of two hours sleep per night.

His grieving daughter Mandip Aujla, 32, told News Shopper: “He had a real zest for life but his chronic back pain slowly drained it out of him.

“He took his own life because he couldn’t handle the pain anymore.

“It’s left the family heartbroken. What’s getting us through is remembering and talking about all the stories and the great times we had together.”

One of the entrances to Franks Park where Kam used to play football as a youngster is just a stone’s throw away from his family home in Valley Road.

His eldest child Manny Aujla, 31, paid tribute to his dad who “brightened up any room he walking into”.

“He was quite the party animal,” he said.

“He worked hard, partied hard – he was the showman of the family. You couldn’t get him off the dance floor.

“He was always the life and soul of the party.”

The youngest of four siblings moved to Erith from India when he was eight years old and attended Picardy School, now called Trinity School, before training to become a plasterer.

He worked on building sites since the age of 14 but was forced to quit his job seven years ago as the back problem worsened.

Manny added: “He never moaned. He always tried to put a brave face on – he was too much of a proud man to use a walking aid, even though the pain was extreme and constant.

“Sometimes I would try to help take him to the bedroom but he would not have it – he took it as an insult.

“There about 100 people in our family but he is definitely the proudest by far.”

The last time Kam saw his family he left the house to go to the local shop.

Manny said: “He always got two newspapers, one for him and one for Iris, who lived in Riverdale Road and he called his English mum. We all called her mum.

“He would do anything for anyone - no matter whether they are two years old or 72 years old.”

Franks Park, also known as Franks Wood, is 17 hectares of mature woodland and parkland originally part of the grounds of Belvedere House which was demolished in the mid-20th century. 

Mr Aujla’s body was found by police officers at 8.50pm on Friday. (Jan 11)

Ambulance crews were called to the scene but he was pronounced dead at 9.30pm.

Police are not treating Mr Aujla’s death as suspicious at this time.

A post-mortem examination has taken place and an inquest into his death was opened and adjourned today. (Jan 15)

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11:54am Tue 15 Jan 13

ADJ says...

So very very sorry to hear this sad news. Such a lovely man, always had a smile for everyone and always a gentleman. May you be free from pain now Kam. Rob and I will miss you dearly. God bless. Our thoughts go out to your family at this sad time. Ann and Rob xxx
So very very sorry to hear this sad news. Such a lovely man, always had a smile for everyone and always a gentleman. May you be free from pain now Kam. Rob and I will miss you dearly. God bless. Our thoughts go out to your family at this sad time. Ann and Rob xxx ADJ

2:30pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Have your say says...

Didnt know you mate but you seemed a good man, something we are lacking in this Country. Rest in Peace mate at least you are pain free. God bless your family and your goodness continues through them x
Didnt know you mate but you seemed a good man, something we are lacking in this Country. Rest in Peace mate at least you are pain free. God bless your family and your goodness continues through them x Have your say

10:29pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Mrs Tait says...

So very saddened to hear of Kams death. His son Manny was my landlord years ago and Kam would always come over to do odd jobs, nothing was to much for him, he would speak so highly and proudly about his children..
R.I.P to a very popular man xxx.
So very saddened to hear of Kams death. His son Manny was my landlord years ago and Kam would always come over to do odd jobs, nothing was to much for him, he would speak so highly and proudly about his children.. R.I.P to a very popular man xxx. Mrs Tait

12:09am Wed 16 Jan 13

Ali320 says...

Sounds like a class act, didn't know Kam but would have loved to meet him, exactly the kind of bloke this country needs more of.

Condolences to all his family.
Sounds like a class act, didn't know Kam but would have loved to meet him, exactly the kind of bloke this country needs more of. Condolences to all his family. Ali320

12:17am Thu 17 Jan 13

Marie77 says...

So so sad to hear this, such a lovely man very kindhearted such a gentlemen. R.I.P Kam free of pain now, thoughts are with ur family at this sad time. Love Marie, Sandy n boys xxx
So so sad to hear this, such a lovely man very kindhearted such a gentlemen. R.I.P Kam free of pain now, thoughts are with ur family at this sad time. Love Marie, Sandy n boys xxx Marie77

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