A K Shahid ✵ 1937-2015

Ata-ul-Kareem Shahid

Ata-ul-Kareem Shahid on the day of his graduation 17 June 1949 with his father Hadrat Abul Ata Jalandari

Ata-ul-Kareem Shahid

Ata-ul-Kareem Shahid

Name at birth:  Ata-ul-Kareem Shahid
Date of birth:  24th July 1937
Place of birth:  Qadian, India
Date of death:  17th May 2015
Place of death:  London
Resting place:
Submitted by:  Ata Khalid





Ataul Kareem Shahid carried the same cheerful features that distinguished his father, Hadrat Abul Ata Jalandari, holder of the title Khalid-e-Ahmaddiyat. The resemblance between their smiles would seldom escape the notice of those who observed them both, whether in real life or frozen in time in photographs. Those close to Shahid Sahib champion another congruence that marked this son as his fathers, one that belongs to a higher rank of virtue and is incomparable in its worth; his unlimited kindness and generosity towards every soul that neared the threshold of his life. His loved ones remember his all encompassing warmth to friends and strangers alike, his zeal for making connections with people from all walks of life and introducing to them the message of Islam Ahmaddiya, a passion which remained unwavering even after his retirement as a missionary. For most of his seventy seven years on earth Ataul Karim Shahid Sahib pledged his life to the Ahmaddiya Muslim community in the cause of promulgating the pristine & peaceful teachings of Islam as espoused by the reformist movement, founded by the Promised Messiah Hadrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (as) He served in Africa and Pakistan in his role as missionary and was a skilled orator as well as an avid reader. His love for knowledge was manifested in the myriad of subjects encompassed in his personal library: political, medical, religious (he possessed more than one Bible.) and cultural, his interests spanned borders and ideologies and was reflected in his lack of discrimination and enthusiasm for conversation with anyone who came his way. But despite all this he hadn’t planned a life of religious service. At the age of twenty two, having completed the required education and passed the first exam that would pave the way for a prominent and high ranking career in the military, he received news of the sudden death of his older half-sister, who was an excellent writer and had been the editor of the Ahmadi newspaper Al-Misbah, and till then was the only child of her father, Khalid-e-Ahmaddiyat, serving the faith. Her father had been content that at least one of his children had followed in his footsteps but on hearing of her death Shahid Sahib realised that it meant that now none of his father’s offspring were championing the cause of Islam Ahmaddiya. So, casting aside all worldly ambition and desire, Ataul Kareem Shahid turned away from his military aspirations and pledged himself to the lifelong service to the faith and began what ended in eight years of study to become a fully-fledged missionary of the community.

Biographies of worldly fame have a way of wiping clean an otherwise less than golden slate. But such magpie prestige suffers the inevitable fate of erosion as newer glitters transfix popular attention.

Ataul-Kareem- Shahid Sahib’s eminence, however, reflected in his compassionate and dynamic life, is firmly locked in the weighty vaults of heaven, and cast its shadow back to earth through the images of his loved ones memories.

He left his widow, Mrs. Amatul Basit Shahid, and his three children; his daughter Mrs. Amatul Wasay Ahmad wife of Mr. Waleed Ahmad, his oldest son Dr Ata-ul-Habib Khalid and his younger son Mr. Ata-ul-Ala Zafar.

May Allah the Almighty grant his soul eternal contentment, may his spirit soar through the loftiest ranks of paradise, may Jannat-ul-Firdaus be his final kingdom.

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Isobel Curry MacMillan Christie Tracy ✵ 1932-1973

Isobel Curry MacMillan Christie Tracy

Name at birth:  Isobel Curry MacMillan Christie
Date of birth:  09/10/32
Place of birth:  Glasgow, Scotland
Date of death:  17/01/73
Place of death:  Glasgow, Scotland
Resting place:  Scotland
Submitted by:  Anne Rollins   (



Isobel, my best friend, arrived in the USA by herself when she was 18 years old. I met her at Schrafft’s restaurant chain where we both worked in New York City. She was the extrovert in the friendship and brought out the best in me. She was beautiful, funny and thoughtful (and a great dancer) and was loved by all of us. She loved living in Manhattan. Isobel married Dick Tracy who adored her even though they ultimately divorced. Sometimes in an instant flash I want to pick up the telephone and call her. Hopefully, she’ll get this message in Heaven. Isobel is missed.

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Samantha Thompson ✵ 1985-1994

Samantha Thompson

Name at birth: Samantha Thompson
Date of birth: 1 December 1985
Place of birth: Steeton, England
Date of death: 4 October 1994
Place of death: Leeds, England
Resting place: Silsden New Cemetery, Silsden, West Yorkshire, England
Submitted by: Simon Thompson






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Matthew Robert Tait ✵ 1987-1999

Matthew Robert Tait

Name at birth:  Matthew Robert Tait
Date of birth:  11th July 1987
Place of birth:  Stockport, England
Date of death:  14th March 1999
Place of death:  London, England
Resting place:  Hendon Crematorium, London, England
Submitted by:  Robert & Karen Tait   (



In loving memory of Matthew Robert Tait, son of Karen & Robert, Brother of Anneka Louise.

Taken from us by Cancer 14th March 1999.

Sleep tight beautiful boy.


Matthew’s Poems

Standing by the Brook
By Matthew Tait, 11th March 1998.


Two squirrels jumping and fighting
people passing by and talking.


Tree shadows and reflections
crows squawking, blackbirds singing.


Totteridge pond

Magnificent view like a motion picture film.
Willow trees hanging down.
Cow parsley like mint in chocolate.
Complete silence apart from the birds singing in the trees.
Butterflies dodging in the plants.
Blazing red hawthorn staring right at me.
Little artist painting the shiny pond.
Ducks trailing in a row quacking, quacking, quacking.

By Matthew Tait
age 10
Monday 18th May 1998

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Philip John Sosin ✵ 1954-1995

Name at birth:  	  
Date of birth:  	 31/05/1954 
Place of birth:  	 Chelmsford United Kingdom 
Date of death:  	 23/05/1995 
Place of death:  	 Harrow United Kingdom 
Place of burial: 

Submitted by: Graham Calvert (

Phil was a beautiful man who brought a considerable amount of joy into the lives of the people he met. He was well known for his wit and breadth of knowledge. He worked hard for the Terrence Higgins Trust (the HIV charity in London) for six years as a volunteer cousellor, trainer, computer operator and speaker. He will be greatly missed by his partner Graham, his parents and the other members of his large extended family.

Don’t be dismayed at good-byes. A farewell is necessary before you can meet again. And meeting again, after moments or lifetimes, is certain for those who are friends.

The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly.

From ILLUSIONS-The Adventures of A Reluctant Messiah by Richard Bach

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Sheila Pratt ✵ 1930-1995

Sheila Pratt

Name at birth:  Sheila Tordoff
Date of birth:  23.1.30
Place of birth:  Bradford England
Date of death:  28.3.95
Place of death:  Dewsbury, England
Resting place:  Cremated at Dewsbury crematiorium
Submitted by:  Jeanne Brown (



For out beloved mother, you were an inspiration, we miss you but know
that you are happy now.
We know that you knew the value of a smile and we try to
follow your lead.
Hope there are not too many tears in heaven!
We will always love you,
Jeanne and Robert
(and families)
Love to grandma
Kirsty, Chantal and Robert
Love and kisses to Great Grandma, you never saw me but you would have loved me,
Chloe Louise

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Raymond Stanley Parncutt ✵ 1929-2004

Raymond Stanley Parncutt

Name at birth:  Raymond Stanley Parncutt
Date of birth:  06/01/1929
Place of birth:  England, UK
Date of death:  21/04/2004
Place of death:  London, England, UK
Resting place:  Kensal Green Crematorium, London, UK
Submitted by:  Joan Williams   (



I will always love you Ray. I can still feel your arms around me. True love never dies. It is so lonely down here without you, I can’t wait for the day that we are together once again.
Love you forever and ever my darling,

Joan x x x

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Daniel McIlravey ✵ 1937-1996

Daniel McIlravey

Name at birth:  Daniel McIlravey
Date of birth:  27 01 1937
Place of birth:  Luton, England
Date of death:  22 12 1996
Place of death:  Dunnville, Ontario, Canada
Resting place:  Victoria Lawn Cemetery, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Submitted by:  Arlene McIlravey  (

Daniel McIlravey passed away Sunday December 22, 1996. President of Teamsters Union Local 879, Hamilton Ontario. President of Hamilton Port Council, Executive of Teamsters Joint Council no 52. Predeceased by his son Brett, Mother Ellen, Father Daniel, and sister Ellen Duffy. Survived by his loving wife Arlene, son Troy and daughters Shelly McCann, Dawn, Susan Duffin and Katherine. Proud grandfather of John McCann Jr., Connor and Quinn, Mackenzie, Andrew and his wee Angel Ainsley.

Do not stand by my grave and weep;
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow
I am the diamond glints in the snow
I am the sunlight on ripened grain
I am the gentle autumn’s rain
When you awaken in the mornings hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight
I am the soft stars that shine at night
Do not stand at my grave and cry
I am not there .I did not die.

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Shelly Stokoe ✵ 1967 – 2014 (Daughter)

Gavin John Jackson ✵ 1969-1998

Name at birth:    Gavin John Jackson 
Date of birth:    28/12/1969 
Place of birth:   Hull, England 
Date of death:    12/07/1998 
Place of death:   Livingston, Scotland 
Place of burial:  Adambrae Cemetery, Livingston, East Lothan, Scotland.

Submitted by: Jane Jackson (

Gavin, our little brother who left us suddenly. You are
greatly missed and forever in our hearts.
Love Karen and Jane xxxxx

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Arthur William Ford ✵ 1936-1996

Arthur William Ford

Name at birth:  Arthur William Ford
Date of birth:  03/05/36
Place of birth:  Southall, Middlesex, UK
Date of death:  21/10/96
Place of death:  London, UK
Resting place:  Breakspeare Cemetery, Ruislip, Middlesex, UK
Submitted by:  Loraine Stewart Scott  (



Who is that man with the gentle face
Who in his youth kept a hectic pace
To provide for his family all that he could
Who is that man so giving and good?

Who is that man with the ready smile
Who always took time to sit for a while
He was there when his family needed him there
Who is that man with the grey in his hair?

Who is that man who encouraged us all
And helped us up when we took a fall
Spending a lifetime extending his hand
Who is that kind, compassionate man?

Who is that man who we all adore
The man these words of devotion are for?
I’ll tell you with all the love that I can
ARTHUR was that truly exceptional man!

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