A light went out in Bradford with the unexpected and sudden death of Mr Amin Dada, a highly-respected businessman and community leader.
Born in Masindi, Uganda in 1956, his family moved to the UK in 1972. After living in in Bolton then London, he finally made Bradford his home.
Dedicating himself to the Lions Club for over 40-years, Mr Dada worked with various groups to fundraise, raise the profile of international aid projects, and contributed immensely to making the world a better place for thousands of destitute and needy families.
His friend Mrs Taslim Husseinbhai said: “Members of Bradford Central Lions Club CIO were shocked and saddened by the sudden news and the loss of a great Lion – he was a good friend and a tireless worker.
“Lion Amin was a lifelong dedicated Lion of more than 40-years, and served as a member of Lions clubs, Golders Green, Swiss Cottage, and Edgeware. Later he helped to create the Lions Club of London Belmont in 2007 and was elected Charter President.
“In London he worked with various groups to fundraise and provide help to the needy. In Birmingham he mentored and worked closely with the Cutchi Sumni Muslim Association.
“In 2013 he formed Bradford Central Lions Club-CIO, and was elected Charter President.
“With his drive and passion the club successfully grew, and today it is much respected in the community. The food bank which he set up is run in conjunction with Bradford Save the Mothers Trust (SMA), and is a lifeline to many families.
“Lions was always a large part of Amin, but he never forgot that help was also needed elsewhere in the world and it was outside of Lions that he set up and helped fund the ‘Water Assist Appeal’, with the aim to provide fresh water by providing water wells and bore holes in Tanzania, India and Kenya.
“To date this project has been very successful and assisted by his family and friends it has successfully provided 27 boreholes and water wells and is ongoing. More recently he raised funds to send food parcel to Morocco during the month of Ramadan for the refugees and the homeless.
“Amins support and love extended far beyond Lions. He will be missed sorely, and has set precedence for the work we must continue to do in his memory.”
Mr Dada was a brother to six sisters, and he leaves behind his wife Fahmida , two children and five grandchildren.