A Fond Farewell at Lukshyama Royal Crematorium
GANGTOK: Today marked the somber yet dignified occasion of the final rites for Gyalse (Prince) Late Tenzing Jigme Namgyal, held at the serene Lukshyama Royal Crematorium near Hanuman Tok. The ceremony was a poignant tribute to a man whose life was characterized by a profound sense of responsibility, humility, and kindness.
Early Years and Education
Gyalse Tenzing Jigme Namgyal, born on January 9, 1962, was the son of Gyalse Jigdal Tsewang Namgyal and Princess Sonam Yangchen (Lacham Kushoe). His formative years saw him receiving his elementary education at Saint Joseph’s Convent, Kalimpong, followed by stints at the prestigious North Point School, Darjeeling, and the Rishi Valley School, Andhra Pradesh.
A Guardian of Family
Owing to his father’s illness, Prince Jigme assumed family responsibilities at a tender age, ensuring the welfare of all family members. Widely known as Pompola (Prince), he navigated his role with grace, becoming a pillar of support for those around him.
Family and Marriage
At 26, Prince Jigme married Princess Sangay Deki Namgyal of the Tsechutharpa family of West Sikkim. Their union was blessed with three children: Tenzing Thutob Namgyal (son), Rigzum Yangchen Namgyal (daughter), and Tenzing Jigdal Namgyal (son).
A Man of Grace and Generosity
Prince Jigme’s legacy extended beyond familial ties. He approached people with genuine courtesy, effortlessly establishing connections and leaving an indelible mark on everyone he encountered. His humility and numerous acts of kindness and generosity resonated with those who had the privilege of knowing him.
A Life Well-Lived
Living life on his own terms, Prince Jigme embraced each moment, and his departure leaves a void that will be keenly felt. His legacy will endure in the collective memory of those who were touched by his warmth, kindness, and genuine approach to life.
Attendees paid their respects with gratitude and fondness, reflecting on the impact Prince Jigme had on their lives. The Lukshyama Royal Crematorium, surrounded by the natural beauty near Hanuman Tok, served as a fitting backdrop for a farewell that celebrated a life well-lived.
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Gangtokian Web Team, 29/11/12