Memory of Ilford Lane ‘pioneer’ to be honoured with plaque

PUBLISHED: 14:50 11 October 2016 | UPDATED: 15:02 11 October 2016

The memory of Rajinder Singh Johal will be honoured with a plaque by his family.

The memory of Rajinder Singh Johal will be honoured with a plaque by his family.

Reena Johal

Relatives of a businessman who died 10 years ago are set to honour his memory by unveiling a special plaque.

The family of Rajinder Singh Johal, who lived in Westrow Gardens, Seven Kings, will unveil the memorial on the site of his former factory, now Ilford Plaza, Ilford Lane, Ilford.

Daughter Reena Johal, 30, who lives in Greenford and is an IT analyst, called her father a “pioneer”.

She said: “We believe he was one of the first Asian businessmen to open a business on Ilford Lane.”

Mr Johal opened a tie manufacturing factory called RSJ Ties Limited in 1971 and ran it for 34 years.

“He distributed to some of the big names like Marks and Spencers, C&A, British Airways, West Ham Football Club and Ted Baker,” continued Reena.

“He ran that until 2005, then the factory was converted into a shopping plaza.”

Mr Johal died in 2006 and more than 500 people attended his funeral.

The businessman is remembered by fondly by community members.

“He was a very successful businessman,” said Ilford South MP Mike Gapes.

“He gave a lot of money and support to charity and was a prominent business figure of the community.”

Mr Johal’s son Rapinder added: “My father’s memory is cherished by many.

“His personality is hard to forget and we are very lucky to have had him in our lives.”

The plaque will be unveiled on October 30.

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