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Rajinder Singh Panesar's funeral held in Bradford

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Media captionMourners attend funeral of the prominent Sikh man

Mourners have attended the funeral of a prominent Sikh man who tried to "build bridges across the communities".

Rajinder Singh Panesar, known to his friends as Halifaxwala after the West Yorkshire town where he settled, has died aged 69.

His funeral was held at a Gurdwara in Bradford.

Jasjit Singh, a family friend, said: "Many of the next generation of Sikhs will have been personally affected by his teaching."

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Mr Panesar "used to try and build bridges across the communities in Bradford, Leeds, Halifax and across the country", Mr Singh said.

Mr Panesar, who had been very active on social media was "a doer and role model", he added.

Image caption The funeral was held in Bradford

A Just Giving page in his memory has raised almost £1,700 for an international disaster relief charity.

Mr Panesar was born in India but moved as a teenager to Halifax in the 1960s and had studied civil engineering at King's College, London.

He had specialised in lecturing on Sikhism and tutoring religious studies.

Image caption Rajinder Singh Panesar tried to "build bridges across the communities"

He was a former president of the Council for Sikh Gurdwaras and a member of several inter-faith groups.