Founder of 50plus Rasheed Sultan-Khan dies at 94

Rasheed Sultan Khan

Rasheed Sultan-Khan, founder of the Trinidad and Tobago 50plus & Seniors Association of Canada, died at his home in Toronto on Saturday. He was 94 – just one day shy of his 95th birthday.

His son, Aleem, said he died of degenerative heart disease.

Trinidad-born Rasheed Sultan-Khan came to Canada with his wife and five children in 1973.

The day after he arrived in Canada he got a job with a Toronto publishing company where he worked for several years

He also worked at The Chase Manhattan Bank.

His wife, Feeroza said that her husband had a dream to bring senior citizens from Trinidad and Tobago together and “that dream came true with the formation in 1996 of the Trinidad and Tobago 50plus & Seniors Association, a non-profit organization.”

“He had membership forms rolled up in his pocket and was always promoting 50Plus and inviting Trinbagonians he met to come to meetings,” she said.

Shane Suepaul, Feeroza and Rasheed Sultan Khan
Feeroza and Rasheed Sultan Khan

 In Trinidad where he was well known as a “tenor on a local radio station,” he won an island-wide singing competition.

He leaves his wife, six children, nine grand-children and three great-grand-children.

A funeral service for the late Rasheed Sultan-Khan will be held at the Highland Funeral Home in Scarborough on Wednesday April 26.