Naeem Ahmed Saroya, 504/Liaquat

Naeem Saroya

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Naeem Ahmed Saroya, kit no. 504/Liaquat House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1964 and left the college in 1969 after completing his Intermediate.

He was born on 19 February 1952, and was married to Dr. Nargis Syed on 22 June 1996. They have 2 sons - Aliabdullah and Ghaziabdullah.

Naeem expired on the morning of 22 May 2013 at Detroit.

Naeem was truly a very eminent Petarian. He has had a very distinguished career.

During his years at Petaro, he was a part of the College Basketball team. He was a member of the Famous Forties during 1968. He was a very popular guy always. He was appointed the Senior Section Leader of Liaquat House during his 12th class.

He was very active in various clubs at Petaro. He was the President of the Radio and Electrical Engineering Club, Rocketry Club and the Boat Modelling Club.

After Petaro, he got admission to UET Lahore, and he graduated from there as a Mechanical Engineer in 1974. During his years at UET, he became the President of the Students' Union on the Jamiat platform. In 1982, he also obtained certification in Power Systems from the Lawrence Institute of Technology, USA.

After graduation, Naeem moved to the USA, and joined Detroit Edison in Michigan. He worked with them for over two decades and then decided to take an early retirement. He then formed his own company near Detroit called Multifacet Resources USA which he managed until his very last days.

He had been very active in community affairs in the USA throughout. At one point in time, he was the President of ICNA as well.

His services to the community at large led to an award of the Medal of Honour for meritorious services to the people of Detroit.

Naeem has been a great promoter of love and brotherhood amongst Petarians.  He was one of the founding members of the Petarian Association of North America (PANA), and had been unflinching in his support for all Petarian activities. He has participated in virtually every PANA gathering at Niagara Falls, carrying the Petaro flag with him always.

Naeem was the Chief Coordinator of PANA from 2006-2009. He provided sound leadership which will go a long way in building the Petarian image in North America.

He has also been a great source of joy and unity for the class of 1964-1969. He ensured his presence at the major reunion of the batch at Petaro in Sept 2001 and in March 2003 (at the time of the inauguration of the Squash Court donated by the batch to Cadet College Petaro. He was the center of life for both of these functions.

He lived in Ypsilanti, Michigan, which was always a welcome home for all Petarians.

The last I met Naeem was in Orlando in January 2013. Little did I realize that this would have been the last time I would enjoy his company and his ever smiling face and exuberance.

Naeem had been a heart patient for over a decade when he had gone through bypass surgery. He was then careful about his diet and habits and was leading a good and healthy life.

22 May 2013 was the day destined for him to leave our company forever from this world. He suffered a heart attack and left us to meet his Creator.

May Allah grant him the choicest place in Jannatul Firdaus!  We will miss you very much my friend.

Naeem Saroya in 1969 at Petaro

Naeem Saroya in 2006 at PANA