Lord Gulam Kaderbhoy Noon, known as Britain&’s Çurry King, died on Tuesday. He was 79.
He died after prolonged illness, according to reports.
Expressing deepest condolence, British Labour leader and senior MP Keith Vaz, said: “Today we have lost a giant, not only of the British Asian community, but also of British entrepreneurship.”
Paying tribute to the departed soul, Vaz described Lord Noon as “a decent, honourable and generous man, who was dedicated not only to his family, but also to his country, the United Kingdom.”
“Rightly known as Britain&’s first ‘Curry King’, he brought curry to the high street. There are thousands of people in Britain, in India and throughout the world who have benefited from his enterprise, jobs he created, and his big heart. The world of cricket will also miss one of its most devoted followers,” Vaz said in a official statement.
Vaz also said, “He was the epitome of everything a first generation immigrant can achieve, someone who literally came with nothing, but was also grateful to Britain for giving him the life chances to prove what an extraordinary man he was, whilst never forgetting his roots in India. ur community has lost one of its greatest stars.”
In his honour, a minute&’s silence will be observed at tonight’s Tiffin Cup final at the House of Commons, and a memorial meeting will be held in Parliament on November 2, according to the official statement.
Lord Noon was the Chancellor of the University of East Londpn.
Originally from Mumbai, he was born on January 24, 1936. He migrated to Britain in his twenties and founded several food product companies in London. He won the title of Curry King after introducing Indian cuisines through Sainsbury&’s.