Ramsay Saggar 1968-2019
A firefighter nicknamed “Superman” earned the title, his grieving wife said this week.
Ramsay Saggar, who was 51, died on October 16 and will be buried with full Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service honours tomorrow.
Crystal Saggar, married to Mr Saggar for 25 years, said her brother-in-law, David, used the nickname after her husband comforted a crying woman after the 9/11 terror attack on the World Trade Centre in New York in 2001.
She explained: “He was just trying to talk to her, trying to calm her down and try and help her through the grief.
“My brother-in-law ... from that moment on, he felt that he became his Superman.”
Ms Saggar said that her brother-in-law was not the only one to use the nickname.
She added: “So many other people refered to him as a Superman because he was a fireman. He was a hero.”
Ms Saggar said that her husband, also known as “Bo Bo” and “Bo”, was “very gentle, very caring, very kind”.
She added: “He was very passionate about his love of others.
“He always tended to put the needs of others ahead of his. He just always wanted to make sure that other people were happy.”
Ms Saggar said her husband was a dedicated and committed father to sons Marley, 20, and Ramsay, 24.
She added: “He put the love of his sons before anything else. His sons and myself. A lot of people always said that whenever they were with him he always talked about his sons and myself.” Ms Saggar said she and husband were soul mates.
She added: “We had so many hopes and dreams together. Our time was always spent together — it didn’t matter what we were doing, we were always together. It’s difficult. I’m just trying to figure out how to go on.”
Ms Saggar said that her husband was a keen golfer and member of the Par 5 Golf Club, an association that plays courses in Bermuda and overseas.
She added that Mr Saggar, a supporter of London’s Tottenham Hotspur FC, split his Sundays between golf and football.
Chief Fire Officer Lloyd Burchall of the Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service said Mr Saggar was a “diamond in the rough”, who was committed to his job and cared about his family, his coworkers and the community.
Mr Burchall said that the loss of Mr Saggar had “left a tremendous gap”.
He added: “I don’t think somebody will easily step into his shoes and provide the type of guidance and caring that he had produced. He stood out above the rest.”
Mr Burchall said that Mr Saggar thrived when doing his job. He highlighted a car crash that happened on Harrington Sound Road.
Mr Burchall said that a motorcyclist had tried to ride through the scene of the crash and hit Mr Saggar and another firefighter as Mr Saggar helped a crash victim.
He said that when emergency medical technicians tried to check Mr Saggar for injuries he told them to look after his colleague first.
Mr Burchall added: “That just sums up the way he was.”
Mr Saggar started his career with the BFRS in 1996 and Mr Burchall said that he was a mentor to newer members of the service.
He added: “He wanted to ensure that the younger firefighters that had come under him also had the same dedication and skill set that were necessary to be a professional.”
Mr Burchall said that Mr Saggar’s love for his job was evident to the end.
He added: “I believe he worked right up until the day he went to hospital. His main concern, especially when he was in the hospital, was that he wanted his crew to be taken care of.”
Firefighters will form a guard of honour at the service for Mr Saggar and provide a graveside salute.
Mr Burchall said that his family would also be presented with one of his helmets.
He added: “The other one will be mounted in a spot at the Hamilton Fire Station.”
• The funeral service will take place at the New Testament Church of God, Dundonald Street, Hamilton at 3pm. Viewing will be held at 2pm
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