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Fundraiser launched for family of Metro Vancouver dad who drowned rescuing daughter

The Delta resident was a realtor, former restaurant owner, and father of four
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Kasif Sheikh and his children. Photo via GoFundMe

The man who drowned on Father's Day while rescuing his daughter in a Kelowna-area waterfall has been identified as Kashif Sheikh of Delta.

The 46-year-old man had been at the waterfall in Mill Creek Park with his family when he jumped in the water to help his 13-year-old daughter who had slipped in. She was able to get to shore, but he was not.

Sheikh worked as a realtor based in the Surrey area, and also was employed in a security role at Vancouver International Airport.

Previously, Sheikh was the proprietor of a restaurant called the Red Rooster; a Vancouver-based Facebook group's members have been sharing fond memories and kind words about Sheikh from their encounters with him in that capacaity.

Two GoFundMe campaigns have been launched to support Sheikh's family. Together they have raised over $77,000 so far.

In addition to the teen daughter he saved before his own death, Sheikh had three other children.

Donors have been sharing memories of Sheikh on the fundraiser campaign pages.

"He was a nice person who was known by many to be generously good," reads one tribute.

Donations can be made here or here.

With a file from Rob Gibson/Castanet