He was a much-loved member of the community, his younger brother Arbab Ali said. “When people would come on the bus, he would have friendly conversations with them. He would slow down for them if they were running for the bus. He used to talk to them as a friend and they have all said they have lost a friend.” Nehman “knew the importance of making sure other members of the public can get to work, in particular NHS staff and doctors”, his brother added. “He took great caution when it came to work, however even after all the precautionary measures, Nehman was unable to avoid Covid-19.”
In his final weeks he had isolated himself from his children to protect them, and had not been able to hug them in the last two weeks. “In my last conversation with Nehman he asked me to buy face masks so that he could give them to his co-workers and friends at work,” said Ali. “This conversation sums up the loving, kind and selfless person [he] was.” His family is raising money in his memory to build hand-pumps and water wells in villages across the world without access to clean drinking water.