He joked that his turban was an amplifier that improved his hearing. Or he wore it to disguise that, as a Sikh man who should never cut his hair as a religious tradition, he was bald.

“I took advantage of my turban,” Bhan said, sitting with wife Veena in their Canton home.

Bhan was born in India and brought his sense of humor with him when he came to America in 1960. He couldn’t get used to driving on the right side of the road because, in his homeland, motorists drove on the left.

“So I started driving in the middle of the road,” he said, smiling.

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