Watchung, New Jersey, USA
Died June 6, 2020
In loving memory of Rameshchandra Jivabhai Patel, it is with profound sadness we announce that he passed peacefully surrounded by his immediate family on June 6th, 2020 at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey.
Our father was born on April 20, 1942 in Kasor, India to Jivabhai and Chanchalbhen. After graduating with bachelors in science at J & J College of Sciences in Nadiad, he immigrated to the US in 1965 to attend Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey to study polymer science and chemical engineering. During his time there, he screened Hindi movies for Indian students which catapulted him to form the Indian Students Association (ISA). This ultimately launched the beginning of his lifelong career in community service.
For more than a half century thereafter, he devoted his life serving the Indian community in various roles starting with the Federation of Indian Association (FIA) where he rose to Vice President in 1987 and then two term President in 1988-1990. While working two jobs and supporting his family, he never forgot his larger role – to establish and promote Indian Americans and their culture and heritage…
When he was not serving the community, he worked as a forensic chemist and supervisor for the NYPD and retired in 2008. When it came to pastimes, he was passionate about the Indian cricket team waking up at all hours to cheer them on and holding the beloved New York Mets near and dear to his heart…
He was magnanimous, loyal, unconditionally loving, kind hearted, compassionate, charitable and most importantly, hardworking. Dad lived by two basic tenets- whatever you do, give it your all and where there is a will, there is a way. His life example is one we will celebrate and emulate…
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