Wednesday 07th April 2021 07:46 EDT

There is definitely something to be said for his dedication to his marriage with Ba and the fact that he loved her for that many years – what a great example to all of us grandchildren! I love you, Dada; you will be greatly missed.

Love, Jason Hemant Patel (Dada's eldest grandson)

Dada, I'll never forget growing up and always looking forward to coming to visit you. You always made us laugh and managed to get into some kind of trouble with Ba! Your laugh was contagious and I can't remember ever seeing you without a smile on your face. You were always proud to see your grandkids! You were literally the coolest grandpa ever! I still remember the day you met our son, your great-grandson, Crew James Patel, for the first time. I don't think you could have been any happier and proud. You always made it a point to show off your grandkids and great-grandkids pictures. I am so happy you were able to meet your great-grandson, Crew, and your great-granddaughter, Cali, before you left us. You made a huge impact on my children's lives and I know they will never forget you. I wish we could have spent more time together, but we will always cherish the time we did share.

I love you and miss you, Dada! Love, Daniel Hemant Patel.

Rest in peace to the greatest and most influential man I have ever known. From taking me to school and sports practices to teaching me how to drive to listening to music I played for you, you were one of the happiest and strongest people I knew. You basically half raised me growing up and I’m proud to be able to call myself your grandchild. You’re in a better place now and you lived a life worth celebrating.

Tejas Patel

My dad’s faith and devotion to God guided him through a remarkable life. There were times I truly believe he was possessed with some God like powers the way he went about his life. It gives me great comfort to know that he is with God and he will be telling him how to run his business. I will miss him a lot.

Neil Patel

My Father passed away peacefully in the morning of April 04, 2021 at 6:30am (IST) after a strong fight with COVID. He was a warm-hearted family oriented and caring person. He had a pleasant personality just what his name suggests HASMUKH. His laughter was contagious and will stay in our heart for the rest of our lives. He enjoyed his life fully and was extremely contented with whatever he had; he never missed an opportunity to help others. My dad will be missed not only by his family members but all the friends around the Globe where he has lived as well as the devotees and priest of Swaminarayan where he played an integral role especially with philanthropy. My husband Tarun, daughter Priya and I will truly miss him. We are praying for his eternal soul to rest in peace. For me his vibrant soul and energy is still alive and around us and he is not dead.
He has earned a well-deserved Rest and Peace.



Dear Mota Dada,
I am so glad I was able to meet you. I had fun every time I visited you. I loved sitting with you and watching TV or just talking. You were my only great grandfather and you always spoiled me when I saw you. I will miss you and will always love you.

Love, Crew James Patel (8 years old)

Dada was such a people person. He always loved having people around -especially his family. His laugh was so contagious and he never stopped smiling. Every moment with him was memorable and fun. He will be missed by all and his memory will continually live on with all of us. Love and miss you, Dada!

Love, Stephen Hemant Patel

Dada was one of the funniest guys and had the best laugh! I loved the way he loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I hope to follow in his footsteps by keeping my family close. I love you, Dada, and will miss you!

Love, Nathanael Hemant Patel

Dada was our superhero. He was a pillar of strength for our family. Everyone who knew him remembers his infectious laughter and he that he was never short on jokes. We will always cherish our memories of growing up with him, our trips to Ba and Dadas house are some of the fondest memories of my life. He was an amazing human being whose influence has deeply shaped everone in our family but also countless people throughout our community. We are forever thankful for the values and endless love we received from him. Its truly an honor to be his grandson and his legacy will live on forever. Love you Dada. RIP. Jai Swaminaraya

Akshal Amit Vijay Varshali

I feel so lucky for the time I have been able to share with my dada. He was a role model through the way he lived his life and taught me so many lessons over the years. From my first time driving a car to encouraging me through school, his huge smile and deep laugh will always be a reminder for me to push through the difficult times and enjoy the small things along the way. I am so thankful for his love and support and will miss him every day. Love you dada, you’re always in my heart.

Priya Mehta

Dear Family and Friends ,

Jay Swaminarayan...... Jay Shri Krishna......

Let me share something about a remarkable man and a noble soul, Late Hasmukbhai. In relation, he was my brother-in-law but was more like an elder brother to me. On 18th January, 1960 he came to meet me or rather I should say to check me out, for his sister Pushpa . He had settled in USA since 1954. For a brief period he also served in India and Tanzania. Since 2014, he was settled in Vallabh Vidyanagar, Gujarat with his wife Shantabhabhi. A man of robust health, he underwent some normal age related illnesses for the last few years . He was cared very well by his family, especially by Shantabhahi's brother, Dr. Jashbhai Patel at his hospital in Nadiad. In the presence of his loved ones, he has moved on at the ripe age of 90.

Hasmukhbhai possessed a handsome and smiling face. His laugh was spontaneous, loud and inspiring. He was self made man, completely frank and truthful. His discipline was ingrained in his upbringing. Some may say, he was judgemental but he had every right to be . No hypocrisy nor pomposity.

He was totally a family oriented person who cared for the well being of his relationships. He and his elder brother Mahendrabhai and the youngest Janakbhai together with their spouses, strived and salvaged the family from near collapse after their father, a barrister and a pioneering industrialist died suddenly in Mwanza , Tanganyika in 1937. Hasmukhbhai loved and took deep interest in the lives of his sisters, late Sushilaben Prafulbhai, Sarojben and Pushpa.

He leaves behind his devoted wife Shantabhabhi and children Smita, Hemant, Vijay, Nilesh along with their children and grandchildren. Every arrival has to depart. A person that departs from this earth never truly leaves, for they are still alive in our hearts, through us, they live on. Some like Hasmukhbhai leave behind a legacy to remember and reminisce. May God give him eternal rest.

Om Namah Shivay.......

CB Patel
(Publisher/Editor, Asian Voice & Gujarat Samachar)

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