The strong foundation of heritage, philanthropy and service built by Shri Khodidasbhai Dhamecha is an inspiration for future generations and our communities.
Khodidasbhai, the pioneer and founder of UK’s Dhamecha Cash & Carry Group passed away at the age of 89 in Jamnagar, Gujarat, India on 14 February 2020.
With the guidance of Parampujya Laduma and support from Lalitaben and Late Jayantibhai, Khodidasbhai fulfilled all his roles and responsibilities in life with utmost sincerity. He firmly believed that as the oldest member of the family, it was his duty to look after every need of his family members. In 1971, Khodidasbhai first set up a home in the UK and then asked his brothers in Kenya to join him. In 1976 three brothers together opened their first 10,000 square feet Cash & Carry warehouse in Wembley and the rest is history. Dhamecha Cash & Carry now has ten depots around London and the Midlands.
Khodidasbhai was also quite generous in attributing his time and money to the upliftment of society. In the late 1990s, he divided his time between the UK and India, focusing on philanthropic work. Therefore, under his able leadership and vision, Dhamecha Group also developed a reputation for working towards the welfare of people. A charitable foundation was set up to carry forward the legacy and philosophy of Mother Laduma. Through this trust, the Dhamecha Group has contributed large sums to worthwhile causes locally, nationally and globally as well as donated to charitable organisations.
The Dhamecha Group is now managed by the second generation of the Dhamecha family - Khodidasbhai's son Pradipbhai, Shantibhai's son Manishbhai Dhamecha and their brother-in-law Mukeshbhai Vithalani. Pradipbhai’s son, Anand Dhamecha, who grew up very closely with Khodidasbhai, is also involved in the business now. Granddaughters Radhika and Riddhi had a special emotional bond with Khodidasbhai and now when both are blessed with daughters, the loss of Khodidasbhai is felt even more deeply by the family.
Remembering this community hero and his immense contributions, CB Patel, and his entire team at Asian Voice and Gujarat Samachar would like to pay their tribute and respect to the parted soul.