Thursday, August 22, 2019

Bhupendra C. Patel

In Memory of Bhupendra C. Patel

On Monday, August 19, 2019, Bhupendra Patel, known as BC, —loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, father-in-law, and friend—passed away at the age of 70. 

BC was born in Nairobi, Kenya as was his family. There, he worked for many years as an accountant and financial advisor and tax consultant. He was also a businessman and a curious and gifted learner who started ventures related to the stock exchange, retail, computers, gems, and horses. He moved to the U.S. in 2000. 

He loved people and struck up conversations with everyone. He was a deep thinker and cared about current events occurring globally. He was passionate about family, food, and politics. He enjoyed cooking and was a master at curries. He had stories for days and advice for everyone. He advocated for young people to vote and be politically engaged. He fought for the right to be heard, to learn, to stand up for what he believed in, and for his family. 

He is survived by his wife, Nirupa, his son Neel, his daughter Monali, his grandson Drona, and his siblings: his sisters Ilaben, Chandrika, Bina, and his brother Ashok. He is preceded by his parents, Chandubhai and Shantaben, and his eldest sister Niruben who was a tremendous influence in his life. 

All who knew him are welcome to attend. The family will receive friends from 2 - 4 pm EST on Friday, August 23, 2019, at Dobbs Funeral Home in Orlando, FL. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the National Kidney Foundation memorial page. Bhupendra's deteriorating health and passing was in large part due to his kidney disease, and we'd like to honor his legacy by supporting continuing advocacy, education, and research to treat this disease. He fought hard for everything he was passionate about and he'd want us to fight for other families, too.