Late Devchandbhai Kanji Khimji Shah
4 October 1937 – 7 September 2020
Our beloved father, grandfather, brother passed away peacefully on Monday 7th September 2020
Husband of (late) Pushpaben Devchand
Father of Jita, Rakesh and Amrish
Father-In-Law of Hina Rakesh
Grandfather of Jilna, Noah, Davi and Mika
Son of (late) Kanji Khimji Shah and (late) Gomiben Kanji
Brother of (late) Maniben Mohanlal and Motichand Kanji
Son-In-Law of (late) Raishi Pethraj Dhanani and (late) Maniben Raishi
Brother-In-Law of (late) Mohanlal Gosrani and (late) Induben Motichand
Uncle and Uncle-In-Law of Suryakant Mohanlal and Champaben, Shashikant Mohanlal and Pratibhaben, Sudhir Mohanlal and Mayaben (all of Mombasa), Anila Satish and Satishbhai, Shila Hitesh and Hiteshbhai (all of Nairobi), Bijal Motichand, Vandani Nilesh and Nileshbhai, Jalpa Sanjeev and Sanjeevbhai (all of UK)
Devchandbhai was born in Aranbluns, a village in the Province of Jamnagar in the State of Gujarat. He was born in a family with one sister and, later, a brother.
After 9 years in Aranbluns, Devchandbhai came to Mombasa and finished his secondary education there. Subsequent to that, Devchandbhai went back to India to finish his education and attained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Bombay University.
Devchandbhai met and married Pushpaben Raishi Dhanani in 1959 in Mombasa and they went onto have 3 children – Jita, Rakesh and Amrish.
Devchandbhai’s career was focused on the Civil Service in both Kenya and Tanzania. In 1983, he moved the family to London, UK and subsequently carried on his career in the accounting profession. He retired in 2011 after a career that spanned 52 years.
The years after retirement were spent caring fulltime for Pushpaben and enjoying the company of his grandchildren – Jilna, Noah, Davi and Mika. In addition, he remained engaged in the Oshwal community where he has always played an active role especially in his time in Mombasa with the Oshwal Yuvak Sangh and the Bharatiya Sevak Sangh.
Devchandbhai social interactions were very much focused on family, relatives and community. Since coming to the UK, he has travelled a number of times to Kenya, to India and to The Netherlands. He was and remained an avid Bridge player, winning a number of prizes in his time. He enjoyed watching sport especially Cricket and Snooker and remained in good condition by walking almost everywhere.
The loss of his life partner, Pushpaben in January 2020, combined with Covid-19 lockdown measures provided a difficult and challenging time for Devchandbhai in the last few months.
Devchandbhai will be dearly missed by his family and relatives.
Due to Covid-19 there will be no Prathna Sabha held. For those who would like to share their memories and appreciation of Devchandbhai please email your message at: Jitarakeshamrish.firstname.lastname@example.org
A private Funeral will be held and attended by close family and will take place on Sunday 13th September
May his soul rest in peace
Om Shanti, Om Shanti, Om Shanti.