Late Hemchand Virpar Dahya Shah (Karania)



Late Hemchand Virpar Dahya Shah (Karania)

19 July 1936 – 13 November 2021

(Of Kenton, Harrow, and formerly Mombasa (Beno Garments), of Chela, India)

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of our beloved Late Hemchand Virpar Dahya Shah

He was the devoted husband of Late Kasturben Hemchand Virpar Dahya Shah.

He was the beloved son of Late Virpar Dahya and Late Bhavalben Virpar Shah.

He was a dutiful son-in-law of Late Ranmal Virpar and Late Kunverben Ranmal Shah.

He was the treasured and dearest father of Deepa, Shelina, and Sandip.

He was the generous father-in-law of Rajesh and Hiten.

He was the loving Nana of Late Meeraj, Nishma, Rushil, Chandni, Jaimin, Meer, and Paras.

He was a kind brother and (brother-in-law) to Late Prabhulalbhai, Late Shantaben and (Late Somchandbhai), Late Somchandbhai and (Late Lilavatiben), Late Kantaben, Late Maniben and (Late Jayantilalbhai), Late Ramniklalbhai and (Late Sarojben), Late Mansukhlalbhai and (Muktaben).

He was a caring brother-in-law to Late Motiben and (Late Premchandbhai), Late Savitaben, Chandulalbhai and (Hansaben), Late Fulchandbhai, Late Hasmukhrai and (Vilasben), Amritlalbhai and (Ilaben), Mansukhlalbhai, Bhartiben, Sarlaben and (Ajitbhai), Dinuben and (Opendrabhai).

He was an adored uncle and friend to all his dear nieces and nephews.

Nana was an extraordinary gentleman, filled with zest for life. Despite the hardships he faced, his upbeat and friendly nature ensured that everyone close to him couldn’t help but feel positive too. Anyone who held a conversation with him knew how much he loved talking – to the point where he could talk endlessly about virtually any topic. That infectious chatty nature and laughter drew others to him.

He was also the most lively and active person any of us knew. Seeing him sitting down and doing nothing was such a rare occurrence that the number of times any of us noticed this could be counted on one hand. We have been truly blessed to have had Nana and Nani in our lives – together, their hardworking nature have helped foster similar traits in us.

He always had our best interests at heart. Nana was an affectionate father and grandfather – everyone can attest to the great lengths he went to, to help them in any way possible. He did more for us than any of us deserved.

A devoted Jain, Nana lived a life of Ahimsa, with a complete disdain for harming any living creature. He had a heart of gold, with not a single bad bone in his body – anyone who knew him can testify to that. Our hearts feel empty now, knowing that our incredible Nana is no longer with us. However, the memories we have of him will always stay with us. We love you Nana, and we know how much you loved us all. You are reunited with Nani now, and are most likely mischievously joking around with each other like you used to. We hope the two of you always look down on us with love and bless us in all our endeavours. We will continue to make you proud in every way, knowing you are watching and guiding us from heaven. You are now free from pain and on your journey to attaining Moksh.

We love you very much Nana and you will be in our hearts forever.

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Online Shradhanjali will be held on Saturday 20 November 2021 from 3pm to 4.30pm UK time. Please click on the following link if you would like to join:

Meeting ID: 846 0939 9470

Passcode: prathna

The funeral will take place on Tuesday 23 November 2021 from 12 Noon UK time at Golders Green Crematorium, West Chapel, Hoop Lane, Golders Green, London NW11 7NL.

The number of people who can attend in person is limited to 140 places.

This service is available to watch online live on the following link if you would like to join:

Username: josi2895

Password: 114676

This online service is limited to a total of 150 devices, so please use one per household if possible.

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti.