“Surendra Thakkar, Lohana Patriarch”

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Chicago IL: Surendra Motilal Thakkar of Chicago, Illinois passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 6, 2015 at the young age of 74.  Surendra Thakkar was predeceased by his parents, Motilal and Shantaben Thakkar.  Surendra Thakkar is survived by his wife, Padma Thakkar; his daughter and son-in-law, Anisa and Dr. Tapan Daftari, respectively; his son, Shobhan Thakkar; his brother and sister-in-law, Ashwin and Gita Thakkar, respectively; and three grandchildren, Shivam, Manav and Avi Daftari.

Surendra Thakkar was born on October 16, 1940 in Vaso, Gujurat to Motilal and Shantaben Thakkar. He married Padma Thakkar in 1966. After moving to the United States in 1967, he went on to continue higher education and graduated from IIT and began working as a Mechanical Engineer.  Over the next ten years, the couple welcomed two children into their home. Surendra Thakkar sponsored many family members to come to the United States. He is directly and indirectly responsible for over 800 Lohana Samaj members being in the Chicagoland area. His children and grandchildren remember him as a tall, kind, and determined man who encouraged them to pursue their goals.  His story telling and smile will be missed dearly.

Surendra Thakkar moved around the US while earning a living, settling in cities like Chicago, Pittsburg, Knoxville, Chattanooga, Fort Worth, Charlotte, Kennewick, and Augusta.  A dedicated worker, he retired just two years ago.   Wherever he went, he would quickly make friends that lasted a lifetime.  He was a perceptive businessman, starting businesses in plastics manufacturing, food industry, import/export and hotels.  In India, he was known to be the first NRI from the Lohana Samaj to go to India to establish a fully operational plastics bags industry that is still successful to date.  Surendra Thakkar was fortunate to meet many dignitaries from both India and Germany during his tenure in India.  While a dedicated worker, he was even more of a dedicated husband and father.  He guided his children into their professional lives that made him very proud.  His children will dearly miss his advice, which would range from finances to life choice – all of which was always correct.  In the greater Chicago community, he was best known for coming to the United States and in turn sponsoring hundreds of individuals and families.  He was an active and dedicated member of the Lohana Samaj and the Shree Jalaram Mandir and was known by many members of the Chicago community.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hemophilia of Georgia at 8800 Roswell Road, Suite 170, Atlanta, GA 30350-1844 or at https://www.hog.org/fundraising/donate.asp.  The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, Atlanta GA and Presence Holy Family Medical Center, Des Plaines, IL for all their efforts, care, and dedication.  Condolences for the family may be offered online at http://www.davenportfamily.com/memsol.cgi?user_id=1538958.

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