Hemant Manubhai Naran, known to many as Ham, was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, on April 20, 1975. He lived the first part of his childhood in Johannesburg and India, after which he grew up in Memphis, TN. He moved to Atlanta, GA in 1992 to begin college at Emory University, and stayed after to conquer Atlanta and make it his home. Hemant was husband to Rachana, father to two daughters (Arya and Maya), son of Manubhai and Bhartiben Naran, and brother to Sameer. On Friday, January 11, 2019 at 10:07 pm, he left this world too soon, with a life of love behind him and a peaceful journey ahead. After studying Biology at Emory University, Hemant ultimately decided to make the leap into the financial world. Hemant began his focus on wealth management in 1997 and was most recently a financial advisor at Morgan Stanley. Additionally, he was an angel investor, and has invested with a few of the TiE Charter Members. He was also the co-chair of the inaugural Akshaya Patra Foundation-Atlanta Chapter. Today we celebrate the joy Hemant brought to the lives of all that knew him. He made instant friends with everyone he met and left lasting impressions with all. He knew how to lighten the mood and had a knack for telling a great joke and making someone laugh. He had great stories to tell, that never got old. He always lit up a room with his personality, smile, and laughter. He was always first to step up to help others, and his genuineness was felt by all. His lasting legacy will be how he always looked out for others above all else. He had a passion for sports and was an avid golfer, organizing numerous golf tournaments for charity. He even took time and great pride in coaching his daughters’ basketball teams. He had a strong sense of community, as he was involved in TiE Atlanta, Akshaya Patra, and annually “adopting” a child for the holidays. Here are some of the repeated memories that family and friends have shared over the past few days… Hemant’s the guy that made every place better. He was a kind, caring, and loyal person. He brought instant smiles to so many through his sense of humor. He had the best conversations with people. He was a kid at heart, and kids adored him. He wanted the best for people, always encouraging and inspiring. Hemant’s memory will always live on in the loving family he left behind and in the many friends he had throughout the world. His family wishes for Hemant’s passing to be a moment of remembrance of a life well-lived and not one of sadness. They wish to express their sincere gratitude for the many acts of kindness and care provided by family and friends during this time.

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  1. I am so sorry for your loss! Ham was always very warm & kind to me. I am offering up soft prayers to you and your family at this time.

  2. Warm memories of Ham and his generous spirit. We had the joy of playing in his charity golf tournament a couple of years ago, and I was amazed at how well he organized it.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and children. May God bless and comfort them.

  3. I am sorry to hear of Hemant’s demise. May he be at peace wherever he is. Pray for courage and wisdom for the family to stay strong in this hour of grief.

  4. Hemant Mama,

    You were the sweetest, most caring soul. Your heart was larger than life and we are so blessed to call you family. You were an angel on earth and now you truly have your wings to watch over us all. Family functions will not be the same without you but I’m sure we will be sharing wonderful memories full of laughter and joy to keep your spirit alive. I’m sure Rachana Mami, your sweet girls, Sameer Mama, Bharti Ba and Manu Dada will keep your legacy going in all the years to come as will the rest of us. Take care of Uncle up there and keep him out of trouble. lol Fly high and Rest In Paradise.

    ♥♥♥ Love you to the moon and beyond. ♥♥♥

  5. Ham my dear friend. You left us way to early. You were a very warm and kind soul. Cory my son and myself offer up our prayers and thoughts to your family. You will be missed

  6. It was an honor to get to know Ham over the past year! I am lucky to have had that time to be around when he just needed to talk in his last couple weeks. He was such a kind and easygoing person. He had a great love for his family and cared about everyone above himself. Sending love and prayers to his family that I heard so much about, but never had the opportunity to meet. He cherished his family so much!

  7. I will miss Ham’s amazing love for people and his family and will always be here for you Rachana and your beautiful girls. God Bless

  8. I knew Hemant over 15 years as friends and advisor. We had our ups and down but he was always ready take responsibility.I enjoyed our long and insightful conversation.We were shocked to hear the news and prayed for everlasting peace to humble soul ,Rachana and wonderful children.

  9. RIP my brother! I’ll always remember our younger years in Memphis playing football and volleyball. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.

  10. I was lucky to live in the same dorm as Ham. He was one of my first friends at school. So many wonderful memories. Him and his Indian Cultural Exchange pals rehearsing for Diwali. I still can see them dancing to Goriya Re from Aaina! He told everyone that he was going to get a 4.0 next semester and nobody doubted him as he studied diligently in the lounge every night. We’d munch on carrots while chatting or he’d stop by to play games on my roomate’s computer. A great man with a great heart, I really miss him.

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