Purshottam "Babu" Nagji Patel

purshottam patel

July 2, 1949 ~ January 2, 2023

Born in: Meru, Kenya
Resided in: Buford, Georgia

Purshottam “Babu” Nagji Patel passed away on January 2, 2023, at age 73.

Babu was born on July 2,1949 and was the eldest son of Nagjibhai Patel and Sushilaben Patel of Meru, Kenya. The family moved to Nairobi and Babu established himself as a larger than life character well known and liked in the community. Always up for an adventure, it was at this time that he also earned the affectionate lifelong nick name of “Simba” (Lion heart).

He married Sushila “Shila” Ruparelia in 1969 and they went on to have four children and adopt two of his brother’s children. The family enjoyed life, managing their own grocery and work with raising the family. Whilst his parents and most of his siblings emigrated to the UK, Babu and Shila moved their family to the United States in 1989. The early years were spent moving between states as Babu pursued various business ventures before the family settled in Stone Mountain.

Babu worked over 20 years as a site engineer at Flexible Metal Inc, in Tucker before retiring in 2017. Still known for his love of life and a good time, in his later years spending time with his seven grandchildren gave him great pleasure and he particularly enjoyed taking them to Stone Mountain Park to feed the ducks.

Shila and the family have a lifetime of good memories of Babu and hope to return his ashes to his beloved Kenya.

He will be dearly missed, and Simba will live on in our hearts.

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Funeral Service: January 8, 2023 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel
1031 Lawrenceville Hwy.
Lawrenceville, GA 30046


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  1. SIMBA ya KENYA,
    You are missed in all our lives. May you find peace from all the suffering
    Meesha, Dhaval,Hrishi,
    Shaam, Rumina

  2. CandleImageRest in peace uncle. Sorry I didn’t get to see you before you passed. I had planned to visit you the next day.

  3. CandleImageRest in peace uncle????????.

    We wish the family a lot of strength during this difficult time.

  4. Heartfelt condolences to the family. May uncle’s soul rest in peace. Jai Shri Krishna ????????♥️

  5. CandleImageOur condolences to Shila aunty and family. Pushkaka will be missed. He was a great soul. He looked out for me throughout my life like a Godfather.
    ‘Ram Ram Sita Ram!’ where ever you are!
    Ajay, Neeta and Priya

  6. CandleImageDear Simba Mama, may your soul rest in peace. You were one of a kind and will be immensely missed. Love you always, Baa, Sadhana, John, Kurkri and Hiren x

  7. Our deepest condolences to all the family. Thinking of you. May his soul rest in peace.

    Jai Shri Krishna

  8. CandleImageDear Bapa/Simba Nana,

    Gone from our sight but never from our hearts.
    Those we love never truly leave us. There are things that death can never touch. May your soul rest in peace, you was a strong loving role model and will be missed and forever remembered.
    Baa, Babita, Tina & Davina xx

  9. CandleImageDear Mota Bapa,

    A heart of gold and such an amazing soul, you will be missed. My you rest in peace.

    Love Always

    Meesha, Dhaval & Hrishi

  10. CandleImageMy deepest condolences to the family you will be missed as my hero may his soul rest in eternal peace Amen ????

  11. CandleImageMay you rest in peace Lion you will be dearly missed. You were one of a kind!
    Gone but never forgotten ????????

  12. CandleImageGone but not forgotten Purshottam you will always be in our hearts you will be missed dearly Simba and I will always remember every time I rang and you answered the phone you said Jamboo may God rest your soul in Eternal peace ????????

  13. CandleImageDad,I will miss you every single day. Gone but never forgotten. I never thought that a day like this will come when I won’t be able to see or speak to you anymore. I will miss your random phone calls . RIP Simba. Gone but never forgotten. Until we meet again. Love you always and forever . RIP Dad ????????????????

  14. CandleImageOur dearest Simba,
    My Swahili guru and teacher, may your soul rest in eternal peace, you will truly be missed by us all. Gone but never forgotten ????️????.

  15. Gone but not forgotten, you will always stay in our hearts and will dearly be missed Simba . May God Rest your Soul in Peace ????

  16. CandleImageDad, you are dearly missed each & everyday. You were taken from us too soon. I know the last few years were rough & you could not bare the pain that much later on in the year. I am glad to have been by your side & spend time with you as much as possible, even though it wasn’t in the best of circumstances. You are in no more pain & I want you to know that mom will be looked after by us all. I miss you Dad & I know I will see you again one day. Until than, please keep looking over us & protecting us from the gates of Heaven as you did while you were down here.

    Love you dad & your memory will forever remain in mine & Jovi’s hearts.

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