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Jai Shri Krishna

Mota Vadia
Jam Jodhpur

Shree Jivanlal Odhavjibhai Jetha Vaya, Nairobi

Om Namah Shivaya

3rd April 2014

Mangal mandir kholo
   Dayaamay.. Mangal mandir kholo.

Jeevan-van ati vege vataavyu,
   Dwaar ubho shishu bholo.
   Dayaamay.. Mangal mandir kholo

Shree Jivanlal Odhavjibhai Jetha Vaya, Nairobi
(Past Chairman, Pattni Brotherhood, Nairobi, Kenya)

Eulogy by Narbadaben Jivanlal Odhavajibhai Vaya (wife)



by Narbadaben Jivanlal Odhavajibhai Vaya (wife)


Jivanlal Odhavjibhai Vaya was born in Mota Vadia village in Jamjodhpur Taluk, Gujarat. The family later settled in Nanduri village, near Lalpur, Jamnagar.


At a young age of 20, Jivanlal migrated to Kenya in 1947 where he settled in Nairobi and began his new life working as a jewelley craftsman.


He got married to Narabdaben in 1952 and in 1954 were blessed with his first son Nagin.


In 1955, Jivanlal decided to start his own Goldsmiths & Jewellery business. He was hardworking, strong, loving, and gentleman   He loved his family and was deeply devoted to his children.


Jivanlal served his community passionately and selflessly on many levels, as a volunteer and later as the chairman. He was elected to serve as the Chairman of Pattni Brotherhood in 1965.


After twelve years of hard work in establishing his successful business, he handed over the business in 1968 to his young brother Gordhanbhai and his son Nagin and retired from commercial activitites.


Jivanlal grew surrounded by siblings in a large family of three brothers and four sisters.


He enjoyed his happy and fulfilling retirement with his two sons, three daughters, three grandsons and one great grandson. 


He passed away peacefully at the age of 85 on Thursday, 3 April 2014 in Nairobi.


God Bless you all.


Jai Shree Krishna


Narbadaben Jivanlal Odhavajibhai Vaya (wife)


Tributes by
Bhasker N. Pattni (Dhanak)
Hon. Secretary, Pattni Brotherhood, Nairobi

The family of Shree Jivanlal Odhavji invited friends and family at PBH to a bhajan kirtan program on Friday, the 18th April from 10.30am to noon in memory of their father, Lt. Shree Jivanlal Odhavji Vaya.


The program started with a dhun and Bhajans sung by well known Nairobi maestro,  Shree Dhruvbhai - with Kiritbhai Popatlal on the flute.

(L to R)Trustee Prabhudas Govindji Ghaghada - Trustee Harshadbhai Rana (Dhorda)
Vice-Chairman Rameshbhai Ghaghada - Hon. Sec. Bhasker N Pattni (Dhanak),
Arvindbhai Jivanlal Odhavji  and Trustee Chandubhai Jadavji Challa.

Bhajan Kirtan held in memory of Jivanlal Odhavjibhai Vaya


Lt. Shree Jivanlal Odhavji was the first elected Chairman on Pattni Brotherhood. He was one of the most non-partisan and non-controversial personalities of our Samaj. Although a man with few words, he was one of the founding pillars on which our Samaj has been able to achieve the heights to where it is today. His passion for serving the Samaj saw him elected again as the Chairman in the 1990's. Our committee, under the Chairmanship of Shree Vijaybhai Ghaghada, had the pleasure of working under him when he was elected one of the Samaj Trustees during our current tenure. In fact he retained that position till 4 years back when ill health caused him to retire. He was also an ardent member of the Samaj Karata Club.


Words of tribute for Lt. Jivanlal Odhavji were also paid by Shree Bipinbhai Jivanlal Soni, PBH Past Chairman and Shree Harshadbhai Popatlal Rana, PBH Trustee.


The Trustees, Shree Harshadbhai Rana (Dhorda), Shree Prabhudas Govindji Ghaghada  and Shree Chandubhai Jadavji Challa together with Vice-Chairman Shree Rameshbhai Ghaghada honoured Shree Arvindbhai Jivanlal Odhavji with a shawl in recognition for his father's selfless dedication and commitment for the Samaj.


Pattni Brotherhood stands in salutation for the departed soul and sincerely thank the Jivanlal Odhavji family for the donation of Ksh 51,000/- received in memory of their father.


The bhajan/kirtan ended with prasad at 1pm.


Jai Shree Krishna


Bhasker N. Pattni

Hon. Secretary

Pattni Brotherhood, Nairobi

The family wish to convey our sincere gratitude to all our relatives, friends and well wishers
who stood by us and supported us and sent condolences by personal visit, telephone, by e-mail and paying their respects at the funeral and at the memorial bhajan.




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