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It is with deep sadness that the Lakha family announce the tragic death of Shree Harshadbhai Himatlal Hirji Lakha, aged 49 in the early morning of Wednesday, 21st November 2007 Kartak Sud Ekadasi (11), 2064 in Mombasa
The cremation was held on Friday, 23rd November 2007 at 4.00p.m.(local time) at the Hindu Crematorium in Mombasa
Sog Sabha (Memorial Service) was held in
We wish to convey our sincere gratitude to all our relatives, friends and well wishers for their support, sympathy, and condolences by personal visit, telephone and by signing the book of condolence.
Harshad, born in 1958 was the second child of Haribhai and Bhanuben. He started schooling at
Between 1983 and 1990 he learned his trade by working between the two shops in
He was also conscious of the long-standing relationships the family had built with members of other communities and indeed the business world. After Haribhai passed away in 1991 the entire weight of running the family business as well as representing the family socially and maintaining those relationships fell on Harshadís shoulders. This was no easy task for someone who by nature sought to avoid any type of controversy, foster unity and had an inherent desire to see people happy. He would therefore always seek to ensure that people were happy with what he was doing. He felt genuine sadness at the plight of the poor and the sick and set up a number of charities in memory of his father including a blood donor clinic at Likoni in 1992. He was also elected as the Vice Chairman of the Hindu Council of Mombasa.
This however did not mean that he was any less focused on his business. Realising the impact that the Indian migration out of
He was deeply conscious of the proud heritage of community service first started by his grandfather, Hirji Lakha along with his brothers Samjibhai, Purshottambhai and Damjibhai, who had worked tirelessly to lay the foundation for the first Parajiya Pattni Samaj outside of
Harshad was instrumental in reviving the Parajiya Pattni Samaj in
To achieve this without loosing the values that endeared the Samaj to the community required a true appreciation of those values and why they mattered. Harshad was appointed a trustee of the Samaj and after almost two years of planning he presided over the 50th anniversary celebrations with guests from far and wide including
Harshad was a man of principle, refusing to take part in any exercise that was morally wrong, unjust or meant that some innocent person would suffer. He had a strong sense of moral duty and would usually be the first to offer help when someone had any trouble in
A strong follower of Lord Shiv, he was very religious, never missing the daily prayers or failing to observe the prescribed rituals of worship. He arranged for and personally oversaw the refurbishment of the Ghaghada Kuldevi shrine in Upletta.
He was a man who inherited his love for
Tribute paid by Vinay Surubhai Pattni at the Sog Sabha