NRI Pulse Staff Report
Atlanta, GA, June 7, 2020: Ramesh Patel, a longtime community leader and the chairman of Federation of Indian Associations NY/NJ/ CT (FIA) passed away on June 6, after a two-month-long battle with COVID-19.
“Very sad to learn about the passing away of Ramesh Patel, the chairperson of FIA after 2 month long fight against Covid 19. A highly respected Indian American community leader, we will miss him very much,” said a Twitter post by Indian Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu.
“End of an Era – Shree Ramesh J Patel FIA Chairman concludes his over 50 years of community service journey and begin another. Our beloved chairman; a beloved friend, husband, father and grandfather; you will forever be with us in our prayers and thoughts,” said a social media post on the FIA NY/NJ/CT page.
Patel was the chairman of FIA’s annual India Day Parade in New York.
Patel was born on April 20, 1942, in Gujarat. A longtime resident of New Jersey, he came to the US in 1966. He was a recipient of the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Patel was a former president of FIA. He was also president of NFIA from 1992 to 96.