Parekh, Lalit

PAREKH, Lalit Chimanlal "Kumar"

Lalitkumar "Kumar" Chimanlal Parekh passed away peacefully early Wednesday, September 8, in his home in Duluth, GA, surrounded by family. A Hindu funeral was celebrated the same week.

Born in Savar Kundla, Gujarat, India in 1939, he lived a full life all over the world and came to the US in 1961. Kumar enjoyed travel, good food, friends and family. Many shared stories about his antics in search of the best Scotch, cigars, or steak dinners and visited his homes in Orange, North Canton, Marblehead, Prague, Cave Creek, Wailea, and Duluth. As an engineer, he capped his career as a technical leader for GE Aircraft Engines in Lynn, Massachusetts.

Kumar is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Barbara (Basia) Grzegrzolka Parekh, siblings Jagdish, Ashwin, and Alka & their families, daughters Maria, Maya, & Minal, grandchildren Angela & Sakeia McKelvey, Milan & Nikhil Siano and many cousins and friends in the U.S. and abroad. Kumar leaves a legacy of learning, hard work, humor, personality and vitality. He is proud to have accomplished so much, largely self-driven, and to have paid forward the help and support he received. He, along with Carlita, the mother of his children, taught his daughters the value of family and relationships.

Kumar and Barbara have been generous philanthropists, giving back to Kumar's Indian heritage. Please donate to Karna Charities International Foundation, 4301 Military Rd. NW, Ste. 510, Washington, DC 20015 and direct funds to Lalit Parekh Ophthalmological Clinic -- or a charity of your choice.