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Natwar Gopaldas Mehta, 91, passed away in the comfort of his own home on June 18, 2020.
He was born on January 12, 1929 in Nandurbar, India. He was part of a large family, but he made sure he was one to stand out and wanted to provide a better life for his family. He was the first one in his family to leave India, as he ventured to Africa in 1965. Never satisfied, he sacrificed a comfortable life in Africa to move to the United States in 1971 to provide opportunities for his children.
He married the beautiful Suman Hundiwala in 1951 and have created a lovely family over the past 70 years. He is survived by his wife, Suman, their three successful children and their spouses, Jaimini and Gary Erskine, Ajay and Kim McCarty, and Anoop and Bina Mehta, three grandchildren and their spouses, Anisha and Nakul Vasudeva, Nikita and Robert Swam, and Jay Mehta, and two great-grandchildren, Riyan and Anika Vasudeva. He was an extremely loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend.
He was a chartered accountant and had his law degree, but his true passion was always accounting, taxation, and community service. From an early age, he invested himself in local causes. In Africa, he had built respect from the community and would often be called to host and entertain dignitaries from abroad. He was actively involved in Seva Mandal and was the president of the Gujarti Samaj Africa in 1969. In US, he was the president of Gujarati Samaj of the Metropolitan Washington, very involved in NFIA, FIA, and many other organizations. Over his amazing career one outstanding trait that he had was his loyalty, loyalty to his family, his friends and everyone he worked with. In his illustrious career that spanned over six decades, he worked for three firms, one in India, one in Africa, and one in the United States.
Natwar loved to travel with Suman and often went on trips with his friends and family. He was fortunate to have traveled all over the world – having visited Africa, Asia, Europe and North America extensively. He was no ordinary traveler, his thirst for adventure took him on African safaris, road trips across the country, and treks in the Himalayas. He was humble, reasonable, hyper organized, and had a strong attention to detail. He worked hard at setting a good example for his children and was committed to creating a strong sense of family. He enjoyed his glass of scotch, wine, or a cold beer. He loved to watch football (of course the Redskins), attend tailgates, enjoy meals with his family, and play with his grand and great grandchildren.
His life was full of people who loved and respected him and full of adventure, curiosity, and laughter. He will be dearly missed.
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