Ramesh Chandra Patel

February  28th, 1938 December  21st, 2023
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Ramesh Chandra Patel

In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
- Abraham Lincoln


In Loving Memory of Ramesh Chandra Patel

28 February 1938 - 21 December 2023

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Ramesh Chandra Patel, a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

Born on 28 February 1938 in India, Ramesh resided in Gujarat with his parents. In his young adult years he moved to Nairobi, Kenya with his wife Bhanu Patel where they had their first child, Sheila. In the early 1960’s they followed the many Indians and settled in London.

Whilst in London, Ramesh worked tirelessly to provide the best life he could for his family, initially working at the local factory followed by a job at the Mount Pleasant Post Office in Central London. Ramesh was a very principled man, like his father who was a Police Chief Inspector in India, and was often asked by colleagues for help on dealing with unfair work practices, to which he was always more than happy to assist. He was well respected in the Post Office community and this led to his nomination and role as Chairman of the Post Office Union, a role he kept, unchallenged for many years until he retired. Through this job our Ramesh travelled the world, including the then Soviet Union where he met President Gorbachev.

In retirement Ramesh kept busy with his grandchildren Karis and Sachin, who he would chauffeur around to school, social clubs and spend time with almost everyday of their childhood. He also had an active role in Bhadran Samaj. But as a man of the people, it was not long before he was again representing the interests of his local community as a Labour Councillor in Brent. For many years he advocated and helped those in his local community with everyday troubles. Ramesh excelled as a councillor and he was elected the Mayor of Brent in 2001. During this period he helped with the regeneration of Wembley Stadium amongst many other local projects.

In his later years Ramesh continued to serve as a councillor, but focused on family life including the care of his wife Bhanu Patel. He has been a part of every achievement and happy memories for his 2 children Mahesh & Sheila, grandchildren Karis & Sachin and great-grandchildren Yash & Luca. His support has been monumental and indescribable to their lives, he has shaped all of us and helped us achieve ours goals.

Ramesh was a punctual man as he believed time was the most precious commodity one has. He would often say, “You should never be late, you must treat a persons time with respect”. This was reflective of his life, over his 85 years, Ramesh used his time to the fullest; he had countless achievements and enriched the lives of all those who had the honour of his friendship. Although his passing leaves a irreplaceable hole in his family, his memory will never be forgotten and his kindness will live on through all of us.


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January 2, 2024
Oh no so sorry to hear this. RIP Ramesh Patel. 🕯️🕯️
Omid Queensbury Labour
January 2, 2024
Very sad news. 😔
Anita Queensbury Labour
January 2, 2024
Very very sad news, God bless him.
Sultan Queensbury Labour
January 2, 2024
So sorry to hear this.
David Saunderson Queensbury Labour
January 2, 2024
Narinder Brent Labour
January 2, 2024
Rest in peace 🙏 and condolences to his family and friends. 🙏
Jasbinder Brent Labour
January 2, 2024
Om shanti, Rest in peace 🙏🙏🙏
Hetal Jansali Brent Labour
January 2, 2024
Our deepest condolences to the family,
Om Shanti Shanti Shanti, rest in peace 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻💐
Bhumika and Minesh Shah
December 29, 2023
On behalf of all my siblings and with a grateful heart for all the love, support and guidance that our dearest Mama has even us - there aren’t enough words to express our gratitude for all you have done for us. All of us are thankful to Bhagvan that we were blessed to call you our dearest Mama. My dear Ramesh Mama was the one that taught me the meaning of “Mama” during his visit to India in 1985, he told me that Mama is Ma two times, so I have the birth right to ask him anything. Both Mama and Mami showered us all with immense love and blessings, and for that we will be always indebted to them. The void of their absence in our lives will always be felt but I know they’ll always shower blessings on us and all his nearest and dearest ones from above.
Jai Shri Krishna.
Om Shanti.
Nayna Patel
December 29, 2023
Such a kind and gentle loving
soul . Alway willing to help others ..

Sending heartfelt condolence .

Paresha and family
December 29, 2023
Rameshbhai was a leader. One of our first Labour Councillors in Queensbury and a much trusted and hugely respected figure, both in his workplace and in his community association. As Mayor he gave a gentle dignity to all the events he attended throughout the Borough. He was blessed to have lived to an age where he saw his great grandchildren born. May they be blessed with his kindness and principles and may he rest in peace.
Barry Gardiner
December 29, 2023
Jai Shree Krishna 🙏
Rameshbhai was a perfect gentleman and a beautiful soul, always with a smile. His contributions to the community must have touched many hearts - a life to celebrate.
Bhagwan emni atma ne shanti aape.
🙏 Aum shanti, shanti, shantihi. 🙏
Anita Thakkar
December 28, 2023
Always remembered him as a man of dignity who always had a kind word.
Orleen Hylton
December 28, 2023
I send my earnest prayers to your family. He was a man of grace and dignity.
Cllr Ryan Hack
December 28, 2023
Fond memories from our visit to India in 2005 when Ann John (Leader of Brent Council) and I went with Rameshbhai (Mayor of Brent) to attend inauguration of BAPS Akshardham temple in Delhi.
Navin Shah CBE
December 26, 2023
It's so harder to believe still that Ramesh bhai isn't there between us. A very brave and kind person, always supportive and a person who always takes side of truth;such a pure hearted person was Ramesh bhai. Very less people are like him. Growing up together in childhood no one cares but he did even being in Uk. He was much more than family member in fact own family member only. We are soo fortune to have a wonderful time with him. Now he is not there with us but he will be always in our hearts. No words can introduce him.A
small prayer to God .. Please God provide strength and support to all family members and provide peace to the pure soul of Ramesh Bhai... Om shanti 🙏💐
Niru Trivedi, Kuki, Dhruti
December 26, 2023
It was my privilege to know Rameshbhai Patel as a Cllr and a good friend for many years. He was a dedicated Councillor, a real people’s person, a known trade unionist and a principled person. It was my pleasure in our official capacity (him as Mayor of Brent and me as ASsembly Member) together with Ann John then the Leader of Brent Council to visit Delhi for opening of BAPS Akshardham Swaminarayan temple. Such a huge loss for people of Brent and Labour movement. Rameshbhai leaves a great legacy.
Rest in Peace Rameshbhai 🙏🏾
🕉 Om Shanti Shanti Shanti 🕉
Navin Shah CBE
December 26, 2023
Dear dear Rameshkaka what an incredible person he was . Rameshkaka was my dad’s closest friend and we have such fond memories of them together . I remember celebrating my 21st birthday at Rameshkaka’s house as couldn’t hold at ours and later helping me take my daughter to school , ohh there are so many more lovely memories
He was such a kind helpful soul and will be missed greatly
Rameshkaka you are now with your dear wife Bhanumasi and your friends , rest in peace 🙏
Anju Amin


.This has been a difficult year for our family, with our mother and grandmother, Bhanuben Patel also passing on 22 June 2023. Alongside Ramesh, she was the heart and soul of our family.

Both were severely impacted in their later lives by different forms of dementia. This unfortunately impacted their quality of life and resulted in the loss of their independence as individuals. The disease remains incurable and issues around the quality of elderly life impacts many individuals and families across Brent and in the UK.

As a Councillor, Mayor and supporter of his local Gujrati community, Ramesh spent over 25 years supporting the families who needed care within Brent, and within his Queensbury ward.In his memory, we would like to support those who aim to help families, with elderly relatives, in particular throughout Brent.

As an independent local charity, Age UK Hillingdon, Harrow, and Brent relies on outside support and donations to support the most vulnerable, helping them to stay independent, safe, healthy, active and help with isolation as well as loneliness.Their mission is to make life better for older people, as everyone should have someone to turn to. Any donation you can give would very much be appreciated.Many thanks,Mahesh, Sheila, Karis, Sachin, Pritesh, Leena, Yash & Luca


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