Suresh Gami
  • 78 years old
  • Date of birth: Jul 8, 1938
  • Date of passing: Aug 30, 2016
Live by this credo: have a little laugh at life and look around you for happiness instead of sadness. - Red Skelton

Suresh will always be remembered for his generosity, limitless energy, ever-present good nature, and love for life. Nothing brought a twinkle to his eye and smile to his lips more than seeing his friends and family. A diehard Chicago sports fan, Suresh will be cheering from high above the bleachers when the Cubs win the World Series.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Parag Chandarana on 26th September 2016

"On his Last - Birthday, after wishing him, I just asked,"Where were you born? He opened up for 30 minutes to tell me his whole "Autobiography" including his grand parents, home delivery at Dhangandhra, grade & high school and college etc. as if I was doing "Regration therapy! Past "Glory" is what, we all want to die with! Parag."

This tribute was added by Rohit Patel on 19th September 2016

"We have known Suresh and Renu for over 45 years since we lived in Glenview. We left Chicago area in 1982, but, our friendship continued. We always found Suresh as a warm and gentle friend, always a great listener and a wonderful support. Whenever we visited Chicago area we always enjoyed a meal with him whether at Lou Malnattis or at a friends home or at  a wedding and looked forward to our next visit with both Renu & Suresh. Last time we were together was at Tanvi's wedding when we spent an entire evening together and left there with such wonderful glow in our hearts of our friendship. Of course we'll miss him, but, we understand that death is a part of living, and our bodies die but the Atman or Chetana is everlasting.  With Divine Grace we'll meet the gentle soul again somewhere, sometime in this Universe.  Renu and the boys, your loss will be the heaviest, but, I know you are prepared spiritually with the right attitude for such events and have the depth of understanding to retain the sweet fragrance of his time amongst us without coloring it with sorrow. We wish we could have joined you for today's celebration but my ability to travel is much more limited. However, we'll raise a glass to toast him and our everlasting friendship. Please do not hesitate to come and spend a few days with us to reminisce about Suresh and our friendship. Our prayers are with the entire community of friends and relatives who have a heavy heart with his loss."

This tribute was added by Parimal Parikh on 16th September 2016

"Dear Sureshmama,
What a lovely life you have lived with a beautiful smile all the time & you will be missed forever. Your Beautiful family & all relatives & friends will miss you.
Every time Smita & I think about you & Mami, we always think about beautiful time spent together either in Long Island, NY or in Chicago.
I remember, first time we were together in Long Island we talked about our love for seafood & went for a seafood dinner. What a lovely evening it was, memories.
Mama, we will miss you forever. May God grant you an eternal peace.
Love you, Parimal & Smita"

This tribute was added by Yury Swetin on 13th September 2016

"Suresh was not only responsible for meaningful extension of my career, he was a wonderful human being, attentive and caring, and forever an unwavering diplomat able to resolve disputes amicably whether internal or external. My professional background at the time of hire was not in parking structures. While I had limited exposure to that aspect of design, Suresh immediately saw value what I could bring to the company. I am forever grateful to him for letting me learn not only technical but also human aspects of relationships. Until his retirement, he was the guide forming me as an engineer and a human understanding and respecting those around me whether their points of view matched or differed from mine. He would always raise the mood in my part of the office when he showed up before or after retirement. He will be sorely missed."

This tribute was added by Shashi C on 12th September 2016

"Suresh was a extremely smart engineer and manager. My first contact with Suresh was when he invited me for an interview, he greeted me and introduced himself and started the conversation unrelated to the job. His calm demeanor and politeness made me feel at ease. He slowly transitioned to job related questions and right away I read this as a man having superb managerial skills. Like me, he worked in a precast plant and this brought the connection a little closer. I was so impressed with his experience in precast parking industry that I decided this job will be the right one much before the interview ended. Suresh had the unique ability to sense if someone is going through a rough time whether in the job or in personal life. He was a man with extreme patience and even during heated moments at work he remained calm and composed. He had the knack for solving employee's work related issues with minimal intervention and strict privacy. He was superb in solving any kind of crisis. He was always mentoring and motivating employees to do their best. He developed the Chicago office to be a successful and highly respected parking consulting company in the mid-west. I learned he has donated his body for medical research and did not want a funeral, wake, or a memorial service. He wanted to contribute to humanity even after his death and this speaks volumes about Suresh as a human being. He was a mentor to me and I genuinely miss him. I pray for his family. May his soul rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Kanchan Vij on 11th September 2016

"I have been so impressed by Suresh 's since I found him very kind and helpful to me whenever I  could not drive long distance , He would do the best to find the solution . After my husband's death Suresh and Renu  both helped me  either to Botanical  garden or to the Temple . He always accompanied with  Renu in all our good times and difficult times.He has been a role model  to us.May God keep him in peace."

This tribute was added by John Judge on 5th September 2016

"I am proud to say that Suresh was a mentor and an inspiration.  He showed me how an engineer and a man should carry himself through both triumphant and difficult times.  For those of us fortunate to have learned from him at DESMAN or Conrad, we can only hope to carry on in his footprints.  My sympathies to Suresh's family through this difficult time."

This tribute was added by Apoor Gami on 4th September 2016

"From John Fujiwara. I got the sad news of Suresh's passing while in PV,MX. We are all sadden by his lost, but appreciate knowing him and enjoying our time together with him. Your partner in life and your father was a special person. He had a kindness and caring heart that had a calming effect on those around him. And he had tremendous patienace to listen and care about other people's problems. Suresh was the one that others reached out for when they had a problem to discuss privately. He gave them advice and help them solve something they should of already known,without imtimadation. They trusted him. This is a gift of giving, which describes Suresh. He was appoachable and comforting. You knew he had your best interest in mind. He and I spent many hours alone driving to and from the Chicago office. We discussed many subjects, including his beloved Chicago Cubs. Abhi and Apoor, you were his pride and joy! You both made your mother and father   proud. I often reminded and praised him for the wonderful job that he and Renu have done in rasing and guiding both of you on your journey through life. And you are blessed to have such a caring father and forunate to have Renu as your mother. Your children are her blessing and now her life. She is very wise, sensitive and kind loving soul that your families have the privilege to share your lives with. Take good care of her for your father. She is in good hands! I will be thinking of all of on 9/18 and be with you in spirit."

This tribute was added by Meera Sheth on 3rd September 2016

"Dearest Sureshbhai,was more my friend than a brother in law!!
He had a way with people to always make them feel welcome!
I have known him since the time he came along with my husband,Bharat to meet me at my home in Mbai.
I do not remember being particularly friendly,as I did not appreciate being judged by strangers,but as was his style he watched and observed quietly and unobtrusively.
A thorough gentleman and a kind,loving soul,a person with a zest for life and a deep involvement with all that came in his path,a willingness to touch and be touched by lives.
Through all these years of my marriage and ever since I have known him he has remained my friend,loving and nonjudgemental.
He has always been there for me from picking and dropping me to airports,to walking shoulder to shoulder with my two sons who both had the good fortune of knowing him and spending time with him in the USA where they went to study.
I shall always miss his sweet encouraging presence and blessings.
Love you Sureshbhai where ever you are, you deserve nothing but the BEST."

This tribute was added by Andrew Goetsch on 3rd September 2016

"Apoor, my friend for life, do you remember when we moved furniture downtown with your dad? In the midst of the move, I was overcome with sadness at my own father's illness... Suresh recognized this pain and, with such gentle and compassionate strength, he comforted me at that moment with surrogate fatherly love... That was beautiful and genuine. And, it seems, from other posts that I have read, Suresh had a habit of such kindness. That spirit is never lost."

This tribute was added by Prem Mehrotra on 2nd September 2016

"Suresh was a great friend and a support. I always enjoyed his company and talking to him. He was soft spoken and a very pleasant personality.
His memory will always remain with me. May peace be with him.."

This tribute was added by Maggie Hird on 2nd September 2016

"My thoughts and prayers go out to your family.   Suresh worked with my dad (Howard May) for many years and he and Jean always speak about Suresh and Renu with the utmost warmth and respect.  I remember his smile and twinkle in his eyes and will never forget a delicious Indian meal they prepared for our family many years ago.  You were lucky to have him  in your life and he leaves such a wonderful example of how to live life with integrity and kindness."

This tribute was added by Uma Marfatia on 1st September 2016

"I didn't know him that much cauze I was in India and they were here.But I heard so much about him.My father was telling him nicest person.I heard that he has very good sense of humor and caring I had a respect on him.But two months ago ,in June ,I met him personally.that was my daughter's engagement party.and I find him way away then what I heard about him.I don't have a word to describe him.By writing this I visualize  him in cafeteria,parking lot,in lobby with smiling face .He was an unique person .Lakhome  ek.Rest in Peace Sureshbhai."

This tribute was added by Jessi Shah on 1st September 2016

"My deepest prayers for departed soul, May Sureshbhai's soul rest in peace & may God bless him in his further Journey towards light"

This tribute was added by Ragani Buegel on 1st September 2016

"My love to you, Suresh- you will be forever remembered from my days with you and dear Renu didi. Life is so short, and I will always remember your laughter and sense of humor and the time we all shared together while I was passing through my final year of graduate school. May you rest in Peace with the Divine always."

This tribute was added by Manju Jariwala on 1st September 2016

"We knew Suresh since the day he came to meet Renu in Surat and were in love with him, His gentle ways to handle tough situations, his skill to sooth our ruffled feathers has won our hearts, his advise was always solid and practicle.Whatever he used to do, he will do after thurough detail work. Suresh was confidant of Minati and soother to Manish, His memories , fruit of his advise will always be with us. We will always remember his smile . He has  always supported Renu's hobby of music and yoga .  He always caressed her sensitivity and took care of children and family. It was always a pleasure to hear his voice on the phone. Rest in peace Suresh, Prabhu charno maa, and continue your good journey onward."

This tribute was added by Venkitasamy Perumalsamy on 1st September 2016

"Rest in peace Suresh. Our heartfelt condolence to Renu and family. Suresh had the most impact in my professional life and was my mentor. I try to model after him in dealing with people."

This tribute was added by Paul Panicali on 1st September 2016

"At one point in my life (being a rebel college kid)I thought Suresh saw me a project to make sure I did well in life. And then after a few lunches over the years and him always checking on me. I realized i wasn't just a project.  He honestly cared.  Took me a while to figure that out.  I had known him 95% of my life and never understood the whole "Desman family" until him.   So thank you for caring enough to pull me aside and take some time to help me make some decisions in life!
Paul Panicali"

This tribute was added by Kapil Gami on 1st September 2016

"Rest in peace Kaka. Our heartiest condolence to Renukaki, Abhi, Apoor and all family members. His ever smiling face will be missed. With personal regards."

This tribute was added by Jitendra Gami on 1st September 2016

"Suresh kaka you were our rock .thanks for continuously being a source of unconditional love and support.we will cherish your memories always.RIP"

This tribute was added by Nikhil Joshi on 1st September 2016

"We will always remember Sureshmasa as a gentle personality who was quick to find humor in things, someone keeping us focused on the good or the fun. "We can't control everything so just enjoy and be happy!" And those are important words for all of us to live by. Adeeti, Arjun, Neelam and I had the pleasure of spending quality time with Sureshmasa along with Renumasi in April, and we are so very grateful for that. May his Soul be liberated from the bondages of our society and be ever free with true happiness and bliss. Our love and pranam to the entire Gami family."

This tribute was added by KANTI CHANDARANA on 1st September 2016

"Suresh was amongst the top of my close friends with him whom I have shared many events and endless conversations sharing thoughts and humor. He had a very hearty laugh which I will miss. He will remain in my thoughts forever. Rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Kirtikumar Shah on 1st September 2016

"The tribute was added by kirtikumar Shah on 1st September 2016.
"Rest in Peace. Sureshbhai.I cannot forget your guidance in all my difficult time. I will always remember you."

This tribute was added by Abhishek Gami on 1st September 2016

"Rest in Peace, Dad.  Love you always.  Thanks for showing us how to live!"

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