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Jagdish C. Patel "J.C.," died Sunday, January 21, 2018 at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, the Oakland Center in Madison Heights, Michigan. He was born Jagdishkumar Chhotalal Patel on September 25, 1936 in Avidha, India, son of the late Chhotalal and the late Gungaben Patel.

Born and raised in India, J.C. poured his heart and soul into his education as he followed the path of becoming a draftsman. Ultimately obtaining his Bachelor's Degree, it was in 1974 that J.C. made the decision to transfer his skills to America, the land of opportunity. He was 38 years old when he arrived here, and eventually landed a draftsman's position with the Smith Group of Detroit.

J.C.'s work could be somewhat demanding and intense at times, but he had a wonderful way of balancing it all out with his fun-loving and gregarious nature. To those who knew J.C., they'll easily attest to the fact that he was truly a "people-person." He had an infectious quality about himself that drew you in and enveloped you with laughter. If you were having a bad day, all you needed to do was go find J.C. and hang around with him for a while, and soon your cloudy skies were immersed in sunshine and happiness. And even better yet,…if you were hungry, J.C. was the guy to seek out because he had a penchant for feeding people and making sure their bellies were full and satisfied.

But whether J.C. was feeding you with food, or simply through the compassion that flowed from his being, he truly left an impact on countless hearts and souls as he journeyed through this life. Yet even though J.C. had an incredible outlook on life and shared a positivity that influenced many over the years, he was surely not exempt from life's challenges of which many came in the form of health issues. But though the attackers came with a mission, J.C.'s spirit would constantly fight back with a strength and determination that was both amazing and awe-inspiring. One of these major battles was lung cancer, yet J.C.'s will to survive was insurmountable,…and that's exactly what he did, he survived! The monster of cancer had nothing on J.C., and he lived to tell his story of overcoming and rising above the storms of life in search of that rainbow.

One of the most motivating factors in girding up J.C.'s will to fight was found in those precious four cherubs, his beautiful and loving grandchildren. Each time they spent together was the best medicine he could ever take, and the memories they made were the stuff that dreams are made of. Their youth, their innocence, and their ability to help energize Grandpa made each of them so very special in his eyes,…and heart!

A loving husband, father and grandfather, J.C. was an incredible man and mentor, the kind of guy you always wanted to be around and emanate. He taught a lot of lessons,…molded a lot of hearts,…and leaves behind a legacy of love that is sure to live on in the hearts and minds of all who were blessed to know him. He will be missed immensely.

Jagdish was the beloved husband of Kanta. Dear father of Daksha (Shailesh) Patel, and Animesh (Christy) Patel. Loving grandfather of Tajesh, Neil, Nicholas, and Meghan. Brother of Thakor, Chandrabhai, and Jaya.

Visitation for Jagdish will be held Wednesday, January 24th from 3-9 pm at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd.) in Warren.

Please share memories of Jagdish at his memory book above.