Bharatkumar Ramanbhai Patel
Tuesday 19th of September 1950 - Saturday 21st of March 2020
Bharat "Barry" Ramanbhai Patel, 69, died Saturday, March 21, 2020 at his home in Lexington following a long fight with prostate cancer.
He leaves his wife of 36 years, Klara (Pfeifer) Patel; his son, Sanjay Patel and his wife, Vy Vo; his daughter, Mohini (Patel) Smith and her husband Tyler Smith; his brother Naresh Patel; his sister Meena Patel; and many close friends and family.
Born and raised in Nairobi, the son of Ramanbhai and Indumati Patel, he later lived in London, England before settling down in Kentucky for the remainder of his life.
Barry and his family moved from Nairobi to London when he was 14. In his youth, he was regarded as one of the best cricketeers in London and had a passion for cars. He met his wife, Klara Pfeifer, while traveling for work in Camden Town in 1977. They were married in 1983.
Barry and Klara emigrated to the United States in 1986 and settled down in Burnside KY where Barry operated the Seven Gables Motel, a family-owned business. Over the next 12 years, Barry became well-known for his sense of humor and dedication to his family and motel, resulting in long-lasting relationships with both his clients, families, and staff.
In 1999, Barry moved his family to Lexington KY to be closer to his siblings and to open further job and educational opportunities for his children. He had the opportunity to join his family's apartment and hospitality business while continuing his role in management and accounting.
Throughout his years, he maintained a passion for family and was known for his unique ability to connect to others in a humorous, yet serious manner. He was highly regarded for his cooking abilities, enjoyed watching basketball, soccer, and cricket, and loved oldies music especially Rod Stewart, Michael Jackson, and the Beatles.
In his recent years, he battled the pain and suffering from metastatic cancer but remarkably maintained his light-hearted personality and continued to put others above himself. He achieved his life-long goal of returning to London for the first time since emigrating during his youth.
A private cremation was performed per his wishes on March 21 with Milward Funeral Home of Lexington.
He will be greatly missed by his friends and family here and abroad. His legacy will stay alive in the hearts of so many.