Mr. Mahendra Kanaiyalal Jhaveri

  • BORN: October 29, 1926
  • DIED: November 24, 2014
  • LOCATION: Clarksville, Maryland

Mahendra Jhaveri was born on October 29, 1926 in a Jain merchant family in Ahmedabad. He was one of six children – 3 brothers and 3 sisters and was brought up in a strict but progressive family. He grew up in a joint family with a host of cousins. Despite participating in the Quit India movement, he still graduated from high school in 1942. He went on to complete a Bachelor in Science degree from Bombay University. However, he was always interested in numbers and decided to pursue a career in accounting and finance at a local textile mill.

At the Commercial Mill, he started in an entry level job, but quickly impressed the 'Sheth' with his capacity for hard work, his keen mind, and his ability to learn quickly. He eventually rose to be the General Manager handling all of the accounting, finance, legal and corporate matters for the company. During this period, he also passed the Bachelor of Laws (L.L.B.) degree.

He married Sadguna Jhaveri, daughter of Chimanlal Jhaveri, in 1950, at the age of 24. The 2 remained married for the next 64 years during which they raised 3 children - Bina, Rajiv, and Sanjiv all of whom were by his side during his final weeks.

After retirement, he stayed in the US with us for a few years. However, being idle was not in his nature. Early 1990s were the time when personal computers started becoming widely available. He quickly realized its potential and largely taught himself to use computers. He learned Quickbooks, which had just come on the market at the time. When he went back to India in 1992 - at the age of 66, he implemented a new accounting system based on the Quickbooks program at a new hospital which opened in Ahmedabad. While this may seem trivial, it displayed his consistent and constant intellectual curiosity, even in the late stages of his career. These qualities were evident till his very last days. During his final weeks in the hospital, all he wanted to do was to go home, sit in his chair and do Asha's accounts, and "everything will be fine".

He was a man of few words, and passed on his work ethic, life-long desire to learn, and adaptability to his children more through his actions than his words.

His brothers and older sister died at a young age and he assumed the father figure for the rest of his extended family. He adopted his role with aplomb. His "chhatra chhaya" will not only be missed by his children, but also by his brothers' children. He leaves behind a wife, three children, five grandchildren, and one great grandchild.


Funeral Service
  • November 28, 2014
    11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Donaldson Funeral Home & Crematory, P.A.
  • 1411 Annapolis Road
  • Odenton, MD 21113
  • (410) 672-2200
  • Get Directions
Cremation Ritual
  • November 28, 2014
    12:30 PM to 1:00 PM
  • Donaldson Funeral Home & Crematory, P.A.
  • 1411 Annapolis Road
  • Odenton, MD 21113
  • (410) 672-2200
  • Get Directions

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“ A man of few words and a big presence. I personally valued his warm company to my mother and the family and the sweetness he expressed for Ruchira....Read More »

Posted by: Nitish Thakor - Clarksville

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