The Kirit I knew

Approximately 16 years ago I met Kirit Patel, Day Lewis Pharmacy, for the first time at the Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre, for a Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee(PSNC) conference. After my election to the National Pharmacy Association (NPA) board, I was fortunate to meet Kirit again, who at the time was a contender for the chair of the NPA.

Kirit was always a friendly gentleman who filled the room with constant laughter and lively animated personality. He always went out of his way to be friends with everyone and introduced himself to anyone he had not met before. One would never expect him to introduce himself because of his success or the number of shops that he owned, or his wealth, but just as a genuine and humble human being that he was. Before we went on one of our trips to Paris, he was looking for ankle socks and we saw an old man selling them on the footpath. The generous and kind hearted soul that he was, he bought the entire stock of socks and paid more than the asking price, which was probably 6 months worth of the old man’s income. Such was his generosity. Over the years our friendship grew and both my wife and I were fortunate to travel with him and his wife Nalini across India. On one particular trip to South India, he took the entire group of passengers on the train to a soft drink factory manufacturing Torino, an orange soft drink that is widely distributed in southern India. His father had financially supported the owner to establish the business.…