OBITUARY

Dr. Shahil Manu Patel

July 14, 1974October 13, 2020

Dr. Shahil M. Patel, MD sadly passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on October 13, 2020, at the age of 46. Shahil was born on July 14, 1974 at Vassar Brothers Hospital in Poughkeepsie, NY. He was the youngest of three siblings and adored by his mother with whom he shared a special bond. He was loved by his friends who found a brother in him and fondly referred to him as “Sal or Shaq”.

After completing high school in North Carolina, he began his undergrad studies at UNC Chapel Hill. As a brilliant scholar he went on to receive both a PharmD (Doctor of Pharmacy degree) and a MD (Doctorate in Medicine) and completed his residency in General Psychiatry from Brooklyn, NY. He was beloved by colleagues and patients alike and was a passionate patient advocate.

Shahil was an extremely generous person. He was an inspiration for others around him to be the same way. He was very sensitive, extremely genuine and had high ethical and moral values. His ambition was to always do better in life and be a productive citizen.

Shahil's honesty and passion for his profession was unparalleled. He worked as a well-respected and loved psychiatrist in various states around the country which included Whiting Forensic Division in Connecticut, the VA hospital in Wyoming where he owned his own physician staffing company, the Correctional system in Vacaville and Salinas Valley in Northern California, Department of Correctional and Rehabilitation in San Diego and the Forensic State hospital in Southern California. Be it the severely mentally ill patients in Upstate New York or the sex offender patients in Southern California, he made sure his patients got the best care. He fought his way with the bureaucracy or politics that came as a barrier .

Shahil was a globe trotter and he loved the royal flying experience on Emirates First Class. He traveled all around the world with his life partner, Soumya over the last decade. His most favorite destination was St. Maarten where he lived for two years and would return yearly with his closest friends. During this recent pandemic times of Covid-19 when he could not travel, his favorite hobby was to watch Hogan's heroes, Million dollar listing, Los Angeles and various International food channels.

He would love to cook which would bring back the fond memories of his mother Late Jayaben Patel whom he loved dearly. Over the years he had perfected many recipes and would delight friends and family with delightful dinner meals. His dream was to build a house in the 'Bird Streets' area of Los Angeles one day and be a very successful businessman following his grandfather's footsteps. Shahil's love for dogs continued since his childhood and he was looking to get a dog as it would remind him of 'Jesse'. His favorite movies included Trading Places, Cheech & Chong, Bad Santa and Trains, Planes & Automobiles. He was very passionate about cars and loved his Maseratis! During his spare time he would spend hours on the internet looking for his next dream car.

Shahil was an avid monopoly player and a great skier. His love for snow and desire for skiing prompted him to move to the East Coast where he wanted to rekindle his childhood memories with his beloved brother Late Dr.Vijay Patel.

His empathy and compassion towards his wide range of friends from all walks of life made him extra special and he could go to any extent to provide the right level of support for them in times of need. His optimistic nature to win all struggles and live his dream 'life of a king' was a role-model to many around him.

He is survived by his father Manubhai Patel, stepmother Kokila Patel, sister Raksha Patel, life partner Dr. Soumyadipta Hazra, his childhood buddies/brothers Gurinder Rathore aka GMan and Dr. Varinder Rathore aka Vindi, sister-in-law Tove Moore, and his beloved penguins and travel partners Pusth and Bosco.

He was a gentle soul and had a heart of gold, going to all lengths to help family and friends. He will be deeply missed by all that knew him.

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    Tuesday, October 20, 2020

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Yelena and David Ansell

October 20, 2020

David and I met Shahil and Soumya serendipitously while living in Yonkers, NY in 2008 and our lives became better for it. Shahil loved and lived life fully, and he shared that love with everyone he met. Not only did Shahil love to live well, he was the type of person to invite you into his home and treat you like family from day one - and made sure you enjoyed life too! His cooking is of course legendary, we are lucky to have experienced it. He made you feel like you could conquer the world if you just went for it. To say that Shahil was the type of person who made you want to reach for the stars is an understatement. Hearing his med school stories was one of the biggest reasons I decided to go back to school, to be in the medical field after going to art school. It wasn’t an easy road, but with a role model like Shaq, it was an easy decision. And that’s just one story of how this incredible man changed one life. I can only imagine how many lives he has touched and made better simply by being himself.
We have so many amazing memories thanks to Shahil and of course Soumya. Our deepest condolences go out to Soumya and Shahil’s family. May his memory be a blessing and give you strength. Our hearts are with you.
We love and miss you Shaq and we will continue to honor your memory by living in the present, like you always did.

Yelena and David

Mousumi and kallol Das

October 20, 2020

We are deeply saddened to hear that Shahil is no longer with us .
We consider ourselves fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to meet him and spend time with him during our mini vacation to New York at Soumyadipta’s home and also during our vacation to Amsterdam .
Words are never adequate in moments like these. We will say though, that our hearts go out to you, and we will always remember the joyous memories that we are privileged to have in knowing Shahil .

Maher Madhoun

October 20, 2020

Dear Sal,

I can’t believe that you are no longer with us. You were like a brother to me and all the memories we had together will be cherished forever. I remember when we first met in medical school (which feels like yesterday over 20 years ago) and all the fun we had living in the Caribbean and London, jet setting randomly late nights to other countries. You were the most amazing person to talk to and the most generous, kind hearted person anyone could meet. I will make sure your legacy continues as long as I am living brother.

Wally Patel

October 20, 2020

RIP good friend. Till we meet again!

Gary Flinn

October 20, 2020

It is common knowledge by those who knew him that Shahil was a great doctor and a great friend. Many have talked about that so I will focus on his driving skills. He and I shared a love of fast cars; we both owned them and drove them. The big difference was that he liked to test their limits while I was more than satisfied to stay 10 mph under the speed limit. Once I made the mistake of hitching a ride with him from Wyoming to the closest big airport (relatively speaking) in Montana. For the entire trip my eyes were glued to the speedometer. When it hit 114 mph, I said a silent prayer. Needless to say, we made the trip without incident. I’m sure he is happy in heaven because like Montana, I’m sure they don’t have speed limits up there either.

Judy McCarver

October 20, 2020

You have left us far too soon, my friend, and our hearts are broken. I am deeply grateful that I was fortunate enough to work with you and to be your friend. I worked with Shahil at Salinas Valley from 2017 - 2019. He was a very dedicated, skilled and compassionate psychiatrist. I will always be grateful for the help he frequently gave me with pharmacology and other patient issues, with a willingness to help and without hesitation. He was so easy-going, and had a generosity of spirit not only demonstrated at work, but towards life in general. Thank you for the many dinners you treated us to! And all the fun! For the brief time you were here, you lived life to the fullest - an example for all of us. My life is better for having known you. Thank you. I will miss you terribly. My heart goes out to Soumya and your family.

Praveen Venna

October 19, 2020

Shahil was a true friend. Very humble. Very down to earth. Such a great sense of humor. He was such a lively and lovely individual with a heart of gold. He will be missed so early. I was lucky enough to have spent two years with him in medical school and then we did our third year together in London. Great memories but gone way too soon. A true gem. Very devastated and shocked to hear of this news. Still cannot believe it.

Deepa Hazra & Chinmay Patil

October 19, 2020

The motto of Shahil’s life was 'Live life king size'. He was such a generous warm hearted individual who did not think twice about tipping more to all servers in restaurants and bars.
His love and sense of fashion, food and travel were impeccable. I especially remember his passion for food which led him to watch multi-cultural food blogs and videos that inspired him to learn several culinary techniques. We all looked up to him as he was that individual who made the most delicious of meals for you when you are around him.
Shahil's sense of wit and humor kept him going in spite of his busy and hectic schedule. His boundless love for Chomchom, our furry four legged baby made him the special Uncle. He would love to play board-games and was certainly the 'Ultimate Monopoly Champion' where we could never beat him. We’ll miss you forever!

Donna Baumgartner

October 19, 2020

I worked with Dr.Patel at the VA Hospital in Sheridan Wy. Dr. Patel was caring, professional, knowledgeable and a respected member of our Mental Health team. Veterans were very pleased to have him as their provider, and were saddened when his contract ended.
I respected him as a Psychiatrist and loved him as a friend.
I will miss him dearly.

Kari Williams

October 19, 2020

Shahil,
You left way too soon! I will always remember your kindness and infectious smile and laugh. I will cherish the times you would throw me a credit card and tell me to book you and Dr Hazra a weekend trip to wherever you chose. Remembering the jokes and how you became Dr Douche from the movie Hamgover! Oh the time you tried jenny Craig meals. Haha. Oh how I loved that. Most important you were such an amazing doctor and colleague. Your one in a million! Love you! Fly high my friend! See you on the other side!

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