Dr. Jyoti Patel

April 8, 1945 to April 10, 2022


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Dr. Jyoti Patel passed away peacefully around loving family at home on April 10th, 2022 at the age of 77.

Predeceased by her mother Privamvada Shah, fondly known as Pramila Shah, and her sister’s Lata and Shirley.

Leaving to mourn is her husband Dr. Thakor Patel, daughter Nisha Shine (Edward Shine) and a large group of family and friends in Newfoundland and overseas.

Dr. Jyoti Patel will be resting at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, St. John’s, on Wednesday April 13th, 2022 from 5:00pm- 7:00pm. A service will be held from the Carnell Memorial Chapel on Friday April 15th, 2022 at 11:00am. The service will be live streamed for those unable to attend in person.



5:00pm- 7:00pm on April 13, 2022

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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11:00am, Friday April 15th

Carnell’s Funeral Home
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Please accept our belated condolences on the loss of Jyoti. We just heard the sad news from our neighbor. While living next door to each other on Halley Drive, you were always friendly and kind and happy to chat. We remember when you cooked a beautiful meal and invited 6 of us neighbours over for a lovely evening. Take care, our thoughts are with you.
Rick & Lisa Grant

I remember Dr. Patel, only, as a most kind and wonderful soul. It was my humble and thankful priviledge to have met, as one of her students, at Memorial University. This life is but a transient dance of light; blessings and continuance to you, Jyoti…

I took Dr. Patel’s courses when I was undergraduate back in Jiangnan University. She is so kind and knowledgeable. I am very sorry and sad to hear about this. Dr. Patel will be greatly missed.

I was very fortunate to have met Dr. Patel when I was a sophomore at Jiangnan University, China. Her kindness, patience, professionalism, and enthusiasm for teaching inspired many students like me to pursue further education/careers in the field of food science. We will miss you Dr. Patel!

Sir, I am so sorry to hear of your wife’s passing. My thoughts a re with you and family at this difficult time

I am sad to hear this news although I have not been in Jyoti’s life since I was a child. She stayed with my family in Denton Texas when I was about 10 or 11 years old until she could move in to her apartment next to Texas Women’s University. It was the first time I ate Indian food and she gave me sari fabric which I still own. She was my first exposure to a wonderful culture. She was very kind and loving.

My deepest condolences!

Dear Thakor uncle and Nisha,

I still can’t believe that beloved Jyoti aunties soul departed so suddenly from this world leaving a big void in many lives and community. I can not forget motherly love and care she has bestowed upon me (along with other Gujarati parivar) during my stay there. With all of her care I felt home staying in St. Johns and did not feel like I was an international student. I truly can’t forget Good food, Christmas tree decoration time at your home, and all fun filled gathering with all. Her caring nature years after my graduation from St. John’s has been very evident to me. I immensely feel that Jyoti auntie’s sudden departure is a big loss t our entire Gujarati and India community of St. John’s. May the departed soul rest in peace and attend an eternal liberation. Regards,
Keyur Pandya

To Thakor and all the family, sincere condolences on the loss of Jyoti. Jyoti was a marvelous person with whom to work, a very conscientious and dedicated teacher and a fine researcher. She will be missed by all. May happy memories get you through these difficult times.

We are so very sorry for your loss. Jyoti was a wonderful woman. Although our families had known each other for a long time, my clearest memories are when I had the honour of being in her immunology class and was torn between calling her Auntie or Professor! She was a real powerhouse and a great role model. So sweet and so smart. Her stories about her work with infective heart disease were hard hitting and iconic. We understand too well the pain you are going through, The landscape of MUN is forever changed without these incredible scientists to lead the way, and our families are even more empty without their love so accessible here on Earth. What I have found helps at the hardest times, is to try and remember that the grief is so great because the love was even greater. Our thoughts are with you.

Heartfelt Condolence to the family of Dr. Jyoti Patel – my mentor, supporter, friend, and inspiration. What a great human being and beautiful Soul she was. You will be missed dearly, the emptiness and vacuum you left can never be filled. Rest in Peace Jyoti Ji.

Dear thakur uncle
Our heartfelt condolences to you and your daughter. Jyoti Aunty was a very delightful person with a bright smile on her face , that is how we remember her always . We all will miss her. Our prayers are with you .

Thakor and Nisha
Very sorry for your loss of such a nice woman. She will be missed by everyone who knew her.

My heartfelt condolences to Thakor and Nisha. Jothi was a marvelous individual that earned the respect of everyone. She was a delightful person and that is how we remember her. I wish the family patience in her loss .

Dear Thakor and Nisha
Jyoti was a person who gave so much to her family, friends and community. I am so sorry for your loss.
We were office neighbors and friends for years at the Marine Institute . I truly enjoyed our talks and some wonderful lunches with the women. Enjoyed stories of her thesis, family, travels to China and Kenya on projects we worked on. Ran into her in the fall out grocery shopping … said post COVID we had to have lunch or tea soon. Sadly that will not happen. She will be sorely missed. My thoughts are with you and the family.

Condolences to Nisha, father and family. From Shannon, Bernie and Steve in Limerick, Ireland x

dearest Mama and Nisha
Jyoti means light she was the light in our lives, what a journey what a life. Mami touched the hearts of all she met, she has left us with beautiful memories that we will cherish and reflect on to help us in the healing process.
we love you and you are in our prayers.
with deep love.
Shantilal, Jyoti, and family xoxo

Dear Thakorebhai , Nisha,
Our heartfelt condolences. Jyotiben has left us , but will be with us forever in our hearts with all the fond memories she has left behind.

Meena and Vipin

Dearest Thakorkaka and Nisha

Our deepest sympathies go out to you and Nisha. We are deeply saddened to hear of Jyotikaki’s passing. Her memory will forever live on in our hearts.
May you find comfort and peace during this difficult time, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolences to the family. Om Shanti.

I’m so sorry to hear of your wife’s passing. I’m thinking of you and your family during these difficult times, my friend.

Dear Thakor and Nisha.
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your wonderful wife and mom. I knew her as a treasured friend and very esteemed colleague during a lot of her work life. She was of course a brilliant educator who was treasured by all her students, but she also went that extra mile to shepherd those students who may have needed help in any way. I fondly remember her wonderful life perspective, the ever constant sparkle in her eyes, and her warm unassuming smile. She was that rare personality who was highly respected by all her students, colleagues and friends and one who made the world a better place.
My sincere condolences.

The moment I got the news, there wasn’t any word can describe the complex feelings. The physical distance between us makes the news unreal. Eventually it took me days to accept the fact that she’s gone and this fact still time to time breaks my heart. We re far more than just student-professor relationship, she’s like my family. From now on, all the precious memories of us can only flow back to me, return to only me without her. And all the promises I made become undone and remained so. We really shared wonderful memories and she really lets me know what a energetic sparkling soul looks like. Her spirits shine in my life in the past and in the future, and in my heart and mind forever.

My deepest condolence to Mr. Patel and Nisha. May my dearest Jyoti Rest In Peace.

Nisha, Thakor Uncle,
I am heart broken to hear about Jyoti Aunty’s passing – I’m so sorry. I remember Aunty always smiling, or laughing, and always with a twinkle in her eyes as though she was about to say a joke. Jyoti Aunty will not be forgot as she has touched so many lives, in so many ways. Sending you love, comfort and prayers.

Dear Thakor and Nisha,
I’m deeply saddend and having a heartbreak feeling when I received the news. I still couldn’t believe as we just chatted on the Saturday morning. She always warms my heart and inspires me on all kinds of adventures in life. She loves to listen all of my stories and support my decisions. I consider her as my Canadian family and you two as well. She will always be one of the important people in my life.
I also would like to convey the deepest sympathies from The Wangs family (Ping, Fang and Xinda). They said “Jyoti is the kindest person we’ve met. We enjoyed getting along with her. We will miss her and wish her rest in peace.”
We all hope both of you will find comfort and stay strong. Big hugs from our family to you.

Dear Dr. Patel and Nisha, Sarvottam and I are deeply saddened to read of Jyoti’s passing. We knew her as a warm, friendly, and caring person. We hope that both of you will find comfort in Jyoti’s fond memories.

Thakor and Nisha, on behalf of the entire Marine institute community I am so very sorry for your loss of Jyoti. I had the pleasure of spending time with her as we discussed Marine Institute programs in China! Her smile, care and intellect will be missed but has made the world a better place. Thank you for sharing her with us for so many years.!

Dear Dr. Patel & family,
Please accept our deepest sympathies. Our prayers are with you to have strength during this difficult time. Mrs Patel was a lovely lady, so kind and always with a smile. Her memory will always live in our hearts.

Dear Thakor and family. I was saddened to read of Jyoti’s passing. I extend my condolences and hope that you are comforted by many wonderful memories Carolyn

Dear Thakor and Nisha
Our heartfelt condolences on the loss of Jyoti.
May the Almighty give you all strength to deal
with the loss.
May her soul rest in eternal peace.

Dear Kaka and Nisha
Our dearest condolences and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. May god give you the strength and comfort to get through this most difficult period in your life’s
We are all giving you a very warm hugs from the UK
Jai Shree Krishna
Om Shanti Om Shanti Om

Dear Thakor
I am very sorry to hear that Jyoti has passed on. You will surely miss her and I hope your fond memories will help you through this time.

Condolences on the loss of such a fine person.
She was an avid library user and would encourage her students to take advantage of all our resources. We had many chats at the service desk when I worked at the MI library. She was a joy to deal with and will be missed by many people..

Dear Thakorkaka & Nisha,
We are saddened to hear about the passing of Jyotikaki.

Please accept our condolences and sympathy. Wishing you strength and support during this difficult time.

Motimasi was the smartest, funniest, and coolest aunt. I’m so sad she’s gone, but will cherish the memories we have together. She was such a light in so many people’s lives.

Sending my prayers and thoughts to Nisha and TR Uncle.

Love always,

Dear Thakor and Nisha.
We are sorry to hear of the death of your wonderful wife and mother. She was a genteel person admired by all who knew her in private and in public.. She was respected by her numerous students; many of them looked up to her as their icon. ” All that lives must die/Passing through Nature to eternity”. Rest in peace Jyoti.

Dear Dr Thakor Patel and family
Very saddened for your loss. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you
Ram .

Thakor and Nisha

I’m so sorry for your loss. While Jyoti was always a highly capable colleague, she was even a better person. I will miss her wonderful caring manner.
I ran into both Jyoti and Thakor, about two years ago at Kent, at the beginning of the Pandemic. I’ll always remember the mortified look on Jyoti’s face when Thakor and I decided to shake hands…..her microbiological training was never far from the surface! Jyoti, you will be missed by all that knew you, including your friends and colleagues at MI.

Dear Jyoti’s family
My deep sincere condolences to all of you. Jyoti was absolutely a lovely teacher. I was her student when i did the placement in Jiangnan University, China. It was my great opportunity to take a food hygiene class with her. The knowledge i got from her class, i still remember and utilize them everyday in my career. Thank you very Jyoti. It was also my memorable time to cook Thai food for you. Hope you remember that wonderful moments from your little students. You will be always missed. Rest in peace

Atom (your student from Thailand)

Jyoti was my instructor years ago when I was studying Food safety at the Marine Institute. She is one of the people I met that totally changed my life. She made me believe I have what it takes and made me believe so much in myself even when I taught I couldn’t do it. She made me work hard to achieve excellence. I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU JYOTI. I taught I will get the chance to say thank you to you in person now that I work at the same Marine Institute but still your heart can hear me scream THANK YOU.

Thakor and Nissan

So sorry to hear of Jyoti’s passing. She was a kind person and good neighbour.. Our thoughts are with the both of you at this difficult time.

Please accept our condolences.

Fred and Aune Colbourne

We are deeply saddened to learn of Jyoti’s passing. Like so many who have posted here, we worked with her at the Marine Institute – and later, she and I often crossed paths at MUN, where she always greeted me with grace and warmth. Nisha – I remember well when you and our daughter were little girls sitting together at the MI Christmas parties, your mother gazing down at you with such pride and love. Sincere condolences to you, your father, and all your family.

Ginny and John Ryan

Please accept my condolences upon Jyoti’s passing. She was always a pleasant and capable colleague at Marine Institute. So very sorry for your loss.

Heidi Janes

Dear Thakor and Nisha,
Sincere condolences. Jyoti was the humblest and most pleasantly polite person whom I have had the privilege of knowing as a colleague in the Biology Department.
We hope the lifetime of happiness you have shared is a legacy which will sustain you through the waves of grief at this time of sadness.
We share your loss,
Patrick and Diana Dabinett

Jyoti ben was absolutely very lovely, approachable and kind hearted lady. Words are not enough to express gratitude , love and respect towards her. Our prayers are for her cosmic journey be peaceful.

God bless peace and warmth to Thakor bhai and Nisha.

Hari Om

So sad to hear of Jyotis passing.. I remember her as a very nice lady when she worked at the Marine Institute.

Dear Thakor,
My sincerest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your lovely wife. I didn’t have an opportunity to speak with Jyoti a lot, but I do remember a very lovely lady and a warm smile. May she rest In peace, and may you and her other loved ones and friends find joy in your memories.
Gail Kenny, MUN

Thakor, Our sincere condolences to you and your family on the passing of your dear wife and mother, Jyoti. May your fondest memories of her carry you through this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Nisha.

Very saddened to hear of Jyoti ‘s passing. Smart, Sweet and delightful lady will be greatly missed by Renu and me.
Condolences to Thakor and Nisha.

I was so saddened by the news of Jyoti’s passing. She was a lovely woman and an incredible mentor to many colleagues and students. She is greatly missed. My sincere condolences to her family.

Very saddened by this news. She was such a lovely person. I had the pleasure of being taught by Dr. Patel when she taught Immunology for the Dept. of Biology. It was an 3h evening class, which is a challenging time slot to say the least, but she made it a pleasure to be there. She showed students a great amount of respect, was enthusiastic about our ideas, and was always smiling. Always. She was one of my favourite instructors and I’m sure will be missed by many.

Dear Thakor
I was very saddened to hear of Jytoi”s passing. She was such a kind and gentle lady. Sincere condolences to you and your family. May she Rest In Peace.

Cathy Antle. (Biology)

We both we shocked and saddened to hear of Jyoti’s
passing. We worked with her and Thakor for many years and fondly remember all the times discussing everything from Biology to fine cooking to raising children.. Jyoti was always an extremely intelligent and charming person with an infectious smile .. just a totally classy individual,( as is Thakor).
Sincere condolences to Thakor and family on the loss of this wonderful human being.

My sincere condolences to Dr. Jyoti Patel’s family. I am a former student. Dr. Patel was one of my of my favourite professors. She was an excellent teacher, and always so pleasant and funny! She had a great impact on not only my learning but also my confidence. She was a tremendous human being – a great loss to this world.

Very sorry to hear of Jyoti’s passing. I remember her well as being a soft spoken beautiful lady. Always treating people with the most respect and a very friendly. Person.
My condolences to her family

It was always a joy when Joyti came to visit our office here at MI – always with a smile and a kind word and a lovely sense of humour. She is remembered fondly. My condolences to her family and loved ones.

I am proud to have had an aunt who was so capable, smart and funny. She was always helping others and we could always count on her. I have many memories that I will cherish. We are so sad and are thinking of you, Nisha and TR uncle.

Jyoti was one of the sweetest people I had the pleasure to get to know and work with at the Marine Institute. I always enjoyed her homemade samosa’s she would bring to work for me. She will be sadly missed, my condolences to her family and friends..

Our sincere condolences to you in your time of sorrow. We know Jyoti was a big part of your life and you will miss her dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May she rest in peace.

Jyoti Ben
We will miss your presence and lovely smile
This is everyone’s journey
When the station arrives one has to alight
You were much younger than me
Thanks for the good relationships you had with the Sharad family and for the
respect you bestowed upon us
Sorojni joins me in expressing our condolences
God grace be with you wherever you are

Thakor, Karen and I are very saddend to hear of Jyoti’s passing. We send our deep condolences to you and your family during this peiod of sadness! Jyoti was a lovely person whose kindness and gentleness always impressed me. May you know God’s peace in this difficult time! You will be in my prayers!

Jyoti was one of the loveliest people I had the pleasure to get to know and work with at the Marine Institute. She was always a joy to speak with and I will miss our chats. My condolences to her family and friends..

Our deepest condolences to Thakorbhai and family.Jyoti was a very kind and gentle person we were childhood friends.May her soul rest in peace.

We are so sad that Jyoti has passed. We have years of happy memories with her during her time at the Marine Institute and after her retirement. She was such a dear friend and will be greatly missed.

Heart felt condolences to Thakor and Nisha.

Jyoti Aunty was close to our hearts and we will miss her. My heartfelt condolences to Dr. Patel and Nisha

Our deepest condolences to the Patel family
Martina and Tom Leamey Corbally Limerick Ireland

Dear Thakor Mama and Nisha ben we are saddened about the news of Joyti Mami. She will be deeply missed by all. Sending you all our love during this sad time.


Feeling sad……

My heart felt condolences to Patel Sir and family!
Stay strong in this tough time!
May Jyoti aunty’s soul Rest In Peace!🙏

Sad to hear of Dr. Patel’s passing, my sincere condolences to all of her family. Many fond memories of Dr. Patel from immunology and food micro classes back at MUN and the Marine Institute.

Dear Thakorbhai and Nisha,
We were saddened to learn about passing away of Jyotiben to a higher realm. May Paramatma rest her soul in eternal peace.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Kumar and Lila

Dear Thakor Bhai, Nisha:
It is with deep sadness that we learned of Jyoti’s sudden passing away. Jyoti was such a kind and cheerful person.. That is what we will keep in our minds, when we think of her and when she is no more with us. She had such a caring personality that was reflected in her smiling face, when we happened to meet her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time of great loss and pain in your lives..
We are sure despite the loss, you will be reflecting on the good times you have spent with her, because that is one of the parameters that will help us to get on with our lives.
Our most sincere condolences sympathies and our prayers for you all to be strong and get back sooner stronger.
Arun – Arunachalam

Dear Thakor Bhai and Nisha,
We are extremely grieved by loss of Jyoti , our beloved sister. She was most loving, helpful and cheerful person we have known and her loss has left a big void in our lives.
May God grant you peace and solace at this trying time.
May her memory be eternal
Sudhir & Shirley Jaituni

Dearest Uncle and Nisha-
Please accept my deepest condolences. I have such fond memories of Auntie. She was such a special person who exuded radiance, kindness and always a helping hand. She was a beautiful soul and will be missed.

Sending Love,
Sonia (Bedi) Elguero

Thakor, it is with deep sadness that we learn of Jyoti’s passing. She had a kind caring personality which showed through whenever we happened to be in her company.. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time in your lives.. May she R.I.P..

Jyoti was such a kind and cheerful person. She was loved by all in our South Asian community. We have such fond memories of her and her beautiful family. She will be missed.
Our Deepest Sympathy,
Dipti, Ayon, Trisha Dey and family

Our sincerest condolences to you and your family, Nisha. We are so sorry for your terrible loss.
Sending you loads of love, Holly and Chris x

Dear Thakore and Nisha: I’m so sorry for your loss. Jyoti was a gentle person that will be deeply missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of grief.

Aunty, you truly justified the meaning of your name ‘Jyoti’. Just like the divine light, you brightened wach and every person’s life you touched with your kindness, warmth, and affection. We will truly miss you.. Om Shanti.

Nisha, sending lots of hugs and love to you and your dad. Thinking of you both at this difficult time. Take strength for all the wonderful memories you shared with your beautiful Mom. Your in my thoughts

Thakor and Nisha, I am so very sorry for your loss of Jyoti. She was an exceptionally generous and kind person, who made this world a better place. I remain in awe of Jyoti’s exceptional intellect and culinary skills. Her devotion to family was also inspiring. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Nisha and Family,

Please accept my most sincere condolences.

Your mother made the best chicken biryani and she kept us well fed during our exam cramming days in university. Please know that I am keeping you in my thoughts at this difficult time.

Nathan Barnes

Dear Thakor mama, Nisha Ben
We are deeply saddened to hear of this sad news of passing of our Dear Joyti Mami.
Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti 🙏🏾🙏🏾

After hearing the sad news at the temple, I was so soaked and sorry that it took me a few moments to settle myself. We know, we have this definite density; no one can avoid it. But it was early for Jyoti untie to leave us and this beautiful world. She was the most joyful active lady I have ever seen. I feel proud that I had her blessing touch on my life. We wish her “Rest in Peace (Divyan Lokan swa Gacchatu)!

Nisha and Uncle,
May the Almighty give you the eternal power to bear the loss!

So sorry to hear of Jyoti’s passing. I’m a former student of hers and she was a very kind and passionate person. I’ve thought of her often! Sending my thoughts and prayers!

So sorry to hear of Jyoti’s passing. I’m a former student of hers and she was a very kind and passionate person. I’ve thought of her often! Sending my thoughts and prayers!

Deepest. Condolences Nisha,Thakor and family on your very sad loss..May her gentle soul rest in peace.
I will keep you all in my prayers.Sending you all my love Nisha.❤️❤️❤️

Nisha, I’m so sorry for your loss. You and your dad are in our prayers. We love you and we’re here if you need us xx
Maria, Keith, Mya and Jay

I absolutely loved Dr Patel! Her compassion for her work and teaching was amazing! Her classes were always interesting and she loved her students. We loved her back. Rest peacefully lovely lady ❤️

Dr. Patel was an instructor of mine while at the Marine Institute. She made Microbiology come alive! One of the most influential instructors I ever had. I was so sad to hear of her passing today, and I send my sincere condolences to her family, friends, colleagues and fellow students of hers. She was a kind soul with many stories to tell, and welcomed everyone who walked in her door with a warm smile.

In short, Jyoti was a joy to work with! She was a mentor and friend to many faculty in the School of Fisheries and was truly a valued colleague and teacher. Her passing is far too soon. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of a beloved wife and mother.

Nisha and Thakor, I am so sorry to hear of Jyoti’s passing. We did not work closely together at the Marine Institute but we often had many kind words while passing each other in the corridors. She had only kind words to say about everyone and her smile was infectious. She will be missed by many.

Nisha and Thakor, I am so shocked to hear of Jyoti’s passing and so very sorry for your loss. Jyoti and I worked together for many years and we shared many happy times together both at work and on our many ‘cooking excursions’ . Her kindness and compassion for others was always present. I will forever miss my dear friend. ❤️