Jai Krishan Pahwa passed away peacefully in Summerfield, FL on February 19th, 2018 after a long battle with dementia. He was at home, surrounded and supported by his entire family, including his beloved dog Nick.
Born in Multan, Punjab, Pakistan on September 19th, 1929 to Amir Chand and Pairi Bai Pahwa, he spent a happy childhood there before moving with his entire family across the border into India during the Partition of 1947. Soon thereafter he married his wife, Chander Kanta Pahwa. He served in the Indian police force all his life, including on the personal detail to Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, eventually achieving the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police in Karnal, Haryana, India. After retirement, he moved to the United States to be with his children and grandchildren, settling in Ocala, FL where he was a part of the community for more than 28 years prior to his passing. He was always admired for his exacting nature and was known all around town as he ran errands, bought the family groceries, and shuttled his grandchildren and friends from place to place. He never accepted a “thank you” and always felt that in working for others he was simply fulfilling his duties as a father, grandfather, and friend. He loved watching the Indian Cricket Team from across the world and did so until the very end.
He was preceded in death by his wife and his brother, Chander Kumar. He is survived by brother Ved Kumar of Gurgaon, India; daughters Anju Vasudevan of Ocala, FL and Ashima Sastry of Baltimore, MD; and grandchildren Kumar & Nita Vasudevan of Atlanta, GA and Neha & Neal Sastry of Baltimore, MD. His graceful presence and steadfast love will be missed by all.