Niranjan Vasantlal Shah passed away surrounded by family at home in New Market, MD on August 31, 2021.
He was born June 17, 1932 to Vasantlal & Mukta Shah in Khattalwada, Gujarat, India and was the eldest among six siblings raised in Mumbai. He graduated from Sangli Engineering College with a Bachelor of Engineering degree. In 1956 he met and married his wife Bakula Shah with whom he had two children.
He began his career serving as the municipal engineer for the town of Bharuch in Gujarat. Later he went on to design and manage construction of a school, steel mill, synthetic rubber and nuclear power plants in India. Based on his nuclear power plant construction management expertise, Bechtel Corporation facilitated his immigration to the US in 1967. In the US, he earned a Masters in Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. Over his career, he managed power plant construction projects throughout the US. He lived in over 30 different locations and finally settled in Reading, PA.
At 70, he retired from power plant construction management and started a new career as a certified financial adviser founded on his self-learned tax code expertise. He provided financial advising services to family and clients until his final days. For his last nearly 20 years, he also volunteered annually to help those in need with tax filing services in the Wyomissing, PA community through the AARP.
After immigrating, he then sponsored many in his extended family to allow them to immigrate and become successful US citizens. A very social person, he was always very popular among small children performing tricks or sharing riddles. He stressed with them the importance of education. Until the very end, he was an avid golfer and regularly played for corporate teams.
He is survived by wife Bakula, son Pragnesh Shah and his wife Nandita, daughter Khyati and her husband, Eric Roberts and their sons Trevor Roberts and Neal Roberts; and brothers Anil Shah, Yogesh Shah, and Nilkanth Shah, and sister Vasanti Bhatt. He was preceded in death by sister Nila Shah. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to the American Lung Foundation (https://www.lung.org/
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