From Left to Right: Pelham, Vinay, Thakur ji, Oscar, and Pradip
Gopal Jaleshwar Thakur, popularly known as Thakur ji, who was one of the first and the oldest employees at UWC Mahindra College died on Thursday at Sahyadri Hospital. He was 59.
Born in village Budki Nainijor, Bihar, Thakur ji joined UWC Mahindra College as a Security Guard in Oct 1997 and became the Campus Supervisor under Sodexo services on campus in 2006. In that capacity, he welcomed innumerable visitors, gave campus tours, and provided assistance in the departments of technology, logistics, and front desk services. Thakur ji was Sodexo’s first retiree in Maharashtra. More recently he had been working at the Golden Beaver Fields since he retired in December, 2013.
All those who knew Thakur ji remember him as an unfailingly courteous, dedicated, and a very helpful person. He always had friendly interactions with students during campus supervision. In recent years, students and graduates used to see him climbing up and down the hill to stay fit, always with a smile on his face.
Cyrus Vakil, Deputy Head of College, has known him since he arrived at UWC Mahindra College in 1998. Remembering his interactions, he remarked, “Thakur ji had a quiet dignity about him and showed great loyalty to the institution.”
An amazing person and a great campus supervisor, Thakur ji is survived by his wife (Shanti Devi Gopal Thakur), sons (Satender, Arvind and Ravindra), daughter in law, (Meena Satender Thakur), and grandchildren (Supriya, Shreya, and Sarthak).
We thank Thakur ji for all his contribution.
Please share your thoughts and memories of Thakur ji as comments below. We, along with his family, would love to hear from you.
10:53AM on 11th Oct 2014
3:34AM on 14th Oct 2014
I’m really sorry to hear this and my prayers are with his family. May he rest in peace. He was a very nice man – and recognized me ten years after I’d left. Bless him and his family.
6:56AM on 15th Oct 2014
a truly great person! miss him