In Memory of

Sanjay

P

Mehta

Obituary for Sanjay P Mehta

Sanjay Prabhashankar Mehta, 56, passed away on Monday, March 18, 2024. Born to Prabhashankar and Bhanumati Mehta on December 17, 1967 in Kampala, Uganda, Sanjay grew up with his two brothers, Shailesh and Anil, and his sister, Amita. In 1972, the family resettled in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. In this time, Sanjay developed a deep passion for the sport of soccer, regularly practicing with players five years his senior. At Columbia High School, Sanjay channeled his talents to become the football team’s starting kicker, fittingly nicknamed “Auto-Mehta.” At Penn State University, Sanjay studied Accountancy, like his father before him, paving the way to a successful career in business.

In adulthood, Sanjay began to zealously fulfill his lifelong mission of seeing the world. Believing that life is something to be made the most of, Sanjay witnessed the greatness of the 1992 “Dream Team” at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, welcomed in the new millennia in by scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, and ventured deep into unknown beauties of the Amazon Rainforest. Sanjay would marry his wife, Parul, in 1996, and the couple would live together in Cupertino, California and The Woodlands, Texas, before settling in Woodstock, Georgia.

In 2002 and 2007, Sanjay would help Parul welcome their two beautiful children, Dilan and Anya, into the world. Sanjay was an extremely dedicated father, often referring to this role as the best part of his life. When he was not coaching his children’s soccer, basketball, baseball, and softball teams, he was taking them on an amazing number of thoughtfully planned trips ranging from Destin to Hershey to Waikiki, and everywhere in between. Sanjay instilled key lessons into his children, including the importance of living a well-rounded life, maintaining a “laser-focus” on your goals, and of course, his number one rule: to always have fun.

It was also at this time that Sanjay would embark upon a profound spiritual journey that would grant him a high degree of inner peace and tranquility. He regularly performed seva (volunteer work) to help with the construction of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Atlanta, the largest Hindu temple outside of India at the time of its completion. Sanjay would spend many years volunteering on a weekly basis for the mandir’s Audio-Visual team, extremely humbled by the opportunity to serve others.

Sanjay always emphasized the importance of experiences. He firmly believed that time is the most valuable resource that each person has. And in accordance with this belief, he lived his 56 years of life to the absolute fullest, leaving zero boxes on his bucket list unchecked. Possessing an endless curiosity about the world around him, only matched by his thirst for adventure, Sanjay was truly ahead of his time as a global citizen. With a preference for handmade birthday cards, an everlasting pride in the Nittany Lions and the Black and Yellow, an appetite for New York Style pizza, a love for the Beatles, and a touching appreciation for all the joys this world has to offer, Sanjay dearly impacted those in his life with a refreshing burst of energy. He will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by his two children, Dilan and Anya, his family, and his friends.

A Hindu funeral service will be held Friday March 22, 2024 at 2:00 pm at the Garefino Funeral Home, 12 N. Franklin St. Lambertville, NJ. Cremation will take place following the service privately with family members present.