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Barry Bassett

Jay Patel

July 07, 1959 - April 07, 2020

This is an on-line memorial site to celebrate the life of Jay Patel. Jay was an inspirational guy, who was incredibly generous and touched so many people. Please share your stories and memories here. Thank you for contributing to this lasting memorial.

Jay was a very special person.  He was funny, generous, open hearted and always happy.Everyone whom he met would remember him forever and it was a really sad day when he passed away, following a protracted fight with pancreatic cancer in July 2020. He was VMI's most loyal driver and staff member and he cared so much about the company, that my family called him the 'true' chairman of VMI! We will all remember him and his passing...  see more
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  • Anita Bindra
    Jay was a gentleman in the truest sense. He always had a smile and a kind word for everyone he met. He showed such tremendous bravery in his battle with cancer, and trips to VMI are no longer the same without his friendly greeting and chat. I will miss...  more
  • Jermaine Allen
    RIP Jay..

    So sad to hear this news! My deepest to condolences to his family and the VMI team… Jay was indeed a VERY friendly and kind man.

    I have been hiring equipment from VMI for well over 15 years and during that time Jay delivered the majority...  more
  • Gerard Botha
    I’ll be missing my good friend Jay Patel and we used to listen to all the 80s music all the time and had some excellent times with my colleague I considered a brother from an Indian mother. We had so much in common both grew up in Africa and Jay...  more
  • Becky Williams
    Jay was one of the first beaming smiling faces I came across when starting out my first ever job in the industry. He always stopped to check how I was getting on and how I was progressing. When I moved on to my next company, I was completely unaware...  more
  • Uchenna Johnson
    So sad to hear about Jay’s passing :( I’ve known him over the years at VMI, he was a really nice man. May his gentle soul rest in peace. Praying for strength for his family to bear the loss.
  • Dom Unsworth
    Jay was a regular face at Resource Productions over the years, dropping off and collecting kit, we were all so sad to hear of his passing. We remember him well and he'll be missed by the team here in Slough. Love to his family, from Dom and everyone at...  more
  • Ria Menegatos
    So sad to hear this news. My deepest condolences go out to Jay's family, friends and of course his work family at VMI. I had the pleasure of working with Jay for a couple of years. From the day I met him he was welcoming, kind, friendly, happy and...  more
  • Barry Bassett
    Barry Bassett added 2 photo(s) to the memorial Jay Patel:
    This summarised Jay.
    Jay at VMI summer event 2014.
  • Barry Bassett
    Barry Bassett added 5 photo(s) to the memorial Jay Patel:
    Jay with his van before his cancer diagnosis circa 2013
    Jay preparing to return to work after battling cancer the first time, 2018
    Jay at VMI summer event 2014
    Jay and Barry Bassett in 2017
    Jay at VMI summer event 2014
  • Barry Bassett
    Barry Bassett added 5 photo(s) to the memorial Jay Patel:
    Jay drawn by Josh Bassett in 2020
    Jay making Puri bread in 2019
    Jay in the old building.
    Barry Bassett, Jay and Chau Chong with Jay in 2018
    Jay as part of the Superheroes team in summer 2018
  • Graham Curry
    My heart breaks for Jay’s family and the wider VMI family, I’m so saddened to learn of his passing, especially after his strength in fighting the disease originally.

    I always looked forward to when Jay would deliver my kit hire, he always went the...  more
  • Rob Brown
    Working alongside and getting to know Jay was an absolute joy. His warmth and kindness shone through so brightly he always seemed to leave a positive impression on every person he met. No company could ask for a better ambassador than Jay, whose...  more
  • Alberto C.
    At 21, VMI was my first job in the UK coming from Italy and Jay saw immediately that I needed some help to understand the dynamics of the new environment. He took me under his wing and supported me during my time in the company, making me feel welcomed...  more
  • Barry Bassett
    Jay was one of our oldest and most loyal staff members. He always had time for everyone and was the most generous person that I ever knew.

    We had a deal in the summer that he would buy me pakistani mangos from the shops in Harrow and bring them in for...  more