City-based hotelier and philanthropist who started the ‘Cama Hotel’, one the first luxury cum business hotels in the city on the banks of the Sabarmati in 1960, Jehangir R J Cama, aged 76 passed away on Monday evening owing to lung infection, diabetes and triple-vessel coronary artery disease. Having been unwell since two weeks, Cama had been admitted to the HCG Medisurge Hospital in the city for treatment.
He is survived by his wife Mehroo, son Rustom and daughter Laila. Apart from leading several family-run companies like Cama Motors Pvt Ltd, Cama Resort Hotels Ltd, Cama Hotels Ltd and Cama Farm Orchards Pvt Ltd, he was also known for supporting charitable causes and was the President of Blind People’s Association(BPA) at Ahmedabad since 2007.
“He also served as President of the Adult Training Centre Trust for the Blind, National Association for the Blind (Gujarat State Branch), Saddbhawna Rural Development Trust and Jit Mehta Balshala Trust. He funded and helped set up at BPA; the Computer Training Institute, the open air theatre and the lift in our professional building and also supported eye-surgeries in Ahmedabad to make the city ‘cataract-free’.
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He led BPA by giving his time and resources unfailingly and was a phone call away for us in our time of need. Under his able leadership, the Association has employed professionals in the Management, introduced innovative and employment oriented programmes for the blind and disabled and most importantly created an agency which is sustainable and strong. He very ably demonstrated that he was a socially conscious and upright citizen by his selfless and dedicated services to the blind and disabled all these years,”said Bhushan Punani, Founder & Executive Secretary of BPA.