Dr. Rajni Patel was born on October 28th, 1943 in Musoma, Tanzania. His parents were Dr. and Mrs. Sumobi Patel. He had 4 brothers; Suresh, Kurit, Ashwin and Satish and one sister named Hansa. Dr. Patel took an early interest in his father’s profession and eventually he moved to London, England to finish high school. He attended medical school in Dublin, Ireland, passing the Irish Conjoint Board exams in 1969. He took up a challenge from a fellow student and moved to Ottawa, Ontario to do his residency. In 1971, Dr. Patel settled in London, Ontario to study Pediatrics with his mentor, Dr. Roland Carson.
In London, Dr. Patel met his wife Marion Frances Byrne who was an O.R. nurse at Victoria Hospital. They were married on the 23rd of June, 1973. She was born on the 18th of July, 1948 in Bobcaygeon, Ontario, the daughter of Ralph Byrne and the former Pearl Mary Murray. Her siblings included; Betty, Noni, Maureen, Jerry, Pat, Leona, Dan, Mary Ann, Kevin and Martin.
Dr. and Mrs. Patel had 2 sons and 2 daughters, Anil, Ashwin, Alisha and Alexis.
In 1975 Dr. Patel moved to Tilbury. He set up a family medical practice with Dr. Aidan Brady and he cared for his patients in Chatham-Kent for the next 28 years. He served as President of the Chatham-Kent Medical Association. Dr. Patel was instrumental in organizing the Continuing Medical Education programs.
Dr. and Mrs. Patel enjoyed hosting social events and travelling.
Mrs. Patel died on the 27th of November, 2000. She was buried at Maple Leaf Cemetery in Chatham.
Dr. Patel moved to London, Ontario in 2004 and opened a walk-in clinic with his mentor and friend, Dr. Roland Carson.
Dr. Patel died at his residence in London on the 20th of November, 2007 at the age of 64. He was also buried at Maple Leaf Cemetery.
*Dr. Aidan Brady also appears on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.