It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of our beloved husband and father, Dr. Zafar ul-Hasan Fatimi of Bellport, N.Y., on Dec. 18, 2018, at the age of 73.
Zafar was born June 1, 1945, in India and moved to Karachi, Pakistan, with his immediate family during the Partition of India and Pakistan in 1947. He was considered a bookworm as a child and began college at the age of 14. At 24, Zafar immigrated to America to study anesthesiology. One of his fondest memories when he first moved to America was all the ice cream available in the supermarkets.
He fell in love with his physician wife, Khem, while training at Downstate Hospital in Brooklyn.
He set down roots in Bellport, N.Y., in 1974 where he proudly raised three daughters, Safia, Tanya and Meena. He spent much of his career at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital in Patchogue.
Zafar was an avid reader and crossword enthusiast. Since his retirement from clinical practice, his daily ritual was a five-mile run followed by a visit to the Bellport or Southold library. He and Khem are active members of the Bellport Rotary Club. He loved to unwind at his beach home in Southold, travel the world with Khem and relax in his easy chair surrounded by his four grandchildren, Yasmeen, Farah, Salma and Kalyan.
As the eldest brother, he helped his six siblings and their families with their educations, careers and successful immigration to the United States. He recently celebrated the marriage of his youngest daughter, Meena, to Lynly, on Dec. 8, 2018. The wedding was an extended family reunion, with relatives traveling from Canada, California and Pakistan to join in the festivities.
He and his siblings recently sponsored the construction of a new school in Karachi, Pakistan, in honor of their father, Professor Amanat Ali. The school was built through The Citizens Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose aim is equal education of girls and boys.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Khem Pradhan Fatimi; his daughters, Safia, of Port Washington, Tanya, of Katonah, and Meena, of New York. He will be remembered fondly by his children-in-law, Ramon Muñoz, Arjun Ganesan and Lynly Egyes; his grandchildren, Yasmeen, Farah, Salma and Kalyan; and his siblings and their families, Zia and Zainab of Boston, Zareena of New Jersey and Nilofer and Saulat of Karachi.
Visitation will take place at Robertaccio Funeral Home in Patchogue, N.Y., Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018.
Memorial donations can be made to The Citizens Foundation – Attention: Professor Amanat Ali School. Tcfusa.org
This is a paid notice.