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Prabhat (Pat) Lakshman Kaikini, 88, of Naples, Florida, went to be with his Savior Jesus Christ on July 24th, 2019 at 11:50 am.
Pat was born in Mumbai, India in 1930 to Pramila Telang and Lakshman Vittal Kaikini, who served as the chief accountant of the Bombay, Baroda and Central India Railway. He was the oldest of Pramila and Lakshman’s children, paving the way for two brothers and one sister, in addition to his three older half-siblings. Pat grew up speaking Hindi, Marathi, and English. After graduating from India’s JJ School of Art, where he received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Architecture, he moved to London, England in 1953 to practice architecture, eventually working in Edinburgh, Scotland. Pat became a renowned architect designing multi-million-dollar hospitals all over the world. He garnered national and international acclaim for his health care, residential, religious, and commercial projects.
In 1959, Pat married Sudha Jambotkar and his first son, Rajesh (Raj), was born in 1963 in Scotland. Three years later, Pat moved to Canada where he was recruited to design hospitals. In 1972, Pat relocated to Minnesota, where he later married Andrea Goodlet. In 1978, their son Ravindra (Ravi) was born, and the family moved to Buffalo, NY. His third son Vijay was born in 1983. After his wife Andrea suddenly passed in 1987, the family moved to Mission Viejo, CA in 1991 and then to Wisconsin in 1993. Pat married Marie Wald in 1997 and the couple settled in Naples, FL in 2001.
His contributions to the field of architecture are recognized in France, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, London, India, Saudi Arabia, and the U.S. Pat represented the United States in Saudi Arabia where he designed a 500-bed American hospital and was a top advisor to the Minister of Health. He took pride and joy in designing the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
Pat was chosen as Citizen of the Day in Canada for being the first Manitoban architect (and fifteenth Canadian architect) to ever receive the honor of entrance into the Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects for his work in designing hospitals, laboratories, and nursing homes in Britain and Canada.
Pat also served as the President of the Indian Association of Manitoba, Canada and on national architecture committees. In addition, he’s written numerous papers and authored books on architecture.
In Naples, FL, Pat was a dedicated community member and served as a board member of the Directors of Marco Players Theater, the Wisconsin/Illinois Club, the Naples Ballroom Dance Club, and as Vice President of the Port of the Islands Condo Association. He was a devoted member of the Marco Presbyterian Church where he regularly played conga drums in the band during the Sunday services.
Pat loved ballroom dancing (a talent he won a bronze medal for in England in his youth) and cooking. He is known for being a sweet, loving (and loveable) husband, father, grandfather, and friend, and for his “Kaikini exaggeration,” and contagious giggle. Pat was a smooth and dapper gentleman who had a heart of gold and always saw the best in others.
Pat was preceded in death by his parents; his sister Karuna and his half-sister Indu; his brother, Narendra and half-brother, Murli; Sudha Kaikini; and Andrea Kaikini.
Pat is survived by his wife Marie Kaikini, of Naples, FL; his son Raj Kaikini and his wife Sharon, and grandson Nicholas Kaikini of Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania; his son Ravi Kaikini and his wife Kara, and grandsons Bode and Eli of Freeport, Maine; his son Vijay Kaikini and his wife Alexis, and grandchildren Aaliyah and Christian of Sullivan, Wisconsin; his brother Nandkumar (Baban) Kaikini and his wife Catherine, of Portsmouth, England; his sister Dr. Leela Deodhar of Pune, India; and numerous nieces and nephews all around the country and world.
Special thanks to the staff at Landmark Hospital in North Naples, FL for the loving care they provided Pat.
A Celebration of Life will be held on October 12th, 2019, time TBD, at Marco Presbyterian Church, Marco Island, FL.