Manubhai was born in Ahmedabad, India and after graduating from Xavier High School attended the LD College of Engineering. He started his first job as a structural engineer at the Municipality Corporation and soon after, in 1955, married his wife Devindra. One night while enjoying dinner with his brother-in-law, the two decided that "Coming to America" was a great idea, and they headed westward on a cargo ship! After reaching London they flew to New York, stepped on a bus, and landed in St Louis. He attended Washington University, earning a Master’s degree in engineering. He stayed in St Louis to work and while there, became a part of history when he had his name engraved on a brick which rests in the St. Louis Arch.
In 1966, Manubhai accepted a job in Cincinnati and began another chapter in his life. While there, he worked at several engineering firms, built a home, raised his children Mayank and Rupal, and finally retired at the age of 75. He was an integral part of the Indian community in Cincinnati, and he loved listening to and singing (only at home) Indian bhajans and film songs. He loved taking road trips to visit friends and family. Manubhai was a wealth of information about almost any subject, but anyone that knew him knew that he loved watching the news and talking about politics most of all. He also loved his grandchildren, and talked about their antics and accomplishments.
Many landmarks in Cincinnati, including the Covington landing, the Children’s Hospital Burn Unit, and the Environmental Science building at the University of Cincinnati, bear Manubhai’s signature. While at Jacob's Engineering, he also worked on major projects including the Genentech, Vacaville, CA., $300,000,000 biotech facility, Abbot labs Humira drug manufacturing facility in Puerto Rico, Lilly Cialis and Prozac manufacturing plants in various locations, and Wyeth's 1.2 million sq. foot Enbel production plant in Dublin, Ireland.
Manubhai was married to Devindra for 65 years. He is survived by his wife, his two children, Mayank and Rupal, and his four grandchildren, Anahli, Sahil, Dylan, and Collin.
Spring Grove Funeral Homes
Monday, April 15, 2019
4389 Spring Grove Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio