More than a decade ago, Jay Patel was sharing news of the big move planned for Star Cleaners’ eastside shop.
A familiar part of Etowah Crossing, Patel was anxious to tell customers about even bigger plans. He was renovating the old Midas shop at 1000 Turner McCall Blvd. with plans to serve as the new home of Star Cleaners as well as 1,600 square feet for a neighboring business. He promised something “Rome would be proud of.” As always, he delivered.
That location and Patel’s dependable pick-up service around town, from Redmond Regional to Berry College, earned him a strong following. So did a discount for those living near his extended family in Hampton East.
Always happy and always friendly, Patel kept the business moving even during the pandemic. But in the later months he, too, would be struck by the virus. It claimed his father and Jay spent weeks under advance medical care, bouyed by the prayers and support of family, friends and customers.
He lost that battle on April 6 at age 62.
Saturday evening, a special vigil will be held outside that same office on Turner McCall beginning at 7:30. All are invited for the candlelight vigil and to “share memories and remember a wonderful man who is deeply missed.” The candles will be provided.
Those attending as ask, “as a courtesy to others, please wear a mask.”
Several customers and friends have added comments to Star Cleaners’ Facebook page under the notice about the service.
“Knew him for close to 30 years. Honest, honorable, humble and hilarious. He will be missed terribly.”
“I will miss seeing Jay every Monday. He loved showing me pics of grandkids. Condolences and so sorry for the loss of Jay.”