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Jagannath Somasekhara Rao Closepet

We want to inform you with deep sadness of the passing of Jagannath Closepet on August 8th 2022 in West Chester PA. He took his last breath peacefully in his sleep.

Jagannath was born and raised in Bengaluru. He obtained a masters degree from IIT Karagpur and graduated as an Engineer from the BMS college of Engineering, Bengaluru. He pursued advanced studies in Germany. He served for the government of India and retired as a senior joint secretary.

Jagannath had an avid interest and love for engineering. .He loved talking about his experiences, having discussions about various topics from manufacturing to Robotics to computers. He had diverse experiences traveling and working in many countries across Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. He always had rich stories and conversations about the Porsche factory in Germany, manufacturing industry in Africa, UN projects in Zambia and the United States.

Mondays and Thursdays were special devotional days for him when he spent his time praying and chanting Rudra(Praying to Lord Shiva) and Guru.

Jagannath would visit the United States regularly and had been residing here for the last 8 months. He thoroughly enjoyed his stays, especially spending time with his grandchildren, engagging in games and conversations with them. He also loved being with his close friends in his community.

He was extremely kind hearted, full of love and affection to for his nearest and dearest. He will be missed dearly.

He leaves behind his wife Shyamala Jagannath, daughter Smita Bellur, son in law Nagendra Bellur, grandchildren Isha Bellur and Aadi Bellur, brother Rajashekhar, brother in law Niranjan Rao, and many more friends and relatives who appreciated his wisdom, knowledge and company.

A viewing will be held on Thursday, August 11 from 3 to 4 PM at the Chandler Funeral Home, 7320 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin DE.

Funeral Services

A viewing will be held on Thursday, August 11, 2022 from 3:00 to 4:00 PM at the Chandler Funeral Home, 7320 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin DE.


    S G HARISH lit a candle and writes,
    We pray almighty for his soul to rest in peace & to give his family members the strength to go through this difficult period.
    08/11/2022 11:47 am
    Sucheta Harish writes,
    I have known Jagannath uncle since my childhood. He was very affectionate and kind hearted. When I was pursuing my bachelors in industrial engineering and management, uncle gave me couple of books of his which was extremely helpful for me in preparing for my placements and to do my project. He shared his experiences and told me he knows my HOD and many professors. It was always nice to meet him and talk to him. May his would Rest In Peace. My heartfelt condolences to everyone in the family. Regards, Sucheta
    08/11/2022 11:50 am
    Nagendra Jayarao lit a candle and writes,
    Our whole hearted condolences to Shyamala sister n family members 🙏 we pray to god to give strength to all the family members to bear the huge loss🙏
    08/19/2022 08:54 am
    Usha writes,
    Heartfelt condolences to you Shyamala and family RIP
    08/19/2022 09:25 am
    Jyothi (Kittanna's daughter) writes,
    Uncle was a sweet and kind soul. May his soul Rest in peace . My deep condolences to the grieving family
    08/19/2022 10:02 am
    ANURADHA NATARAJ lit a candle and writes,
    Our Heartfelt condolences to you Shyamala aunty and family. We pray to god to give strength to you to bear the huge loss. 🙏
    08/19/2022 10:02 am
    Prabhamani Prakash lit a candle and writes,
    A person with whom we always resonated with. Wise and knowledgeable, yet so humble in his being. Though physically far, we feel the loss of his inert persona. Heartfelt condolences and commiserations to shyamala and all his beloved ones. 🌹
    08/19/2022 01:47 pm
    Lakshmi writes,
    My heartfelt condolences to Shyamala. Jaggu was our neighbor for many years in Gavipuram, Bangalore. He was a very quiet and kind hearted person. I spoke to him recently and we shared some fond memories.
    08/19/2022 08:58 pm
    Vasdeva Murthy Peresandra Ramachandra Rao writes,
    Please accept our family’s condolences. We pray the almighty to give you strength to bear this irreparable loss.
    08/20/2022 04:45 pm
    Anantharam C P and Vijaya Anantharam lit a candle and writes,
    Shyamala, we know there are no words that can ease your pain. Sending healing prayers and comfort during this tough time. May Jaggu’s wonderful memory live on forever.
    08/22/2022 05:19 pm

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