302-478-7100 Wilmington & Hockessin, DE

Rashmikant Contractor

Rashmi died peacefully in his sleep on January 3, 2020 from complications due to a fall. He was 88 years old.

Rashmi was the fourth child born to Maganlal P. Patel and Lalitben M. Patel of Baroda. Rashmi loved his parents very much and deeply respected them. The entire family was actively involved in India’s Independence Movement. He is survived by his brothers, Pradyumna and Dinkar, and his sister Dinmaniben.

Rashmi attended the University of Baroda and the University of Bombay and then decided to go to England to study. While pursuing his PhD in Chemical Engineering at Birmingham University, Rashmi met the love of his life, Penelope Cook. They married in 1962. The following year, they moved to Wilmington, Delaware where Rashmi accepted a job with the DuPont Company.

Rashmi had a very fulfilling career at DuPont lasting 38 years which included obtaining multiple patents. He designed an industrial process based on Circulating Fluidized Bed Technology aimed at making Lycra and other fibers more easily and more environmentally friendly. Rashmi became a Research Fellow at DuPont and took a year’s sabbatical in 1993 and taught at University of Technology of Compeigne near Paris, France. He retired at age 70.

For the last five years, Rashmi suffered from Dementia, and what he enjoyed the most during this time was visiting with his family.

Rashmi is survived by his wife Penny (Penelope) his wife of 56 years, his son Kiran and his wife Beth, his daughter Maya and her husband Jerome, and grandchildren Marley and Manon.

A Celebration of Rashmi’s life for family and friends will be held at a later date.




Funeral Services

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    Beverly Marschlowitz writes,
    Dear Penny, Maya and Kiran, I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Contractor. I only met him a few times at the office. Please know that I am thinking of you and wishing you peace in the days ahead. Give my best to Marley and Manon. They might not remember me as I have been retired 5 years now. Nurse Beverly
    01/12/2020 05:06 pm
    Ted Dwyer writes,
    Penny and all of the Contractor family, my condolences go out to you. Rashmikant was a good man and I enjoyed talking with him at PMRI and later at Fit while we worked out. He had a great sense of humor. I will miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    01/12/2020 05:42 pm
    Diane Wolf writes,
    Dear Penny and family, Lew and I were so saddened to read of the death of your beloved Rashmi. We remember him as always having a twinkle in his eye. May the fond memories of your friends and family comfort you at this difficult time. Diane Wolf and Lew Bennett
    01/13/2020 01:41 pm
    Sheila Mugabi lit a candle and writes,
    Hi Penny, so sorry to hear that Rashmi passed on on January 3rd. You two were a great couple. You rented an apartment from me (I was Sheila Foster then) when you both were very young, as was I. I pray you are able to find peace with this loss.
    01/13/2020 02:55 pm
    Mark and Grace Pryslak lit a candle and writes,
    Maya and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Mark and Grace Pryslak
    01/14/2020 09:50 am
    Peggy and Leo Strine writes,
    Dear Maya, Jerome and family, Please accept our deepest sympathies on the loss of your father, Rashmi. We met him several years ago on Penny Lane and he always seemed like a nice gentleman. May he rest in peace. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you. Love, Peggy and Leo
    01/14/2020 12:46 pm

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