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Shri Suresh G. Vaidya (01/04/1939 -12/04/2023)

A dynamic personality & an ideal leader Shri Suresh G. Vaidya passed away on Wednesday, 12-04-2023 at the age of 84 years at Pune residence. It is a great loss to all Fellow Textile Fraternity. We all lost a great man, a real gentleman, soft spoken, always smiling approach and inspiration of the textile industry. He was a guide, guru, encouragement and advisor.

Shri Vaidya is L.T.M., B.Text (Textiles) of 1965 Batch from Victoria Jubilee Technical Institute (VJTI), now known as Veer Jijamata Technical Institute. He was a General Secretary (Gymkhana), Secretary Textile Student Association, Secretary Marathi Wangmaya Mandal, Member Social Group. He was a recipient of Lions Club Award for “Most Noteworthy Extra Curricular Activities by a Student of Colleges in Mumbai”.

Shri Vaidya has more than 58 years of Shop floor experience in Textile Industry before founding his consulting firm. He was a Founder and independent Director of self employed Vaidya and Associates, Textile and Management Consultant (1979). He has worked on various turnkey projects for reputed companies and also was an independent and Nominee Director on the Boards of more than 40 Public Limited Companies in the field of Textiles, Associations, Educational Institutes, BSE, BTRA, Engineering, Banks and the Financial Institutions in India and Abroad.

He had worked as Chairman of Maharashtra State Textile Corporation Ltd, (MSTC) for 3 years. He was a Director of Vastex Prima Industries, Bandung, Indonesia for 3 years. He was a General Manager for Gokak Mills Division, Gokak Patel Volkart Ltd. For 5 years. He was also responsible for the formation of P.T. Gokak Indonesia and commissioning of P.T. Vastra Indah, Batu, Malang, Indonesia. He was a General Manager for Osmanshai Mills, Nanded for 2 years.

Mr. Vaidya was a Factory Manager of Pratap Mills Ltd. (UAC), Dhule for 2 years, on the deputation for takeover and revival. He was a Special Officer for Raja Bahadur Motilal Poona Mills Ltd. For 3 years. He worked as a Technical Assistant to the Manager in D.B.R. Mills Ltd. He had wide experience of successfully reviving closed and loss making affluent textile mills. He also worked with Victoria Mills Ltd, The Pradip Metals Ltd, Piramal Spinning and Weaving Mills Ltd, Laxmi Vishnu Textile Mills Ltd., Binny Ltd, John Fleming Ltd. etc.

Mr. Vaidya was the recipient of honors and awarded with

  1. Lifetime Achievement Award issued by The Textile Association (India) in 2022

  2. Special Appreciation Award issued by ITAMMA in 2021

  3. Bhishma Pitamaha Award issued by The Textile Association (India) – Ahmedabad Unit during the celebration of its 80 years Anniversary in 2019

  4. Lifetime Achievement Award issued by The Textile Association (India) – Madhya Pradesh Unit

  5. ITAMMA felicitated him with ‘Special Appreciation award’ for his yeoman services to the Association

His contribution to the textile society and more particularly to the TAI Mumbai Unit and the Central is unforgettable. He had a great personality in textile profession and had association with many other institutions and the organizations for more than 5-6 decades. He was a guiding force to TAI and other institutes

Shri Vaidya was a guiding force and helping nature for many students of VJTI. He was a godfather and an inspiration for many textile professionals. He was a veteran and a stalwart of the textile industry. He used to invite us for meals at CCI and Shivaji Park Gymkhana. He remembers and calls personally to wish us on the Birthdays or Anniversaries. A kind and humble soul, full of humility and always ready to help others.

Shri Suresh Vaidya was a President of ITAMMA during 2007-2008, former President (1989 to 1991) and Trustee of TAI Mumbai Unit (2015 to 2021). Also was one of the Board Members of Trustees of TAI Central (2017-2020).

One behalf of the Central Office of The Textile Association (India), we offer our heartfelt condolence and pray almighty to bestow eternal peace to the departed soul. We also pray almighty to give you all the courage to withstand irreparable loss.

We all miss you Vaidya Saheb. You will be forever in our many hearts.

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