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Pharmacy owner from Ilford dies of Covid-19

PUBLISHED: 15:00 30 April 2020 | UPDATED: 16:59 30 April 2020

Shashikant Parekh, who ran his Medichem pharmacy in Whitehorse Lane  for 20 years. Picture: Parekh family

Shashikant Parekh, who ran his Medichem pharmacy in Whitehorse Lane for 20 years. Picture: Parekh family

Parekh family

A pharmacy owner from Ilford, who ran and worked in a shop in Stepney, has died of coronavirus aged 83.

Shashikant Parekh ran the Medichem pharmacy in Whitehorse Lane, with his pharmacist son Mayur.

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Customers knew him as “Uncle” and Mayur described him as “a great teacher and man of few words, but wise and helpful”.

Shashikant caught Covid-19 and died at St Thomas’s in Lambeth.

Tributes have come from Citizens UK community network based in Whitechapel, whose founder Neil Jameson said: “He was the backbone of this busy pharmacy for 20 years, a man of few but wise words who we all knew as ‘Uncle’. A community hero we honour in this crisis who was helping to keep us all safe.”

Shashikant moved to Britain in 1979 with his family from Tanzania and lived in Ilford. He found work in a warehouse in Spitalfields before eventually buying the pharmacy in Stepney in 2000. The family live in Chigwell.


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