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Dr. Gandhi: A Continuing Legacy

Dr Gandhi If you were a child of the eighties living on the South Shore, no doubt you have a few fond memories.

You likely remember Tiffany’s version of Tommy James & The Shondells 1967 hit, I Think We’re Alone Now playing at The Teen Club on King Street. You probably remember the opening day of Dairy Queen on Lahave Street and the line-up that nearly crossed the old bridge.  And mostly likely, you recall the gentle manner of Dr. Gandhi as he checked your throat for tonsillitis, or your ears for an ear infection. Perhaps he unwillingly caused you a little pain with a shot. If that’s the case, you likely felt another tinge of pain when you heard of his passing. Dr. Gandhi was an exceptional doctor, and an even better person. There is not better evidence of that than with his final gift to the community.

A few months before his death, Dr. Gandhi, who served as a doctor for Bridgewater and surrounding area for years, sat down on the sofa with his son, Sanjiv, for a conversation about his imminent death. "Dad knew he wouldn’t survive a year and we talked about his funeral and other things. He wanted his house to go to the community.” Sanjiv said.

Dr. Gandhi and his wife arrived in Canada from India with twelve dollars between the two.  After serving the community for forty years, and growing a thriving family practice and raising two successful sons in Bridgewater, he died knowing his house would be donated to the Health Services of the Foundation of the South Shore.

Sanjiv and his brother Rajiv talked to the Health Services Foundation's Managing Director, Arleen Stevens about the idea of giving Dr. Gandhi ‘s house to the Foundation. “We didn’t need the financial proceeds from the sale of the house,” explained Sanjiv. “Giving the house to the hospital was our way to give back to the community that gave us so much.”

About giving a gift like a house to the Foundation, Sanjiv wants people to know that you can be creative when considering leaving a legacy. Cash isn’t always the easiest thing to bequeath. He noted giving a house or other asset can get turned into other, more useful things, like helping to fund medical equipment.

Their parents were always very humble, and the Gandhi brothers know their father wouldn’t have wanted any recognition. "They realized the opportunity they were given living on the South Shore,” says Sanjiv. “I think they’d be thrilled knowing dad is still caring for his patients.”

Dr. Gandhi’s gift will continue caring for patients as it is put towards funding a large portion of two minimally invasive surgical suites, being installed in South Shore Regional Hospital soon.

If you would like to leave a legacy gift in your will for the Health Services Foundation, please call Arleen Stevens with any questions you may have, 902-543-4604 ect. 2542.

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