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Vinod “Vinnie” Mohanani: A Pillar of the Virgin Islands Community Passes Away

Vinod “Vinnie” Mohanani (Submitted photo)

The Virgin Islands community mourns the sudden loss of Vinod “Vinnie” Mohanani, a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and tireless champion of the islands. Vinnie, 61, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, leaving behind a legacy of service, compassion, and entrepreneurial spirit.

Vinnie’s life was a testament to his love for the Virgin Islands. A dedicated volunteer and community leader, he worked tirelessly to make the islands a better place for all. His contributions were recognized with numerous awards, including the “St. Thomas Rotary II Person of the Year” in 1996 for his leadership in Hurricane Marilyn relief efforts.

A founding member of the Destination Downtown committee and a former Senate candidate, Vinnie was deeply invested in the future of St. Thomas. His entrepreneurial drive led him to establish several successful businesses, including Thrifty Liquors and Calypso Trading Company.

Vinnie is survived by his devoted wife of 39 years, Minerva; his children Vijay, Angeli, Shalini, and Sherina; and his grandchildren, Noah, Weston, and Sophia. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and the countless lives he touched throughout the community.

A memorial service celebrating Vinnie’s extraordinary life will be held on Saturday, June 8th, 2024, from 8am-9am at Turnbull’s Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Red Cross or the Rotary Club of St. Thomas in honor of Vinnie’s lifelong dedication to service.

 

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