Shiv Kapuria, Air India’s Sales Manager for the Northeast USA passed away peacefully near Boston, MA on Friday, May 14th, surrounded by his loved ones. He was 82.“It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Shiv Kapuria (Watertown, Massachusetts), who passed away on May 14, 2021, at the age of 82, leaving to mourn family and friends. Family and friends are welcome to leave their condolences on this memorial page and share them with the family,” a note from the family stated.
He was loved and cherished by many people including: his wife Sarita; his children, Samir (Enery Kapuria) and Aarti (Manu Goel); and his grandchildren, Ishaan, Rohan Kapuria and Simren Goel.
Mr. Kapuria was born on Oct. 28, 1938. Through a maze of history, circumstance, and ambition, Mr. Kapuria went from Delhi to Srinagar to New York to London and then to Massachusetts.His story can be written as a resume: Shiv, an ambassador of his country and its rich heritage, who came to a new country with a young wife to the Air India office in New York, and later established himself in New England, while covering the region for advancing travel and tourism to India.
He went on to having the longest tenure in the company when he retired 57 years later. One could add, he was the founding member of the Pacific Asian Travel Association, New England and received several global awards from the industry. His friends and colleagues recognized Mr. Kapuria as a person with the highest integrity who always respected the dignity of others and would offer his hand to help anyone.
A stalwart of the Indian community in the Boston area, Mr. Kapuria was a founding member of the Indian American Forum for Political Education. He took as his personal mission to connect friends and newcomers across the span of industries to show the power of having a single voice. He worked tirelessly to establish a strong sense of Indian identity in Massachusetts.
The true legacy of Mr. Kapuria is his compassion towards all and his generous personality. His mantra of life was: “Cherish every moment, together.”