February 18, 2000 ~ March 28, 2021

Born in: New Haven, CT
Resided in: Wallingford, CT

Cadet Jeet Patel, 21, of Wallingford, CT, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Sunday, March 28 in Vermont. He was born on February 18, 2000 in New Haven, CT. Jeet is survived by his parents Jay and Shital, brother Yash, his grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.

Though Jeet’s life was not long, it was full. He lived a peaceful life brimming with laughter, friendship, and boundless personal and professional accomplishments. He was kind, fun, and self-motivated. Jeet was studying Criminal Justice and Cybersecurity at Norwich University in the Class of 2022 Corps of Cadets and aspired to become a state police officer in New England. In doing so, he hoped to serve and strengthen the community, which is a goal that perfectly reflects his character. Jeet was highly dedicated and poured his heart and soul into his work in Police Cadets and Navy cadets and his persistence shined through. He served as the 1st Sergeant of Band Company and played tuba as a member of the Regimental Band. He also planned on serving as the company commander of Band Company for the 2021-2022 academic year.

He will be remembered by all for having an easy smile, a carefree attitude, and a playful personality. His funeral will be held on Thursday, April 1st, 2021 at Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service in Hamden, CT from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. EST (6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. IST). A recording of the live Facebook broadcast is available below for friends and family that were unable to join us for the service. Although gone too soon, Jeet has made an everlasting impression on everyone he has met. He will forever reside in our hearts.

Jeet Patel Wake & Funeral


Funeral Service: April 1, 2021 9:00 - 11:00 am

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Hamden
2300 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518


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  1. Though I didn’t personally know Jeet, he was a huge mentor to my son, Travis Rogers (Norwich cadet class of 2023). Travis talked very fondly of him all the time. I know he’s going to miss all of the talks that he and Jeet had. Gone too soon and will surely be missed. Rest In Peace, Jeet.

  2. Mr & Mrs Jay Patel and Family You have my Deepest Sympathy on your loss. I will keep you in my prayers. Be Blessed Jeanette Reynolds

  3. To the Patel Family,
    I am heartbroken and saddened by the passing of Jeet. He was one of my all time favorite students. I have such fond memories of him. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I am very sorry for your loss.
    Ms. Beth Thorpe (Jeet’s Third Grade Teacher)

  4. I remember Jeet fondly, always quick with a smile and a laugh. My son Ken and Jeet were good friends all though school. I have wonderful memories of Jeet coming over for birthday parties and school get togethers. I’m very sorry for his passing, I’m heart broken for his parents. It’s unbelievable to me. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Mary Nepton
    Ken Nepton

  5. Dear the Patel Family,

    Words can’t express how sorry we are for your loss.

    Our prayers are with you.

    Nick and Amy Bonaldo

  6. We met Jeet through his friend and neighbor Jacob. Jeet was funny, outgoing, and very memorable. Our deepest condolences to his family.

    Matt and Heidi Orsini

  7. The Hamden Police Department and the Hamden Police Cadets, Post 290, extend our deepest sympathies to the Patel Family. We are devastated and will miss him greatly. Jeet was always willing to lend a helping hand, and did it with a smile on his face. He had a way about him that made other Cadets feel welcome and special. He definitely made an impact with not only Cadets, but many Officers as well. Rest in eternal peace Jeet

  8. Dear Patel Family,
    I met Jeet my freshman year at Sheehan during track season, he was very kind, polite, and outgoing. He was a a great mentor and friend. People like Jeet make the world a better place and i will be forever grateful for the chance to have met him. My heart goes out to your entire family. You raised a great young man. I am very sorry for your loss, may the memories that you have help to keep his spirit alive in your heart and mind.

  9. Sorry we can’t be with you today, but you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love Ed & Sue Grant

  10. I’m sorry I couldn’t make it to the service. You have always been there for me to give me advice and be a really good friend.

  11. Jeet was a very close friend of our grandson, Jacob. We were fortunate to have known him. We will always remember his smile and laughter. Our prayers are with his family and everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.

  12. Jay Shree Krishna!
    Our prayers are always with his family and friends. Deeply sorry for the loss.

  13. Dear the Patel family
    I can’t express the words sorry for u lost

    Are prayers is with u

    Cambizaca Jonathan and family

  14. Jeet and my nephew Jacob were very close friends. My son Thomas spent quite a bit of time with Jacob and Jeet, all being about the same age. We always enjoyed Jeet’s company. His fantastic smile, terrific sense of humor and polite demeanor will certainly be missed by everyone fortunate enough to have known him. Thoughts and prayers going out to all of his family and friends.

  15. Jeet, even know we hadn’t talked since I left the Sea Cadets you put in so much work to get where you were heading in success. May you live on forever. Sorry for the families loss, will keep you forever in my heart.
    – Pleines

  16. Jeet was an amazing polite young man. So sweet an easy to talk to. I’m blessed to have watched him grow from freshman to senior year. My heart goes out to all family and friends. Sending much love, hugs and prayers to get through this time. It was an absolute pleasure to know this amazing young man.

  17. Jay, Shital and Yosh, we are so sorry for your loss. Jeet’s smile and energy was contagious to everyone around him. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

  18. Jay, Shital and Yosh. 1st my family and I are so very sorry of loss. To lose such a promising young man, with his whole life ahead of him is a tragedy. Thoughts and prayers will be with all of you. So sorry again. In closing, Jay I don’t know if you remember me, but I worked with you at Jeneric/ Pentron, my name is Mike Blake. Again so very sorry for your unbearable loss.

  19. Dear Patel family,
    My sincere condolences to you. Jeet was an absolute pleasure and privilege to teach during his 7th grade year. I have fond memories of Jeet’s kind personality, warm heart, funny jokes coupled with his quick wit. He always stood out as an exceptional young man with a bright future ahead of him. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

    Stephen Casella
    Moran Middle School

  20. Dear Patel Family,
    Our deepest condolences during this difficult time. Our son Austin was a classmate of Jeet’s (Norwich class of ’22) and lived next to him for 2 years in Dodge. He is not on campus this semester as he is currently deployed with the VT NTL Guard, but we were able to message him the news of his Rook Cousin. In his response he stated, “Jeet was the nicest guy he had ever met.” We wanted to pass on to you the impact your son had on others, he will be greatly missed by so many. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. 🙏
    #NorwichForever ’22

  21. Dear Patel Family,
    We are truly sorry for your loss. Jeet and our son Austin were classmates (Norwich class of ’22), they lived next to each other for 2 years in Dodge. Austin is not on campus this semester as he is currently deployed with the VT NTL Guard, we were however; able to get a message to him letting him know about his Rook Cousin. In his response he stated, “Jeet was one of the nicest guys I have ever met.” Apparently, they ran into each other and talked daily. We never personally had the opportunity to meet Jeet while visiting campus, but we wanted to pass on to you the impact your son had on ours and so many others. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all, Jeet will be greatly missed.
    Norwich Forever ’22

  22. Dear Mr. & Mrs. Patel:
    Words cannot express our sympathies to you and your family.
    Jeet was a great friend to our grandson Robert and we met him several times.
    He will be truly missed.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    John, Jean and Mary Mantzaris

  23. Mr. and Mrs. Patel,
    My deepest condolences to you for the loss of your so very handsome son, Jeet. I am a resident of Ashlar Village at Masonicare when Jeet was a server in our dining room. He always had a kind word with all of us. He joked and made our evening dinners so pleasurable. His memory will always be in my heart and my prayers are with you and your family.
    Most sincerely,
    Jo Trotta Poliner

  24. Dear Jay, Shital, and Yash,
    Please accept my deepest sympathy for your tremendous loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Linda Wawrzeniak

  25. Dear Jay, Shital, and Yash,

    Please accept our deepest condolences and prayers for your extreme loss. Our hearts are truly broken. Wishing you peace and strength during this difficult time. God be with you.

    The Amici Family

  26. Dear Jay, Shital, and Yash,
    Please accept our deepest condolences for your extreme loss. Our hearts are truly broken. You will always be in our prayers especially during this difficult time. Wishing all of you peace and comfort.
    The Amici Family

  27. There are no words that can comfort a parent who loses their child. May you find your way through your grief process. Jeet lives in your broken heart always. Sending Love

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