Bhachon Puttharuksa, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on September 27th, 2021. He was 86.
Born on February 14, 1935 in Chonburi, Thailand, he was the eldest of ten siblings. His parents were Jeam and Salub. He attended Chulalongkorn University, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication. He loved to sing, and could always be counted on to give an on-the-spot rendition of his alma mater’s fight song. Bhachon also served in the Royal Thai Army as a Lieutenant General. He spent part of his Army years serving in Korea during a time when communism was on the rise throughout the region.
In 1968, he married Kanjana Piriyasenee. Together, they immigrated to New York in 1972 with their daughter, Kulravee. They later completed their family with the addition of their daughter, Patira. He and his wife loved spending time together making delicious home-cooked Thai meals that their family enjoyed. Bhachon made some of the best tasting food that his family and friends ever ate.
Bhachon and many of his lifelong friends drove NYC Black Cars. They had a tight camaraderie. Bhachon was a steadfast presence in the Thai community, always ready to lend a hand with whatever tasks needed to be done. His loyalty and dependability to his friends and community were unwavering.
His greatest love, however, was his family. Bhachon doted on his wife and children. He was a true family man, who always had a gentle smile and words of encouragement in times of need. He had an unforgettable sense of humor and an infectious laugh that punctuated his calm demeanor.
He is survived by his wife, Kanjana, two daughters Kulravee (Colm) and Patira (Joshua), and grandchildren Emma, Dolan, and Beau, who held a special place in his heart. Bhachon is also survived by his sisters Manatsawee, Orawan, Chomplearn, Angsuna, and Prapasri; his brother Sompun; and predeceased by his sister Jira, and brothers Thanya and Sermchai.
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