Jitesh Kumar, aged 68, passed away surrounded by the love of his family on Tuesday, October 24, 2023, at Overlook Hospital in Summit. Born in Maputo, Mozambique, Jitesh's early years saw him relocate to Portugal at 21, and at 24, where he met the enduring love of his life, Asamita. Together, they bravely embarked on a journey to America, seeking the promise of a brighter future. Initially settling in Union City, they later found a home in the vibrant Iron Bound Section of Newark. In 2006, they moved to Green Brook, NJ, where they continued to build their life together.
Arriving in America with a modest $1000 and a wealth of determination, Jitesh embarked on a career driving for Teixeira’s Bakery. By 1991, a golden opportunity presented itself, allowing Jitesh and two partners to invest in their own bakery. Undaunted by the risks, Jitesh's sacrifices and relentless work ethic saw the enterprise flourish. Within a decade, the budding business outgrew its premises, relocating to a larger facility in North Bergen, and eventually, in 2007, to its prominent location in Irvington. Americas Bakery, under Jitesh's steadfast leadership, rose to prominence in the tri-state area, gracing numerous restaurants, pizzerias, and supermarkets with its exquisite bread.
Beyond his professional accomplishments, Jitesh was a beacon of compassion and generosity. Remembering his roots, he was passionate about aiding those in need, frequently donating both food and financial aid to charities and individuals alike. His magnanimity extended to helping family and friends even when it meant stretching his own limits.
In his personal moments, Jitesh was an ardent Sporting soccer fan, relishing their matches from the comfort of his sofa. He cherished beach trips and occasional visits to casinos. Yet, his crowning joy was ensuring a prosperous life for his family, notably showering his three daughters and wife with his unwavering love and affection.
He leaves behind an inspiring legacy and will be deeply missed by all.
Jitesh is survived by his devoted wife of 41 years, Asamita; beloved daughters Sweta Belo (Andre), Anisha Lebre (Dave), and Pinky; cherished grandchildren Norah and Liam Belo, and Nala, Luka, and Baby Lebre; as well as his brother Paresh and sisters Hansa and Kumud.
A public viewing is scheduled for Sunday, October 29th, from 2 to 6 p.m., at Higgins Home for Funerals, 752 Mountain Blvd., Watchung, NJ 07069. Funeral services will be held on Monday, October 30th at 10 a.m., with cremation to follow at Somerset Hills Memorial Park, Basking Ridge.
Sunday, October 29th - Please wear light pastel colors, preferably no black.
Dinner to follow; Location TBD
Monday, October 30th - Please wear white.
Lunch to follow at La Colina, 51 Mt Bethel Rd. Warren, NJ 07059.
Flowers may be sent to Higgins Home for Funerals, 752 Mountain Blvd., Watchung, NJ, and can be ordered through Gray's Florist in Watchung, NJ, at (908) 757-0040.