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Sudha Moy “Pintu” Dutta

Posted By Hall-Wynne On May 1, 2018 @ 10:50 am In Durham,Obituaries | 4 Comments

In Memorial

Mr. Sudha Moy “Pintu” Dutta died peacefully in UNC Hospice Home on April 30, 2018 in Pittsboro, NC at the age of 70.  He was a resident of Durham for nearly 40 years.

Sudha was passionate about upholding and preserving the cultural roots of his Indian and Bangladeshi ancestry in his adopted country as both a community and business leader.

Sudha is survived by his spouse, Suchitra Dutta; children, Sudip Dutta and Sumita Dutta;  and siblings, Kiron Moy Dutta, Sukha Moy Dutta, Subha Moy Dutta, Papri Dasgupta, and Shuili Sengupta.

As a founding member of what is now the Bengali Association of North Carolina (BANC) in 1988, Sudha Moy Dutta was a pivotal leader in passing down these traditions to future Indo American generations.  BANC also revealed the culture of a growing “Desi” community to his fellow North Carolinians unfamiliar with the Indian subcontinent.

Sudha was born on January 12, 1948 in Comilla, Bangladesh to Sudhir Chandra Dutta and Prathiva Dutta.  He married Suchitra in 1982 in Calcutta, India. After moving to Durham, NC in 1978, he began working for Newton Instrument Company – rising from a 3rd shift floor employee to a senior manager in his near quarter century at the firm.

Not solely content with celebrating Indian traditions with BANC, Sudha took the culinary lessons learned from his family kitchens and opened the first authentic, Indian dessert business in North Carolina in 2005 – Mithai: House of Indian Desserts – in Cary, NC.  Like the BANC, Mithai was a home away from home for the Desi community and exposed non-Indo Americans’ tastebuds to a unique food experience.

A funeral is scheduled for Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018 from 2-4 PM at Hall-Wynne Funeral Home, 1113 Main St, Durham, NC 27701.  His close friend, Dr. Amalendu Chatterjee, will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Pintu’s life.  In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Durham Rescue Mission. The family would like to thank the caregivers at Duke Health, Signature HealthCARE of Chapel Hill, his nurse Debbie Morris, and UNC Hospice Home for their efforts, care, and dedication.


Condolences for the family of “Sudha Moy “Pintu” Dutta”

Condolence from Durba Ghoshal on May 1st, 2018 2:53 pm

Pintu da and Papu di were the first Bengali I met, when I moved to North Carolina. The Mithai shop was home away from home. His welcoming nature, eagerness to help in finding other Bengali friends, helped me to call NC my home, I am sure, many other members in the community feel the same way.

My respect to the departed soul, my prayers are with Papu di, the family and friends, during this difficult time.

Condolence from Fred and Christine Lockley on May 1st, 2018 5:37 pm

We send our deepest sympathies and condolences on the passing of your beloved Pintu. We recall his friendly and kind demeanor when we joined family gatherings. He always made sure that we felt at home and welcomed. We send our love and prayers as you gather to celebrate his incredible life. We shall miss him.

Condolence from Sue Cheng on May 2nd, 2018 9:48 am

Dear Sue,
I’m so sorry to hear that your husband has passed. It sounds like he lived an excellent life!
You and your family will be in my thoughts in the time ahead. I wish you strength and peace to live these days and to go on without him physically present with you.
Love,
Sue Cheng

Condolence from James Weeks on May 3rd, 2018 10:38 am

Dear Sue,
I am so sorry for this great loss. I pray that you and your family will be comforted during this difficult time. The close bond of your family will strengthen you in the days ahead.
Yours,
James Weeks

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