Amrit Duneja

Amrit Duneja, of Livermore, passed away on Monday, Jan. 27. He left this world peacefully at home, surrounded by family.

Duneja was born in 1939 in India, the middle of three brothers, along with a sister. He grew up in New Delhi, studied at Punjab University, and entered the hospitality field. After marrying Prabha Duneja in 1968, he spent several years teaching at the Institute of Hotel Management in Delhi, before emigrating to the United States in 1977. After completing hotel management training with Holiday Inn, he settled with his family in Livermore in 1983. Over three decades, Duneja managed hotels in the Tri-Valley, Seattle, and India.

In Livermore, Amrit was active in the Rotary Club and instrumental in the founding of the Shiva-Vishnu Hindu Temple in the early 1980s. He worked tirelessly to build relationships between local businesses, the city, and the Hindu community in the Tri-Valley. His wife, Prabha, was founder and president of the Geeta Society in Pleasanton, an organization dedicated to serving the community through spiritual resources and inspirational teachings. He supported his wife wholeheartedly and worked hard so she could focus on her spiritual work.

Duneja is survived by his son Anshuman, daughter-in-law Sonya, brother Subash, and many loving nieces, nephews and extended family in the Bay Area and India. We will miss him with all of our hearts, but know that he is at peace with his wife, and will be with us always.

There will be a Moksha Deepam service at 11 a.m., on Sunday, Feb. 9, at the Livermore Shiva-Vishnu Temple, 1232 Arrowhead Ave., followed by Preeti Bhoj (a communal meal) at noon. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Livermore temple.

Callaghan Mortuary is handling arrangements. An online guestbook is available for condolences at www.callaghanmortuary.com.