Mourning the death of I.C. Shah, local telecom businessman, well-known humanitarian and distinguished member of his community

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Senate Resolution No. 398

BY: Senator COONEY

MOURNING the death of I.C. Shah, local telecom
businessman, well-known humanitarian and
distinguished member of his community

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to pay tribute to
citizens of the State of New York whose lifework and civic endeavor
served to enhance the quality of life in their communities and this
great Empire State; and

WHEREAS, I.C. Shah of Rochester, New York, died on Tuesday, February
16, 2021, in Sarasota, Florida, at the age of 82; and

WHEREAS, I.C. Shah was the personification of the American immigrant
success story; born in 1938, in Mumbai, India, then under British
colonial rule, he came to America to enhance his studies at Michigan
State University; and

WHEREAS, From there he found great success as one of Xerox's first
Asian/Indian salespeople; he always thought he was capable of more, so
in 1976, I.C. Shah began his own telecommunications firm, ICS Telecom;

WHEREAS, This insightful entrepreneur soon parlayed a personal loan
and 32 credit cards into a telecommunications empire with multiple
locations throughout New York and more than 80 employees; and

WHEREAS, However, I.C. Shah's mark was perhaps felt nowhere more
significantly than within Rochester where he was a dedicated
humanitarian, friend, and mentor to many; and

WHEREAS, Working with the Boys and Girls Club, Rochester Broadway
Theatre League, Champion Academy, Urban League, India Community Center
of Rochester, and many other charity and advocacy groups, I.C. Shah's
dedication with both his time and resources has undoubtedly improved the
lives of thousands within the Rochester area; and

WHEREAS, I.C. Shah is survived by his wife, Cheryl; and his two son,
Raj and his wife, Adrienne; and Jon and his wife, Cassie; as well as
four grandchildren, Maya, Tara, Sloane and Nolan; and

WHEREAS, Armed with a humanistic spirit and imbued with a sense of
compassion, I.C. Shah leaves behind a legacy which will long endure the
passage of time and will remain as a comforting memory to all he served
and befriended; he will be deeply missed and truly merits the grateful
tribute of this Legislative Body; and

WHEREAS, Proud of his heritage, and wanting to help others, I.C.
Shah founded and funded DIAL - Development of Indo American Leaders; it
was a leadership development program for the Indian community that has
since become part of the United Way; he has been an amazing mentor and
guide to many in Rochester's Indian and Hindu community, who continue to
carry on his legacy and leadership in the community; now, therefore, be

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of I.C. Shah, and to express its deepest condolences to
his family; and be it further

RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to the family of I.C. Shah.


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