Rama Guntupalli

Rama M Guntupalli

April 14, 1945 - July 3, 2020
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Rama M. Guntupalli
April 14, 1945 – July 3, 2020

On July 3, 2020 our beloved husband, father and pops Rama M. Guntupalli passed away surrounded by his loving family after an extraordinary life and a four-year battle against Leukemia.

Rama, known as Prasad, by friends and family loved life and brought joy to the people who surrounded him with his warm, generous spirit, kind smile and boisterous laugh. He overflowed with love for his wife, children and grandchildren and would do anything for his family and friends.

After graduating from Guntur Medical College, he emigrated to the US from Andhra Pradesh, India in 1972 to build a better life for his family. With his wife Padma by his side, they built an amazing community of people everywhere they lived. His welcoming nature made everyone an instantaneous friend. They moved from Boston to Buffalo where they lived for 42 years and spent the last four years in Houston while Prasad was being treated at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Prasad practiced Anesthesia for over 40 years in Buffalo and was a well-respected physician in the community.

His daughters (Madhuri and Mayuri), son-in-law (James) and grandchildren (Veda Ram, Nylah Padma and Gavin Prasad) were his pride and joy. He would do anything to make them happy and would tell anyone that would listen about their achievements. Recently after his oldest grandchild won an award, he said “I live to see the great things Veda, Nylah and Gavin will do in their lives.” He also believed hard work is the key to success and set an example for his kids and grandchildren to follow.

Prasad enjoyed playing tennis and golf. He loved adventure and would never turn down an invitation to travel somewhere with family or friends whether it is African Lion Safari in Ontario, a roller coaster in Disney, deep sea fishing in Alaska, the pyramids in Egypt or a cruise to Iguazu Falls. Most recently as he was unable to travel, he received great pleasure going out for meals, playing cards and going to movies.

For Prasad’s last birthday, family and friends from across the globe sent video clips wishing him well. They shared stories of love, friendship, laughter and wisdom that truly embodied Prasad. In his final years as he battled cancer, he showed people what it is like to be a true warrior and fight with tenacity and grace. He impacted so many people’s lives and his spirit will carry on in each of those people.

Prasad is survived by his mother Lakshmi Kanthama; his brothers Jagajeevan Guntupalli and Kishore Guntupalli; his wife Padma Guntupalli; his daughter Madhuri Chilakapati and her daughter Veda Ram; his daughter Mayuri Guntupalli, son-in-law James DeVaney and their kids, Nylah Padma and Gavin Prasad.

One of Prasad’s wishes was to set up an endowed fund to recognize the care he received at MD Anderson. If you would like to honor him, please consider giving to the Rama M. Guntupalli Endowment for Leukemia Research that his family has established at MD Anderson. Donations can be made at the Rama M Guntupalli (RMG) Endowment for Leukemia Research page.
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  • Service

    Monday, July 6, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Monday, July 6, 2020 3:00pm
    Winford Funerals Southwest
    8514 Tybor Drive
    HOUSTON, TX 77074
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  • Interment

    Winford Southwest Crematory
    8514 Tybor Dr.
    HOUSTON, TX 77074
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Sujata Yalamanchili

Posted at 09:22am
We are so sorry to hear about Uncle's passing. Our hearts are with you all. We have so many fond memories of our families together, from Buffalo in the 70s and 80s, including disco parties! Too many to share here. He must have been so proud of Madhuri, Mayuri and their families.

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Love, Dawn Coleman and family

Posted at 07:52am
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss.. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this time.
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Maryam & Andy

Posted at 09:22pm
We are thinking of you and your family and hope that you are able to find some peace during this time.

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Posted at 06:52pm
I worked with Prasad for 15 years upon arriving in Buffalo. My fondest memories are of when Prasad took up golf, and we would play at 6am on weekends. What a full life, ended too soon.
Scott Plotkin, M.D.

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