God Broke The Mould When He Made Her (Mrs. Chandra Navaratnam)

Mrs. Chandra Navaratnam (23.11.1932 — 13.06.2020)

Our mother, Chandra Navaratnam nee Rajasingham, hailed from a lineage of Priesthood, the Reverend Sam Morse being her Great Grand Father. She was the 2nd daughter of Charles and Ranee Rajasingam, and sister of the late Ranita Thavam and the late Raju Rajasingham.  She was an old girl of CMS Ladies College, Colombo, and during the World War II years, studied at Chundikuli Girls College Jaffna, before returning to Ladies’ College to finish her secondary education.  

During the 60’s, our family moved from Colombo to Jaffna, as Dad, who was a Station Master in the Railway, was transferred to Jaffna. Five months into his new assignment, Dad died of a severe heart attack. Mother decided to stay on and raise the children in Jaffna. It was the grace of God that provided her the fortitude and the will to courageously continue to raise her children. Through the ensuing years, she was able to juggle her parental responsibilities with her teaching workload at St. Johns College, as well as giving after school lessons of piano, speech and drama.

Mother involved herself in Church activities as well, accepting the offer from the then vicar at St. John’s Church, the Rev. Raju Coomaraswamy to be the regular organist. She was already an accomplished musician attached to the Trinity College of Music Speech and Drama, London, when she started giving piano lessons at home. For some time, our living room was used as one of the examination centres for Jaffna. Her former students will also remember the annual picnics that she organized.

She so admirably handled the dual role of mother and father, a picture of health and a pillar of strength to all of us. From our younger days she instilled in our minds the importance of leading a Christian life. Her favourite quote was ‘The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom’. She was also very well versed  in child psychology.  Never raised her hand on us for any naughty or careless deeds. Instead, she would make it a point to teach us where we went wrong, to make us realize our mistakes.

She used a lot of proverbs and teachings throughout our childhood days, which really helped us siblings go through adolescence.  She ensured we were well provided in all necessities. I can still remember how meticulously she organized our meals, always making something different for dinner. April & August school holidays were spent in Colombo with our relatives. December holidays were always spent at home, as all of us siblings took part in Christmas activities.  Mother was the organist for the church as well as the school carol services, while we also sang in the choir.

Mother was a real source of knowledge on any topic under the Sun, and so much so that was known as Dr. Navaratnam in the family circle. She was so energetic and active all the time, a pillar of strength, courageous, humble, simple and fun loving too, and more than anything, she led a selfless, sacrificial life throughout. The beauty of her life was that she simply enjoyed all what she did with a cheerful heart.  

We will also remember her for her resilience and resourcefulness, and we are ever grateful to God for having blessed us with one of the ‘BEST MOTHERS IN THE WORLD’ or rather, THE BEST.

Children Rajan, Cynthia, Sharma, Chrisso and Ravi

(Sri Lanka – Canada )

Excerpts published in the Ceylon Daily News 13.06. 21

As published in Ceylon Daily News

Related Reference: Mrs. Chandra Navaratnam (1932 -2020)

Kanapathipillai Nalliah Yogasingham Maurice (KNY Maurice) [1935 – 2021]

Born: January 4, 1935
Entered Glory: June7, 2021

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” – Psalm 23: 6 –

Kanapathipillai Nalliah Yogasingham Maurice (KNY Maurice)

Formerly of Chundikuli and Colombo and then in Toronto, passed away in Canada on Monday June 07, 2021, aged 86. Maurice entered his eternal home peacefully after a short illness.

Loving son of late K. G. Nalliah (Station Master, Ceylon Government Railways) & late Gnanammah Nalliah of Chundikuli, loving son-in-law of late Mudaliyar Murugesu Chellappah & late Victoria Arulammah of Karaveddy, beloved husband of Lily Pavalamalar (Retired teacher, Sri Lanka), cherished  father of  Premini Kabilamany (USA), Nilanthy Gnanasekaram (Canada), loving father-in-law of Caleb Kabilamany (USA) and Ivon Gnanasekaram (Canada), adored grandfather of  Sangeetha & Timothy Gnaneswaran (USA), Sinthu Kabilamany (USA), Nathan and Joel Gnanasekaram (Canada), doting  great-grandfather of Judah, Lucas and Norah (USA) and loving brother of Kamala Arulnayagam(UK)  late Kingsley (Sri Lanka),  Primy  Rajadevi  Anthonipillai (Sri Lanka),  Girty Gnanadevi Hunt  (Sri Lanka), Balasingham (USA) and Rajasingham (Sri Lanka).

Maurice was born in Chundikuli and studied at St. John’s College, Jaffna.  He was a talented athlete and during his senior years captained the Cricket, Football and Athletic teams and was the Senior Prefect of his alma mater in 1956.

He pursued his higher studies at Madras Christian College in South India and completed his training in Applied Engineering Science at Victoria Jubilee Technological Institute in Bombay and also a former trainee Engineer at TATA Textiles Mills. He started his career as Industrial Production Manager at National Textile Corporation, Veyangoda, Sri Lanka. Later he joined the Institute of Engineering Technology as a Lecturer and Director of Sports at the Jaffna College, Vaddukkodai. He also had a short stint as a science teacher at his alma mater.

Maurice has been a volunteer at Red Cross Society and YMCA (Jaffna and Colombo). He  migrated to Canada in 1995 and enjoyed life with his family and friends and continued his contribution to the community. Even though a failing heart took him away from this world, his loving heart left a beacon of light, leading all whom he has met to his Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Maurice அண்ணை, uncle, மாமா will be missed and fondly remembered by his cousins, nieces, nephews and grandchildren across the globe.

Please accept this obituary notice from the Maurice family and we request the relatives and friends to uphold the family in prayers and pray for their dear soul to be in eternal repose with Jesus.

Viewing, Visitation and Livestream – all Toronto Canadian times

Viewing :   

When: Sunday, June 13th, 2021 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Location : Chapel Ridge Funeral Home, 8911 Woodbine Avenue MARKHAM, ONT. L3R 5G1

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, visitation will be limited and by invitation only. Invited attendees are kindly requested to follow all the Government regulations and protocols that are currently in place.

Livestream via Chapel Ridge Funeral Home. 

Thanksgiving Service: To celebrate the life of Maurice Nalliah, a private Thanksgiving Service will be held on Monday, June 14, 2021 at noon.

Final Resting Place: Christ the King Cemetery, 7770 Steeles Avenue East, Markham, Ontario, L6B 1A8 [via Zoom 2:15pm].

Family Contact details: Mobile: (647) 607 3545 Email: lilypmaurice@gmail.com


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உங்கள் துயர் பகிர்வுகளையும், அனுதாபச் செய்திகளையும் ஒரே இடத்தில் குடும்பத்தார் பார்வையிடுவதற்காக இவ் தளத்தின் பின்னோட்டத்தில் பதிவிடலாம். எக்காரணம் கொண்டும் உங்கள் மின்னஞ்சல் தகவல் இவ் தளத்தில் பதியப்படவோ பகிரப்படவோ மாட்டாது என பணிவுடன் தெரிவித்துக் கொள்கிறோம்.

Tributes shared by the Friends and relatives:

” I worked with Maurice (we call him Maurice uncle, though he was more like a friend to me) at Jaffna College Institute of Vaddukoddai.
We share the same alma mater.
Maurice uncle always walk smart and he has a captivating smile. When I meet with some of the Christian trainees to pray and sing, he would also join in. He made the coarse stony field – used as grounds by us – as a playground within a week, so that we could have our first cricket match against Jaffna College staff. I cherish good memories of working with him, and we have also cycled together all the way from Jaffna to Vaddukoddai in those days, daily, me always struggling to stay abreast with him. He was an inspiration to many of us.
Farewell Maurice uncle. See you there”.

S. K. Xavier

Via Zoom during the Service

My heartfelt condolences go out to Maurice uncle’s family. We will surely miss the presence of a truly lovable and kind person. Thanks to Jeyendran anna for sharing the family connections , it is sad that I have met him so many times in different locations including Sri Lanka but never knew the relationship. I am truly sorry for the loss especially to Solomons clan. He has done a lots of charitable works and his support towards SJC . Our uncle will be missed and he will never be forgotten.

May his soul rest in peace.

Hudson Solomons and family