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

2 thoughts on “Kanapathipillai Nalliah Yogasingham Maurice (KNY Maurice) [1935 – 2021]

  1. Final Voyage team is reposting the following comments from Canada OBA

    Obituary information just received from Canada of an Old Johnian—- K. N. Y. Maurice – Cricket Captain 1955 and Senior Prefect 1956

    Please see below the message received from an old Johnian from Canada,
    Maurice was a loved Johnian by many & he coached the school team in Cricket in early 1960s.
    May his soul RIP.

    Dear all Maurice uncle passed away. He was a great cricketer at SJC in early 50’s and captained the team too. He always participated in association programs in Toronto . I had a great experience played old boys matches with him and we both were official cricket umpires in mid 80’s and umpired many school and club matches in Jaffna. We had a good reputation in umpiring because we both very strict giving out on LBW’s and always placed to umpire important matches including Jaffna college / Patrick’s big matches.
    Even last November we had a long chat about cricket and umpiring . He was a fine sportsman of SJC. May his soul Rest In Peace

    Source: Ganesh Somasundaram


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