Rev. Richard Joseph Jeganathan (Jega) வண. ரிச்சர்ட் ஜோசப் ஜெகநாதன் (1944-2021)

Born: 20 March 1944 – Called to Rest: 04 November 2021

“The gift of God is eternal Life through Jesus Christ our Lord”  Romans 6:23

Rev. Richard Joseph Jeganathan (Jega) formerly of Chundikuli, Jaffna, Sri Lanka and later in Melbourne, Australia went to be with Jesus on 04 November 2021.

Beloved husband of Shantha (Nee Subramaniam), loving father of Ashok and Bindu, affectionate grand father of Joshua and Edward, loving brother of late Samuel Inbanathan, late Manohari Anandarajah, Padmini Jayaseelan (Adelaide) and Edwin Vimalanathan (U.K.), brother-in-law of Rev S.N. Sugunanathan (Adelaide), Rev Dr S. Jebanesan (former CSI Bishop of Jaffna), late Dr S.Jeyaseelan (Adelaide), Rev S, Manobavan (Brisbane) and S. Sugumar (Canberra).

Jega was an old boy of St John’s College, Jaffna and represented the 1st Eleven Cricket Team during 1962 and 63.  He qualified in Mechanical engineering in The U.K before returning to Sri Lanka, where he worked at the Paddy Marketing Board as a Mechanical Engineer. Jega migrated to Australia in 1982 and worked as a Design Engineer for the Melbourne Water. Later he did his Theology at The Presbyterian Theological College in Melbourne and served as a Pastor at The Footscray Presbyterian Church.

Thanksgiving Service:

To celebrate the life of Rev. R. J. Jeganathan, a Thanksgiving Service was held on Monday 8th Nov at The Presbyterian Church, Hawthorn Victoria, the church where Jeganathan and his family worshipped since their migration in 1982.

Rev. Richard Joseph Jeganathan will be missed and fondly remembered by his relatives, members of his Church and friends across the globe.

சோதி தோன்றும் ஓர் தேசமுண்டு

விசுவாசக் கண்ணால் காண்கிறோம்

நம் பிதா அழைக்கும் பொழுது

நாம் அங்கே வசிக்கச் செல்லுவோம்
 (தமிழாக்கம் – D.P. Niles)

Please accept this obituary notice and request the relatives and friends to uphold the family in prayers and pray for their fathers’s soul to be in eternal repose with Jesus.


 Tributes from Jega’s mates

Classmate from St.Johns College, Jaffna

I first came to know Jega in 1958, when we were classmates at St Johns college Jaffna in the 4th Form ( Year 9). He told me that he was interested in cricket , I was glad to hear that because we had something in common. We started playing soft ball cricket with various clubs in Jaffna. I vividly remember attending his father’s funeral in 1960.

Jaga lived down Swarts lane at Chundikuli, which was very close to my residence. Jega played for the college 2nd Eleven in 1960 and later represented the 1st Eleven in 1962 and 1963. He was a good left hand batsman with a sound defense.

In the mid 80’s both of us left Sri Lanka due to the unsettled conditions in the island. Jega chose to go to Melbourne while I have settled in Sydney. Whenever I go to Melbourne, I would contact Jega who was living in the suburb of Burwood.

Some years later he told me that, he was following a course in Theology in the hope of working as a priest in a church in Melbourne. Having worked for more than 10 years as a priest Jega retired in 2017. Sadly, Jega passed away after a brief illness in a Nursing Home in Melbourne on Thursday November 4th.

He will be ever remembered.

May his soul rest in peace.

Rabi Setukavalar, Sydney, Australia


From SJC Cricket Captain (1962-63)

“Jega played cricket for St. John’s College in 1962 and 1963. He was a very stylish and elegant left hand opening batsman. He was called Neil Harvey who was a great left hand batsman of Australia during school days. He was consistent in getting runs at every match he played.”

Daniel Mahendran Selvanayagam, Sydney, Australia



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