Joseph Sellathurai Rajaratnam (1924 -2021) ஜோசப் செல்லத்துரை இராஜரட்ணம்

Born: 17 June 1924
Called to rest: 25 Nov 2021

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith”

– 2 Timothy 4:7 –

Joseph Sellathurai Rajaratnam:  (Retired Teacher, Hartley College, Point Pedro, Jaffna)

Born and raised in Aaliyavalai, Uduthurai and lived in Bethany, Beach road, Point Pedro was called to be with the Lord in Jaffna on Thursday, 25 November 2021.

Beloved husband of late Cecilia Gunamany, cherished father of Rajini (Canada), Rajaseelan (USA), Rajabalan (Singapore), Rajaselvam(Canada) and Rajakaruna (USA),  loved father-in-law of Quintus, Nilmini, Rucklanthi, Arunika and Maithili, adored grandfather of Daniel, Anna, Jonathan, Cheryl, Anisha, Andrew and Elena and great-grandfather of Noah.

JS Rajaratnam, a graduate from Calcutta University (India) was a mathematics teacher at the Hartley College, Point Pedro since 1961. He was a well respected teacher and was fondly remembered as “Rajaratnam Master” among his students. Master has been a dedicated teacher and a strict disciplinarian who was well known for his weekly tests. Many of his students honoured and respected the great teacher after the GCE Ordinary exams results. Rajaratnam master has tutored many students of Vadamaradchchi and Hartley even after his retirement.

JS Rajaratnam was an elder of  The Methodist Church (Point Pedro) and Kaddaiveli  Circuit. He was a also a senior advisor and a local preacher of Point Pedro Methodist Church and was the Director of the “Nesakam” Church. His stewardship has left a beacon of light to the congregation of the the Methodist Churches in Vaddamarachi region.

JS. Rajaratnam will be missed and fondly remembered by his relatives, friends and students across the globe. Greater than the sorrow of his loss is the joy that he spread during his life, as he loved and helped all. His integrity and hard work continue to inspire those who knew him.

Thanksgiving Service

To celebrate the life of JS Rajaratnam, a Thanksgiving Service was held on Friday 25  November  at  the Point Pedro Methodist Church, followed by the interment at the Methodist Church Cemetery.

Please uphold Rajaratnam family in your prayers and pray for their dear Aiya’s soul to be in eternal repose with Jesus.

JSRajaratnam at tbe age of 94

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5 thoughts on “Joseph Sellathurai Rajaratnam (1924 -2021) ஜோசப் செல்லத்துரை இராஜரட்ணம்

  1. Our heartfelt condolences to the family members of our Guru Late Mr. Rajaratnam. I am one of those known to the teacher and Gunamani teacher and a former student of Late Mr. Gunanayagam.
    May his soul Rest in Peace.


  2. We know of this wonderful man through the many warm and loving stories that our dear Rajesh shared with us over the years. He sounded like that truly rare sort of human being- one that left a long lasting positive impact for all that he encountered. At this time of loss, our thoughts and love and prayers are with Rajesh and his immediate and extended family. We hope that with time, peace can be found in knowing that he lived a long and remarkable life. – Sarath, Nilanthi, Madusha, Nelson, Nidusha & James.


  3. Praise The Lord for a life of dedication & excellence. Praise The Lord for the imprint left for others to cherish and follow.
    My late husband James Gunaselvam loved him and looked up him, very much.
    May The Lord grant comfort and peace to all his loving children as they grieve and mourn their father’s passing away. Praise The Lord once again for his life.


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