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.

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 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

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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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துயர் பகிர்வு

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.

Puvanendran Sithamparapillai (1947 – 2021) புவனேந்திரன் சிதம்பரப்பிள்ளை

Born: 23 Feb 1947
Called to Rest: 31 Oct 2021

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

– 2 Timothy 4:7 –

Puvanendran Sithamparapillai : It is with a heavy heart that the Sithamparapillai family announce that Puvanendran Sithamparapillai (also known as Rajan and Puvi) was called to rest on 31 October 2021 in Denton, Texas, USA.

Beloved husband of Thayalam (nee Amirthanayagam of Tellipallai), much loved father of Patrick and Dr. Sarah, loving son of late NS Sithamparapillai (Station Master, Ceylon Government Railways) and late Saraswathi, cherished youngest brother of late Pusparaja Sithamparapillai , late Pushparani Thirrunavukkarasu (Rani), Pushpadevi Sithamparapillai (Ranji, Sri Lanka), Pushpamirtham Sabaratnam (Baba, Sri Lanka), Pushparagam Alagaratnam (Mano, Sri Lanka), late Pushpalayam Sivagurunathan (Gnanam), Sarojini  Subramaniam (Pillai, Canada) and Stephen Puvendran (Indran, Canada).  Rajan will be missed by many of his nieces and nephews and many of his grand nieces and nephews across the globe.

Rajan was born in Chundikuli, Jaffna, studied at St Johns’ College and worked at the Bank of Ceylon (Colombo) before he migrated to Canada and then to Texas, USA.  

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

Viewing and Visitation:

Visitation will be held on Thursday, 4 November 2021, at 5-7 pm at  Bill DeBerry Funeral Home , 2025 W. University Dr, Denton, Texas, USA.

Thanksgiving Service (Texas time):

To celebrate the life of Mr. Puvanendran Sithamparapillai, a Thanksgiving Service will be held on Friday, 5 November 2021 at 10. 30 am at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church 2255, N. Bonnie Brae St, Denton, Texas 76207.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, family is kindly requesting all the attendees to follow all the Government regulations and protocols that are currently in place.

Uthayan Newspapers, Jaffna, Sri Lanka
(Credit : T. Kathirkamanathan)
Ceylon Daily News Nov 5 2021 (Credit : M. Loganathan)

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துயர் பகிர்வு:

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. 

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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

Gnanaselvam Christy Premakumar (ஞானசெல்வம்-கிரிஸ்டி-பிரேமகுமார்)

Born : January 8, 1959 – Called to Rest: 13, February 2021

“I am the resurrection of the life, anyone who believes in me will live even after dying” – John 11:25

Gnanaselvam Christy Premakumar (Civil Engineer) formally of Usan, an old boy of St.Johns College called to eternal rest in Jaffna on Saturday 13 February 2021.

Christy (Prem) is dearly beloved husband of Christina Dharshini (Accountant, St.Johns’ College, Jaffna), affectionate father of Noel Rukshan (UK), Joel Anukshan (HNB, Nelliaddy), caring father-in-law of Dimple Thishanthy (UK) and Joanne Shalini (interpreter- Danish Consulate), adored grandfather of Kezia Michelle, much loved son of Late N.Gnanaselvam and late Poomalar (Malar), dear son-in-law of late Pararajasingam and Pathmarani, much loved brother of Premaranjani (Ranjini) Somanader and Premakumari (Kumari) Pushparajah (Retired Teacher) and loving brother-in-law of Somanader, Pushparajah, Jeyanthan (Canada), Suganthan, Thusyanthan and Christie (Proprieter – Para Lights)

Christy specialised in the field of Civil Engineering, formerly of Walker and Sons, China International Water and Electric Corporation (Maldives), Department of Buildings: UNDP Jaffna and a Managing Partner of Christy Construction.

FUNERAL DETAILS AS FOLLOWS:

Viewing: Thursday, 25 February, 8 am – 3 pm at White House Parlour, 181 Main Street Jaffna.

Funeral ServiceThanksgiving Service will be held at 3 pm at Whitehouse parlour followed by burial service at American Ceylon Mission Cemetry, Arali, Jaffna

Due to COVID-19 restrictions please follow all the government regulations and protocols.

Contact details:  0778447849 (Sri Lanka)

Please accept the obituary notice from the Premakumar family. Christy (Prem) will be missed and fondly remembered by his family, cousins, nieces and nephews across the globe. 

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Mrs. Chandra Navaratnam (1932 – 2020)

Mrs.Chandra Navaratnam (Retired teacher of St. Johns College, Chundikuli, Jaffna) passed away on June 13, 2020, aged 87. Funeral Service was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS

Fondly remembered by her children Rajan, Cynthia, Sharma, Chriso and Ravi

Mrs. Chandra Navaratnam
Born: 23.11.1932 — Entered Glory 13.06.2020

‘The Lord is my Shepherd’ Psalm 23:1

Mrs Chandra Navaratnam was a teacher at St. Johns College, Jaffna for 20 years (1967 – 1987) and was the organist at St. John the Baptist Church for more than 30 years. She was also the pianist/organist for St Johns College and Chundikuli Girls College Carol Services and for the Annual Combined Carol Services of all the Northern Christian Schools in Jaffna. Later in her retirement, she was one of the organists of St.Michael & All Angels Church, Colpetty. Mrs. Navaratnam was also a Service Award Winner of the Institute of Western Music and Speech (IWMS ).

Mrs. Chandra Navaratnam’s service to the Chundikuli christian community is commendable. May her soul rest in peace.

 

Mrs. Chandra Navaratnam (2)
  Mrs. Navaratnam at the piano

SJCCGC
Chundikuli, St. Johns Colleges’  Combined Choir in the late Sixties. Mrs. Navaratnam is standing in the second row. (second from the right)

Combined Choir 1970
CGC,SJC  Combined Choir 1970. Mrs Navaratnam (seated 5th from left)

Choir 1971
CGC,SJC  Combined Choir 1971. Mrs Navaratnam (seated 5th from left)

Choir 1972
CGC,SJC  Combined Choir 1972. Mrs Navaratnam (seated 3rd from the right)

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