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Sunday, April 28, 2013

Oldest Paediatrician Dr. Barr Kumarakulasinghe

The oldest Paediatrician has passed away at the age of 104. I am sure some of you have worked under her.

DR. BARR KUMARAKULASINGHE - GRACE RAJAMALAR. Aged 104, loving wife of the late Mr. Gunaratnam and dearly beloved mother of Sudhir, went to be with the Lord. Mortal remains lie at A.F. Raymond’s Funeral Parlour, Borella. Service at 4.00 p.m. on Sunday 28th April and thereafter burial at the General Cemetery, Kanatte (Anglican Section). 43 1/2, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 07.  

Monday, April 15, 2013

Kamali Nimalasuriya de Silva MBBS (Cey), MD, MRCP (London)

With profound sadness I record here the passing away of  Kamali Nimalasuriya De Silva.

I heard the sad news on receiving Shanthy's e-mail (already forwarded to you) and an SMS from Swyrie who is presently in Japan. While awaiting further news about the funeral arrangements, I am taking the liberty to post the e-mails received (and continue to receive) from members of the batch.
7.45 am Tuesday April 16th.
I had an e-mail from Srian in response to my condolence message. He is still in BKK and had asked me to contact Kamali's cousin Manel at Vajira Road for funeral details. I spoke to her just now. I am told that the body will be brought to Colombo today and will be at Raymonds funeral parlour. Funeral will be on Saturday evening at Kanatte.

Sura Fernando
7:30 PM (13 hours ago)

Dear friends,
I just heard the details of the funeral arrangements .
The remains of our dear friend Kamali has been brought to Srilanka. The body can be viewed on Saturday morning at A.F Raymonds funeral parlour.
The cremation is scheduled for 5pm at the Kanatta cemetry on Saturday the 20th April
Please notify all other batch mates who are in contact .
Many thanks
20th April, 2013

Kamali's cremation took place at Kanatte this evening in the presence of a large gathering despite the fact that no obituary notice was published in any Sri Lankan newspapers. This was in accordance with Kamali's wishes for a low-key funeral. Our batch was well represented.

May she attain the supreme bliss of Nibbana.

Dr. S.A.P. Gnanissara
8:26 AM (9 hours ago)
to me
Dear Lucky,
Thank you very much for sharing the very sad news.
Hope we will know more details of the funeral arrangements
very soon.
Warm regards.
Sura Fernando
9:07 AM (9 hours ago)
to me
Dear Lucky,

I heard the news yesterday from mutual cousin of JC's , and I have just sat down to write to you.

Yes Srian and kamali were in Vietnam , Hanoi with a tour group when she had a heart attack and was taken to a French hospital there . after apparent recovery they had gone on to Bankok to a major center ,where she had progressed to an extension of the MI, an Angiogram , followed by cardiogenic shock where she succumbed . Body is being flown to SL where her family would be gathering . Funeral dates are as yet unknown, likely around Friday or so I was told .

JC and I visited Kamali and Srian in Sydney last November and I am glad that I was able to spend a lovely day with them .
Thank you for informing is promptly and I am sure you would notify rest of our batch mate s
Sriani Basnayake
9:11 AM (8 hours ago)
to me
Thanks Lucky for sending me the sad news about Kamali.
Ranjith Dambawinna
4:20 PM (15 hours ago)
to me
Thanks Lucky!

I will be sending my feelings of sympathy to her husband Srian, who was in college with me. Kind regards.
from Dr. Ranjith Dambawinna
McCormick, Malkanthie I
9:37 AM (8 hours ago)
to me
this is a terrible shock..I am thinking of the get together where we all enjoyed chatting and re connecting with Kamali. Our prayers are with the family. Life is ephemeral and we are here for just a short time.
thank you for letting us know

Mahendra Gonsalkorale
1:01 PM (5 hours ago)
to me
Thanks for forwarding this very sad news Lucky. I am so glad that I met her at the Reunion last year after over 40 years. That will remain a precious memory.
Nihal Amerasekera
2:14 PM (3 hours ago)
to me
It is with great sadness I received the news about Kamali. I still remember the pretty, vivacious girl who started with us in 1962, in the block. Then, happy and smiling she had all her life before her. Kamali sailed through with consummate ease all through the exams, trials and hardships of Medical College. In those difficult but enjoyable years her kindness and generosity shone through. I sincerely hope she has had a happy and rewarding life as a doctor. Sadly since we qualified our paths never crossed and I never saw her again.
At the present time our thoughts and condolences are for her immediate family.
The recurrent loss of our friends from the batch are a stark reminder of the grim reality of life. It brings home our own mortality.
We must be grateful to Lucky for keeping us informed to pay our tributes.
May she find the ultimate bliss of Nirvana.

Nihal D Amerasekera
Lakshman Jayasinghe
2:32 PM (3 hours ago)
to me
It is very sad news indeed. We were in the same “body Group” in the 2nd MB. She was a very gentle kind lady.l
Had milk shakes in the milk bar.
Had lunch with Sriyan and Kamali on our way to Sydney. That was a long time ago.
Just shows. We all must keep in touch frequently and regularly.
Lakshman J 
Rohini Anandaraja
2:50 PM (3 hours ago)
to me
Thankyou Lucky for keeping us informed- May her soul rest in Peace -
My Best wishes to you and yours 
Dr.Pramilla Senanayake
4:54 PM (1 hour ago)
to me
Soooo sad. If you get information re funeral please let me know
Kumar Gunawardane
6:10 PM (18 minutes ago)
to me
So sad to hear this.She was an outstanding student and a wonderful person in our year.
Pl convey my deepest sympathies and condolences to Sriyan.
Kindest Regards
9:22 PM (10 hours ago)
to me
This is shocking news. We met her at the Reunion and she looked so well. It is hard get ones head round this. May she rest in peace. I wonder if you will kindly include my condolences if you are sending one to the family. We just have to appreciate one other's friendship while we can.


Thanks again!
Thil Yoganathan
5:50 AM (2 hours ago)
to me
One of the first person from our class, I met when I arrived in Colombo for the 50 th reunion was kamali. I straight away recognized her by her genuine smiley face. After graduation we all went about our own chosen path and missed out a lot about our friends we made at Kinsey Road since 1962.
I am so happy that I spent some time reminiscing the past and pondering the future with kamali and Srian.
My heart goes out to Srian and the rest of the family.
Sent from my iPad
Revo Drahaman
7:33 AM (27 minutes ago)
to me
Hi lucky,
Thanks for informing me.
You are doing the batch a great service.

Antony Ernest via
11:00 AM (45 minutes ago)
to me
Hi Lucky,
Thanks for informing me of the untimely death of our classmate Kamali Nimalasuriya. I am indeed glad that I met her at our recent reunion in Hikkaduwa and reminisce about the Med school days.Please convey our condolences to her family.
Cyril and Indranie Ernest.
Dawala Ruberu
11:59 AM (16 minutes ago)
to me
thanks lucky,
it was a good thing that she arrended our reunion.
it is reaally sad to hear about batch mates passing away
we should try ans meettogether as a day outing more frequently.
Chula de Silva
4:35 PM (28 minutes ago)
to me
Dear Lucky,
Such sad news! I feel devastated.
Kamali and I had an association dating back to a time when we were both 4 years old at the Baby Class at Visakha and we were together right throughout the Primary and Senior schools a period of 14 years which continued through the five years at Medical College. Others with us in the Baby Class who remained life long friends of us were Preethi de Silva who became Professor of Music at Scripps College, California and Mangala Gunawardena nee Cooray, daughter of Professor Gerry Cooray. There was a boy with us in those early days at VV who happened to be Gamini Ranasinghe, Professor Ranasinghe's son, who bullied all us girls no end.
Kamali carried away the class prizes throughout the tenure at VV and consistently spoke of becoming a "Doctor" like her father. We attended each other's birthday parties since childhood days and I still treasure "Peppy's Diary" and "Ibsen's' Short Plays" hard cover copies which still adorn my book shelf. In our last year at Visakha she was the Head Girl whilst I was the Games Captain.
I cannot but use the much derided cliche "sweet" to describe her. She was never seen or known to get angry or moody. A smile seemed to always to be playing at the corners of her mouth. She was "equanimity" personified as would be vouched by you all at Medical College. She was not onto sports, drama or singing. In fact she could not sing a note although always laughingly singing along with the rest of us.
Kamali married Professor Cooray's nephew & her class mate Mangala's cousin Sriyan de Silva.
It was wonderful to pick up the the threads at our reunion at Hikkaduwa last year. The two of us compared the progression and the treatment of our respective diseases. We both sported hair styles affected by the treatments undergone. She offered me a book on Buddhist meditation which I had with me and hence turned down. How I wish I had taken it none the less, as a memento of our friendship!
I shall always, always treasure the memory of a dear friend, Kamali.
Thanks Lucky for letting us know of this loss. I would have been at the funeral if not the fact that I am here in Melbourne, Australia on a short holiday.
Warm regards,
9:35 AM (54 minutes ago)
to me

Hi Lucky,
Thanks for letting me know of the death of Kamali.
I was saddened to hear this news. I have fond memories of Kamali, Sriyan and the childrens visit to San Fran a couple of years ago. I met her again in Sydney when she with my cousin Ranji Benjamin came fro New castle to have lunch and ofcourse the 2 ladies for shopping in Sydney. I spent quite sometime chatting with her and Sriyan whom I knew from our days in St. Thomas. We have lost another good friend.
If you have any contact information of Sriyan , could you please forward it to me.
With kind regards

Chira Jayaweera Bandara
11:29 AM (1 hour ago)
to me
Dear Lucky,
It is with great sadness I read this E mail. Thank you very much for forwarding it. What about the funeral ?
My children,daughter in law and grandson were at our place and it was hectic and I could not check E mails.
with kind regards,
loretta balachandra
10:11 PM (46 minutes ago)
to me
Dear Lucky
Please convey our heartfelt condolences to the family of Kamala Nimalasuriya on her untimely demise . I was a close friend of hers and therefore so sad to hear the news though a little belated as we were on holiday.