This page is dedicated to the Peradeniya Medical School Alumni who have passed away.
If any member find about the death of any of our medical school's alumni, please bring it to our notice. Please also send us a brief obituary (up to100 words).
Mr Ponampalam Kumaranayakan FRCOG
– 1962 batch
Mr Kumaranayakan was a graduate of the first batch (1962) Faculty of Medicine Peradeniya and was a retired Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow, Essex UK sadly passed away peacefully at home in Hertfordshire. His cremation took place on 24 March 2020 at Parndon Crematorium, Harlow, Essex.
He had been an ardent supporter of PeMSAA-UK. We would like to offer our heartfelt Condolences to his wife Wiji, sons and their families.
Dr Sivananthan graduated from the Peradeniya Medical Faculty in 1968 and worked as a Consultant Radiologist in Colchester, Essex, until his retirement. He passed away after a brief illness on 26 March 2020.
PeMSAA-UK would like to offer our sincere condolences to his wife Chandra, his daughter Anjana, son in law Hasita and his grandchildren Darshan and Haran.
But all the pleasure that I find; Is to maintain a quiet mind.
My wealth is health and perfect ease; My conscience clear my choice defence;
I neither seek by bribes to please, Nor by deceit to breed offence.
Thus do I live, thus will I die; Would all did so as well as I!
By Sir Edward Dyer (1543-1607)
Dr Nadarajah Sivananthan
An Internal Medicine Physician at Kaiser Permanente
Pleasanton, California USA, sadly passed away on
16th April 2020 after ill health in California.
PeMSAA-UK would like to offer our deepest heartfelt
condolences to her loving family and friends.
Dr Lalithambigai (Lali) Thambiaiyah
MBBS MD - 1977 Batch
He was one of the leaders in the history of Sri Lankan Urology in the formation of Sri Lanka Association of Urological Surgeons (SLAUS) in December 1999. Under his editorship, Sri Lanka Journal of Urology (SLJU) has opened a golden path to urological research and publication of Sri Lanka.
His final rites were conducted on 14th March at Borella Cemetery.
PeMSAA-UK would like to offer our profound heartfelt condolences to his loving family and friends
Dr S A S Goonewardena
MBBS, MS, FRCS, DUrol. - 1977 Batch
Senior Consultant Urologist, The National Hospital of Sri Lanka
Dr Sinnathurai Balasanthiran
Retired General Practitioner, Ashby, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire.
Bala’ peacefully passed away on the 20th April 2020 in Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire.
He was an utterly devoted husband, father, grandfather & brother. Due to the current situation, a small private ceremony will be held on 5th May with a larger memorial and celebration when able.
Contact: ABala75@hotmail.com Instead of flowers, please send donations via justgiving to ‘Ambal temple’ a place close to his heart: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ambal-temple
PeMSAA-UK would like to offer our deepest sympathies to Bala’s loving wife, family and friends.
Dr Shanthi Chellappah
FDSRCS - 1963 Dental Batch
She was a retired Oral and Maxillary Surgeon - Associate Specialist at Northwick Park hospital and at Basildon Group of Hospitals.
Sadly passed away peacefully after a short illness on 29th March 2020.
PeMSAA-UK would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to her loving husband Dr Mandalanayagam Chellappah, her family and friends
Tilak De Silva MS, FRCOG passed away peacefully in the UK on the 15th of June 2020. He worked as a VOG in Kandy and Peradeniya Teaching Hospitals, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist in the UK, and finally as a Consultant in Accident & Emergency Medicine until his retirement.
He was a founding member of PeMSAA (Peradeniya) in 1992 and served as the Secretary of the inaugural PeMSAA Committee from 1992-1994.
He was a loving and devoted husband to Chandra and father to Punyanganie and Manya.
May he attain Nibbana.
Dr. Tilak De Silva
It is with great sadness that we announce the death
of Dr H S R Wijemanne on 12th October 2020. The
funeral services were held on 14th October 2020 in
He was a Consultant Physician - General Medicine at General
Hospital, Kandy, affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine, University of
PeMSAA-UK would like to offer our profound heartfelt condolences to
his loving family and friends.
May he attain Nibbana.
Dr H S R Wijemanne – Consultant Physician
Dr. T. Balasuntharam, fondly called Bala, passed away peacefully following a short illness on Thursday 24th December 2020.
Bala hailed from Manipay in Sri Lanka. He moved to the UK in 1975, and worked in Barnet, St Albans, and Stevenage as a Registrar in Psychiatry. Sadly, his promising career was cut short in 1982 due to ill health. Bala bore his ill health with immense courage, charm, and good humour. Renowned for his infectious laughs, he was at his best among his batch-mates whom he held close to his heart.
Bala is survived by his devoted and loving wife Pathmini, son Sanjeevan and daughter-in-law Karie and daughter Shivani and son-in-law Peter, and grandchildren Ashan and Tarun.
Dr. T Balasuntharam, Retired Psychiatrist
St Albans, Hertfordshire.
PeMSAA-UK is saddened to announce the passing away of the above who succumbed to Covid 19 on the 26th Jan 2011 at a hospital in London. He leaves behind his wife Sarojini retired Consultant Anaesthetist who herself was an alumnus of the faculty.
May he attain Moksha
Dr Kandiah Ratnakumar
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Alumnus of Peradeniya Medical School 1971 - 1975