Passing of a Wonderful Batchmate

 

 

 

 

S.Yoganathan passed away peacefully yesterday

“Yoga had his early education at St John’s college Jaffna, graduated from Colombo medical faculty in 1969 & worked in Galle and Kandy Hospitals. He completed his Dermatology training & MRCP(UK) in 1978. He was appointed as Dermatologist at the G.H./ Medical faculty, Jaffna in 1979 – 1985.
Yoga migrated to Melbourne in 1986 with his wife Shylaja (a civil engineer), daughter Sivathmiga & son Maal.
He worked as Consultant Dermatologist & enjoyed teaching at Alfred Health. He was an expert in Genital and HIV Dermatoses & published articles in International journals
He was also a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology; RCP(Edin) & RACP(Aust)
Yoga was highly involved with Music & cultural activities even in Australia.
Kind hearted Gentleman Yoga will be missed not only by his Wife Shylaja, children & grand child but also by his 1964- Batch mates.”

Seelan

Yoga’s funeral will be on: Thursday 6th July 2017 2.30 pm
at:- BUNURONG Memorial Park;
    Stratus Reflection Space
    790 Frankston-Dandenong Road
    Dandenong South
    Melbourne
    Victoria
Thank you
Seelan

My Deepest Sympathies to  Shylaja and family, on the loss of your beloved
Husband, father and grandfather .

The passing of Yoganathan comes as a real shock to us, right on the heels
of Kumi’s passing .
The sudden news of this- coming so soon after we all met at RU 64- 2014-
Beruwala, makes it even harder …
This goes to show how short life is , and the need to ‘stay together ‘ ,as
these pictures speak more than words ..


Deepthie .

48 thoughts on “Passing of a Wonderful Batchmate

  1. Dear Shylaga
    This comes as a shock and deep sadness.Cherished memories of Ru64.May God keep you and your family in his fold and guide you and comfort you.

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  2. Immense sadness felt over the loss of our mate, beloved
    Yoga was an exceptionally kind, generous, lovable friend
    The infectious smile, he treated everyone with be missed
    Class of sixty four, mourns failing to control their emotions
    Ariya

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  3. Thanks Seelan for letting us know about Yogas passing. Please convey our deepest sympathies to the family.

    Nisantha and Piching

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  4. Very sad to hear of Yoga’s passing. He was wonderful personality, and a a charming person. Please pass on our condolences to the family.

    Arulrajah

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  5. Thank you Seelan for informing us about the passing of Yoganathan.
    This is a real shock to the class of 64.

    Seelan- please convey my Deepest Sympathies to the family .

    Just goes to show, how short and unpredictable life is ….

    May he Rest In Eternal Peace …

    Deepthie .

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  6. So shocking and sad to receive the news of Yoga passing away. His ever present smile at RU’64 never indicated that he will leave us so soon. Seelan, please convey our deepest sympathies to his family. So sad. May he rest in peace.
    Narme

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    • I am shocked and sad to hear about the death of Yoga.We were very close and would ride our bikes home,w hen he stayed with his brother.H e was a gentleman,never criticized anybody,always smiling,very simple.He had a brilliant career as a Dermatologist.
      I would like to add one more thing about him.
      Yoga whilst working in Kandy took care of the famous robber ‘yakadaya ‘and became very friendly with him,and had interesting conversations with him.
      Shylaja my deepest sympathies to you and your family.
      Asoka Wijetilleke

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  7. Real sad news. Thanks Seelan for letting us know of Yoga’s passing away. Please convey our condolences to his family
    Abey

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  8. It is a real shock ,we have been good friends since medical college days. Only 2 weeks ago I spoke to him. Very soft spoken family friend, religious will not harm any one.
    Thank you Seelan for the information .Please convey our heart felt condolences to Shylaja and family
    Saha & Yaso

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  9. Very sad news to hear Yoganaden has passed away. I am sending my heart field condolence to his wife and family – Prof. Indragee AMARASINGHE.

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  10. Sad and shocked to hear of Yoga’s death. So glad to have met him at RU64. Knew him from St John’s Jaffna. A charming, quiet spoken person.
    Please convey our condolences to his wife and family.

    Ana and Indira

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  11. Thank you Seela for conveying the sad news.
    May Yoga Rest In Peace.Heart felt condolences
    To his wife & family.
    Sunil

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  12. Very sad to hear another batch mate Yoganathan passing away.

    Three of our wonderful colleagues have passed away this year,

    My deepest condolences to the family.

    Esiri Karunaratne

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  13. Yoga and Shylaja were with us last September after their daring journey to Mount Kailash.
    Yoga,Shylaja and Maal were here again for our daughter Shobi’s wedding in December .

    We are all heart broken by his unexpected departure.

    We will always remember his great qualities,and feel his presence supporting us even though he is not there physically.

    Shylaja( Chithra),Sivathmika,Prad,Son and Maal – Please accept our heart felt condolences- though were keen to be with you all,owing to unavoidable circumstaces we are unable to be with you all at such a critical time.

    Maha and Sree.

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  14. Hi Seelan,

    I too join in the sentiments expressed. I remember the friendly chat I had with him during RU 64.
    Please convey my deepest sympathies to his wife and the family.

    Dalpe

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  15. So sad to hear that Yoga has passed away.Thank you Seelan for letting us know. Please convey our deepest sympathies to his wife and family.Praxy and Ranjit

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  16. We were shocked by this sad news of Yoga has passed away. Our deepest sympathies to yoga’s family. Chandra and Sheila Herath.

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  17. Update from Seelan
    Yoga’s funeral will be on: Thursday 6th July 2017 2.30 pm
    at:- BUNURONG Memorial Park;
    Stratus Reflection Space
    790 Frankston-Dandenong Road
    Dandenong South
    Melbourne
    Victoria
    Thank you
    Seelan

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  18. Dear Shylaja,Sivathmika & Maal,
    Not knowing where to send their sympathies & messages, the following batch mates have address them to me to be conveyed to you. Please accept their condolences:-
    Selvarani Babapulle
    Sathiyanayagam
    Kumaraswamy
    David Selvarajah
    Johnpulle &
    Mahendran Mennon

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  19. We were shocked to hear the sad news of Yoga. We visited Yoga’s residence and expressed our deepest sympathies to Shylaja, Sivathmika, Maal and other members of his family.Yoga is well respected in the community and will be greatly missed but his warmth,kindness and gentle spirit will be remembered forever

    Rajabalendran and Ranjini .

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  20. Sam- perhaps you could send this blog link to the family of Yoga, to see how the Class of 64 has offered its Deepest Sympathies to Shylaja and family .

    I think, you did this for Nihal Nagahawatte .

    I wonder if it was done for Kumi ? I think, Siri and family would appreciate it a lot .

    Deepthie

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    • I am going to send a colour copy of the News letter in photo papers with all comments tomorrow. This PM I informed Yoga’s son about this & also to open Yoga’s email to view the News letter where he will be able to zoom on the photos

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      • Seelan
        I can send you a full resolution 8×10 copy of my artwork via Email. You should be able to then print it on photo paper and give it to them. I did that for Nihal. Let me know
        Sam

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  21. Dear Ariya,( Re Certain smile .. a certain face )

    With the sad news we have heard regarding the passing away of three of our batch mates within such a short space of time, it made me realise the value of that poem you wrote about a ” Certain smile.. a certain face” There is an unrevealed message in that poem… especially the penultimate verse and the one before that ,are a poignant reminder of the passing of time We never know what is ’round the corner’ for any of us but what we know is that all of us are fast approaching the ”departure gate” whenever that may be. Not that I am being morbid but this is a fact. I feel sad that we could not let Kumi and Yoga know that they are in our thoughts and that we care for them. If their birthdays were in the past and if we had known them,then we could have wished them …and let them know that they are not forgotten. Though we offer our condolences to their nearest and dearest it still is not the same as sending a message to them. In this respect your Birthday salutation programme and Sam’s great help as the web master, are great as this has enabled us to wish each other and communicate with each other on the blog, at least on their birthdays. I sincerely hope that those who have not yet given their dates of birth ( not the year ) will do so, so that we can show that we care for them and that they are in our thoughts. Praxy.

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    • Thank you Praxy for your thoughts on ‘Certain Smile ‘, as it comes at the right time, when we remember the smiles of those who left us – 3 in 6 wks – a bit too hard to take .
      However, the wonderful creation of the Web by the Spider Man- keeps us all finely woven into its slender threads, allowing us to stay together, even though we are scattered around the globe .
      The tremendous outpouring of thoughts, memories, and prayers for Yoga only makes us want to meet again , as we have such good memories ( photos etc ) of Yoga at the RU 64- Beruwala .

      At a time like this- it is even more important- that we meet again- sooner rather than later , as you say, ‘we are fast approaching the departure gate ‘ …
      So, how about October 2018- for another RU- perhaps again in Beruwala ?
      Something to think about for the Class of 64 .
      Deepthie .

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  22. Dear Seelan,
    Thanks for promptly calling me tonight. I heard this sad news from K.V.Sreetharan this morning. I did not had a chance as you said opening my emails over the week end. I was shocked and sadden to hear the passing away of yoganathan. I met him the last time he was here visiting Canada. We spend an evening talking about the good days. Yoga was with me at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Buckijnghamshire when I went to England in 1978 to start my life in U.K. I always remember Yoga and wife feeding me with the delicious Neithosas every friday when I was in Stokemandeville Hospital.Please convey my deepest sympathies to his wife and children. he is such a wonderful nice person. He will always be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Thangaroopan

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  23. Dearest Shaiylaga,children & grandchildren,

    Kindly accept our heartfelt sympathies
    We have always known Yoga as a quiet &
    kindhearted person.
    May his soul rest in peace.
    Naga &Indira

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  24. Dear Shylajah,

    Wish I communicated with before this. Please accept my heartfelt condolence in this very difficult time. Thoughts and prayers are with you, Nandini and all of your family. Will call as soon as I get your phone number.
    Kalaivani Balasingam Koenig

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  25. Dear Shylajah,

    Wish I communicated with you before this. Please accept my heartfelt condolences in this very difficult time. Thoughts and prayers are with you, Nandini and all of your family. Will call as soon as I get your phone number.
    Kalaivani Balasingam Koenig

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  26. Dear Shylaja and family,
    I am posting this message of sympathy on behalf of your good friend Arumainayagam who is unfortunately ill and in hospital. He was very saddened to hear of Yoga’s death and hopes to get in touch with you once he is out of hospital.
    C.J.Amarasuriya

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  27. Message from SelvaraniPlease convey my deepest sympathies and condolences to Shylaja and family.
    Very saddened to hear the news. Our prayers are with all of them.
    Selvarani
    and Mahesan Richards and family

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  28. Dear Seelan
    Thanks for informing us about our wonderful colleague’s death. I left UK on the 25th and was without internet facilities till now. I am really saddend by the news. Sat next to him for 5 years in the medical college. He introduced me to his wife at the RU64 meeting with his usual smile. could not believe that he is gone, Looked very healthy to me at that time. Please convey my deepest sympathies to his wife.

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  29. Dear Shylaja and family,

    So sad to hear of the sad news of Yoga. Please accept my deepest sympathies and condolences to you and the family.

    Ranee Gunawardene

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  30. Dear Batchmates,
    Very sorry to hear of the passing of dear Yoga . We were co House officers in Surgery at Galle Hospital and I really enjoyed working with him.
    He will be sadly missed . May yoga rest in peace .

    George Jayatilaka.

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  31. Message from Selvarani:-
    Please convey my deepest sympathies and condolences to Shylaja and family.
    Very saddened to hear the news. Our prayers are with all of them. Selvarani
    and Mahesan Richards and family

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