Obituary for Dr V S Pathmanathan

8 March 1926 to 24 February 2019

Dr V S Pathmanathan, aged 92, passed away peacefully at his daughter’s home in Markham, Ontario, Canada, on Sunday, February 24, 2019.  He was born in Erlalai West and after marriage lived in Thirunelvely North Jaffna, before migrating to New Zealand in 1996.  In his later life he lived in Ontario, Canada.

He is father of Jaffna Hindu College old boys, Umaharan (1971-1976) (Trinidad), Brabhaharan (1971-1977) (New Zealand), and father-in-law of old boy Subatharan (1967-1975)(Canada).

He studied at Erlalai Saiva school, Mallakam English school, Jaffna Parameshwara College and then Colombo Ananda College.  In 1955, he graduated in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Ceylon, and gained post-graduate qualifications in Pathology from London.

He served in a variety of role in his 40 years of government service.  After specialising in Pathology, he worked as a Consultant Pathologist primarily at the General Teaching Hospital Jaffna and General Hospital Batticaloa, and short periods at the general hospitals in Anuradhapuram and Kurunegala in Sri Lanka and Hammersmith Hospital, London and Crawley Hospital in Surrey, United Kingdom.

Dr Pathmanathan also taught clinical pathology to a generation of students as a Visiting Lecturer in Pathology at the University of Jaffna and at the Nursing College in Jaffna.  He also served for a period as Head of the Department of Pathology at the University of Jaffna, and as President of Jaffna Medical Association.  After retirement from government service, he established Aidlines to provide a pathology laboratory service to the people in Jaffna, and continued to teach until he left Jaffna in 1996.

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Funeral details:

Visitation:            Chapel Ridge Funeral Home, 8911 Woodbine Avenue, Markham ON, L3S 5G1

Cremation:        Highlands Crematorium, 12432 Woodbine Avenue, Gormley, ON

Dates Activity Times
03-Mar-2019  Sunday Visitation 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
4-Mar-2019    Monday Visitation 9:00 am to 10:30 am
Funeral Service 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
Cremation 1:00 pm

Contact details:

Satkunavally Pathmanathan: +1-905-294-6894 (Canada)

Umaharan +1-868-663-9686 (Trinidad)

Brabhaharan +64–27– 483-0705 (New Zealand)

Amizhthini + 1–647-505-9630 (Canada),  Subatharan +1– 416-910-1408 (Canada)

Dhayaharan +64–21–342-921 (New Zealand)

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