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Old 02-07-16, 06:17 PM
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THENABADU - DR. ASOKA - Eldest son of the late Sam and Agnes, beloved husband of Manel, father of Dr Sam and Chris, brother of Sunil, Kanthi, late Lalith, late Janaki and of Devanath, expired. Cortege leaves residence F 45, Gangadara Mawatha, off Templar Road, Mt. Lavinia at 4.30 p.m. on Sunday 03 July 2016 for cremation at 5 p.m. at Mt. Lavinia Cemetery.

From: mike anthonisz <mike.anthonisz@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Jul 2, 2016 at 11:57 AM
Subject: Dr Asoka Thenabadu RIP

From: Sunil Thenabadu <sthenabadu@hotmail.com>
Sent: 01 July 2016 21:36:02
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Hi Guys

Asoka's funeral (cremation) on Sunday at 5 pm Galkissa cemetery..cottage will residence F45 Gangadara Mawatha Off Templer Road Mt Lavinia...tel 2715186,0722949036


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From: Sunil Thenabadu <sthenabadu@hotmail.com>
Sent: Friday, 1 July 2016 12:44 PM


Hi Guys

Very Sad and Shocking News My brother Asoka has passed away suddenly last evening around 7 pm after collapsing near the food outlet close to his flat at Hyde Park Residencies

Regards

Sunil Thenabadu

From:Suresh de Zoysa
PA to Dr Asoka Thenabadu <drthenabadu@yahoo.com>

Date: Sat, Jul 2, 2016 at 7:22 AM
Subject: Demise of Dr Asoka Thenabadu

It is with deep sorrow I announce the demise of Dr Asoka Thenabadu. He passed away on the night of (30th June) and the cause of death determined as Heart Disease.

The body will be taken to his ancestral home in Mt Lavinia (No F45, Gangadara Mw., Off Templer's Road, Mt Lavinia) by 6 pm on Saturday.The funeral will take place on Sunday the 3rd July by 4 pm at the Mt. Lavinia cemetery.

Regards,
Suresh de Zoysa
PA to Dr Asoka Thenabadu
Tel. 077 08 932 08

Photo taken on the 19th at GOH, Dr Asoka Tenabadu talking to Prof Vini Vitharana.
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Old 03-07-16, 12:48 PM
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Chris Simithraaratchy <csimithraaratchy@gmail.com>
Saturday July 2, 2016

Hi All,

It is with a marked sense of sadness that I am sitting down to pen a few words, eulogizing our fellow batch-mate Asoka Lakshman Thenabadu, who, I understand, passed away suddenly on June 30, two days ago; I read Deepa’s mass emailing late last evening and, while grateful to her for contacting all the batch, was completely caught by surprise at this news, as I’m sure many of you were as well.

Asoka was a fellow Thomian as well, and hence was a friend of mine from our younger days. In school, he was involved in a multitude of activities, and distinguished himself in scouting, earning himself the Queen’s Scout badge, the pinnacle of scouting for youngsters in school. He was very active in extra-mural activities for Wood House at STC, and was a debater, represented the House in many other activities as well, ending up as a School Prefect. He was fair in keeping discipline at School, well looked upto by his juniors and earned himself many accolades that I will not detail here.

Academically he excelled, and was one of the class of, I believe, 32 of whom 22 earned passes with Distinction in the ‘O’ level exam in Pure Mathematics, an accomplishment that the Rev. Lucien Fernando, our Math teacher, regarded with pride. He was one of the group of Thomians that was admitted to the Colombo Medical Faculty in 1963, having graduated from STC in December 1962.

A diligent student, Asoka was a fellow resident with me at Bloemfontein, the Men’s Medical Hostel, and many were the evenings that a group of us met informally for study discussions, in which he was an active and serious participant.

Graduating together in 1968, Asoka ended up in the UK post Internship, and added a DCH and MRCPCH to his MBBS degree from SL, and became a Consultant Paediatrician in Epsom, Surrey, practicing in that speciality for some 35 years. He also became a successful businessman of sorts, setting up Stat Locums, an organization that provided Physician Coverage Services to both Practitioners as well as Hospitals, starting in the UK and expanding later even Down Under, I believe.

Latterly he chose to live in Colombo to care for Manel, his wife, to whom he remained devoted. He was fiercely protective of his family’s personal life, and other than discussing it in generalities, rarely did acquaintances become aware of how he curtailed his activities in Colombo to be available to Manel; on a visit to SL after a hiatus of 14 years. I became aware of much of this when Asoka went out of his way to introduce me to various voluntary societies of which he was a very active member, encouraging me, nay picking me up and taking me to many of the meetings, so that I would not become “bored”, as he put it, while on an extended visit of several months; for this I was very grateful. He also was an active Old Thomian, and remained so to the end, keeping up with both fellow schoolmates as well as officers of the OBU; his patronage in these activities was unstinting, though I became aware of how closely he monitored caregivers who were with Manel whenever he was away from her. He was always “on-call”.

On my visit from December 2014 through March 2015, Asoka escorted me to many meetings of Societies he belonged to; I also became aware that he was a current officer or past officer in many, and actively mentored many of the younger members or officers, giving of his time and advice without reserve.

Some of our group, either from STC or from the Medical College Class we belonged to, have passed on, and now Asoka will be one of those whom we, those remaining, will refer to in the past tense. I am proud to have been associated with him, and am sure his two sons and siblings are too.

Esto Perpetua.

Chris Simithraaratchy
STC Class of 1962 (1953-1962)






From: Wignarajah <kawigna@sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sat, Jul 2, 2016 at 7:35 PM
Subject: Re: Dr Asoka Thenabadu RIP


I am so sorry to hear this news. He was a few years senior toe and a wonderful person. May he rest in peace.
May he attain nirvana

Dr. Wignarajah and family
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From: Mevan Pieris <mevanpieris@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Jul 2, 2016 at 11:43 PM
Subject: Re: Dr Asoka Thenabadu RIP


Dear Sriyan,
Iam indeed distressed hearing the sad news of Asoka's departure. I shall indeed pay my respects to him.
May his soul rest in peace
Kind regards
Mevan Pieris


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Date: Sun, Jul 3, 2016 at 4:48 AM
Subject: Re: Dr Asoka Thenabadu RIP


Thank you sriyan for letting me know about my old friend Asoka .
He was my scout troop leader at STC and later my colleague in the army medical corps.
Sanjiva

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From: Malkey Rent-A-Car: An ISO 9001:2008 Certified Company <info@malkey.lk>
Date: Sun, Jul 3, 2016 at 8:33 AM
Subject: Re: Dr Asoka Thenabadu RIP


Dear Sriyan,

Please convey our deepest sympathies to the family of late Dr.Asoka Thenabadu.

We remember him as a highly qualified medical practitioner who was very helpful for his
patients and his students.

Mahesh Mallawaratchie & family



From: Ana Medonza <ahmedonza@gmail.com>

Date: Sun, Jul 3, 2016 at 6:02 PM
Subject: Re: Dr Asoka Thenabadu RIP


Dear Sriyan, So sorry to hear of Asoka's sudden passing away. He was my classmate and I last met him a few months ago at a class get together. I am unable to attend the funeral today as I have just returned from kandy. Please convey my deepest sympathies to his wife and other members of his family.

Ana Medonza.


From: Lecamwasam, Deepal (Health) <Deepal.Lecamwasam@sa.gov.au>

Date: Mon, Jul 4, 2016 at 6:57 AM
Subject: RE: Dr Asoka Thenabadu RIP


Dear Sriyan,
VERY sad to hear of his unexpected demise.In fact we were to attend Dashika’s fund raiser together.What a shock.
Please let me know if he has family,to sympathise.
Kind regards,
Leca



From: Sriantha Rajapakse <sjr@vintageteas.lk>

Date: Mon, Jul 4, 2016 at 12:04 PM
Subject: Re: Dr Asoka Thenabadu RIP


Dear Sriyan,

Saw the sad news about Dr. Asoka Thenabadu.
He was very helpful to me when my younger bro Ranil was having his cancer and through his contacts he got me through to Dr R.S Jayatileke who did a lot for my bro.
I used to meet him on and off at the SSC and also at the Golf club and many a time I have dropped him at his Flat at Hyde Park.
He looked perfectly well and how he has passed away so suddenly is quite a shock.
Please convey to his bro Sunil and the rest of his family my belated condolences and deepest sympathises.
I was away in Kandy so could not make it to the funeral.

Best regards,

Sriantha.


From: Arun Dias-Bandaranaike <arundb@hotmail.com>

Date: Sun, Jul 3, 2016 at 8:48 PM
Subject: Re: Demise of Dr Asoka Thenabadu


What a shock !!! And it was just days ago that we had dinner together at the GOH. He was concerned about his wife who was paralyzed with stroke. We spoke about many things. It was my first meeting with him- given that he had left college the year before I'd joined STC. But he'd known of me through my work on TV and that sort of stuff. He was very kind and cordial to one who is his junior by several years.

This really is a SHOCK to my very being!

Arun

From: Godfrey Senaratne <g.sena@optusnet.com.au>
Date: Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 7:36 AM
Subject: Re: Dr Asoka Thenabadu RIP


Dear Sriyan,
I could not access the Old Boys’ Forum , to place my message.
Could you please place this following message on my behalf.
Thank you
Kind Regards
Godfrey Senaratne

‘VALE’, my dear friend Asoka.
May you attain Nibbana.
Manel,Sam,Chris,Sunil, Kanthi and Devanath,
you are in my thoughts as you grieve for your beloved one
and cherish and celebrate the memory of him.
Sincere Sympathy from,
Godfrey Senaratne
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It is one year since my friend and colleague Asoka Lakshman Thenabadu passed away on June 30, 2016, following a sudden heart attack. It is with a marked sense of sadness and remembrance that these words are penned, eulogizing our friend and colleague.

Asoka was a fellow Thomian as well, and hence, was a friend of mine from our younger days. He attended St. Thomas’ from the very beginning, ahead of me and others who came to Mt. Lavinia via St. Thomas’ Prep School in Kollupitiya, or others via St. Thomas,’ Gurutalawa. In school, he was involved in a multitude of activities and distinguished himself in scouting, earning the Queen’s Scout badge, the pinnacle of scouting for youngsters in school. He was very active in extra-mural activities for Wood House at STC, and was a debater, representing the house in many other activities as well, ending up as a House Prefect, thence being appointed a school prefect. He was fair in keeping discipline at school, well looked up to by his juniors and earned himself many accolades.

Academically, he excelled and was one of the 28 of a class of, I believe, 32 who earned a record number of passes with Distinction in Pure Math at the ‘O’ level exam, an accomplishment that Rev. Lucien Fernando, our Math teacher, regarded with pride. He was one of the groups of Thomians admitted to the Colombo Medical Faculty in 1963, having graduated from STC in December, 1962.

A diligent student, Asoka was a fellow resident with me at Bloemfontein, the men’s medical hostel, and many were the evenings that a group of us met informally for study discussions, in which he was an active and formal accomplice.

Graduating together in 1968, Asoka served his Internship at the Ratnapura General Hospital with several of us. I recall him playing tennis there. He was liked by both colleagues and staff. During post Internship, he was posted to Colombo South Teaching hospital at Kalubowila. After a stint there, he joined the Army Medical Corps. During this period, he met his bride Manel Wijeweera, LLB., a practicing Lawyer, whom he married on July 7, 1975. In October, 1975, he left Sri Lanka for the UK with his new bride and added a DCH and MRCPCH to his MBBS degree, eventually becoming a Consultant Paediatrician in Epsom, practicing in that speciality for some 35 years in the UK; he also became a successful businessman of sorts, setting up Stat Locums as the founder of an organization that provided physician coverage services to both, practitioners as well as hospitals, starting in the UK and expanding later to the Middle East, New Zealand and even down under, I believe.

Manel and he were blessed with two sons, one of whom, Sam, followed his father into Medicine, becoming a Paediatric Trauma Surgeon in UK, while Chris, following in his mother’s footsteps, took to Law, and currently is a Solicitor, also in the UK.

Asoka had multitude of interests; in addition to Stat Locums, he founded a placement company assisting physicians locate work places. He helped visitors to Sri Lanka find and enjoy some of the abundant beauty of Sri Lanka, and explored areas outside the beaten path, such as whale-watching excursions from Mirissa. He lent his expertise to the Historical Society, as well as the Photographic Society in Colombo, and doubtless many others in the UK. His interests were many, and he was well-known to go out of his way to extend help and mentoring.

On retirement, he chose to return to Sri Lanka and live in Colombo to care for Manel, his wife, to whom he remained devoted.

He continued to maintain his Stat Locums office at his spacious Hyde Park flat at Hyde Park residencies deploying a personal assistant. He was fiercely protective of his family’s personal life and other than discussing it in generalities, rarely did acquaintances become aware or how he curtailed his activities in Colombo to be available to Manel On a visit to Sri Lanka after a pause of 11 years.

I became aware of much Asoka’s generous nature when he went out of his way to introduce me to various voluntary societies in Colombo, of which he was a very active member, encouraging me, picking me up and taking me to many of the meetings, and to Sinhalese Sports Club and Royal Colombo Golf Club where he was a frequent visitor in order to make sure that I would not become 'bored,' as he put it, while on an extended visit of several months; for this, I was very grateful.

He also was an active Old Thomian and remained so to the end, keeping up with both fellow schoolmates as well as officers of the OBU; his patronage in these activities was unstinting, though I became aware of how closely he monitored caregivers who were with Manel who was sick whenever he was away from her was always 'on-call.'

On my visit from December, 2014, through to March, 2015, Asoka escorted me to many meetings of societies he belonged to; I also became aware that he was a current officer or past officer in many and actively mentored many of the younger members or officers, giving of his time and advice without reserve.

His passing prematurely at what I consider a prime stage of his life with so much left to give the many to whom he extended a hand is to be mourned.

Some of our group, both from STC or from the Medical College class we belonged to, have passed on and now, Asoka will be one of these ranks, whom we, those remaining, will refer to in the past tense.

I am proud to have been associated with him and am sure his sons and siblings are too.

Esto Perpetua.

Dr. Chris Simithraaratchy,

USA
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