We are deeply saddened to announce that Ivan Pedropillai, devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and retired senior finance professional, passed away the morning of Tuesday 28 April 2020. As many of you may know, he had been suffering from chronic kidney disease for some years. His passing was peaceful and without pain.
He was the loving husband of Indra Pedropillai and the dearest father of Ajith and Corinne, the supportive father-in-law of Damian and Marina and the proud, kind and caring grandfather of three young boys - Rhys, Edward and Harry.
He was the eldest child of the late Mr Saverimuthu Pedropillai and the late Mrs Emily Pedropillai and the much-admired brother of Sheila Emmanuel (Toronto), Stella Joseph (Toronto), the late Sylvia Emmanuel (London) and the late Indra Swampillai (London).
In his professional career, he had been the Deputy Finance Manager of the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation and Financial Consultant with the Development Finance Corporation of Ceylon. In Zambia, he was the Chief Accountant with Refined Oil Products in Lusaka, and in the United Kingdom he held several positions as a senior finance executive in the international head office of the Royal Dutch Shell group in London.
In his retirement he was an author and writer, editor of the Tamil Writers Guild and a passionate advocate for the fair treatment of the Tamil people of Sri Lanka. He worked exhaustively to support many causes in the broader community and was dedicated to all those who sought his help and counsel.
He will be missed dearly by his in-laws, godchildren, nephews, nieces, family friends, work colleagues and the communities he befriended and supported. His passing is a deep loss for all of us. We take solace that he is finally able to rest and join with his beloved wife, Indra. May his soul Rest In Peace.
Committal and Memorial Services
Please see the separate page on "Committal and Memorial Services" for details of the Committal on Friday, 22nd May 2020 (which will be live webcast) and the Memorial Mass that will follow a week or so later on Sunday, 31st May (which will be video and teleconferenced using Zoom).
The Video of the Rite of Committal is available to view at this page 'Rite of Committal - 22nd May 2020'. Please email Ajith on firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain the password to access this page.
At this difficult time when we are restricted by the ongoing pandemic from being able to physically joining together to share in our grief, could we ask you to please send your messages via the "Messages" page on this website. Messages received will be periodically uploaded and shared lower down on this "Messages" page.
Tributes and reflections from family, friends and colleagues are presented in the separate "Tributes" area.