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Tribute to Dr Nisal T. Kurukulasuriya

I was bewildered to see the obituary notice on the internet of my venerable friend and acclaimed obstetrician and gynaecologist, Dr. Nisal T. Kurukulasuriya (Bunty) on the early morning of the 13thJanuary 2016. According to the obituary, Bunty had passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren on the 21stDecember 2015 and that he had been cremated on the following day according to his wishes. To relieve my anguish, I sent an email immediately to his beloved wife Dayaneetha, conveying my shock and profound sorrow to which she replied almost immediately.
“Dear Sunil, Thank you so much for your message. The children and I are devastated. I lost the love of my life and a wonderful husband and my best friend. He was a great father and grandfather. We miss him so much. Sunil was only 69. We had a very happy 45 years together. Bunty was diagnosed with cancer in 2014. We spent over 2 months in the USA with our children and grandchildren and had a great time. We even celebrated his 69th birthday on 01 June 2015 in Boston. He has done so much, for so many people, he did not suffer and that was the gift to him from the gods above. He passed away peacefully with all the family around. Sunil, I looked up your e mail as I wanted to let you know because you were a sincere friend to him.” 
My association with the now renowned Bunty commenced in the early 1960’s, over 56 years ago, having grown up in the same neighbourhood in Mount Lavinia and been of a similar age. Until the time of his untimely demise, we remained close friends.  We were both instilled with the noble Buddhist precepts from an early age at the Daham Pasela of the Mallikaramaya Temple under the tutelage of the Venerable Weligama Gnaratna Anunayake Thera.
He was a proud product of Royal College where he had an illustrious academic career coupled with a passion for cricket, having represented the College Cricket 1st X1 in 1964 with distinction and awarded colours. He was an all-rounder, a left arm “Chinaman” exponent and a left hand batsman who pulverised the Trinity College attack in Asgiriya prior to the traditional Royal -Thomian encounter, scoring a record swashbuckling double century. He was a gifted cricketer who had an equal flair for  other sports like swimming, tennis, badminton and table tennis. Playing cricket did not deter his academic career as he was one of the best students at Royal. Having excelled in the GCE A/L in the Bio-stream, he entered Medical College on his first attempt.
Bunty was the son of Charles and Alice Kurukulasuriya. He was the youngest in a family of five children.His father was an Assistant Superintendent of Mails at the Postal Department. In 1971, he married Dayaneetha, the younger daughter of former Chief Justice G.P.A.Silva and Mrs. Soma Silva.
In his inimitable approach, he breezed through the Medical College and was recognised as one of the best students in his batch.A few years after completing Medical College, he proceeded to the UK.He worked in several hospitals in England and Scotland; these include the Warrington Infirmary, Royal Infirmary Stirling, St.Mary’s Hospital, London and Hammersmith Hospital, London. He was a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Great Britain. Upon returning to Sri Lanka, Bunty worked as a consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the De Soysa Maternity Hospital and the General hospital in Colombo. Bunty was also a Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Colombo for approximately 10 years. 
Apart from his work with patients in the wards, there was a terrific demand for him in the private sector. He cared for patients in his private practice largely at St.Micheal’s and McCarthy. 
Perhaps of greater significance than all his professional achievements was his unwavering devottion and dedication to his wife, children and grandchildren.  He cultivated a unique and enduring bond with his sons and their families overseas,visiting them often. His doting daughter continued to live with him after marriage and named her son Nisal as a fitting tribute to her father whom she considered a mentor and living inspiration. 
Bunty retired from medical practice in 2010 to enjoy even more time with his family. He continued to read widely across many disciples including the Dhamma where his knowledge was extensive.
His family members, friends and patients will always remember with love and profound gratitude his deep commitment to his chosen calling, unparalleled skill and above all his generous and compassionate nature. 
Bunty has left his ever loving wife Dayaneetha, sons Nuwan and  Channa, daughter Shalini and their spouses Ayesha, Erandi and Nikita  and the grand children. It would be my fervent hope that his  journey walking through sansara would be short until he attains the  supreme bliss of Nirvanna.

Inserted by Sunil Thenabadu, 18,Nevron Drive ,Bahrs Scrub,Queensland 4207,Brisbane Tel 0061738041967 
e mail sthenabadu@hotmail.com

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