Passed away peacefully on Tuesday 28.07.2020 at Fiona Stanley Hospital aged 87 years.
Dearly loved husband of Punni (dec). Much loved father of Ravi and Siva. Cherished Appa to Lilly Asha.
Deep in our hearts a memory is kept, of one we loved and will never forget.
Rest in Peace.
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Uncle Maniam was like a “God Father” to me. He was a role model to me, instrumental in making me start and complete my Masters in Human Services Counselling at Curtin University, Perth , W.A. From the time I remember growing up, he would share stories of his uni days with my dad and gave us lots of insights into my father’s uni days. What I loved about Maniam Uncle was he always believed in me and my potential, will always be “bugging” me to do my post grad studies, always interested in my work at sch, my volunteer work and personal life. I could share secrets with him and get his guidance if I was uncertain how to approach my father - because he knew my father inside out. He hand held me and journeyed with me from the onset of my Masters dream in 2003 Dec when I visited and stayed with him for a summer break. He saw how burnt out I was and said , “girl, take a sabbatical and do your Masters, what are you waiting for. And that was the driving force behind the whole process of applying for a place at Curtin. He guided me, brought me and oriented me to Curtin, Perth, introduced me to the WA Tamil Association and made me settle in seamlessly. He will always bring me my favourite white wine from Swan valley- each time he visited us in Spore. He even set up my pantry and kitchen at Koorajoong Village- such a gem of an uncle to me. Without fail he and Aunty Puni would let their home be my weekend getaway during my 1.5 yrs stay there. He knew that family was important to me and never did I feel the absence of my family because of the love he and Aunty Puni showered over me. He would teach me recipes and I would enjoy whipping up a meal as his “aide”. I learnt so much from him and Aunty Puni. He would also inspire and challenge me in interesting conversations over any topic / conversations because I was Ms.Chatterbox. And, he also ensured that my spiritual journey as a Hindu and connections with the Tamil Community was in place. He also had a hidden agenda - to get me settled down in Perth.
Uncle Maniam, my only regret is that I never got to talk to you last month. I wanted to invite you for Papa’s 88 zoom birthday but was so caught up with work. You are now my inspiration to continue on my journey to complete my pHD.
Mere words cant express my gratitude to you.
I will miss all the visits, chats and stay overs you had at our place each time you visited us in S’pore.
And I will deeply miss you, the great soul who is my inspiration to move down under.
Siva and Ravi, Uncle and Aunty were an amazing couple - truly like god parents to me.
Your papa has now joined your amma and is now happily watching over all of us.
They are probably enjoying wine up there.
Cheers to a wonderful inspiration!
My heartfelt condolences to both of you, Debbie and Lily Asha!
Maniam as he was called by friends was a very dear friend of mine. We studied for 2 years at Skanthavarodaya College, Chunnaakam, Sri Lanka. During that period a number of us including Maniam's brother rented a house across the road from the school.
Although he was a nephew from his mother's side - but we were friends and I am disappointed that I could not pay my respects to him.
Even after that we kept in touch. One night with my wife when he was at the Pineapple Research Institution in Johore 3 times at Perth wee memorable ones.
Whenever he was passing through, he would visit us and talk about the great time we had while studying.
He worked very hard - deserved his PhD.
Maniam was always outspoken - 'He called a spade a spade' there was no sugar coating.
He lost his wife a few months ago - a more dedicated and loving couple would be hard to find.
He has joined his 'sweetheart' and I pray that they Rest in Peace.