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Date: 17 May at 19:23
Name: Naj Nagendran
Message: Vasanthi, Suchi, Kevin, Yohan, Wallace, Felix, Shantha, Carol, Sybylla, Mahen
Anton's sudden demise has abruptly interrupted long relationships and conversations with him. These are unprecedented troubling times when we are not able to meet and console each other with an understanding embrace. I will be in spirit with Sybylla, Carol and Kevin as they eulogize Thilagan and I will light a candle and say a prayer for Anton from afar.
Date: 11 May 2020 at 14:44
Name: Raquel Barradas de Freitas
Message: It is with great sadness that we receive this news. Although we didn’t have the honour of knowing Dr Sebastianpillai, we deeply admire his professionalism and selflessness, and join his loving family and friends in their grief.
Sending our heartfelt condolences and a special message of strength and love to Sybilla, Kumar, and their close family in these sad, difficult times.
With admiration and gratitude for a life well lived,
Carlos de Freitas, Raquel Barradas de Freitas and all our family.
Date: 9 May 2020 at 18:10
Name: Knightly, Maya, & family
Message: When Victor W. phoned me from Sri Lanka to convey the sad news we were numbed with disbelief and hurt for days. Thinking back, Anton & I first met nearly 50 years ago as young intern HOs in neighbouring hospitals. It was bonding at first sight - a friendship founded on many common interests and wavelengths that have resonated through the years. The fond memories of the good times and the scrapes of those heady days did always fuel the surging of our spirits whenever we met. Our trajectories of life and work parted for a while, but such separation only served to enhance the friendship and regard.
Absence is to friendship what wind is to fire
it extinguishes the small and enkindles the great.
And then we met after settling down in the UK. We found Anton to be gentle, thoughtful, caring and truly charming in personality. He had a seriously hedonistic outlook on life, with a sharp wit and a super sense of humour. On many an occasion, Anton, Victor & I were the last to leave the dance hall after a hearty session of old time crooning.
And then he had a can-do attitude; being highly motivated, dedicated, and disciplined - he brought these attributes to play when producing those monumental tomes on science, medicines and Sri Lanka from the beginning of time, that I will always treasure - all done by devoting many hours to researching and preparing at the end of a busy day's work as a Consultant Physician. I recall his recounting of the time and effort spent at the Embekke Vihara, delving in to the archives and researching - I am not sure whether any historian had done this previously.
And then Anton could also be a tough cookie, who would not back down and would stand up against any perceived injustice. I was supposed to be the boxer but it was Anton who flattened the Frenchman at the Negombo Beach! But that's another story.
We loved to turn up a couple of hours early for his magnificent summer parties, so that we could share Anton's knowledge and probe the background of his amazing collection of antiques, artifacts and books. And thereafter we would slide into those memorable festivities & Bacchanalian delights.
I wish that I could have spent time with Anton by joining cronies Victor, Vasanth and Vipul on their tour of India last January. The hurt of missing you will always be with us, Anton, but we shall treasure those cherished moments and fond memories that keep bubbling in the mind.
Of ships of pleasure and ships of pain
Of ships of losses and ships of gain
Only the ships of pleasure remain
In the haven of memory.
We convey our heartfelt condolences to Vasanthi, Maria, Kevin, Arlo, Felix, Shantha and all his family and loved ones.
Date: 1 May 2020 at 08:23
Name: Suresh & Mathy
Message: We all have our appointed time. But, when that appointment comes back down the line to meets us…
The loss of Thilahan Anna is increasingly felt as days pass since 4th April 2020. I had the privilege of knowing him since the time he got married to Vasantha Akka. The preparation and the wedding day in Mathagal is one I still recall fondly. I vividly recall walking past his convertible red sports car, with roof down, parked in the driveway at my uncle’s house. The whole community and relatives from far and near gathered for this occasion of a handsome couple. Thilahan Anna merged in so naturally and became a shining star of the extended family. He struck me as a person with a purpose with the right disposition to attract anyone into a meaningful conversation together with his ability to listen and process any information to bring forth betterment for the lives around. His inquisitive mind searched the depth and width of human civilization and expressions in art and conflicts led him to single-mindedly devote time and resources into ever widening thought and writings for which all of us and many academics are a witness. Generations to come will savour his findings and books as crucial for further study and research. He was a historian from his childhood, he was the apple of his father’s eye he joined his passion for history and his father’s passion towards medicine and excelled in both. One big example to live fully with aspirations and expectations.
Our heartfelt condolences to Vasantha Akka, Chuchi and Kevin. Vasatha Akka being the eldest granddaughter of my grandfather Ponnuthurai is very much admired by all cousins. You have risen up to this trial of pandemic death with your faith and stature. May God continue to grant His wisdom and strength that you come through this passage of life and to soar as an eagle.
Life is being. May the choirs of angels lead you to paradise, “Thilahan Anna”. Everything about you continues to live – History of Sri Lanka, History of medicine and History of Dr Anton Sebastian. This pandemic has created heros according to NHS and British government and you are amongst them making history.
For us, family and friends you are always a hero who taught us to achieve our potential and BE!
Suresh and Mathy
Date: 1 May 2020 at 17:03
Name: Chelian Law Solicitors
Message: Tamil Community had lost an exceptional doctor. Dr. Anton was well known for his passion for ensuring patients received high-quality care. He was truly devoted to his work and was inspirational in his field.
He was a humble soul and above all a noble human being. His sudden departure would have shocked his family and friends. No doubt he will be hugely missed.
We offer our heartfelt condolences to his grieving family and to the many others mourning the loss of a loved one.
Date: 29 April 2020 at 08:59
Name: Angela Jesuthasan & family
Message: Our prayers and thoughts are with the whole family. May his soul rest in peace.
Date: 28 April 2020 11:57
Name: Helen Gronow
Message: A very very sad loss. My husband Philip and I had the pleasure of meeting him socially at a friends house some years ago and he was a truly fascinating man. Our thoughts are with his family.
Date: 28 April 2020 09:11
Name: Justin Antonypillai
Message: Dear Sybilla,
Please accept my heart felt condolences.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.May your brothers soul Rest In Peace.
Date: 26 April 2020 at 19:03
Name: Anton, Shanthy, Bianka, Olevia
Message: Thilagan anna, I have very fond memories of when I was younger, and you always used to come down with your father from Kandy to Pandetherappu to visit my mother and I. My mother was always very fond of you. I always used to admire your style and your sports cars in Sri Lanka.
You had such a passion for medicine - you always used to encourage my daughters about this vocation. Whenever someone in my family needed any medical advice at any time, you always went out of your way to help us and I will never forget those moments.
Our prayers and thoughts are with Vasantha, Maria and Kevin during this difficult time. May your soul rest in peace Thilagan anna.
Date: 25 April 2020 07:16
Name: Vijendran and Sharadha Watson
Message: Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Vasantha, Maria and Kevin during this difficult time. May Thillagan's soul rest in peace.
Date: 23 April 2020 at 22:51
Name: Nirmala MacFarlane & Family (Canada)
Message: (I am the daughter of Mr Aseervatham Peradeniya, Kandy)
Our heartfelt condolences to Vasantha & children, Carmel, Yohan, Gnanan, Angela, Sybilla, Christie & his in laws.
May God give his peace to comfort you all at this very difficult time. His loyalty to his patients touched our hearts. Let’s pray for Dr. Anton Sebastianpillai’s soul to Rest In Peace . He is with Mummy and Daddy.
Date: 23 April 2020 at 10:41
Name: Suresh Nagendran and Family
Message: We are greatly saddened by the passing of our beloved uncle. I fondly remember discussing our common passion of cars whenever we met. I really appreciated the medical advice you had given me when I had a medical problem some years ago. I clearly remember at Jesse's engagement party, since there was no liquor at the venue Anton and I had snuck off to the pub around the corner, only to find that you had beaten us there. I remember having some good conversations and a few beers with you that night. Although we don't meet up very often as I live in Australia, I will always have fond memories of the occasions we did meet. I am particularly impressed with your achievements in both the field of Medicine and History and am proud to have shared moments with you. Our prayers are with you, I am of the belief that you are in a better place. Farewell dear Uncle.
Date: 23 April 2020 at 09:47
Name: V Thavamuruganathan
Message: On behalf of Mahajana College Old Students' Association UK, I wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to the family of Dr Anton Sebastiampilli. We are profoundly saddened to learn the untimely demise of Dr Sebastiampilli who bravely volunteered to work in the front line at Kingston Hospital during this unprecedented COVID19 pandemic. We salute his dedication and desire to help the community in desperate need. I wish to extend our sympathies to Mr Emil Kumar, Dr Wallace Reginald and their families as well. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time.
May his soul rest in peace.
V Thavamuruganathan, President Mahajana College Old Students Association UK
Date: 22 April 2020 at 20:02
Name: Jacintha Devendran
Message: Your loss deeply saddens us; May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief.
Date: 22 April 2020 at 13:39
Name: Lyle and Papo Indergaard U.S.A
Message: Lyle and myself were saddened and shocked by the news of Anton’s passing. Just this past Christmas we had the lovely gathering at your home with Carol singing. Hope all loving memories will see you through this sad time.
Lyle and Papo
Date: 22 April 2020 at 13:14
Name: Sundar Sambasivan
Message: Our heart felt condolences to the family. Though my acquaintances with Anton were few, he made long lasting impressions from his short speeches as well. I was fortunate to have attended his book release of Illustrated History of Srilanka. I could easily see what an achiever he was when I heard about the amount of research and laborious efforts he put in. He drove home a very capturing message of deep love and understanding about his youngest sibling on the day we celebrated his 50th birthday. There can be only One Dr.Anton of his calibre and achievements that I have come across in my life time. May his soul rest in peace!
Date: 20 April 2020 at 15:38
Name: Allistair and Glossinda Solomonsz
Message: We mourn the sad loss of a true gentleman and dear friend.
Our association with Anton and Vasanthi goes back many years when we used to frequent charity dances and other social gatherings together with Victor & Santali.
Anton was a great professional with many varied interests but always had the human touch. He had a wicked wit and enjoyed life. We have enjoyed many a glass of malt whiskey and fine wine.
Hope and pray Vasanthi will find the strength to go through life without her rock.
Our deepest sympathies to Vasanthi and family.
May Anton Rest in eternal Peace.
Date: 20 April 2020 at 05:21
Name: Francesca Martina Vendargon
Message: My heartfelt condolences to Vasantha, Chuchi , Kevin and the family of Thillakan. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Although we have met in Malaysia when I was a child, my husband Amal and I spent some time with Thillakan and Vasantha when we visited their home in England. I was fascinated by his many talents especially when he shared with us his love of medical associated antiques. He was an interesting man besides being a loving husband and father. Looking back I wished I had spent more time with him but that is life...
I was saddened to hear about his demise but I truly feel he died putting his patient first instead of himself. May his soul rest in peace. We have an Angel in our midst and I am sure he is in spirit with Vasantha and the children daily especially during this difficult time. Love and hugs, Franca
Date: 19 April 2020 at 19:21
Name: Wimal, Shanthi and family
Message: Words are not enough to share our sadnesses at this time of irreplaceable loss to all your family and friends. Thillaghan, you were a gift from God who brought so much joy and happiness to those around you, helped us in times of need with comforting words and advice on various medical issues.
You were a fun loving, generous, talented and an amazing down to earth person, despite all your achievements. How fortunate it is to have known you over the past thirty five years. Always with a cheeky smile, beaming with joy to see friends and family around you. We know how much you loved your motherland SriLanka, your love for music, dancing to Srilankan Baila and singing, listening to CT Fernando songs.
We will cherish the memories of the yearly summer garden parties, playing cricket in your beautiful garden followed by a scrumptious dinner and dancing the night away to early hours.
When we were ready to leave, we recall you saying "why are you leaving, the night is still young, have another glass of Port for the road"
While we celebrate your life, you will be truly missed Thillaghan.
Friendship does not end at death. It is eternal.
Rest in Peace dear friend.
Our deepest sympathies to Vasanthi, Maria, Kevin, Arlo, Felix Shantha, Reggie Rajo, Mahen Sybilla and the rest of the family.
Date: 19 April 2020 at 16:24
Name: Hubert & Joyce Ferdinand
Message: My wife Joyce and I extend our heartfelt condolences to Thilagan’s wife Vasanthi and his family plus all of the members of the Sebastiampillai family and their spouses. It was a complete disbelief when we heard the news of Thilagan’s demise. We had to call Thilagan’s sister Sybilla to confirm the sad news.
Thilagan was a childhood friend of mine whilst we all lived in Jaffna. We were students at St Patrick’s College and we shared a lot of fun time with other friends including Thilagan’s brother Yogan playing football and Cricket in their front garden in Kandy Road. Thilagan’s mum was a very caring and charming lady who made sure we had plenty of refreshments with sugar to boost our energy. Thilagan always made sure the friends had enough before him and Yogan. Around the age of eleven we were sad to part company when Sebastiampillai’s family moved to a far away place in Kandy . Several years later Thilagan turned up at our front gate but in a motor vehicle. Pleasantly surprised and pleased to see him we spent the next few days rejuvenating the reunion. One memorable event is Thilagan persuading four young female friends to get into the car to have ice cream at the Subhash Cafe in Jaffna Town. To achieve this in Jaffna during early 60’s one has to be very charming, chatty and handsome. Thilagan was such a joyful character and sharing my boyhood memories gives me joy. Few years later we met at the Peradeniya Campus and Thilagan took me to his home and I enjoyed the hospitality of his family but they were brief encounters rather than ‘palls’ as before. Years later we met in London and would engage in ‘grown up‘ conversations to learn about each other’s career development and the progress of our children.
I am so proud that Thilagan became a world renowned author after publishing his books on Medicine and Sri Lanka. I learnt from a friend of mine that President Rajapakse was so impressed with Thilagan’s book on Sri Lanka that he ordered a bulk supply and would present the book to all foreign leaders visiting him during his reign. Thilagan has left a foot print in the history of Sri Lanka.
My boyhood memories of our friendship will always remain with me and I wish and pray to God Almighty to allow you to enter the Kingdom of Heaven to enjoy the immortal life. May your soul rest in peace.
Date: 18 April 2020 at 12:14
Name: Tina Jayaratnam (Ranji Jayaratnam's daughter)
Message: Just a few words as I recall Thillagan ayya as a kid. This is how we referred to him then. I was a young girl, and vividly remember how excited I was, seeing his red sports convertible, drive down Mary's Road in Bambalapitiya to take my older sisters and cousins out on a car ride. I didn't have permission of course. Thillagan paid mum and dad numerous visits in Colombo and long ago in Chilaw. Mum and dad were fond of Thillagan as I recall. I also had the pleasure of attending his book launch in Sri Lanka and was thinking what an admirable endeavour that was. I was never aware and was intrigued with his diverse talents.
My deepest sympathies to the family.
Date: 17 April 2020 at 07:08
Name: Marie (Nalini) Emmanuel
Message: My Uncle I bid you farewell with a heavy heart. You will be greatly missed.
I was lucky enough to spend a lot of time with him when I was in Sri Lanka as a child and have very fond memories of him. I vividly remember him taking us all out to buy toys with his first pay check. He loved life and lived it to the fullest. He would entertain us with his singing and piano and loved to dance. I know wherever he is, he is having a blast.
Date: 17 April 2020 at 00:07
Name: Arnold (Dinushi) & Dharshini Richard
Message: In our thoughts during this very difficult time. Hope our prayers along with those of others will help ease the burden of your tragic loss.
Date: 16 April 2020 at 17:45
Name: Pius Vetharajah
Message: Please accept our heartfelt condolences. We pray for his soul Rest In Peace.
Date: 15 April 2020 at 15:29
Name: Mrs. Anne Gnanapragasam (Late Gnanam Master's wife)
Message: You and your family in our hearts and mind. We extend our deepest sympathies to you and all the family members. May his soul rest in Peace with our heavenly Father.
Date: 15 April 2020 at 11:42
Name: Thayalan and Latha
Message: Our heartfelt condolences to Vasantha and all the family members for the sad sudden loss of beloved Dr Anton Sebastianpillai. He will be remembered as a hero for his courage and his selflessness for putting himself in the front line at Kingston Hospital with all other dedicated NHS staff. He has dedicated his long medical career for the care of elderly and found time to author books. It is a great loss for the Tamil community and Kingston upon Thames. I met Dr Anton in early 80’s through his brother-in-law Wallace and Emil who were my batchmates at Mahajana College in Sri Lanka. His brother Gnana and wife Shantha lived closer to our house in Tolworth for many years.
We would also like to extend our condolences to Gnana & Shantha, Mahen & Sybilla and Wallace & Rajo. May all the prayers, messages and tributes bring you comfort and ease the pain. May his Soul Rest In Peace.
Date: 15 April 2020 at 09:08
Message: With heavy heart I write my tribute to you my loving Thillagan. You left us so soon without any warning. You lost your battle against this dreaded covid19 and departed from us. We were there with you in spirit holding your hand and giving you our last farewell. I remember the lovely times we had Neweraeliya, Nawalapitiya and Kandy. My children cherish those memories of Thillagan mama. I remember the lovely clothes you bought for them when you got your first pay package. You were such a fun loving party animal, I am sure mummy came to you on her birthday to take you to party with daddy, Chandra Annan and Isabella on her birthday. I will no longer have you to give me second opinions on my medical problems. You have gone to a good place. Rest in peace dear brother. I will always love and treasure your memories. Goodbye dearest Thillagan, look after us from heaven, till we meet again
Date: 15 April 2020 at 03:29
Message: Please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of your husband, father and brother. Kindly pass on our sympathies to other family members as well. You will be all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Rajini and family members in Kotahena
Date: 15 April 2020 at 00:12
Name: Dr.Anton Bala Canagasabey
Message: My wife Regina (Bubsy) and I are deeply saddened to hear about the untimely death of our friend Anton and we are struggling to find words to Console his wife Vasantha, his children Maria, Kevin grandson Arlo and Anton's siblings, his in-laws and Vasantha's siblings. Please accept our deepest sympathies and prayers these words are not enough to share our sorrows at this time of irreplaceable loss not only to his family but also for the Sri Lankan community. But let me feel solace in my way of thinking that Anton has has not completely gone from this world, he is leaving behind his genes in his children, and grandson and hopefully some more grand children to follow. We and his extended family in particular will see Anton's qualities, his intellectual ability, his features in his children and grand children. In this manner he will live on.
Anton was about 2 years senior to me in the Peradeniya medical faculty, Sri Lanka. He was always an impeccably dressed and superbly groomed lad at the medical faculty. This presentation he maintained until his demise.
It is in the U.K. I got to know him more and enjoyed Anton and Vasantha's company at the Summer parties they hosted, we hosted and our other friends hosted. Other than that we meet and spent some memorable times at the charity dinner dances and weddings we meet. Apart from these meetings through our shared interest in South Asian history we had memorable conversations over the phone. As others have mentioned he is the author of many well researched books like " History of medicine", "dates in Medicine", " History of Science" and last but the best book I loved "The complete Illustrated History of Sri Lanka". This last book I have read cover to cover and enjoyed every minute of reading it. When I heard that this book was presented in Sri Lanka's parliament to a UN Envoy by Hon. Mahinda Rajapakse during his previous term as the Sri Lanka's Prime minister, saying this is our history I gave a call to Anton to convey my congratulations, he was in a period of self-actualisation then. When my wife Regina told him on another occasion, that while working as an NHS Consultant Psychiatrist I find time every Saturday morning for about one hour to read his 625 paged book about Sri Lankan history until I finished reading it, he was very pleased and said " I am honoured". I am glad we gave him that feed back.
As a Sri Lankan doctor while practising as a Consultant Physician to have such a varied interest from sports cars to collection of various antiques to have such a deep knowledge in history to write such well researched books as mentioned he is unparalleled. He is truly one in a million among the professionals I know.
I believe every Sri Lankan should read his book "The Complete Illustrated History Of Sri Lanka " to know our common roots and every doctor should have a copy of his book " The History of Medicine" in their library as a reference book. I have these and I will be handing over these treasures to my children.
Date: 14 April 2020 at 16:52
Name: Dr V Vasandakumar
Message: Anton was unique in many ways as shown in the many messages given. His yearly parties were a regular feature and I remember him giving a farewell party for me at his place. But I kept coming back!
While many of us HAD to work in the Sri Lankan hospitals Anton ignored all that and worked in Jaffna as a private doctor. And when there was an exam to choose 100 people to sit the Part 1 MRCP trials he was told that he and another girl were equal and the girl won the toss! Anton flew in to Colombo, arguing that it should have been done in his presence, and SLMC had to get an Extra paper from UK! Of course he passed and later on passed MRCP in UK first time. He was then able to help many of us progress in UK.
Anton was one who had automatic UK medical registration (Many missed that bus) but was sent away when he came into UK because no one knew the rules, that we in those days had the right to work in UK. Anyway he tried again and then went on to work in London.
While feeling extremely saddened by the loss of such a great man and friend, we the three of us - Victor, Vipul and I- will cherish our great memories of our time with Anton a few months ago. The crowds in the trains right from the bottom of India to Varanasi were simply enjoying Anton's and the other's Alcohol blended singing. Banned of course but no one seemed to care!
Good bye Anton. I have lost another savior of my life. A hope your family will be able to cope this terrible loss.
Date: 13 April 2020 at 16:25
Name: Honorary Alderman Shiraz Mirza
Message: Dr Anton you were a gentle giant and true professional in your field of medicine but above all you were a kind and a humble man. You will be truly missed by many. RIP
Date: 04 April 2020 at 20:31
Name: Ivan Pedropillai
Message: My dear all
The pandemic virus has struck indiscriminately so close to us and that too a medical doctor who was trying to help in a crisis. Thillakan was a historian and scholar who quite rightly acquired a reputation for honesty and integrity. His early demise leaves this world a poorer place. I cannot imagine the sadness and shock of his untimely passing and pray that his widow and son will receive the love and mercy of our dear Lord Jesus Christ to lighten their grief.
May his soul rest in peace. Amen
Date: 13 April 2020 at 15:52
Name: Shiranee & Vetha
Message: It came as a shock to all of us. Thilagan Anna was a very gifted doctor, historian and has a good collection of vintage items. It is rare to find such a genius. We would often ask for his medical advice and he never failed to come back and give us the best advice. Both Shiranee and I owe it to him for managing our heath issues better. Despite all his achievements, he is a down to earth person. Our heartfelt condolences to Vasantha Acca, Maria, Kevin & to all his family members.
Date: 13 April 2020 at 12:33
Name: Mark Patten
Message: I was so sorry to hear this desperately sad news. Anton was a true NHS hero and sadly paid the ultimate price. He was a lovely and a generous man - who I was privileged to meet on a number of occasions over the years. My deepest sympathy to Vasantha, Maria, Kevin, Arlo and other members of the family
Date: 13 April 2020 at 11:51
Name: Dr Krish T Radhakrishnan
Message: Dr Anton Sebastianpillai;
Peradeniya Medical School Alumni Association-UK Executive Committee and the association’s members are profoundly saddened by the loss of one of our alumnus Dr Anton Sebastianpillai who volunteered to work with COVID19 patients in the front line at Kingston Hospital, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey UK where he unfortunately contracted the illness.
Dr Sebastianpillai, was a retired career Consultant Physician, but decided to go back from retirement following the call for volunteers from UK General Medical Council (GMC) to assist in the current unprecedented COVID19 crisis. It is a testament for his dedication and commitment for caring for people that he put himself selflessly in the frontline caring for these gravely ill patients.
In addition to his illustrious career in Medicine Dr Sebastianpillai had been an avid collector of rare and antique religious bronzes, figurines, books, stamps and coins personally researched with passion and expertise acquiring through decades of collector’s experience.
He has also authored many sought after books such as “A Dictionary of the History of Medicine”, “The Illustrated History of Sri Lanka”, “Dates in Medicine” and a few more.
Dr Sebastianpillai was a man of many interests and talents yet a modest and humble human being. He was a great supporter of PeMSAA-UK and we will miss his support and presence during the future events. His demise would be missed not only by his close loving family but also the medical professionals and many more around the globe. PeMSAA-UK would like to extend our sincere condolences to his wife Vasantha and children.
Dr Krish T Radhakrishnan
President – PeMSAA-UK
Date: 13 April 2020 at 09:38
Name: Finella Parmar (Ratnaraj) and family
Message: We are so sorry for your loss. We are praying for you and the whole family at this really difficult time. May God bless you and keep you safe. Our sincere condolences.
Finella, Amar, Shay and Ariya x
Date: 13 April 2020 at 08:26
Name: Kalinga Rathnayake
Message: My deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to all his family members. All the past, and present boys of St Sylvester's College, Kandy admired his service for the humanity. May his soul rest in peace. Amen.
Date: 13 April 2020 at 01:58
Message: Deepest condolences. He made Tamils proud.
Thank you Sir.
Date: 13 April 2020 at 00:14
Name: Ranjit Aseervatham
Message: Please accept our deepest condolences.
May the almighty give you strength and guide you in this difficult time.
Date: 12 April 2020 at 21:36
Name: Malliga Baladasan
Message: My heartfelt condolences to Vasantha and all the family members at your irreplaceable loss. I am sorry that I could not be in person to share the sorrow but praying Almighty to give you all the strength and comfort during this sad time. Losing a loved one specially unexpectedly is very hard to accept. Only consolation is to cherish the good memories you all had with him. May his soul rest in peace.
Date: 12 April 2020 at 15:55
Message: Dear Vasantha Acca,
My deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. May God give you the peace that you seek. May all the condolence messages bring you comfort and may all the prayers ease the pain of this loss. I would also like to extend my condolences to Sybilla & Mahen, Gnana & Shantha, and Carmel Acca and Christie. May his soul rest in peace.
Date: 12 April 2020 at 15:21
Message: He died in the course of doing a humanitarian work. I appreciate his courage and kindness towards other fellow humans. My heart and thoughts are with his family members. First time I heard about him. May his Soul Rest In Peace.
Date: 12 April 2020 at 14:45
Name: Angela & Chandra
Message: Our inconsolable grief for the loss of a dearly beloved brother and brother-in-law, a benevolent man, never to be forgotten, may his Soul rest in the peace of God.
Date: 12 April 2020 at 13:18
Name: Alfred Aseervatham (Devaraj)
Message: Deepest sympathies.
Date: 12 April 2020 at 13:02
Name: Cllr. Yogan Yoganathan MBE
Message: Our Surbiton Sri Lankan friend, Retired Doctor and one of the Heros of Kingston NHS. All of us was very sad of losing our amazing talented and friendly Medical Doctor, who offered his services to the local Kingston NHS, unfortunately contacted Covid 19 and passed away to God on 4th April. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wonderful family at this difficult time. May Dr. Anton Sebastianpillai’s soul Rest in Peace.
Date: 12 April 2020 at 10:19
Name: Maxy Ratnarajah
Message: Sending our deepest condolences during this sad time. MHSRIP 🙏
Date: 12 April 2020 at 08:57
Name: Anura and Maureen Wijewardane
Message: Dear Mrs Sebatianpillai & Family,
Please accept our heart felt condolences on the sudden demise of Dr Anton Sebastian Pillai. He has been a proud Alumnus of the Faculty of Medicine, Peradeniya. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God bless you all.
Anura and Maureen Wijewardane (batchmates of Sybilla Sebastianpillai - James)
Date: 12 April 2020 at 07:04
Name: Manik Tilley
Message: Sad to hear volunteering at this age to help others reflects his character. May his soul Rest in Peace.
Date: 12 April 2020 at 02:58
Name: Michael & Agnes Thambynayagam
Message: Dear Vasantha, Maria, Kevin, Arlo, Sybilla, Kumar, Carmal Acca, Yohan, Chithra, Gnana, Shantha, Angela and Christie,
Michael and I are very sad to hear the loss of your beloved husband, Dad, Grand-dad, and loving brother Dr Anton Sebastianpillai. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. We are keeping all of you and Anton in our prayers. May our Good Lord grant Anton eternal rest.
Michael & Agnes Thambynayagam, Sugar Land, Texas, USA
Date: 11 April 2020 at 21:07
Name: Dr S Kugathasan
Message: We only know you through Sybilla. We have lost an eminent person; Not only a bright doctor but also a writer and a historian; You’ve demonstrated your good willingness to help out the sick people who were suffering from the terrible illness, the corona infection. You volunteered to work and in doing so, you sacrificed your life.
We are proud of and salute you. We pray to the almighty god that may your soul rest in peace. May God continue to bless your children for your good deeds to mankind.
Mrs Theodosia and Dr S Kugathasan.
Date: 11 April 2020 at 16:18
Name: Yohendiran Sebastianpillai
Message: Love lives on by unknown author:
You went away so suddenly. We did not say goodbye. But brothers can never be parted. Previous memories never die. Dear Thillahan, we are still grieving your loss. We are sure you are in heaven enjoying the company of mummy and daddy Chandra Anna and lsobella. Your loving brother, Yohan
Date: 11 April 2020 at 16:00
Name: Mariasoosai Pathmarajah
Message: I am sorry to hear of the untimely demise of Dr Anton Sebastian. Please accept our heartfelt condolences and prayers on behalf of all the Patrician fraternity.
A kind hearted soul, offered himself forward to help the patients, despite himself being in the risk category. We know that this disease could only come from another patient, but Dr Sebastian only thought of the sick patients in front of him and didn’t worry about the consequences. A gentleman truly committed to his call. What a Selfless Act?
I have heard so much about his valuable contributions to his patients and the medical fraternity, by offering his expertise in medical wisdom and medical history. Dr Sebastian didn’t stop there. He shared his extensive knowledge with our community as well. He portrayed his love and passion for his motherland by creating his book called the History of Sri Lanka.
Although I haven’t met him in person, the memory of him I have as an enthusiastic dancer. Everybody enjoys his Ballroom, Latin and Cha Cha with his darling wife, bringing a flavour of elegance and serenity to the dance floor.
May his soul enjoy the kingdom of heaven with the Almighty!
SPC Jaffna AA UK
Date: 11 April 2020 at 15:36
Name: Anita Demetriou
Message: He died a hero. We are all thinking of all of his family and sending our deepest condolences.
Anita, Johan and Eleni x
Date: 11 April 2020 at 15:31
Name: Mary Sellakumar (Chandra Aseervatham)
Message: Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with you. We will pray for his soul.
Date: 11 April 2020 at 15:22
Name: DR A J T Pillainaygam
Message: Condole with you greatly. No words can assuage you in this very sad loss, not only to you the family but to society as a whole. His goodness will live on. Alex.
Date: 11 April 2020 at 14:28
Name: Jenita David
Message: David and myself wish to send our deepest sympathy to Vasantha acca and family and to everyone of Sybilla's family. We hope our thoughts and prayers will support you at this difficult time. May his soul rest in peace.
Date: 11 April 2020 at 14:44
Name: Joe Phillips
Message: Accept our deepest condolences on the passing away of Anton Sebastian. He has dedicated his life for the care of elderly and caring for patients suffering from covid 19 .
Time is a healer and we pray to God that your deep sadness and grief will pass away soon. I have enjoyed my Pilgrimage tour to Lourdes with Mahen, Sybila and his children. God bless Mahen's family and Anton Sebastian family
Joe and Fatima Phillips
Date: 11 April 2020 at 14:08
Name: Augustine Benedict
Message: It was just about six months ago when I had a long chat with Anton during which he was so enthusiastic, showing me his vast and very valuable collection of heirloom and items of historical interest. I marvelled at his multifaceted interests and finding time for exhaustive research in medicine and history. I am proud to have known him. May he rest in peace.
Date: 11 April 2020 at 12:21
Message: Deeply saddened for the loss of Dr.Anton Sebastian who was from our University. Heart felt condolence for his family and friends. May his soul rest in peace.
Date: 11 April 2020 at 12:00
Name: Roshan Rodrigo
Message: The whole world is crying. Behind the path of life demonstrated. The message of death left in the battle for the sake of humanity. Written to the history in golden color about another Sri Lankan. Salutation for your Sir.
Date: 11 April 2020 at 11.54
Name: Shane Roger
Message: Please accept our condolences. It was an honor to have known such a great person. May his soul rest in peace. We believe that God will accept him with open arms for all the good he has done while he was on this earth.
St.Sylvester's College Kandy Old Boys Association Saudi Arabia
Date: 11 April 2020 at 11.54
Name: Caroline Kerr
Message: On behalf of the Royal Borough of Kingston, I offer my sincere condolences. Dr Anton put his own safety on the line when he came out of retirement to serve his patients. We honour his courage and his selflessness. Both Kingston and the Tamil Community have lost one of their finest sons. I hope that, in time, the achievements of his life and the nobility of his death will bring some comfort to all who mourn him.
Caroline Kerr, Leader, Kingston Council
Date: 11 April 2020 at 11:01
Name: Dharmendra Shinde
Message: With heartfelt sympathy on the passing of Dr Anton Sebastianpillai . May the love, prayers and support of your family and friends bring you comfort during this most difficult time. Please accept my deepest condolences and know that God loves you and can restore your spirits, give you peace, and strengthen you.
Date: 11 April 2020 at 10:56
Name: Rachel Cole
Message: A wonderful consultant with a warm heart and caring nature. Always keen to teach and share his wisdom with his juniors. He will be greatly missed. The thoughts of all the staff at Kingston hospital are with his family and loved ones at this difficult time.
Date: 11 April 2020 at 10:54
Name: Rupesh Raval
Message: God may rest his holy soul in heaven with peace.
God will support all family members to go through this difficult time. Please accept our sincere condolences.
Date: 11 April 2020 at 10:40
Name: Yoga Jeyarajah
Message: My sincerest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to all his family members, especially to Sybella's family. May the Almighty God help them to overcome from this sudden loss. His kindness and his acts of service will be treasured by all those around the world. May his soul rest in peace. Amen.
Date: 11 April 2020 at 10:23
Name: Shahid Jawed
Message: I was in the office opposite Anton at work in Kingston Hospital. We often talked in the office and we last spoke in March before his illness when we talked about PPE. Anton was a gifted man both as a physician and author. He was an old school gentleman. Always eloquent and charming, a pleasure to talk to. It was an honour to have met him. A tragic loss. My heart goes out to his family and having lost my father in October last year I understand nothing can prepare one for this. It's too hard at times. We can only aspire to be like these men who sacrificed so much. They left the country of their birth and dedicated their lives to their work and families. My condolences to Anton’s family and friends.
Dr Shahid Jawed
Consultant Rheumatologist at Kingston Hospital.
Date: 11 April 2020 at 09:50
Name: Dr K Kangesan
Message: Very sad to hear. Please accept our heart felt condolences from me and my family members. One of them is working in the ICU. Hope this gives you all some comfort. God bless
Date: 11 April 2020 at 09:41
Name: Mr. & Mrs. A.E.Joseph
Message: Sharing in your sadness. May God's peace bring you comfort, may He grant you the courage to face the days ahead & loving memories to hold forever in your hearts. May his soul rest in peace.
Chella & Sharmini
Date: 11 April 2020 at 09:31
Name: B A Mahipala
Message: I first came to know Anton in 1967 when we entered Peradeniya university together with Mahilal. He studied Medicine while his long standing friend from school days, Mahilal did a Chemistry Special degree. I joined the Engineering Faculty. After Uni, we met frequently during his early career engaged in private practice in Sri Lanka. After he left the Island, Lilani and myself always met him and Vasanthi in London on our visits to the UK. Anton always contacted me when he was visiting Sri Lanka. He joined me on a few nature photography tours I planned: Havana in Cuba, and Pantanal in Brazil together with Mahilal while we visited Masai Mara in Kenya together with our wives. Koththamalli (how our dear Dr Anton referred to Scotch) was a priority on every occasion we met. Our wedding anniversaries were on 27th( Mahilal)28th (Anton)and 29th October ( Mahipala) (though we got married in different years). What a coincidence! Last four years we celebrated our anniversaries together in Jamaica, USA, Italy and 2019 in Spain- We planned 2020 in Sri Lanka. Life is so uncertain. It was on the 25th January 2020, I met Anton in Sri Lanka for the last time at Mahilal’s place to dinner. It was his birthday and Mahilal gave a surprise party.
Hope you are now with your classmate Chin. We are also getting ready to join you sooner or later.
Good night Sweet Prince
Date: 11 April 2020 at 08:19
Name: Dr K Mylvaganam
Message: Though I have not met Dr Sebastianpillai in person, I have always admired his great knowledge of science, history and medicine. It is a very sad loss. Please accept our deepest sympathies and condolences. May his soul rest in peace.
Date: 11 April 2020 at 04:08
Name: Simon Jerome Vendargon
Message: As good as I can remember, I met Thilagar for the first time in 1999/2000 in his lovely home in Surbiton. He spoke to me as if he had known me for a long time. Humble & Warm. While my wife spoke to Vasantha, I will never forget the ride he gave me in his Jaguar E type, Gatsby hat and all. Priceless memory! I wish I had the opportunity to get to know him more. A true physician to the end who gave his life to his profession
Heartfelt condolences to Vasantha, Cuchi & Kevin
Date: 11 April 2020 at 03:02
Name: Marlene Manuelpillai
Message: My heartfelt condolences on the demise of your loved one. Hope and pray that you are comforted and consoled by family and friends during this difficult time. May God grant you strength and courage to overcome this great loss. May his soul Rest In Peace
Date: 11 April 2020 at 02:11
Name: Rajendra Christopher
Message: To Dear Vasantha , Maria and Kevin:-
I have no words to say that can truly ease the pain of a loss like this but if caring thoughts can help, they are with you right now. With sincere sympathy.
Date: 10 April at 22.25
Name: Benedict Thomas (Benny)
Message: My family joins me in extending to Dr. Anton 's family our deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences. He was a good friend to me and I will miss him enormously. A great man has been taken away but we can take comfort from the fact that he died in the service of humanity. Benny
Date: 10 April 2020 at 22:03
Name: Prabha Swampillai
Message: Our deepest sympathies at the untimely passing away of your beloved brother. May our good Lord grant him eternal rest.
Prabha and Dama Swampillai
Prabha and Dama Swampillai
Date: 10 April 2020 at 20:45
Name: Sarath & Nelum Kodikara
Message: We live in your neighbourhood, (off Ditton Road). Although we have never met, we heard & read about Dr. Anton Sebastian's death, whilst trying to help the other patients. Our deepest condolences to his family. May his soul RIP.
Sarath & Nelum Kodikara
Date: 10 April 2020 at 20:31
Name: Neville & Angela Ratnaraj
Message: May our Lord bless and comfort you and your family during this time of grief. Please accept our sincere condolences.
Date: 10 April 2020 at 19:43
Name: Savundranagam Pauline (Mr. Aseervatham's daughter)
Message: Our heartfelt condolences.
Date: 10 April 2020 at 19:19
Name: Dilani Richard
Message: Dear Uncle,
You will be so greatly missed I know you will be looking down on us now from a better place and seeing how much we all still love you.
Lots of love,
Date: 10 April 2020 at 19:19
Name: Raymond Gnanapragasam
Message: Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace, Amen.
Date: 10 April 2020 at 19:13
Name: Nirmala & Bosco Bastian
Message: Dear Vasantha & family, Please accept our sincere condolences. May the Lord bless and give you all strength during this time. May his soul rest in peace.
Bosco, Nirmala & family
Date: 10 April 2020 at 18:59
Name: Murugesu & Valli Arumugam
Message: Our Sympathies and condolences to the family. Our words can do little at this time of grief but hope our thoughts and prayers will support you at this difficult time.
Date: 10 April 2020 at 18:32
Name: Vasuki Radhakrishnan
Message: Our heartfelt condolences to your family. May his soul Rest In Peace. God bless.
Date: 10 April 2020 at 18:17
Name: Kugan & Bavani
Message: Unbelievable. Great tragedy. He was very smart in everything and a very lovely person. His work will never die. Let his soul rest in peace. Let the Almighty give strength and courage to Vasanthy Kevin and all family members in this hard time.
Date: 10 April 2020 at 17:47
Name: Mala Weir
Message: Thilagan, you will be sadly missed by many and certainly by the family. You have done so well and until your death you have helped the others. Time to celebrate your life.
Date: 10 April 2020 at 17:45
Name: Gamini Ranasinghe
Message: I had the opportunity to read his gem of a book, An Illustrated History of Sri Lanka. His thorough knowledge and mastery in writing was clearly depicted in this publication. Wish that the soul of this true Sri Lankan will Rest in Peace.
Date: 10 April 2020 at 17:15
Name: Jacintha James
Message: Heartfelt condolences to Vasantha and family, Sybilla and family. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone.
Date: 10 April 2020 at 16:41
Name: Vinitha Savundranayagam
Message: Merion and I we are deeply saddened by the passing of Anton Annan. We would like to express our sympathies to Vasantha Acca, children, dear brothers and sisters. No words can console the family during this difficult and traumatic time. You could only be proud to think that he gave his life being selfless and dedicated to his profession till the end.
Our prayers and thoughts are with the whole family. May his soul rest in peace.
With love and prayers
Vinitha & Merion
Date: 10 April 2020 at 16:37
Name: Arulappu Thurai Rajeevan
Message: May his sole rest in peace and my heart felt condolences to his family members.
Rajeevan from Sri Lanka.
Date: 10 April 2020 at 16:06
Message: A beautiful soul, full of love and faith, ascended to heaven, away from us, but closer to God, leaving loneliness and sadness.
Date: 10 April 2020 at 15:55
Message: “May God put him in a special place from where he will be watching us, the people who loved and cherished him. Accept my deepest condolences.”
“Death can never take a good man away, for, in the hearts of the people he inspired, the legacy remains and continuous throughout generations.”
Date: 10 April 2020 at 15:40
Name: Priyanthi Worthington
Message: Our hearts are saddened by your loss. May peace and comfort find you in during this difficult time and so sorry that we cannot be in person to convey our condolences or pray together however our prayers are with you all. May his soul rest in peace.
Please accept our heartfelt condolences. My mum and dad too wish to express their deepest sympathies.
Date: 10 April 2020 at 15:27
Name: Miriam Albert
Message: We are so shocked and sad to hear of the sudden demise of Thilagan our loving cousin brother who shone like a star, through thick & thin. We did not see him much, but the love and respect was there whenever we met. With all his knowledge and qualifications, he was not proud. Thilagan as we call him, he always came down to our level and spoke so gently explaining anything. He certainly had patience. He was and is a credit to his family. We all will surely miss him. He has left us a little bit too early. I am proud to call him my cousin brother. Definitely he will be in heaven now with Uncle & Aunty and praying for us even though we all miss him. Be consoled Vasantha. Lots of love & prayers to you & all the family. 🌹🌺🌸❤️🙏🏽 x Miriam Albert
Date: 10 April 2020 at 14:25
Name: Sivasothy Selvachandran
Message: May his soul rest in peace.