Obituary :Samuel Owen Alagaratnam Somanader, father-in-law of Dr. Iswara of Staten Island

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Samuel Somanader was born on February 12, 1922 in Batticaloa, Sri Lanka and passed away at the age of 98 on Saturday October 17, 2020 in Staten Island, New York. Samuel passed away peacefully at home in Staten Island, New York, surrounded by his family.

He was a retired Irrigation Engineer for the Sri Lanka Irrigation Department. He enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved being surrounded by people and was known for his witty humor and captivating speeches and toasts. He was an enthusiastic traveler and would fly around the world till his mid-90s to visit with his family in Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, and the UK. His past times included painting, writing, and playing chess. Prior to moving to the US, he was an active member of the Rotary Club Sri Lanka, YMCA and the United Methodist Church Sri Lanka.

He is survived by his four children Geetha Iswara (New York), Kala Gnanasegaram (Canada), Daya Pirapakaran (Florida) and Niranjan Somanader (Canada) and eight grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

Samuel was preceded in death by his beloved wife Mary Olivia Somanader, his sister Selvamani Balasingan, and his parents Nedo and Violet Somanader.

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