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S A Vanar (1951-2021)

Vanar sadly passed away just days after his 70th birthday after bravely battling with ill health for many years. A beloved father, husband, grandfather, brother, cousin, uncle, friend and colleague, his departure has left us bereft of his love, kindness, warmth, integrity, fabulously dry sense of humour and acerbic “copyrighted phrases”. 

A true and loyal Malaysian, he was a proud alumnus of the Victoria Institute where he made friendships that enriched even his later years, as did the relationships made during a fulfilling career at KPMG Kuala Lumpur and KPMG Bangkok.  He was an intrepid traveller, deciding to make a solo trip out to New Zealand soon after being hooked up to his portable oxygen supply (good quality air, he said), and even achieved his dream, thanks to the help of his dear Indira, of travelling on the Japanese Shinkansen as recently as November 2019.  Of course, he loved his family too, a happy coincidence as so many of us live abroad!  Even as it became harder for him to do so, he always did his utmost to attend important family gatherings, even if they were as far away as Canada, the UK or Australia.

Vanar was a wonderful and unique character in every sense of the word.  Although he will be very sorely missed by friends and family, the many precious, funny and happy memories we have of him will live on in our hearts and minds. As befits a diehard Liverpool FC fan, he will never walk alone.

His family would be very grateful if you could record your memories, anecdotes and/or add photos of our dearest Vanar in this remembrance book for us to treasure forever.

 

Book Owner: Anu Ampalavanar
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Jenani Segarajah

To my dearest Periappa, Today marks a month since you left us yet I sometimes find myself in disbelief there you are no longer here with us.   There are honestly just too many memories for me to pen down and some I just quite wouldn’t know how to put into words as they …

Shobna Gunasegaram

I have been replaying so many memories over the past three weeks, all of which have either made me cry, laugh, smile or roll my eyes, sometimes even all at once. While impossible to pinpoint my favourite one, these are some of my fondest memories of my Uncle Vanar: “Hide the cats!” – This …

Martin

RIP Vanar. You were a good friend through the good and bad times and will be missed. Condolences to Indira and family. …

Steve Elliff, UK

My path passed with Vanar when I worked for KPMG KL for 18 months in the mid-nineties.  He was the epitmey pf “harsh but fair” back then.  It took a while to get to see behind the mask he used for work but when I made it through I found a wonderful human being …

Dr Thiagi

Heartfelt condolences to Indira, Anu and Suja.   Vanar impacted my life in so many ways, influenced me with good values and subtly scolded me when necessary. We call each other PERIYAVAR and I terribly miss his daily combo doses of wit, politics and financial Twitter material. Said a prayer for him last night and …

Ajit Singh

Our deepest condolences to Indira and the family on Vanar’s demise. We have known Vanar for almost 34 years since our assignment to Kuala Lumpur. Our families and children are very close. My wife, Balveer and I and our daughters will dearly miss a man who valued family and friends, and whose friendship we …

Jeremy Diamond

Very sad to learn of the passing of good pal Vanar.  We were friends for over 35 years.  We were exchanging messages to each other until very recently.  I am stuck in Shah Alam and am not permitted to travel to PJ and KL so will be unable to pay my last respects.  But …

Shivaendra Gunasegaram

My dear Uncle. I don’t know where to begin. As I am writing this my thoughts are all over the place as there are too many fond memories with you.  You were the uncle that always came for all the birthdays, family functions and ofcourse Deepavali. You were always one of the first few …

Sean Collins

Vanar, More than a fellow partner, you were a real gentleman. Over more than thirty five years, I have valued your friendship and valued the fact that we stayed in touch with each other. Your humour was unique – thank you for the many great memories. Rest in peace. Sean …

Vivien Wong

Dear Vanar, it’s sad to hear of your passing. Just after your birthday and time for our Cny lunch. But there’s no right time for this news.  Feel grateful to be under your leadership and guidance in A5.    Will never forget those stressful sessions clearing files with you. Those pink query sheets! Some …
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