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[APPRECIATIONS - (06-01-2020)]

Tuan Kitchil Muhajarine

He was a humble man

Tuan Kitchil Muhajarine, respected public health inspector and mosque trustee, passed away in the presence of his beloved family at 3:45 p.m. on October 28.

Born to humble circumstances in Nuwara Eliya as the eldest of Abu Cassim Junus and Nona Kitchil’s seven children, our father lived by his values; ever dedicated to his family and in service of his fellow human beings.

Lok, as he was affectionately addressed by some, earned the trust and respect of all who were touched by him, be it in professional or personal settings. He made the lives of everyone who knew him better with his presence. Our father served multiple communities in the island as a dedicated public health inspector, a most productive career he had at the Colombo Municipality.

His leadership qualities, conviction, and straightforward attitude earned the trust and admiration of his colleagues, superiors, and subordinates alike. He was a sought-after advisor and mentor for those who joined the ranks of public health service.

Our father passionately believed that serving his fellow humans to the best of his ability was his calling in life, and he answered it the best he could. This sense of calling was also evident in the manner in which he approached building his own family of six, along with his life-partner of 57 years, Gneigh Kumala (née Hassim).

He opened his heart and home to numerous relatives, helping them with their own life journeys. This garnered him the affectionate monikers Raj-ka, Lokka, and Boss, by his siblings, in-laws, and other relatives. His generosity, sound advice and counsel, as well as his trustworthiness and dependability, were the guiding light received by many who were touched by him.

Tuan Kitchil was always humble; deflecting and shifting the focus from himself to others until his final days. He knew that what ultimately counted the most were family relations. This man of humble beginnings, who left this world as a well-respected elder and a pioneer in terms of changing the circumstances of families for the better, will be missed dearly by his wife, children, their spouses, grandchildren, sister, sisters and brothers-in-law, nephews and nieces, as well as members of the Malay and Muslim communities.

They grieve his passing while being grateful for the extraordinary and exemplary life he lived, and for the memories he left behind.

His children: Nazeem Muhajarine, Mumtaz Muhajarine Dole, Dilshan Muhajarine, and Azeema Muhajarine Sariffo’deen

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