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NALLANAYAGAM o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-07-30 published
NALLANAYAGAM, Bertha -- Dispatch:
By Oliver MOORE, Saturday, July 30, 2005, Page M4
She caught the eye of Paul NALLANAYAGAM and ruined his family's plans for an arranged marriage. Leaving the other prospective brides in her wake, she helped build a 51-year marriage.
Bertha Swarnam NALLANAYAGAM knew how to blaze an independent-minded trail. Before she died of cancer on July 15, after also suffering from heart disease and diabetes, she specified that her body be used for medical research. It is, her eldest daughter said, something rarely done in Canada's Sri Lankan community.
"She felt that whatever she could do to help, she would do," said Nimmi PITT, the oldest of three daughters the couple brought from Colombo when they emigrated in 1972.
They came to Canada, Ms. PITT said, because ethnic tensions were rising in Sri Lanka and because her parents, both of whom were university graduates, wanted to give their daughters the best possible education prospects.
The couple were forced to take less prominent jobs than they'd had in Sri Lanka -- she had been a private-school teacher and he a senior administrator -- but they persevered, working increasingly suitable jobs and making sure their children were educated.
The family found North York a pretty Waspy place when they arrived curry powder was impossible to find and there were few other Sri Lankans for the daughters to date.
In part because of this lack, their parents eventually accepted the idea of the girls marrying outside their culture, which all three ultimately did.
Ms. NALLANAYAGAM eventually returned to teaching, helping other emigrés learn English. She was proud of the students, her daughter said, and especially pleased with one who went on to get his masters degree.
The couple moved to a co-op in the Bloor and Landsdowne area as they aged, and it was there that Ms. NALLANAYAGAM spent her last years. At home until almost the end, she was hospitalized for three days before dying peacefully. She was 79.

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NALYWAJKO o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-09-08 published
Passed away peacefully, with his family by his side on Tuesday, September 6, 2005 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Hamilton. Beloved husband of Kathy and cherished father of Victor and Sonia. Dear brother of Ivan and his wife Meedy, Swita and her husband Keith and Ala and her husband Harold as well as brother-in-law of Lydia STACHOWIAK. Loving uncle to Natalia, Nestor, Svitlana, Nina, Paul, Steven, Irene and Maryann. Predeceased by his parents Ivan and Natalia NALYWAJKO, his mother and father-in-law Paul and Maria KOLISNYK and brother-in-law John KOLISNYK. Will be sadly missed by his many dear Friends and family. His home was a place of constancy and comfort for all who entered its doors. He will always be remembered for his warmth and kindness, his humour and honesty and his love of art and life. Friends may call at the Dodsworth and Brown Funeral Home, Burlington Chapel, 2241 New Street, Burlington (at Drury Lane) on Thursday, September 8, 2005 from 6-9 p.m. Panakhyda will be held at 7: 30 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, September 9, 2005 at 9: 30 a.m. from the funeral home chapel. Interment to follow at St. Volodymyr Ukrainian Cemetery, Oakville. A special thank you to all the staff at Joseph Brant and St. Joseph's Hospitals for all their kindness and compassion. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Kidney Foundation and would be appreciated by the family.

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