Sithie Subahanya Tiruchelvam, Attorney at Law, passed away on March 22. Mrs. Tiruchelvam was 69 years old and was a founding partner of Tiruchelvam Associates, the law firm she started with her husband, the late Dr. Neelan Tiruchelvam, P.C., M.P.
Mrs. Tiruchelvam qualified as an attorney in 1968 and was a law graduate of the University of Ceylon. In addition to her legal career, she was a non-executive director of John Keells Holdings and Galadari Hotels. She also served on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Nadesan Centre for Human Rights and South Asians for Human Rights, and was a founding member of Foundations for Peace, based in Northern Ireland, and the Neelan Tiruchelvam Trust. She also served as a member of the parallel code review committee with Javid Yusuf and Uvindu Kurukulasuriya on Sri Lanka’s Editors’ Guild Code of Ethics.
She is survived by her sons, Nirgunan and Mithran, their wives and four grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Naima Sidique and Fauzil Sahideen, and a brother, Nadhir Dean. The late Zarook Dean was her brother.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the children’s charity of your choice.
Remains will lie in residence at No. 48 Rosmead Place, Colombo 7. Cortege leaves residence at 10:30 a.m. for cremation on Sunday, March 23 at 11 a.m. at General Cemetery, Kannatte.