Dr. Ananda Samarakoon Passed Away

It is with profound sadness we share the passing of Dr. Ananda Samarakoon [Aug. 05, 1948 – Aug. 24, 2023] on August 24, 2023. due to Motor Neuron disease.

Dr. Ananda Samarakoon was a fun-loving person who brought laughter to anyone around him.

A great teacher and a lively companion in batch trips with his aptitude for singing.

Below are  some excerpts from a Donation drive initiated by his family in Memory of Dr. Samarakoon:

With great sadness, we share the passing of our beloved husband and father Ananda Samarakoon. He passed away peacefully on Thursday August 24th, surrounded by his loving family.

He fought a rapidly progressing and cruel disease, Motor Neuron disease (MND) for as long as he could. The courage, strength and grace with which he endured the suffering that MND inflicts was nothing but admirable. We were privileged to care for him until the very end. In keeping with Ananda’s wishes, we will be holding a small private funeral service just with the immediate family.  

Ananda, being the committed scientist that he was, questioned the cause of such a horrible disease and hoped that one day a cure would be found. To help this cause, we have set up a donation page where any proceeds collected will be passed on to the Macquarie University’s MND Service and Research Centre where Ananda himself received exceptional care. 

Please do not feel obliged to donate. If you do wish to contribute even a small amount, please do so using the link below. 


Manel, Nadeeka, Tharanga

If you like to make a donation, please visit this weblink: https://donorbox.org/ananda-samarakoon