Gerard Nihal Lionel Pancratius, loving son of Antonia Selvaranee and the late Edward (Appucha), respectful son-in-law of the late Pearly Ambrose and the late Saverimuthu Ambrose, beloved husband of Antoinette, devoted father tof Sujit, Pio and Francesca, proud father-in-law of Shejal, adoring grandfather of Jay and Shay, a caring brother of the late Julie, Shiranee and Niranjan, compassionate brother-in-law of Vetha, Joseph Paul, Ranji, Jayantha, Nimi, Jeeva, Mahendran Rasiah , Mahendran Hayacinth and Glen, much loved uncle of Mario, Jude, Shaun, Dylan, Kishani, Pia, Piolyn, Kisho and Gerrard and a dear friend to many.
Nihal was born on 12th January 1951 in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. He lived his formative years in Jaffna. He was a talented musician and therefore a very popular young man. His love for music began at an early age, after he was gifted a guitar from his uncle Rasa. He composed and performed songs with his friends and even sang regularly on the only national radio station in Sri Lanka (SLBC). His remarkable and distinctive voice along with his catchy tunes assured him a life-long fanbase.
In 1971, whilst attending a college party, he met and fell for his future wife, Antionette. Upon graduating from St Patrick’s College Jaffna in 1972, he went in search of better opportunities and subsequently moved to England in 1975. In London, he qualified as a registered psychiatric nurse. In 1978, he returned to Jaffna to marry Antoinette. Soon thereafter, they immigrated to London to start their new life together. They settled in Tooting and raised three children: Sujit, Pio and Francesca.
Music continued to be in the backdrop of his life. Although he was a nurse by trade, music was his heart and soul. Accordingly, he continued to compose and perform music throughout his life. In the 1980's and 1990's, he organised numerous events which brought hundreds of people together; thereby, kick starting a social community which is still in place today. He later became a well sought-after one-man band and would regularly perform at various events, whenever asked and always free of charge. He never failed to support his alma mater, St Patrick’s College, who honoured him for his life-long dedication.
To his many friends, Nihal was a hugely caring and generous man. He was always there to offer help and support. He sang, danced and laughed with all throughout his life. His light shone brightly to all who knew him.
To his family, he was an inspiration, a one-of-a-kind dad who stood out from the crowd. He was a source of support, guidance and a trusted friend. We love him tremendously and now miss him so dearly. He fought a courageous fight to the bitter end, which is a great source of pride to us all.
He passed away peacefully on 5th January 2020. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
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Nihal, May you Rest in Peace with your creator. Thank you for your beautiful friendship during our time in earth.
My sincere condolences
Suj and Benz. Once again so sorry for your loss. Uncle was an legend and in my heart always will be. Such an amazing charity. x