ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Nirmala Suresh, born on June 18, 1950, and passed away on May 27, 2021. We will remember her forever.
Posted by Swamikannu Lawrence on June 6, 2021
Life is the best Gift God has given us. Death is nothing more than a bridge to eternal life with God. We, Swamikannu family sincerely regret the loss of our beloved Nirmala Suresh. It is tragic. It is painful. She was a woman of dignity and self respect till the end. She had a special attachment with Jacintha and am always thankful to her in getting Community certificate for Dinesh college admission within 2 hours. As the Canadian Priest rightly said in his sermon that, she nurtured Love to all the family members! Faith in her spiritual books! and Hope filled life till the end, without troubling anyone! May her soul Rest in Peace and pray God to give Chathura's family, Rishi and her Siblings to bear this irreparable loss. Last but not not the least "Absence makes the heart grow fonder" is absolutely true.
Posted by Thiagarajan Irudayaraj on June 6, 2021
Sudden demise of my sister Dr.Nirmala Suresh
Was a rude shock to our family .she was a strong lady who will never make a compromise on her
Principles.She is a great intellectual,poet ,Writer,
Speaker and abve all a great human being. May her noble soul Rest in Peace . Thiagarajan
Posted by Hubert Chandran Joseph on June 6, 2021
We , Shanthi and me pray that Nirmala is in the arms of dear Lord Jesus. He has given and taken back only to be in His glory forever. A ship sailing dissappears at the horizon from our sight. It dose not mean, the ship is lost. It is very much there. Soul also, away from our sight, but, does exists in His Glory.
I m sure all the glories of our God Almighty she penned in "Yesu Kaviyam", she is now experiencing it.
God bless her beautiful soul!
Posted by Mary Kenny on June 5, 2021
Our heartfelt condolences for the repose soul of Nirmala akka I will pray for her soul and for her grieving family  May her soul Rest In Peace
It is a difficult loss for the family May God be with Rishi and Chathura to strengthen them during this tough time.
-Suganthi and family
Posted by Raj R on June 6, 2021
My sincere condolences on the sad passing of Dr. Nirmala Suresh, spouse of our dearest cousin, late Dr. Suresh. An multi-talented person, a 'Tamil vidhwan', who amazed us all by her various accomplishments in academic and public life. I will always have happy memories of visiting cousin Suresh, cousin Nirmala and their then young family, at their house in Chennai. May her soul Rest in Peace! My heartfelt condolences to dear Rishi, and Chathura, and their families.
Sudesh (Brigadier Raymond Raj)
Posted by Nithya Joseph on June 5, 2021
Our deepest condolences on the sudden passing of Nirmala Athai. May her soul Rest In Peace. I have fond memories of a wonderful Christmas gathering hosted by Nirmala Athai. I still remember her warm hospitality and generosity. I remember she took us on a tour of the Doordarshan studio when she was a newscaster. I loved reading all her professional accomplishments and accolades posted here. It is certainly inspiring. Thanks for putting this together, Chathura. Nirmala Athai's pioneering spirit, grit and dynamic personality will live on forever.
Yours in mourning,
Nithya, Deepak, Abigail, Isabel & Rachel
Posted by Uma R on June 5, 2021
Extremely shocking to know about the sudden and unexpected demise of Nirmala aunty. Heartfelt condolences to Rishi, Chathura and rest of the family members. Having been next door neighbours for more than 2 decades, I have known her all my life. A multi faceted person with several accomplishment, I will always remember the talented, wonderful, warm and strong woman that she was and cherish the good old memories. May her soul rest in peace.
Posted by Jenn T on June 3, 2021
Your spirit will forever be embedded in all the people you have inspired. Rest In Peace, Nirmala.
Posted by Bina James on June 3, 2021
You will remain in our memory as someone who was strong, smart, fearless and multifaceted person. May our Lord keep the children strong and bear the loss with fortitude. May her soul rest in peace.
Posted by James Kanagaraj on June 3, 2021
My heartfelt condolences.
We pray for the repose of her Soul.
Memories will live on.
May Almighty give you both fortitude and courage to bear the loss.

Posted by Varghese George on June 3, 2021
Our Heartfelt condolences and prayers for the all the family members. May God strengthen them and may her soul rest in peace.
Posted by Usha Vidot on June 2, 2021
Nirmala was my colleague/friend during my days at St Michael’s Academy. I was a French Teacher between 1984 and 1989. I admired her intelligence, her passion for the beautiful Tamil language, her forthrightness, no hesitation nor fear in expressing what was in her mind. Mid 1989, I moved to Australia and lost touch with her … but still continued to hear about her accomplishments. Many thanks to her son, Rishi, through whom I was able to reconnect with her about 4 yrs ago – since then we were regularly communicating on the telephone once every few months … last time I spoke to her was about two months ago – her sudden demise came as a rude shock to me – shall sorely miss my telephone conversations with her. Rest well dear Nirmala.
Posted by alfons viswas on May 31, 2021
Expressing our deepest condolences to the bereaved family (Rishi & Chathura family) for the sudden, unexpected tragic loss of their dear mom. It came as a rude shock for all of us. Akka was just 10 months senior to me and remember she taught me Tamil grammar in my school final year. During my annual visits to Toronto since 2014, I was in touch with her and Rishi. During her previous visit to India, accompanied her (with Shanti, my cousin) for a Sunday mass and had breakfast in a hotel. In 2017, was with her to console the demise of Suresh at a funeral home in Toronto. With tears & prayers, May her Soul rest in Peace.   
Posted by James Viswasam on May 31, 2021
Our condolences and prayers for the family. Fondly remembering our interactions during my growing up days in Tiruchirappalli and later meeting her and Mr. Suresh at Chennai. Rest in peace Nirmala akka.

Leave a Tribute

 
Recent Tributes
Posted by Swamikannu Lawrence on June 6, 2021
Life is the best Gift God has given us. Death is nothing more than a bridge to eternal life with God. We, Swamikannu family sincerely regret the loss of our beloved Nirmala Suresh. It is tragic. It is painful. She was a woman of dignity and self respect till the end. She had a special attachment with Jacintha and am always thankful to her in getting Community certificate for Dinesh college admission within 2 hours. As the Canadian Priest rightly said in his sermon that, she nurtured Love to all the family members! Faith in her spiritual books! and Hope filled life till the end, without troubling anyone! May her soul Rest in Peace and pray God to give Chathura's family, Rishi and her Siblings to bear this irreparable loss. Last but not not the least "Absence makes the heart grow fonder" is absolutely true.
Posted by Thiagarajan Irudayaraj on June 6, 2021
Sudden demise of my sister Dr.Nirmala Suresh
Was a rude shock to our family .she was a strong lady who will never make a compromise on her
Principles.She is a great intellectual,poet ,Writer,
Speaker and abve all a great human being. May her noble soul Rest in Peace . Thiagarajan
Posted by Hubert Chandran Joseph on June 6, 2021
We , Shanthi and me pray that Nirmala is in the arms of dear Lord Jesus. He has given and taken back only to be in His glory forever. A ship sailing dissappears at the horizon from our sight. It dose not mean, the ship is lost. It is very much there. Soul also, away from our sight, but, does exists in His Glory.
I m sure all the glories of our God Almighty she penned in "Yesu Kaviyam", she is now experiencing it.
God bless her beautiful soul!
her Life

Family & Education

Dr. Nirmala Suresh was born on June 18,1950 to Irudayaraj and Regina in Thanjavur, TamilNadu, India. She was the middle child, with two brothers Dr.Thiagarajan Irudayaraj and Mr.Jayaraj Irudayaraj. 

She was married to the late Mr.Philbert Joseph Suresh in 1977 and and are survived by their Son , Lambert Rishi, Daughter Matilda Chathura , Son-in Law Brian Lucas and Grandchildren Oliver Michael and Giselle Pauline Joan. 

Nirmala grew up in Tiruchirappalli and attended Holy Cross college and completed B.A(Economics); B.Ed; & M.A (Literature). 

She went on to complete her post Graduate studies in University of Madras - M.Phil (Literature); Ph.D (Literature) and wrote her doctoral thesis on The Evolution of Modern Indian Japanese Haiku Poems.

Accomplishments

Among many of her accomplishments, highlighting below are a few: 

She authored and published 12 books on Tamil Literature and received one of the highest honours - the “Pavendhar Barathidasan Award” for exceptional contribution to Tamil Literature.

She was Tamil News Anchor in DoorDharshan ( Doordarshan is an Indian public service broadcaster founded by the Government of India, owned by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting) for many years and was one of the well known faces on Television in the 80’s. 

She was in the organizing committee when Saint Pope John Paul visited Chennai in 1986 and was specially blessed by him. 

She also contested in Elections to be Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for the DMK Party in the 90’s. 

She did a cameo role in a Tamil Movie - Keladi Kanmani.

She was a great orator and spoke in various events in Chennai and around the world (Middle East, Germany, Canada). 

She was an educator and a total of spent 15 years in teaching in University of Madras, Holy Cross College and other Colleges and also at St.Micheal’s Academy.