It is not every one in society who shone above the rest the way Tita did. At the same time Tita was different like his bowling action that he inculcated while at his alma mater Wesley. Maybe at the Capri Club, The Apex Club, the Toastmasters or the Ceylon Amateur Dancing Association Tita was a pioneer. Then at the Royal Colombo Golf Club, the Colombo Colts Cricket Club he was once there at the helm as the President conducting the club’s future destiny.
Tita was always innovative. He joined the Colombo Lions (host) Club in its formative years in 1961 and a while before in 1958 he also began his ties with the Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand Association. Tita Nathanielsz was also a member of the Sri Lanka America Medical Association for more than forty years.
Since leaving school Tita played for Notts CC till it wound-up and then joined the Colombo Colts Club where he captained the club at two different periods. Later he was the President and till death he was a patron of the club.
At the same time Tita also became one of the selected few to have a hole-in-one at the RCGC where he became a vocal member where he shared his thoughts through his column “Off the tee with Tita Nathanielsz” in our own sports pages.
In his working life he was very prominent at Kandos – serving the company in the far-east for seven years and then till he retired at the age of 83 he served as the managing Director of Muller and Pipps.
As for me I formed a close contact with Tita with my Association with The Sunday Times. He never hesitated to discuss any topic that I wrote and part with some value added advice which was most appreciated at this end.
Nonetheless he was a man who had friends and a person who knew how to make friends.
The loss of Tita will be felt by many, but the void that he left in our midst would be very, very hard to fill.
Once again Thank you Tita for everything - Pathi