Sithie Tiruchelvam passes awayView(s):
The funeral of Sithie Subahanya Tiruchelvam, Attorney-at-Law, will be held at the General Cemetery Kanatte at 11 a.m. today. She passed away on Saturday at the age of 69.
Mrs Tiruchelvam was the founding partner of Tiruchelvam Associates, a law firm she started with her husband, Dr. Neelan Tiruchelvam, PC, MP., who was later killed by the LTTE She counted over 40 years experience representing foreign and domestic multi-nationals in corporate and commercial transactions.
She specialized in corporate law, employment and labour law, tax and regulatory law and laws governing non-profit institutions.
She first 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 on the Dispute Resolution Council of the Press Complaints Commission of Sri Lanka for several years. 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.
Remains lie in the residence at No. 48, Rosmead Place, Colombo 7. Cortege leaves residence at 10.30 a.m. for cremation.