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Gamani Kitsiri Goonatilaka

June 9, 1940November 9, 2020

Gamani Kitsiri Goonatilaka passed away in Austin, Texas on November 9, 2020, at the age of 80. Gamani was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka on June 9, 1940 to M.D.S. Goonatilaka and Violet Goonatilaka. Gamani was married to his high school sweetheart, Merlyn Goonatilaka for 58 happy years. The couple made their home and raised their family in Austin, Texas. He worked at Motorola for 20 years before retirement. Gamani enjoyed his career so much, he eventually went back to work at Enhanced Production Technologies.

Gamani and Merlyn were avid cruise-goers and enjoyed traveling the world together, taking in the sites and trying different foods. Gamani thoughtfully documented his many travels through his love for videography and shared those video creations with family and friends. However well-traveled he was, his favorite destination remained his home country, Sri Lanka. Everyone who knew Gamani knew that he was a pilar of the Austin Sri Lankan community. He and Merlyn loved to host big parties and welcomed everyone and anyone. At the end of a long day, there was nothing Gamani loved more than sitting on the recliner and watching Sinhala teledramas with Merlyn.

Gamani is survived by his wife, Merlyn, and three daughters and son, Kumudu Arachchi (Vasantha) of Freehold, New Jersey; Prasangi Boteju (Lakmal) of South Brunswick, New Jersey; Namalie deSilva (Srinath) of Round Rock, Texas; and son Nishantha of Austin, Texas; as well as his grandchildren, Charith, Dineth, Avantha, Asela, Ruwendika, Avinda, Erantha, Sachin, and Naduni. Gamani is also survived by his two sisters, Chitra Dehipitiya and Lakshmie Runaweera, and numerous nieces and nephews. Gamani was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. M.D.S Goonatilaka, and sisters, Sujatha Arseculeratne and Amitha Chandrasoma.

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    Tuesday, November 17, 2020

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    Tuesday, November 17, 2020

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    Wednesday, November 18, 2020

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    Wednesday, November 18, 2020

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    Wednesday, November 18, 2020

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BANDULA WIJAY

November 18, 2020

Gamani was a true friend, a friend who was always there when you needed one. A man of many talents, whether it is electronics or videography, he was the best. I first started working with Gamani when he designed the electronics for the heart pump I developed and then we have toyed with many development adventures over the years. He developed, the now popular video doorbell almost 20 years ago and gave me the first prototype. He was a creative man with practical skills to make things happen. Constanza and I always enjoyed those evening encounters with Gamani and Merlin during our days in Austin. We will always remember him and he will always be close to our heart.

Dave Muthali

November 18, 2020

Dear Friends,
True example of a friend indeed when I was a friend in need. When I was injured with a ruptured Achilles Tendon years ago and was confined to a wheel chair in Portland, Texas; Gamini and Merlyn came over from Austin and stayed with us to help me recover.Thus he and Merlyn became part of our lives forever. I am very sure that anybody who knows Gamini will vouch for this quality of his.
Every time time Lilani and Merlyn meet, as an observer I believe that these two have known each other for many births!
We will miss you our friend, May you rest in peace.
Lilani and Deva

Terry Bell

November 17, 2020

I am Terry Bell The owner of Enhanced Production Technologies. I will always remember how Gamani projected the love for family and a purpose of being. He left me with an image to always think of others and to never be selfish. He always carried a humorous side with him. I learned from him to stay active with your life doing what you love to do. he would always share when he wasn't going to come to work but I would always tell him it is an honor to us whenever he decided to come work with us.

Today is a happy and sad day. I am happy to have known such a wonderful, caring, loving individual. I am sad to not be able to have the wonderful days again. But I am truly blessed to have known such a wonderful person.

Kirk Larsen

November 17, 2020

I had the absolute pleasure of working with Gamani at Motorola and again at EPT for many years. He was a great friend and colleague. I learned so much from him through the years and shared a lot of laughs and good times. We would often talk about his love for cruises. It was because of him that I took my first cruise. He was one of the most friendly and good natured people I have ever known. He would always talk about his wife and family and how much they meant to him. He taught me so much about Sri Lanka and shared stories about his home land with great enthusiasm. Just an all around great guy. I will miss him very much but I am forever grateful that I had the opportunity to know him as a friend.

Samantha Abeysekera

November 16, 2020

Uncle Gamani,

Gone but never forgotten.

This photo was from a visit to my boarding school in England, an additional two-hour drive. We did some great family trips to Europe and America during my childhood, but above all, I knew he cared more about time with us than seeing the next destination.

Uncle Gamani will always be in my heart, and my heart goes out to Aunty Merlyn and all the family.

Uncle, thank you for the blessing of your life and love. May you attain the Bliss of Nibbana.

-Sam

Nishantha Goonatilaka

November 16, 2020

Miss you on my birthday.

Padmini Abeysekera

November 16, 2020

My family and I are deeply saddened by Gamani Aiyya's passing. Our love and prayers are with Merlyn Akka and the family, and may the Blessings of the Noble Triple Gem guide them all and bring peace and comfort to their hearts.

May Gamani Aiyya attain the Supreme State of Nibbana.

My most treasured time with Gamani Aiyya is when we first visited Texas and spent nearly three weeks on a most memorable road trip with Aiyya, Merlyn Akka and Nishantha. Gamani Aiyya's love, kindness and his generosity of spirit during those happy times traveling from Texas to Canada have a special place in my heart.

We are blessed to have that time as well as happy memories on our recent trip to Texas last year when we got to spend precious moments at their house.

Love always, you will always have a special place in our hearts, we will miss you!
Padmini Nangi, Saliya, Nilmini and Samantha

Srimathi Hathotuwegama

November 16, 2020

Gamini is my cousin I always called him malli (younger brother)we grew up and knew each other from r young years as I spent holidays at my aunts w/ all his sisters. After coming here we kept in touch as my husband was introduced to them . My husband (chandra deceased in 2001) and gamini became close and we visited and stayed w/ them in Texas many times . Malli always came and picked us up at he air port. When my husband passed he came down for the funeral.i am sad that I cannot do that as I don’t travel alone. But memories r vivid and will always be cherished of the good and happy times from childhood to adulthood. May he attain the ultimate goal of nirvana
Srimathi Akka

Srinath Desilva

November 15, 2020

Gamani (Thaththa) was a good father-in-law to me. We got along well. I will miss him a lot.

Chandrika Goonatilake

November 15, 2020

In loving memory of Gamini Aiya

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