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Withana A. D. Chandrasoma

January 12, 1930April 9, 2021
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Withana A.D. Chandrasoma, age 91, passed away peacefully of natural causes on April 9, 2021 at the Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Round Rock, Texas surrounded by his children, their spouses and grandchildren.

He was born on January 9, 1930 in a small village outside of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He was the eldest of his 7 siblings, and grew up with 5 other siblings from his father’s previous marriage. He was married to Amitha (Goonetileka) Chandrasoma, who was the love of his life for over 42 years.

Withana began his career as an insurance agent with Ceylon Insurance, until he met his wife, Amitha. They were great partners in building their life together. His wife was a Montessori teacher in Sri Lanka, and immigrated to the United States in 1967 to seek out a better life for her new family. Withana and their three boys immigrated to Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1968. Their dream to own and operate Montessori schools was realized in 1976, when they moved the family to Austin, Texas where they opened their first school. They eventually secured a permanent location for their school in south Austin. With the success of the first school, they were able to open two more schools in Austin.

Withana and Amitha were also immigrant pioneers. They assisted many of their family members and friends to realize their dreams of building better lives in the United States.

With the passing of his wife, Amitha in 2003, Withana decided to retire.

He was an avid gardener. He was well known for raising all kinds of exotic tropical plants used in Sri Lankan cooking. He grew Moringa trees and sold the drumsticks to the local Indian markets in Austin. He also grew and shared Sri Lankan curry leaf plants with his friends and family.

Withana had so many friends and family throughout the United States, Sri Lanka, and the world. He was well traveled, visiting Asia, Europe, and the Americas, making many friends along the way. He loved a good chat, and people loved chatting with him. He was generous with his time and experience, and truly, Withana never met a stranger!

He was preceded in death by his wife, Amitha Chandrasoma; his parents, W.A.B. Appuhamy and Pinnawala Podhamine; his daughter-in-law, GiGi Parker-Chandrasoma; and his brothers and sisters, Kustan, Gunasena, Sirisena, Kamala, Soma, and Gnana.

He is survived by his loving sons, Mihira, Dilum and Sajeewa and their spouses Babs, Surangi, Kirk; grandchildren, Brittni, Colby, Meg, Shehan; great-grandchildren, Mila, Gwen; and numerous nephews and nieces. He leaves behind his brothers, Sarathkumara, Karunasena, and his sisters, Wimala, Nanda, Shiela and their spouses.

Withana will be remembered as a devoted husband, a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather and a friend to all who were fortunate to meet him. He was a remarkable human being who lived an exceptional life. He will be missed by so many. All those who miss him shall find comfort in the words of the Buddha, “All component things are transient and all that are born, terminate in death.” “Anicchavata Sankhara Uppada Vaya Dhammino” May Withana attain the supreme bliss of Nibbana.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Brookdale Lakeway, Seton Hospital, St. David’s Hospital, Baylor Scott & White Hospital, and all those who took time to visit, comfort and support him.

We would especially like to thank the staff at Brookdale Lakeway. They were instrumental in making Withana’s last years happy and vital ones. He would often comment on how much he loved being at Brookdale.

The family will receive all who would like to remember him from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 14, 2021, at Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 15, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., in the Chapel of Cook-Walden Chapel of the Hills Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Austin Buddhist Center, Austin Buddhist Vihara, or to the charity of your choice.

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  • FAMILY

  • He was preceded in death by his wife, Amitha Chandrasoma; his parents, W.A.B. Appuhamy and Pinnawala Podhamine; his daughter-in-law, GiGi Parker-Chandrasoma; and his brothers and sisters, Kustan, Gunasena, Sirisena, Kamala, Soma, and Gnana.


    He is survived by his loving sons, Mihira, Dilum and Sajeewa and their spouses Babs, Surangi, Kirk; grandchildren, Brittni, Colby, Meg, Shehan; great-grandchildren, Mila, Gwen; and numerous nephews and nieces. He leaves behind his brothers, Sarathkumara, Karunasena, and his sisters, Wimala, Nanda, Shiela and their spouses.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Mihira Chandrasoma
  • Sajeewa Chandrasoma
  • Colby Chandrasoma
  • Dilum Chandrasoma
  • Kirk Olson
  • Shehan Chandrasoma
  • David Garrizales
  • DONATIONS

  • Austin Buddhist Center
  • Austin Buddhist Vihara

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, April 15, 2021

  • Withana A.D. Chandrasoma

    Thursday, April 15, 2021

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Jit Seneviratne

April 15, 2021

Dear Mihiri, Dilum, and Sajeewa,

I was so sorry to hear about the passing away of your beloved father, the other day. I understand from Asanga that the funeral is today, 15th April. Please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of this great human being.

Uncle Chandrasoma was indeed a father figure to all of us students at UT, Austin, during the mid eighties and even long afterwards. I fondly recall how he and your mother used to invite us students to your home and those of your close relatives and host us to some great parties, which included good Sri Lankan fare (which we all missed badly!), not to mention the baila songs and dancing that went with it!! Your Dad made it a point to make us feel very much at home and welcome and used to inquire after our welfare, while we were studying in Austin. All of us can never forget how much of a large heart he had.

You can be consoled by the fact that he lived a long and full life, so you don't have to be sad about anything. Of course, when it actually happens, it still is hard for those who were near and dear to him.

You will be in our thoughts and minds during these difficult days and hope everything goes off smoothly, especially during these recent times with the pandemic.

Take care and stay safe.

Please convey my condolences to all the other members of the extended Chandrasoma family.

Sincerely

Satyajit (Jit) Seneviratne
Colombo, Sri Lanka
+94 777 360361
jitsene@dialogsl.net

Chathura Wanniarachchi

April 14, 2021

Dear family,
Please accept our heartfelt condolences for your loss. May he attain supreme bliss of Nibbana.

Chathura Wanniarachchi and family - Sri Lanka

Waruna Solanga Arachchi

April 13, 2021

Dear family for Loku seeya, please accept our heartfelt condolences for your loss! Words cannot describe how sad we are, as we have all shared such great memories with him during his visits to Sri Lanka! Much love to all of you! Waruna and family from Sri Lanka.

Scott Morman

April 13, 2021

It sounds like Mr. Chandrasoma enjoyed a life well-lived. My condolences on your loss.

Scott Morman

Donna MacLean

April 13, 2021

Be comforted that your Dad Withana is on his peaceful path and reunited with his love
Donna and Kathi

Asoka Ranasinghe

April 12, 2021

Please accept our heartfelt condolences
on the loss of your loved one.

Asoka Ranasinghe and all the family
members from Sri Lanka

Jay Satkunananda

April 12, 2021

Having good times visiting the family and having great meals/drinks and parties during my student years in Austin

We will always cherish the beautiful memories of Uncle Chandrasoma, “Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts.”

Sobhitha Rajakaruna

April 12, 2021

To- All beloved members of the Chandrasoma family.
Please accept our deepest sympathies. May he attain the supreme bliss of Nirvana!
Sobhitha Rajakaruna and family
And
Eunica Rajakaruna

Sobhitha Rajakaruna

April 12, 2021

Dear Nanda and Indunil aiya
Please accept our deepest sympathies. May he attain the supreme bliss of Nirvana!
Sobhitha Rajakaruna and family
And
Eunica Rajakaruna

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