Tissa Ranjith Athukorala
August 22, 1947 – September 21, 2019
Tony Korala, known as "Tissa Athukorala", passed away on September 21, 2019 from complications related to a brain injury. Tissa, surrounded by his loving family on his passing, is survived by his wife Rajini, daughter Sharnel Mesirow, son Ashan Korala, and their spouses Nicholas Mesirow and Ashley Korala, grandsons Navin, Suren, Ayaan, granddaughter Aila, and sister Shanthi Premachandra.
A celebration of life service will be held at Finley Sunset Hills Mortuary, 6801 SW Sunset Hwy, Portland, OR 97225, on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 11:00 am. There will be a viewing starting at 9:00 am preceding the service. Reception to follow at 1:00 pm at the Multnomah Athletic Club Grand Ballroom 1849 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205.
Tissa was born in Kandy, Sri Lanka on August 22, 1947, to Alfred and Susima Perera. He was a voracious reader who excelled academically. With the untimely death of his father at 19-years old, Tissa was forced him to give up school and start work. He pursued a career in chemistry at the Kandy Private Hospital, where he met his wife Rajini. They married on August 25, 1973. In February 1981, Tissa immigrated to Portland, Oregon his adopted home. In 1986, Tissa gained his US Citizenship and was naturalized as "Tony Korala." Tony worked for Legacy Emanuel Hospital for 37-years and he earned his MBA. Tony had a passion for life and prioritized his family over notoriety or personal gain. He supported several philanthropic organizations including being a founding member of the revitalized Oregon Buddhist Vihara. Always together, Tony and Rajini have explored over 20 countries. Tony's kind nature was amplified by his bright smile and hearty laugh. He was a confidant to many, and implored for his wise counsel. Tony will be dearly missed as an ideal husband, father and friend.
- Visitation Sunday, September 29, 2019
- Funeral Service Sunday, September 29, 2019
Tissa Ranjith Athukorala
September 28, 2019
Hi Uncle Tissa,
We still can't believe that you are gone. All of us lost a great Father. We don't have any words to express our sad. May his soul rest in peace.
September 26, 2019
Tony, Tissa to us, was a great person. I met him at the OBV Temple few years ago, and he always talked to us in a very friendly manner.
At the time when we were organizing our first musical concert in Portland with ‘Oregon-Lanka Art Foundation’ he helped us, encourage us in a very positive manner – ‘Yes we need to do this kind of things for the community’ that’s what I heard from him at that time.
We are very saddened to Tissa’s family for the loss, and it is also a big void to the community that cannot be filled with such an energetic laugh.
Please accept our condolences!
With Deepest sympathy,
Jeevan and Sujeewa
September 24, 2019
I remember Tony first coming to Emanuel Hospital to work in the laboratory. He was kindest person any coworker would want to work with. I saw his progression through the next few years to get his citizenship. I told him I would always call him by his given name! Well, that changed as did the different duties within the laboratory. He is Tony, always the gentleman, if it be on the phone or making an office visit out in St.Helens. I saw him last just before I retired in 2018. He was still the same person from beginning to end of my laboratory career. My heart goes out to his family, especially his wife, for the loss of such a great and wonderful husband. Rae Blank