OBITUARY

Gamini C. Desoyza

April 6, 1944February 19, 2021

Gamini DeSoyza, 76, of Dallas, passed away on Friday, February 19, 2021.

He was born on April 6, 1944, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, to the late Herbert and Piyaseely (Mendis) DeSoyza. Gamini grew up in Sri Lanka and began playing cricket at an early age and continued to enjoy the sport into his adult life. He played all the way to university, where he was the wicketkeeper. He graduated from Ananda College, then went to earn a physics and double math degree from the University of Ceylon. Gamini then moved to England, where he received his IEE certification as a Chartered Engineer.

This move was the first of many international moves that he and his wife would make throughout their life together. Gamini and his wife moved their family to many countries, including England, Egypt, Sweden, Korea and then to the United States in 1984. He was grateful for the career opportunities that allowed him and his family to see the world. Gamini also enjoyed traveling for personal pleasure and visited countries all over the world.

Switching from his original field of Electrical Engineering to Telecommunications, he worked for several companies over the years, including Plessey Telecommunications, Erickssons, GTE, NEC, and finally Alcatel, from where he retired as Director of Systems Test, Motorolla, Wireless Division. Following retirement, Gamini worked as an engineering consultant. He was a member of The Institution of Electrical Engineers in Britain and, in 1979, was awarded the title “Chartered Engineer” by The Council of Engineering Institutions, Royal Charter, founded 1965.

Gamini was very friendly and gregarious and didn’t know a stranger, as he thrived on conversing with others and getting to know them. He truly saw the best in people and wanted everyone to succeed. His devotion to his wife and family was unsurpassed, and he supported and encouraged his children and grandchildren in all they did. His positive outlook and his ability to find joy in the small things in life had a lasting impact on many as well as brought him a real sense of contentment with life. Gamini was guided by the teachings of the Buddha, and he supported the Buddhist Temple. Towards the end of his life, he bravely battled Parkinson's disease and supported the Parkinson Voice Project. Gamini will be greatly missed by those who loved and knew him.

In addition to his parents, Gamini was preceded in death by two brothers, Nandana DeSoyza and Sumitra DeSoyza. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Kumudini, also known as Kumi (De Silva) DeSoyza; son and daughter-in-law, Devinda & Erangi DeSoyza of Southlake, TX; daughter and son-in-law, Mihiri and Bobby Jones of Irving; five grandchildren whom he adored, Ethan R. DeSoyza, Derek R. DeSoyza, Nathan J. DeSoyza, Sophia I. DeSoyza, and Kyrin N. Jones; sister, Mitra Gunatilaka of Sri Lanka; and brother and sister-in-law, Indrajith and Chandrani DeSoyza of Sri Lanka.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2021, at 2 pm in Sparkman Funeral Home, 1029 S. Greenville Avenue., Richardson, TX 75081. Visitation will follow the service from 3-5 pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Texas Buddhist Meditation Center (11209 Brownfield Dr, Burleson, TX 76028) or the Parkinson Voice Project (646 N Coit Rd # 2250, Richardson, TX 75080 or at www.parkinsonvoiceproject.org). Those wishing to send condolences or sign the online guestbook may visit www.sparkmanrichardson.com.

Services

LIVESTREAM SERVICE
6 March

Funeral Service

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Sparkman Funeral Home & Cremation Services

1029 South Greenville Ave
Richardson, TX 75081

6 March

Visitation

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Sparkman Funeral Home & Cremation Services

1029 South Greenville Ave
Richardson, TX 75081

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Sandra Watkins

March 3, 2021

Dearest Kumi & Family ... My heart was sadden when i heard about Gamini ... Wishing the family strength doing this difficult time. I am thankful i got to know him....He was such a kind man ... I will remember his smile , laughter and the joy he had while playing with his grand-children ( especially Kyrin) His eyes would light up.
He will be missed.

Sandra Watkins
Garland Tx

Pandu (. Duki ) Wijeyaratne

March 2, 2021

Dear Kumi - I hope you’re doing well ; it’s hard for me to accept that Ga is gone so a brief note to you for my buddy Ga ; since our university days and even before you both got married with me as Best man ! Ga I will miss you despite our long separations over the years . I know kumi will enormously miss you along with your kids and grandkids;
It was so good to speak with you the week before you left the nursing home since you were beginning to fade but we chatted.
- - the good times ! Those were the days !
- Machang I love you and will let you go to be at peace; you are in a nice place;
Bye for now ! - - Duki. ( Pandu )

priya goonetilleke

March 2, 2021

My condolences and deepest sympathies on your loss. May he attain supreme bliss of Nibbana.

Vijitha and Yamuna Perera

March 2, 2021

We are deeply saddened to hear about Gamini ‘s passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and family during this sad time.
May you find comfort in all the beautiful memories you have shared today and always!
May he attain the supreme bliss of Nibbana 🙏

Srinath Desilva

March 1, 2021

Dear aunty Kumi, Devinda and Mihiri,
I have very nice memories of spending a few vacations at your home in Scottsdale in the late 80s when I was a Student in Tucson. Uncle Gamini and all of you were so hospitable and made me feel at home. I remember all of you taking me sightseeing to places like Montezuma’s castle and other historic sites.
I will never forget Uncle Gamini’s ever present and genuine smile, and his love for life.

Srinath Desilva - and on behalf of my Mum, Christine, and our entire family.

Chula De Silva

February 27, 2021

Dear Kumi
Please accept my deepest sympathies on your loss of Gamini.
I recall Gamini from our times at State Enginnering where Gamini was at the workshop & I was at work sites handling heavy machines.
Ga was amiable out going person
May he attain the Supreme Bliss of Nirvana
Chula

Ananda Eratne

February 27, 2021

Dear Kumi & Family,
We were saddened to hear the passing away of Gamini. We were classmates at Ananda College and spent may times together when were in Sri Lanka. He was a dear friend and known to both our families.
May he attain supreme bliss of Nibbana.

Ananda & Aruna Eratne
South Wales
U.K.


Haresh Gunatilaka

February 27, 2021

Dear Kumi aunty Devinda and Mihiri families,
We are greatly saddened by the passing a way of Ga mama. May he attain the supreme bliss of nirvana. 🙏🙏🙏

Lu Lilly

February 26, 2021

We are so sorry for your loss and this difficult time for you and your family. We have fond memories of the many years we shared with you and Gamini. We will always remember his kindness, patients, and friendship. God's Blessings to you and the family.

Barry & Pat Goukler

February 26, 2021

Dear Kumi and family, we are heartbroken to learn of Gamini's passing. We will always remember his smiling face and the good time's we all shared at the Parkinson Voice Project. May your memories of the years you shared together sustain you as you go through this most difficult time.

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