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Nihal S. Nagahawatte, MD

5/17/2017



Nihal S. Nagahawatte, MD, age 71 of Wayne, died on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

Dr. Nagahawatte was raised in Sri Lanka and graduated from high school in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He later graduated from the University of Ceylon in Colombo with a degree in medicine.

He came to the United States to do his residency in pediatric medicine in 1975 at University Hospital in Newark. In 1979 he started his own practice on Riverview Drive in Totowa and about three years later he founded Wayne Pediatrics on Parish Drive in Wayne. Serving the area families for more than twenty five years brought him tremendous gratification and he truly valued the relationships he enjoyed with his colleagues, as well as his patients. Sadly, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in the year 2000 and he understood that retirement was a necessary step for him to take at that point. He was always a very proud man and he became fearful that the disease would compromise his dignity. He turned inward therefore, and surrounded himself with just his close family. He passed away peacefully at home with his wife by his side.

Dr. Nagahawatte enjoyed playing tennis over the years, and later took on the game of golf. He and his wife Nelum were able to travel all around the world and played golf together at their destinations whenever possible. He also loved music; all kinds of music, as well as singing and dancing. He made friends everywhere he went, was very kind and sociable, and a generous man. He was very affectionate and a connoisseur of fine foods and fine wine.

Dr. Nagahawatte is survived by his beloved wife; Nelum (Karunaratne) Nagahawatte of Wayne, his two daughters; Neoma Nagahawatte and her husband Peter Burgoyne of Brookly, NY, and Natalie Ohly and her husband Jack of Brooklyn, NY, and three grandchildren; Benjamin Ohly, Oliver Burgoyne, and Raya Ohly.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 9 AM to 1 PM, with a Buddhist service preceding the visiting hours, beginning at 9 AM on Saturday at the funeral home. Cremation will follow at the Cedar Lawn Crematory, Paterson.

Guest Book

5/19/2017

Our deepest sympathies to the family. Dr. Nagahawatte was the best pediatrician. He took such wonderful care of our first two children, coming to see them each in the NICU and caring for them and us so kindly. We were sorry that he was not able to continue as our pediatrician when our youngest was born. We have thought of Dr. Nagawahatte over the years and said prayers for him and his family. The world lost a special man but we are so grateful to have had him in our lives for the years that we did. Peace to all who loved and cared for him.

Katie & Blase Buononato and family

5/19/2017

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Debbie potenzone

5/19/2017

My deepest sympathy to the whole family! I remember the very 1st time Dr Wu introduced us to him , I said he is going to be our pediatrician ! Such a good , caring Dr. he had a wonderful nurse Joan. I always knew my children were in good hands with him! I was so destroyed when I as told he was giving up hisborCtice due to illness! He was missed terribly! I will never forget him and I am so thankful for him! May god bless you all ! I am so sorry for your loss! Thank you all for sharing him with us! He was a remarkable man and will be missed so much! ??

Debbie potenzone

5/19/2017

We(Irani and Tissa) are deeply saddened with the news of your brother's passing. HE May attain Nibbana. Tissa and Irani Ilanpeuma

upatissa ILANPERUMA

5/19/2017

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Nagahawatte, he was the kindest most compassionate pediatrician ever. He was a Godsent to us as we raised our children.

Doreen Allaghi

5/19/2017

Dear Nelum, Naoma & Tanya Kottahachchi family is deeply saddened by this loss of yours. Our deepest sympathies to you. Even though he was ill for 17 years we knew he was around. Such a close freind since the Medical school I certainly will miss him knowing Nihal is no more. May he attain the bliss of Nibbana

wije Kottahachchi

5/19/2017

My condolences to the family. Dr. Nagahawatte was the pediatrician for all of my children. He was a gem. We were Blessed to have him to guide us through parenthood. May your memories comfort you in the days ahead.

Beverly Williams

5/19/2017

My deepest sympathy to Dr. Nagahawatte's family. I don't know what I would have done when my boys were young without his kindness, compassion and wisdom. He was one in a million. Thank you for letting him be part of our lives. He will always be in our hearts.

Claudia Peterson

5/19/2017

Our sincere sympathy for your loss. I remember Dr. Nagahawatte when he first started his practice. He was an excellent pediatrician who I felt honored to know and work with in the maternity department at WAYNE General Hospital for many years. "Death leaves a heartache nothing can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal". With sympathy, Sharon & John Cecere

Sharon & John Cecere

5/20/2017

Rest In Peace to a kind and loving sole.

Robert Perez

5/20/2017

What a wonderful and kind Doctor he was to my son and daughter starting in 1981! So blessed to have him as our Pediatrician. He was sorely missed when he stopped practicing. He was always so proud of his daughters. Such a loss

Darcy Budde

5/20/2017

My deepest sympathy .... It was a pleasure working with Dr Nagawatte at WGH ...... His colleagues and Patients will miss him ......... he always was proud of his family .....

Linda Mania

5/20/2017

Dear Nelum and family, So sorry to hear about this sad news. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this sad time. May he attain "Nibbana".

Swarna Jeewandara and Deepal

5/20/2017

My heart and sympathy go out to the Nagawattee family. He was a very caring man. Loved teaching his daughter and being involved in his family. Rest in peace Dr. Nagawaatte, rest in peace. Fran Hamecs

FranHamecs

5/20/2017

My deepest sympathies. He was both of my son's pediatriciaans he was wonderful. My bff Claire Murphy(a nurse) babysat for the children...which is how I found him. So sad....tooo young. Xoxo mrs.nahgawahtie and ur children :/

Tracie buccieri

5/20/2017

My deepest sympathies. He was both of my son's pediatriciaans he was wonderful. My bff Claire Murphy(a nurse) babysat for the children...which is how I found him. So sad....tooo young. Xoxo mrs.nahgawahtie and ur children :/

Tracie buccieri

5/20/2017

Dear Nelum, Deeply saddened to hear of Nihal's passing away. Our heartfelt condolences to you and your daughters, grandchildren & family. May his soul rest in peace. May he attain Nibbana. Shiranie & Priyantha Perera

Shiranie & Priyantha Perera

5/21/2017

My deepest sympathies. I came to know him when my brother was OIC at Ganemulla Police Station in 1969. I haven't met him after he left for US. May he attain Supreme Nibbana.

Dr Asoka Dias

5/23/2017

I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. He was the best, my children loved him. As a parent he was always there to calm my fears and called on several occasions to check on my children to see how they were doing. My sincerest condolences to his family.

Patti Verhasselt

5/23/2017

I am so sad to hear of the passing of such a wonderful man! He was my pediatrician when I was little and because of him it was always a positive experience. He continued to allow me to come in far after my childhood years, until college acually. Always greeted me with a warm hug and a genuine smile! May he Rest In Peace. Xo

Danielle Licata

6/6/2017

All the beautiful messages of your husband reveals what a wonderful man he has been. These messages remind me of my father. Even after many years, people will still remember Dr. for the goodness he has spread around. That is your comfort. We also know everything is Uppada - Thithi - Bhanga (arising-temporary stay-passing). May you have the strength and courage to face life by yourself. Your comfort is your two daughters and their families. May all the merit he has collected looking after and being a comfort to all who came his way, help to start on the path to Nirvana. Take care.

Manthri Wedande

6/9/2017

As a nurse, he was one of the best physicians ever. As a Mom, he was the best pediatrician ever. My children loved him. He had a friendly, kind and quiet way about him. He always called right back when I had a question. He has been sorely missed all these years. Rest In Peace.

Joan Murohy


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