News & Notes 715:Kanniappan
In the early evening of Sunday 10 September, our good friend and long-term brother Aurovilian Kanniappan suffered a road accident between Kottakarai and Visitors Centre, resulting in a severe head injury that left him unconscious. He was taken to JIPMER where, with his family nearby, he passed away at 2.30pm on Monday 11th. He was 56 years old.
Hailing from Edeyanchavadi, Kanniappan was one of those kids who joined us in the early seventies. Accompanying his father Dhanappal, one of Auroville’s long-term forest workers, he did all kinds of jobbies and was at 13 one of the first students in Meenakshi’s Ilaignarkal school. Several years he worked at Matrimandir’s workshop and moved from there to Abri as a mechanic. Married with Dhanalakshmi, the pair and their children lived in Shanthi community. Lately most of us know him from the Puncture Service, which he gradually built up during the last 30 years. It now is a full-fledged service located in Auroville’s Service Area where he and his brother Arumugam received many an Aurovilian whose bicycle or motorised vehicle suffered a puncture or needed other repair or overhaul.
Kanniappan had 4 brothers and 1 sister [Anbalagan, Ezhumalai, Nagappan, Arumugam, and Suseela], all serving in the City of Dawn, and he also had many friends in Auroville, and in Kottakarai and Edyanchavadi, where he was well respected.
We will dearly miss him, with his slow smile, always-friendly demeanour and keen knowledge of the job at hand, - and thank him for having been with us these long years.
Kanniappan’s remains were buried in the afternoon of Tuesday 12th at the Adventure funeral grounds with many attending. Our heartfelt love and strength go out to Kanniappan’s wife Dhanalakshmi, his daughter Archana and son Satyavan, and his many brothers and friends, all active in and for the City of Dawn.
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|News & Notes 716:Kanniappan||Pieter|
|News & Notes 716:An open letter to my friend Kaniappan||Anandi|