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Demise of Old Peterite Dr. Thomas Crusz in the U.K.

Posted on 24 September 2014 by admin

Thomas Crusz attended St. Peter's College from 1952-1964, and was a brilliant student besides serving as Senior Prefect. He was the eldest son of (Late) Prof. Hilary Crusz & Decima Crusz. and nephew of Noel Crusz (formerly Rev. Fr. Noel Crusz). A pre-70s Peterite, Thomas was a good Tennis player at college and also sang in the choir. He entered medical college from SPC and upon receiving his medical degree left for the U.K. in the late sixties or early seventies. He has lived in the U.K. ever since.

He was a Consultant Haematologist and worked in the NHS Blood Transfusion Service until retirement a few years ago.

CRUSZ – DR THOMAS AQUINAS. Passed away in Essex (UK), beloved husband of Srimathie (nee Perera), loving father of Shanika (and Nick), Samanthi and Shanthini (and Mark), grandfather of Orlando and Luke, beloved son of (late), Prof. Hilary and Decima Crusz, brother of Frances (and Kamal), Robert (and Neloufer) and Marie (and Fred), son-in-law of (late), Ashley and Miriam, brother-in-law of Priyani, Sharmala and Niranjan. 

What people have to say:

Brian Ratnayaka, former President and live wire of the SPC OBU in the U.K. says, "Thomas was a was a Life member of our SPC OBU UK Branch and a member of the Committee last year. He was an active member of our parish – St. Thomas of Canterbury (Franciscans) – and sang in the Church Choir. A couple of months ago he was taken ill with a Brain Tumour, and was operated on, but did not survive. His home was very close to mine,

Upali Obeyesekere – President, Josephian-Peterite Alumni Association of Canada says, "Thomas and I were classmates from Senior Prep., through to HSC-I. A brilliant student, he was always among the top five in class – the others been Indra Cumaranatunga, Lalith Dabera, Harindra Sirisena, David de Kretser and V. Thuraisingham (now a medical doctor).
After securing his medical degree, Thomas left for the U.K. for his post-graduate studies in the late sixties or early seventies and lived in the U.K. ever after. "Thomma" and I became quite close when we were in the Senior Prep. and lived close to each other – he at Melbourne Avenue and I, at Bamba Flats. I waited for him at the top of Galle Road and along with Lester Weinman (Hildon Place) all three of us trekked on Galle Road to college and back. He visited me often at the flats and in turn I was a regular visitor to his home. Though I have visited England many times, never did meet him. I tracked him down once about 10 years back, and called him from Heathrow Airport (as I was waiting for my flight out) and reached him. He was so upset that I called him on my way back to Toronto. However, we exchanged addresses and e-mails and have been in touch ever since. He always sends a Christmas card, one of the first I receive. Not only was Thomas a brilliant student at college, he was a lovely person and full of humour. He loved music and had a good voice and played a mean game of tennis. MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE.“

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