Obituary: Teacher and charity stalwart Ambigay Rajagopaul

2010-09-24 00:00

A PROMINENT Pietermaritzburg personality, Ambigay Rajagopaul (82) of Bodmin Road in Allandale, died on Saturday afternoon after a lengthy illness.

After a successful school career, Rajagopaul began teaching while still in her teens. Charged with the responsibility of educating infants, she proved to be a conscientious and dedicated teacher.

That she was adept at moulding the lives of her young pupils is reflected in the fact that many of them went on to pursue successful careers in Pietermaritzburg and elsewhere.

She was active in the Technical Students’ Society, serving as an official in various capacities over the years.

It was here that she met C. Rajagopaul, whose yeoman service to the community will be long remembered.

During his sterling community work, she also contributed to the upliftment of their community with many deeds of charity and welfare and acts of goodwill.

Together they provided annually for patients at Town Hill and Fort Napier hospitals through their unstinting support of the Deepavali Cheer Society.

The organisation will soon be celebrating its centenary year.

Rajagopaul was also connected with many social, charitable, religious, educational and women’s organisations. She is survived by her two sons, Ravindran, a English teacher at Raisethorpe Secondary School, and Kresan, a specialist surgeon in Canada, daughters-in-law Shevi and Patti, grandchildren and a host of relatives.

Her funeral took place on Monday.

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