Ahilan Kathirgamathamby obituary

My brother, Ahilan Kathirgamathamby, who has died of cancer aged 38, was a pharmacist who enjoyed the magic of science and literature, and a weightlifter who bore the nickname “gentle giant”.

Born in Redbridge, north-east London, to Sakuntala (nee Thirunavakarasoe) and Balasubramaniam Kathirgamathamby, a research chemist for Croda, Ahilan was the eldest of three, with two sisters, Vaani and me. He attended Cleveland junior school, Redbridge, before the family relocated to Huddersfield for his father’s work in 1989, when he went to Paddock primary school for a year before going to Royds Hall secondary school then Greenhead sixth-form college. He began a pharmacy degree at Bradford University in 1996, however, his studies were hindered by his selfless decision to be my carer when I became ill for a period.

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