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Thambiraj (Thamby) Nathaniel was born on May 19, 1945 to Pastor Sakariah and Aleyamma Nathaniel in Karamana, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India. He passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 28, 2024 at the age of 78. He lived a long and adventurous life full of family, friends, and travel. He grew up the youngest of seven siblings who adored him. His siblings fondly remember dressing him up and doing his hair when he was a child and him cooking with his mother from a very young age. He married his high school sweetheart, Mabel Chelliah, on May 19, 1970 in Surat, Gujarat, India. They both later immigrated to the Washington D.C. area where he continued his studies in medicine. They had three children who started their nights in their crib, but somehow ended up cuddled up with him by morning. He was a really quick learner and always loved trying new things. He did everything from carpentry to programming computers. He passed on his love of figuring things out to his children who were often found taking apart the family electronics. He and Mabel traveled around the world with their children in tow focused on our National Parks and seeing as much of America as they possibly could. Some of these trips cross country were spent with his sister, Susie Joy and her family, the Paulraj family, the Pakkianathan family, and the Wyclef family. They camped and hiked and laughed so much. They were deeply involved in all of the communities they lived in, both in Texas and Maryland. Wherever Thamby and Mabel went people remembered the delicious food they cooked and the parties they hosted. His grandchildren remember watching football with him, talking sports, and playing board games and cards whenever he could. Thamby made and kept friends easily and always had a smile and a hug for his loved ones. He always wanted you to come a little closer so he could hold your hand, up to his very last breath.
He is survived by his loving wife Mabel Nathaniel, two loving sons, T. David (Sunny) Nathaniel, and T. Michael Nathaniel and wife Kantha Gardner, and loving daughter Thangarani MacNeal; his beloved grandchildren Alyssa Nathaniel, Raja MacNeal, Jacob Nathaniel, Connor Nathaniel, Deva MacNeal, and Ziva MacNeal; his siblings Dr. Phillip Nathaniel and wife Putty, Dr. Cathie Purushothaman and husband Nathan, and Leela Unnikumaran and husband Uni; siblings in law Sathias Chelliah and wife Felicia and Beulah David and husband Emerson; and many beloved nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his beloved brother Pastor C.C. Nathaniel and wife Sweetie, his beloved sister Susie Joy Pulivarti, and his beloved daughter in law Leigh-Lani Nathaniel.
The viewing and services will be held on Thursday, February 1st at 10:00 am ET at the Donaldson Funeral Home of Clarksville, P.A. at 12540 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD 21029 with a burial after at George Washington Cemetery at 9500 Riggs Road, Adelphi, MD 20783 followed by a repast at Burnt Mills SDA Church at 10915 Lockwood Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20901.
We are all so grateful for each and every call, message, prayer, and visit.
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