Tribute to Aunty Katie

Tribute to Aunty Katie


Aunty Katie

Aunty Katie was born Catherine David in Tamil Nadu, India to parents of humble means. She was the youngest of 4 sisters and 4 brothers – all now departed.

An Introduction to The Early Days in The Life of Auntie Katie

Auntie Katie's father was a lay preacher who taught the Bible in fishing villages around Madras and throughout the Coromandel Coast of East India.

Her mother (Dhanam) though lacking in formal education also helped his missionary work by teaching needlework to women in the coastal villages and explaining the Bible to them.

After school and in her teens, Aunty Katie joined and later rose to the rank of Captain in the British Army’s Women’s Auxiliary Corps of India. As a Captain in the WACCI she travelled throughout India helping with the war effort. She matured and learned discipline and how to train. In 1946 the British Army recognised her work and dedication and awarded her THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICES MEDAL. Yes, our Aunty Katie received a DSM.

She also met quite a few well know people like Lord Louis Mountbatten amongst others.

Around this time she met, fell in love with & married the popular Chummy Perera while he was visiting India where he ran a few businesses. A few years later after the birth of a son Subas, in Trivandrum, Kerala, they decided to return and to Colombo where Suresh, Rohan and Romesh were born.

Aunty Katie was not fazed by her new country. She joined Singer Sewing Machine’s corporate office in Colombo where she rose to the rank of Manager in charge of Education and Training. Her army training had made her a person quite capable of taking charge. She travelled throughout Sri Lanka running classes and events for Singer, educating women on the use of the modern sewing machine. This of course helped sales and ensured a good income for the family.

Tributes From Flatters and Friends

  • Please convey my condolences to Suresh and his brothers (Subash, Rohan and). I remember her from when I lived in Oz too... Jeffvan den Driesen
  • It is indeed so sad always to note when you the demise of a flatter. Please convey my Deepest sympathies to Aunty Katie's family. My thoughts and prayers are with them at this very sad time. Kumar Selvadurai
  • Please convey our Deepest sympathies to the families. I can remember Mr. Chummy Perera very well. Rukmal
  • I am sad to hear the news of A. Katie's passing. please forward my sympathies to Subash, Suresh, Rohan & the last whose name I can not remember. Yes you are so right U Chummy & A. Katie were legends in our life as flatters. I hope that most flatters in Melbourne will honor her on the day by being present. Ajit Abeyewardene
  • This is very sad. She was like a mother to our generation of flatters. She welcomed each and everyone of us as if it was her own son or daughter. We had so much fun and laughter with uncle Chummy and her. May her soul rest in peace. Mervyn Mendis
  • Please convey my Deepest Sympathies to Mrs. Chummy Pereira's Family. Its a great loss for the Flatters Community. Mithrani Mahadeva
  • Kumar please convey my deepest sympathies to the boys,i stayed with her and Ian for a month when i went to Melbourne few years ago.she was very fond of me,i will miss talking with her on the phone.Keep well and have a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year.Leaving for SL on the 9th of December. Fauzia.
  • Sad news Indeed she was a lovely lady and an icon of the flats. Please pass on our condolences to all the family. Milroy & Romany
  • Please let the 4 sons - Subash, Suresh, Romesh & Rohan know that their mother and they are all very much in my thoughts. Sincerely Tissa Abey
  • My deepest sympathies to the family. May her soul rest in peace. Thaku
  • Please convey my condolences to Auntie Katie's family. Kind regards Saadia
  • Great lady, good memories of Aunty Katie on the balcony opposite our flat. Deepest sympathies to all the family from the Whites in Perth.
  • Pls do extend my deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to the family. Sriantha
  • on behalf of the Ponnampalam family I sent my condolences to the family. It's sad as we loose our pioneers. They all came from good stock and made us proud of growing in the flats.
  • Oh yes, Aunty Katie[to us all] I knew her so well. She had a good life, praise the Lord. Regards to her sons. Love Ranee.
  • Could you kindly convey our Condolences to the Perera Boys (Subas/Suresh/Romesh/Rohan) on the demise of Aunty Katie. I do remember her with Fondness as I visited their flat often after the Family returned from their overseas cruise and brought back many gifts which they kindly distributed to those less fortunate than them. Aunty Katie always had a beautiful smile and nothing seemed to bother her. She was proud of her 4 sons and it is hard to say who the favourite was, but I think it was Romesh. She and Uncle Chummy were icons in The Flats and were instrumental in organizing several functions together with Uncle Colin van den Driesen. One cannot forget these icons as they gave so generously of their time and talents to provide us with entertainment and to help us develop our skills in various areas such as Sports and Music and other areas too. The Boys have lost a Great lady however they can stand Proud of what she meant to “The Flatters family” May her soul rest in Peace. Sincerely, Everard & Dagmar Hoffman
  • I remember aunty Katie very clearly she loved to feed us after a sing song at uncle Chumm'ys RIP aunty and Gods Blessings. Desmond
  • sad news of Aunty Katie passing away , she was a lovely lady please offer our condolences from Silva family of D/2 to Aunty Katie's sons May her Rip .thanks sando .
  • please convey our condolences to Suresh and family. She was a great lady and I can still her on her balcony in H Block with Chummy by her side. Many thanks Melanie
  • So sorry to hear this news Kumar... please convey my condolences to the family. Aunty Katy and Uncle Chummy were very close friends of my parents though we children didn't really know each other. Nilufer De Mel