Ian Malcolm Goonewardene M.D.
1926 - 2017
Kain-Murphy Funeral Services - Haddonfield
15 West End Avenue
Haddonfield, NJ
Ian Malcolm Goonewardene, MD

AGE: 91 • Formerly of Mt. Laurel

Dr. Goonewardene was born in Panadura, Sri Lanka (Ceylon) in 1926. He completed college and medical training at the University of Ceylon and came to the US in 1955. Like most foreign medical graduates, completed residency training for a second time. He served as an intern at St. Vincent's hospital in Staten Island, NY. This was followed by a residency in Internal Medicine Residency at Frankford Hospital Philadelphia, PA where he would meet his wife, Joan (nee Blood), to whom he would be married for 53 years.

Dr. Goonewardene treated patients in both the office and emergency departments throughout the PA and NJ. He first joined an office practice in Paulsboro, NJ and subsequently opened an office practice out of his home in Gibbstown, NJ, where his wife Joan served as a nurse. Additionally, he was an emergency room physician at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden, NJ. Loved by his patients, he was widely known as an excellent diagnostician, and caring provider. His busy schedule was followed by house calls for homebound patients, or those too sick to travel. He retired from active practice at age 75, but volunteered with the Community Health Practice in Camden, NJ where he provided care to the uninsured, until well into his 80's.

Noted for his compassion, Dr. Goonewardene maintained an active philanthropic spirit his entire life. He supported domestic and international charities, and taught English to immigrants to the US. He was an active member of Amnesty International, and participated in church programs to feed those in need as a longtime member of Grace Bible Church in Mt. Laurel, NJ. He was comfortable with people from all walks of life, and was known for treating all with respect and dignity. He welcomed people into his home, and there was always room for one more at any meal. This generosity of spirit was widely shared by his wife Joan and was passed on to his children, all of whom are involved in lives of service.

He was predeceased by wife Joan Goonewardene (nee Blood), and daughters Darshini and Kelly. He is survived by children Michael, Kumar, Amy and Shanth; daughters-in-law Joanne and Heather; grandchildren Daniel, Avani, Ethan, Jada, Alexander, Laura and Colin. He will be missed by his cousins, nieces and nephews; both in the United States, and throughout the world: Sri Lanka, India, UK, Australia, and Canada.

Dr. Goonewardene's family will greet friends on Saturday, July 15th, 9:30-11:45 AM at Grace Bible Church, 822 S. Church St., Mt. Laurel, NJ 08054. Services immediately following at Noon. Donations to Roofs for The Roofless may be sent payable to Grace Bible Church at the address above.

Published by Courier Post on Jul. 13, 2017.
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9:30a.m. - 11:45a.m.
Grace Bible Church
822 S. Church St., Mt. Laurel, NJ
Grace Bible Church
822 S. Church St, Mt. Laurel, NJ
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The Goonewardenes are such an amazing family! I have so many memories especially of Dari, and the whole family.
Susan Ande-Smith
July 18, 2017
Our dad, Gene,was one of Ian's dining mates in Collingswood. Ian (or Doc, as my dad called him), was such an interesting person, with a good sense of humor and always a smile. My father thoroughly enjoyed Ian's company and respected his knowledge, as did my husband and I. Our deepest condolences go out to Ian's family.
Patti and Tom Hare
July 16, 2017
Erica Bailey
July 14, 2017

I fondly remember Dr. Goonewardene with the utmost respect. As our family physician (along with Dr. Jurecic), my parents (father deceased) as well as my husband and children will always recall Dr. Goonewardene's soft-spoken and kind demeanor. He genuinely cared about his patients and you always knew you were in good hands. Extending my deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to his children, grandchildren, and extended family. You are blessed to have had him in your lives.
Mary Ann Hee
July 14, 2017
Dr G was our family doctor in the 1969!s, where we lived in Clarksboro. I very clearly remember loving him and loving hearing his children practice music lessons. One time my mom was severely sick with food poisoning. He came to our house and treated her and she always said she was certain she was near death if it weren't for him! I have always kept very fond memories of him. Godspeed!
Janet Schnitzer
July 13, 2017
Ian was a valued member of our Amnesty International Group for many years, meeting at the Unitarian Church in Cherry Hill.His kind demeanor and obvious concern for those whose voices could not be heard, was so apparent. When he was no longer able to drive to Meetings, he was missed by us all.He will surely be missed by many now.
Janet Bruner
July 13, 2017
Dr Goonewardene was the kindest and most caring physician. I was lucky to have been treated by him up until his retirement. Drs Jurecic and Goonewardene made the best team!
Diane Rudderow
July 13, 2017
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