In keeping with his last wish, we donated the mortal remains to the Anatomy Department of Chennai Medical College.
The ninth day ceremonies to speed his Soul on the next leg of its journey were held on 5th Feb, 2016 at Gayathri Gnanavaapi, Chromepet. Followed by further events over the next four days.
Vittal, as he was fondly called by everyone in the family, Swaminathan was the middle of three brothers - sons of Mr. Ananthavenkatarama Iyer, hailing from Batlagundu, a farming village near Madurai, a city in South India.
Suseela, his dear wife for 53 years, and Rajendran, his adopted son, were his closest family members, on whom he showered unconditional love and affection.
After living in many cities around the country during his years in the IAF, he set up shop briefly in Chennai, before moving to the hometown of his wife - Salem. He spent nearly 15 years there, helping his son finish school with flying colours.
During the late nineties, he moved back to Chennai, and along with his wife, stayed with his son and daughter-in-law Radha Vembu.
Aditya, his grandson and newest recipient of his pampering love, was born in 2000, and T-Rex, his favourite pug dog, and hero of many a poem he penned, came into the family in 2012.
After 84 years of a happy healthy life spent never too far from the doting affection of his loving family, he spent a week in the ICU, and breathed his last one fateful evening.
Here is wishing he spends a lot lot longer in our memories.