Dr. Janaka “John” Hettiarachichi, DOP, FACS, FPMRS, 50, died Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. In life, he gave his heart to everything he did. Unexpectedly, he crossed over by heart-related issues at home, surrounded by his family.
A dedicated Urologist, beloved husband of 30 years and father of their four loving children, Dr. Hettiarachichi had an obsessive curiosity and driving desire to unravel the mysteries of the world and explore other cultures When not caring for his patients, he was an athlete who loved to bike, swim and run. He enjoyed his work and acquiring new skills in providing delicate care to his patients, while also loving to educate others.
Born to Wimal and Rohini on March 20, 1970, in Nugegoda, Sri Lanka, he was the older of two children. After spending his childhood in London and Sri Lanka, Dr. Hettiarachchi moved to New York City to attend the City University of New York, where he completed his bachelor of science degree in biochemistry. After working in the biochemical industry for two years, he attended New York College of Osteopathic Medicine in Long Island, N.Y., from 1993 to 1997. He went on to complete a six-year urology residency at New York College of Medicine in Westchester, N.Y., in 2003. One of his highlights during training was a scholarship to perform surgeries and enhance his education in Cameroon, Africa. Dr. Janaka Hettiarachchi was board certified in urology, with subspecialty certification in female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery.
He married his beautiful wife, Catharina Hettiarachchi, in July 1990 and raised four children. He worked in Wilkes County as a urologist, where he established his practice, Piedmont Urology, while starting their family of four children. Later, his practice grew and had a satellite office in Cornelius, where he resided.
He will forever be remembered by his wife and best friend, Catharina, their precious children, Alexander, Olivia, Lara and Robaer. His parents, Wimal, Rohini and Wilfredo (step-father), by his sister, Rashika, by his in-laws, Thomas and Cordula, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Edward and Kimberly, and by his nephews, Daniel, Dax and Nicholas. Janaka will also lovingly be remembered by his numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, dear friends, colleagues, patients, and kind and dedicated work family, Brandy, Tiffany and Zhane.
Flowers will be accepted to Raymer-Kepner Funeral home in Huntersville, but you may donate instead to heartsong.org or to Pinnawala elephant orphanage (nationalzoo.gov.lk)
Funeral arrangements can be found on the Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home website.