A pioneer educationist who brought free Don Bosco education to Kolkata’s slum children Father Joseph Aymanathil, aged 73 died in a Kolkata hospital on 19 July 2020. He was cremated on 20 July 2020.
Kolkata Salesian Provincial Father Joseph Pauria wrote in a WhatsApp message, “Dear Confreres, it is with great sorrow that I communicate another sad news that Fr. Joseph Aymanathil passed away Sunday (19 July 2020) at 9.45 PM in Fortis Hospital, Kolkata. He was 73. Fr. A. C. Jose was admitted for prostate-related problems. He passed away while undergoing treatment”
As Father Aymanathil was a member of Provincial House Kolkata community, the entire Provincial House and Nitika Don Bosco complex is sealed with 21 Salesians, most of them above 60 years old.
Incidentally, 115th day of the uninterrupted feeding program for COVID Relief by Father Aymanathil was held on Sunday (19 July 2020) at Kapali Bagan and Kolkata’s Sealdah Railway station area.
For some 30 years, Father Aymanathil pioneered quality education of the slum children when he offered free tuition classes for children of the slums from Kolkata’s Corporation schools of Tangra and Sealdah area. Some of the slums from which children and teachers came for daily classes included: Bibi Bagan, Kapali Bagan, Motijheel, Merlai Lane, Suarmari, Bamonpara, Seal Lane, Pottery Road, Dui Number Bridge, Theen Number Bridge, Palmer Bazaar, and Muchipara.