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Stalwart Sunny dies suddenly

By Natasha Swift 9th August 2017

Stalwart Sunny dies suddenly
TRIBUTES: Sunny raised a lot of money for charity

“ST AUSTELL has lost a character who will be sadly missed” following the sudden and “untimely” death of a town councillor and restauranteur.

The death of Noel Krishnan - known as Sunny - has shocked the community where he has become a familiar face running the Nepalese Gurkha and after being elected onto St Austell Town Council in May.

Before working at the Gurkha, Sunny managed the Kathmandu Palace in Truro, going on to open his own restaurant Sunny Spice in the city and also ran the Sunny Spice restaurant in Fowey.

The 64-year-old was also a former chair of the Council for Racial Equality in Cornwall.

Gover Cornwall councillor, Sandra Heyward, worked with Sunny as he was a town councillor for her ward. She said: “I have known Sunny for a great many years, back when he used to bring his young sons swimming at Polkyth.

“To hear of Sunny’s sudden and untimely death was such a shock. My thoughts and condolences go out to his family.

“Sunny had become a part of the community with his fund raising at the Gurkha and latterly as a town councillor in the ward where he lived. I will miss him as one of the ward councillors working with myself for the Gover Ward.

“Sunny was very proud of his sons and was happy to chat about them and how well they were doing at any opportunity, particularly as I knew them and my thoughts go out to them at this very difficult time.

“St Austell has lost a character who will be sadly missed.”

Mayor of St Austell Graham Walker said: “I was shocked and saddened to hear about the sad passing of Sunny. He was a real gentleman who cared very much for St Austell and was doing his best as a Gover ward town councillor, member of the Chamber of Commerce, director of the BID and a prominent local businessman trying to make the town that he loved a better place.

“As well as a colleague on the town council, he was a friend whose charismatic presence I will miss dearly. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this very sad time.”

St Austell’s MP Steve Double said he was shocked and saddened to hear of Sunny’s sudden death. He said: “Sunny had been a good friend for more than 25 years in all sorts of walks of life, from a member of the church I led, to a fellow local businessman and most recently a local councillor. Not forgetting supplying some of the very best local curries. But most of all he was a good and loyal friend.

“Everyone who met Sunny could not help but be touched by his charming smile and enthusiasm for life. He worked tirelessly for the local community and raised many thousands of pounds for charity. It was a joy to see him achieve his long held desire to be a local councillor in recent years and to be able to support him in this.

“He will be greatly missed by so many people locally but of course especially by his sons, family and the staff at the Gurkha restaurant. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this difficult time. Rest in peace my friend I will miss you.”

Mount Charles councillor, Richard Pears, said Sunny would be sorely missed, adding: “I am very saddened to hear of the passing of my friend and fellow councillor Sunny.”

Cornwall councillor for Mevagissey, James Mustoe, said his death made St Austell a worse place. He said: “This is so sad. Sunny was a lovely man, always cheerful and keen to help, who tirelessly raised money for the community. RIP Sunny, St Austell will be a worse place without you.”

By Natasha Swift 9th August 2017

Alex Tancock. Planet Lifestyle 9th August 2017 10:01
Sad Sad day. Sunny was a bubbly caring person ,who we have known for over 30 yrs. He worked with me and Michelle at Gul Wet Suits. His charity work was second to none. We will miss you sunny. Rest in peace.
Sharon Sukacz 9th August 2017 22:03
So sad to hear ,sunny was such a lovely man. Fond memories from when our children were at school together. My thoughts and love go to his family at this sad time.
Michelle Etherington 10th August 2017 00:00
I was sad & shocked to hear of sunny´s sudden death, he was my supervisor in YTS in trewhiddle in St.austell he was always friendly to me year´s later he remembered me and always greeted me with a hug & kiss he always asked about my parents and my son! I will miss seeing him in town, God rest my friend R.I.P sunny X
Rita Joyce Singh 23rd August 2017 04:04
Sunny was my elder brother a year and half years older . As much as I saddened by his sudden demise, I am heartened to learn of the love the people of Austell had for him. He was a blazing comet amongst the siblings. He is dearly missed. Mrs Rita Singh Kanpur India.
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