JILLA, Homi Nasserwanji

Homi Nasserwanji Jilla

Born in Ceylon on 6.12.1925,

died peacefully on 2.01.2024

at the Alfred Hospital.

His passing was merciful after complications arising from a long illness.

However he was clear of mind, of good character and honourable to the end.

A loving and devoted husband of 69 yrs to Marjorie,

a cherished and beloved father to Jeremy, an adoring Grandfather to Marcus,

and a loving father in law to Rosalind and to Robyn.

And a great grandpa to newly arrived Kian Cooper-Jilla.

Homi was a much loved son of Nasserwanji & Banubai Jilla

and a loving brother to 8 good men all now deceased.

He was a virtuous, kind and decent man, much loved and will be forever missed.

Rest in Peace free of pain my beautiful, remarkable Dad.

The Service to Honour the Life of Homi

will be held in the Blair Chapel, Springvale Botanical Cemetery

on Wednesday January 17th, 2024 commencing at 11:15am

Livestreaming of Homi's service can be viewed via the below link:


4 Tributes

  1. Rosemary Dharmawardane
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    Humble and Honest all his life. The last of the siblings from a legendary family of 9 brothers. Always gentle and courteous to everyone. True gentleman. Fond memories will always remain in my heart forever.

  2. Rustom Jilla
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    Rest in Peace Uncle Homi. I have always admired your pioneering spirit that took you, Aunty Marjorie nd Jeremy far away from your established and comfortable lives in Colombo to a new land where you were the first Jillas to blaze a path. And your legacy will live on through your son, grandson and now great-grandson. Your kindness, humour and warmth from our first visits to Australia to the last one will always be cherished and remembered. With much love from your US family.

  3. Ryan Ferguson
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    A unique , extraordinary character u. Homi is, I affirm is a true legend from a legendary family ! A strict disciplinarian a loving father to my cousin Jeremy , a devoted husband to my aunt Marjorie , had been a father to me and my brother as well . If we are honest to some extent and it is no doubt due to u. Homi and a. Margy also for what we are today. There isn’t a book that he had not read , a walking library has a vast knowledge of many subjects which he shared with us every moment . It was a pleasure being in his company . He had a sharp sense of mind till the end. We in Sri Lanka all of us miss him a lot but not the cherished memories. Adieu u. Homi.

  4. Robin Jilla & family
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    My uncle Homi and his beloved wife, Marjorie, made the decision to migrate to Australia when I was still very young, which limited the time I spent getting to know them. As such, our interactions were mainly confined to the occasional visits Uncle Homi made to Sri Lanka, though these instances were regrettably infrequent.
    Despite the limited opportunities for connection, every encounter with Uncle Homi and Aunt Marjorie left a lasting impression on me. Their genuine love and affection for not only me but also my family and other nephews and nieces were evident. In those brief moments, I could sense the warmth and sincerity they radiated.
    Uncle Homi stood out among my eight uncles, alongside Uncle Savak and Uncle Kassi, as one of my favorites, despite our limited acquaintance. I regret not having more chances to spend time with them, to forge deeper connections and share more moments.
    As we bid farewell to Uncle Homi, I offer my heartfelt prayers for his eternal peace. May God bless his beloved wife, Marjorie, and their son, Jeremy, providing them with the strength they need during this time of sorrow.

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