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After the close family offered their final farewell in true Sri Lankan style, it was so moving to watch the entire hall queuing up silently, to pay their homage to one of their much loved and respected close friends.
Dinil is survived by his wife Prabha, his elder son Nalin and his wife Annette and their two daughters, and his younger son Ravi, his wife Sue and their two children. Dear Dinil, You would have been delighted with the presence of such a large gathering and how your loved ones conducted the final farewell. You were indeed a true and a sincere friend Kalyana Mittha. You will be much missed by your family, broader relations and all your friends and well- wishers.
May you attain the everlasting Bliss of Nibhana. Beloved sister of Gunapala and sister-in-law Thalatha. Loving mother-in-law to Shaun. Loving grandmother to three beautiful grandchildren. A devoted and caring friend to many. She will be sorely missed by all. Funeral service to be held on Saturday 28th April at Remembering Ari Ari dissanayake has been the definitive life force behind our PPA's unparalleled status with in the Sri Lankan community.
Now living in quiet retirement in Colombo, her contribution to the Association was, to put it simply, magical'. I met Ari at the AGM in However around , almost unwittingly, Ari introduced an extra dimension to the PPAs programme. She no doubt instinctively realized that with the vast resources at her disposal, she "Undeniably Beautiful and charismatic; supremely talenred with a great sense of humour" could pursue a yet unrealised ambition that of producing and directing her own stage shows, She declared she would experiment with the 'Visakha Geetha Natakaya' guided by the school video.
And she did it. The opera presented at the Commonwealth Institute was Colourful, no doubt amateurish being a first attempt, and with an enthusiastic all-female Visakhian cast, enormous fun. That was in The totally professional excellent musical drama 'Nari Bena' had an addendum 'Kamare Pore', Ari's last minute surprise, two gullible male lodgers being exploited by their shrewd, avaricious, mouthy landlady - and we all were doubled up in laughter to identify the brilliant actress as our own Ari - superbly appropriate for the part.
Just consider the magnitude of the tasks involved, finding the cast, music, costumes, lighting and sets, choreography, venues for rehearsals and shows etc. The cast came from PPA members, their spouses and children, and also Ans casual encounters in the temples, restaurants etc. And above all, her indefatigable energy and resourcefulness that brought everything together. Also consider her contribution not just to the PPA, but also to all those whose hidden talents she discovered, enabling them to shine on the stage, those gawky young girls who miraculously were transformed to confident elegant models on the catwalk.
Ari has the love of so many in the community who firmly became 'Visakhas Friends'. Of course, Ari had the commitment and support of so many. Two names I must mention: Vipuli Samaratunga training the dancers, and responsible for the outstanding choreography in 'Nari Bena' which was as much her achievement as Ari's.
The second is Saro Kodagoda, mistress of the wardrobe, in charge of costumes and apparel in all the shows, quietly calm and in control. Now to digress, Ari introduced the style and format of the current newsletter. I thank her for encouraging any writing skills I posses.
The Millennium dance Souvenir was exceptional, she put her heart into it. Ari will find my personal assessment of her entertaining. Undeniably beautiful and charismatic; supremely talented with a great sense of humour; adventurous and daring in her creative endeavours; imperious, dominating, even bossy; and taking immense pleasure in being in the limelight; inviting and welcoming constructive criticism and touchingly compassionate in relationships. Ari has served the PPA with all of her ability and totally from her heart.
She could and should be an inspiration to the PPA, for her contribution has been unique. Amila Wadugodapitiya Inserted by Lakshmi de soyza. We would walk right up to Heaven and bring you back again. No farewell words were spoken, No time to say "Goodbye".
You were gone before we knew it, and only God knows why. Our hearts still ache with sadness, and secret tears still flow. What it meant to love you No one will ever know. Since you'll never be forgotten, We pledge to you today A hallowed place within our hearts is where you'll always stay.
Josephs Home for Elders Chapel Lansigama Marawila on 29th March being 31st day of his death followed by Alms giving for the inmates. I like to thank Sister Maris Stella and the Community for all the arrangements made by her.
If any readers who like to have a mass and give alms giving for their relatives and friends for any occasion such as Birthday, Anniversary, Death can contact Sister Maris Stella Superior, St.
If anyone would like to offer your sympathies to Gerards Sister Dilani Nesanpillai in States her telephone number and her Aunt Mrs. Lalitha Philomin telephone in UK. May their soul rest in peace, the good lord have granted eternal rest. Ganimathul Fawzia Sivardeen nee Nizar , much loved and loving father of Dr.
Zaeem, loving brother of late Fathima, Khadija Umma, brother-in-law of late M. He was a very generous and helpful person who helps the poor and anyone who needs help, he was a friend in need. May his soul rest in peace. Ed A medical academic with a vision When I was a medical student in the seventies, the majority of my teachers were very conservative in their approach to imparting knowledge.
Although they instilled the values and ethos required of a future doctor but were reluctant to embrace the changes to develop the students nor did they make any attempt to nurture enquiring minds! They were particularly loathe to question their own methods or performance.
Prof Varagunam however was an exception for he was very enthusiastic to explore new ways of learning advocated by the Western academics who were gaining insight in to their own abilities, calling for analysis and research in to teaching methods displaying an interest to adopt new concepts of medical education. Simply put he was a visionary, one of its first kind in the mid sixties perhaps better described as the doyen of medical education when he set foot in Peradeniya as a lecturer in medicine.
On Wednesday the 7th of February generations of past medial students lined up in Kandy to pay their last respects as the mortal remains of the late Prof Varagunam lay at the funeral parlour.
A cross section of the population from many parts of Srilanka and across the globe mourned the passing away of the gentle giant who dedicated most of his life time serving the faculty of medicine at Peradeniya first as an assistant lecturer moving on to become a senior lecturer and then the Professor of Medicine, the post he held until the end of His achievements during this period were legion.
The young Varagunam received his early education at Govt Central College, Batticaloa moving to Royal college, Colombo where he excelled in academics and sports, Rugby being his forte. Entering the University of Ceylon to read medicine in , he qualified in taking up training posts in Colombo North after which he left for UK to further his training. On completing the training with a membership of the Royal College of Physicians, Varagunam returned to Colombo to join the dept of medicine as a lecturer.
His return coincided with the establishment of the faculty of medicine at Peradeniya which he chose as his base When the late Prof Macan Markar relinquished his duties at Peradeniya the then Vice Chancellor of the University, the late Sir Nicholas Attygalle hand picked Varagunam as the person to Chair the department.
Varagunam reciprocated the trust Sir Nicholas placed on him with his exemplary leadership and commitment. The modernisation of medical education resonated well with the expectations of his students.
She has been a tower of strength to him for the last 55 years. Prof was a very compassionate man extremely popular among every one who came in to contact with him. Sudharma Vidyatilake, his former trainee house officer and my contemporary, currently a consultant haematologist recalls the days she would be enjoying sumptuous meals prepared by Mrs Varagunam at their house where the juniors would gather often. Apparently this was a routine that Prof would carry out for all his trainees during their time spent under his tutelage.
Prof retired from the University post in when he was head hunted by the World Health Organisation serving it in an advisory capacity as a consultant in Tropical Diseases for a period of ten years based in Geneva.
On completing this stint he returned to Kandy when the Srilankan Government sought his help to establish the medical school in Batticaloa in keeping with its policy of expanding University education across the country. This was a great opportunity for the Prof to contribute to his birthplace which he loved.
He jumped at the opportunity taking on the role as the Chancellor of the Eastern Province University steering and leading the establishment over the next ten years retiring from the post just after The impact of the ensuing civil war on the infrastructure was such that he was experiencing difficulties with travelling from Kandy to Batticaloa and was unable to carry on with this mission any longer.
Driven by humanistic principles Prof never opted to do private practice either during his teaching career or after retirement. He was more focussed on rendering the necessary help to the institution he served with loyalty continuing in a voluntary capacity serving as the Chair of the medical research committee and promoting the activities of the Peradeniya Medical School Alumni Association which he was a patron of.
Troubled by peripheral neuritis he had to cut down his activities although he remained intellectually sharp and coherent retaining his sense of humour until he was called to rest. Philanthropy was in his genes. He donated vast acres of ancestrally owned land in Karativu for a hospital to be built for the local residents. In addition part of his property was acquired by the state for the build of the current Eastern University complex.
He was down to earth and simple in his ways. Except for official duties he seldom dressed himself smart. He was also a man of good humour. On one occasion while going through the Australian customs he was asked if he could speak English!
His response was " I speak better English than you mate! Fate was such that as the nation woke up to commemorate the independence, from colonial rule, his students , colleagues and patients began to grieve the loss of a great physician, a teacher, a dedicated mentor and a true friend who touched several hearts.
An ebullient clinician, academic and a gentleman always displaying a pleasant disposition, Prof Varagunam throughly enjoyed the company of his old students, a rare characteristic for a man of his standing. I was very privileged to meet him often in the last 15 years. Gathering with contemporaries over a meal we would often reminisce, catching up on various topics including medical politics of Srilanka!
Last year Prof stuck a jubilant mood on the day I inquisitively touched on his 'alma mater' days at Royal as it was of mutual interest for I too attended the same school. It was Rugby that he wanted to discuss! He told me how he hooked the ball in to help Royal beat the Trinity Lions scoring on the first leg and then on the second leg, over powering the Lions again at their own grounds in Asgiriya to wrest the Bradby Shield named after a former principal of Royal back to Royal College.
A remarkable feat given that Trinity has beaten the blue and gold boys over the previous four years consecutively condemning Royal Rugby to the doldrums! So this was a moment of Glory for the Royalists. Our last meeting was at his daughter's residence in July in the UK.
After this meeting we bid farewell planning to meet again next summer. He returned to Kandy in Aug A few weeks later I received an email from him mourning the death of his close friend Mr Rudra Rasaratnam Retired Cardio Thoracic Surgeon a fellow Royalist of the same vintage.
He appeared very distressed at the demise of his friend for the contents of the mail revealed the desolation he was feeling. It may well be that the solitude created by the loss of friends of his generation was unbearable. He leaves behind his wife Thayalam, three daughters Mira, Radha and Sita and four grand children whose grief stricken emotions during the funeral were testimony to how much they loved their grandfather.
I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy. Sati Ariyanayagam - A grateful student Dr Kamala Gomez The family of the late Dr Kamala Gomez nee Abeywickrema wish to express their sincere thanks to all friends, relatives and Colleagues who attended the funeral service in Chichester, West Sussex on the 7th February. They would also like to thank all those who sent floral tributes and messages of condolences.
It is greatly appreciated. Kamala will be sadly missed by all those who knew her over the years. She now remains at peace.
Died First September May her soul rest in peace. Tele Christie Email felician5 hotmail. Srilanka - "Nirvana is not the blowing out of the candle.
On being awarded his medical degree the young Dr Walawela was posted to the General Hos-pital Badulla where he undertook his early training followed by a tenure as a medical officer at Minipe and then at Deltota in the central province. Towards the end of he travelled to the Sultanate of Oman for a brief spell as a general practitioner returning to Srilanka betrothed to Nilani Ratnayake, a school teacher whom he married on the 19th Sept Attracted to the speciality of medical administration he took up the position of Deputy Director at the University Hospital at Peradeniya serving the people of Kandy his place of birth.
He took special responsibility for the education of those professions allied to medicine especially the area of nursing. He was then promoted as the Regional Director of Medical Services for the Monaragela district ensuring the smooth functioning of government institu-tions. He was a skilful and fair but a firm administrator with an affable personality whose admirable qualities held him in good stead to uphold the ethos contained within the national policy of providing a free medical service to the people of SriLanka.
He was subsequently appointed by the Ministry of Health as the Director of National Quarantine Services taking charge of preventive health with the main focus on the ports of entry playing a vital role at the peak of the Avian A HIN1 flu epidemic.
He was also called in to manage the crisis that followed the scandal in connection with the importation of 'digestive' biscuits from India around the same time. Walale retired from the national health service in at the compulsory retirement age of Being a workaholic he was unable to decline an offer as the company medical director for a private sector establishment, the Ihala Kothmale Plant, based in Talawakalle where he spent the next two years by which time he has spent most of his working life serving the nation away from Kandy where his family was based.
Failing health at this stage meant that he was unable to continue with this job. He returned to Kandy to spend his remaining days at Katugastota in his family home with his wife and children. He was one of six children. Walale entered the University of Ceylon as it was then called in opting to read medicine at the historic and scenic Paradeniya campus. A very modest man of ethical principles focussed on simple living he defied many of his contemporaries during the civil unrest and the ensuing turmoil often referred to as the black July, treating the victims of violence with compassion no matter which ethnic back-ground they belonged to!
Something his son Niluksha recalls with pride. An avid reader, a linguist with an aptitude for Sinhala, English and French, Walale was a great admirer and follower of the late Prof Ediriweera Sarathchandra, the renowned playwright and dramatist. Gifted with a liberal mind and incisive analytical skills he was a caring father and a loving husband never prescriptive towards his children. Daughter Cha-malka reminisces how Walale discouraged them from sitting their year 5 scholarship exams for he believed that children should learn but not be compelled to compete at this young age; a view that is shared by many contemporary western educationalists promoting equality.
Walale was a grateful servant of his alma maters actively contributing to the OBA functions. He had an interest in Tennis, Rugby and Cricket volunteering as a sports medical officer to various organisations. He wrote to the news papers in his spare time and also organised several blood donation camps. Many of his friends will recall the trouble he took to attend the event with Nilani despite his poor health for he wanted to be among us celebrating the big day.
Little did we realise that it was going to be our last meeting in person! A nominal Buddhist but with an altruistic attitude towards humanity, Dr Walalawela's legacy could be described in the words of Martin Luther King Jr who once said "The quality, not the longevity, of ones' life is what is important" May his soul rest in peace.
Dr Jayananda Bandara Walalawela was called to rest on the 25th Dec and is survived by his son Niluksha, daughter Chamalka and wife Nilani. Dr Kamala Gomez nee Abeywickrema Dearly beloved wife of Gaspar, loving mother of Shehana and Nicola, mother in law of Stefano, passed away peacefully in Chichester, West Sussex on the 22nd January after an illness bravely endured. Felicia was born in Colombo in December The Catholic Church was always a great part of her life from her beginnings at the Holy Family Convent.
Where she met and married her husband Danton Samarawikrema. Based in Osterley, London, they had their three children. Life was always full for Felicia, she had boundless enthusiasm for everything and anything.
Things were very sad after her husband died in but after some years of mourning she threw herself back into life again and in , moved to live with her daughter and son-in-law and three grandsons in Hove, by the sea. She led a quieter life but was still driven a desire to embrace people who were suffering or alone. She loved all things about all people. She died, surrounded by her three children.
She is survived by her sons Giles and Shane Samarawikrema, her daughter Natasha Everard, her brother Brian Rodrigo, and was predeceased by her husband Danton Samarawikrema. Bana and Dana Invitation. We are holding a bana on Saturday 27th Jan at 7pm, and a dana on Sunday 28th Jan at Please accept our humble apologies to all who were not notified in time for Ranjith's funeral.
Thank you to everyone who has given us such sincere support to us at this difficult time. For any information, please contact me on His body was flown to London and the funeral will take place this Saturday 6th January at the Manor Park cemetry.
He never wanted to take up the position of President. Don Nelson Dolawatte was very hospitable and held meetings at his residence number of times. He also participated in protests peaceful processions actively. He was a generous person. He was born as a Catholic but did enormous work to the London Buddhist Vihara. We see your face and hear your voice at every glance and every word. And hope and pray that one day we will meet you, never to part again. A beautiful daughter, sister, wife and mother.
In loving memory of Tolamy Palitha Kariyawasam Sadly missed along life's way, quietly remembered every day. No longer in our life to share, but in our hearts, you are always there.
Wishing you peace, serenity and happiness. From Tissa, Deepa and Vinitha. Her husband, Dekin, passed away on 13th January Born 27th November Died 28th August Yogi was a friend in need for everyone who called at his Flat 77 at Hamara Ghar until his creator took him to his cherished land to be free all worries, although he is no more his memory will always be remembered by every who knew him.
I last spoke to Priya in the Nursingham Home in Warlingham three days before he died and I so thank God for the precious moment to pray with him, over the telephone. His daughter Teri took me to see him in Caterham when I was visiting the U. Back then Priya's mind was razor sharp and he was determined to get better, he took his walking frame and was walking up and down the garden several times.
That was Priya who never gave up. I was a classmate of Priya's brother, Sunil, at St. Sunil went on to marry Shiromie Fernando who was once a talented Sri Lankan child star. Priya has been a pillar of support to all his family. Devapriya Welikala had a distinguished career as a leading banker in Sri Lanka, with the Bank of Ceylon. He was a one time branch manger of the Bank of Ceylon in Kandy and Kalutara and also working in the Head Office of the bank in Colombo.
My parents had joined the Worldwide Evangelization Crusade, working at Radio Worldwide and Priya's first port of call was to our small family flat at RW. We got to know him so well. He joined the prayer meetings and times of fellowship at RW and travelled to the bank headquarters from our home. We so look forward to him returning to our home in the evenings he was very much a part of our family. My grand uncle J. A Corea decided to throw a birthday party for me in the s in his flat in Muswell Hill.
Priya made it a point to bring the whole family to Muswell Hill in North London for my birthday - such was his love for us. Priya was a kind, caring thoughtful human being. I will never forget when my grandmother suddenly passed away in Wimbledon, Priya and Nadani made several visits to our home with food and spent time with us.
He had such a heart for the vulnerable. Together with his wife Nadani, Priya has worked tirelessly for the deaf and blind community in Sri Lanka. A few years ago Priya and Nadani visited some of the schools on the island. Their commitment to the vulnerable led them to receive an invitation to St.
James at the time. It was a wonderful occasion for both Priya and Nadani. He was very humble about his visit to St. Priya was a practicing Christian. He believed in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour. He read his Bible regularly and was a man of prayer.
Priya knew his final destination and we believe that he is in Heaven, gazing at his Lord and Saviour - Psalm 23 comes to mind: As husband to Prema, father to Ajith, Anusha, Anoma and Anuja and a loving grandfather, he will be profoundly missed.
Buddhist religious services followed by the funeral will be held on 26th of October at 3pm - 4pm at New Southgate crematorium. She was given a traditional Buddhist send-off by family and friends. Bogoda Seelawimala Head Monk and Ven. This included chanting of Pirith, meditation and the water-pouring custom in the presence of relations, friends and colleagues. Kirthi and his family would like to thank all relatives and friends who attended the Service, sent messages of sympathy, condolences and floral tributes.
They are also so grateful to all those who made cash donations to charity as well as to the London Buddhist Vihara in beloved Beatrice's memory. The De Silva family appreciate having you with them at this difficult time in their lives.
They are so grateful for friends like you at this time of deep sorrow. They regret their inability to thank each one of you individually. We have loved her during life, lets not forget her in death. He leaves behind his son, Dr. Tushara De Silva, Queensbury, London. Jeeva Wijeyesekera, was beside him in Sri Lanka. Palitha De Silva, was in Luton, returning from Spain.
He qualified as an engineer in the UK. His last wife was Dayaneetha. May he join his parents in Heaven, LT. Died 28th August at Newham General Hospital. The outpouring of sympathy, visits, delicious food, beautiful flowers and attendance at the services in loving memory of Jayanthi Abayasiriwardana has been incredible. We are extremely grateful and thankful for everyone's kind actions and thoughts. Friends and Relatives please accept this intimation.
Viewing from to Cremation at City of London Crematorium Friends and relatives please accept this intimation. Contact Jeyakumar - Tele: Then we could sit and talk again Just like we used to do you always meant so very much and always will do too. The fact that you are no longer here will always cause us pain but you are forever in our hearts until we meet again.
Kamala Perera We little knew that morning, whats going to be the next. A warmest July morning When blossoms wore their best. The ringing tone was normal Yet a sadder chord struck guess? The voice so calm but conveyed, A message, that numbed the rest. Nine long summers passed we sigh, Sans the touch and voice so dear You left a void so deep in heart That non will fill in years! No recordings needed to retrieve the voice so strong and warm to hear.
Coz you whisper to me each hour with love, That voice is grilled in ear No photos needed to remind the smile Thats radiant and sincere. The Captures in the mind so clear will fail to fade no fear. The cremation will be held on Saturday 22nd July at He was a larger than life character and had a great sense of humour - I always remember his stories and his hearty laugh. My earliest memories of Gamini were at St. Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia near the Warden's office where Gamini would 'hold court' with his friends all around him!
He was the life and soul of St. I so regret that I lost touch with Gamini during recent years. Thomas' College when I was in school and we held him with the utmost respect.
He sent me a wonderful letter before he passed away. Gamini and I came up with an idea to honour him as he was such a powerful force for good in the field of education in Sri Lanka - he was so humble and unassuming, he had a heart for the vulnerable. The awards created history when Linda Perham MP mentioned them in the chamber of the House of Commons in a debate - a huge honour remembering Patrick Gunawardena - Gamini was humbled by it.
Gamini was President of the Old Thomians Association in the United Kingdom in , he raised funds for the College, organized dinner dances in London and was in the thick of it and he so loved it! I must confess I had some fun with Gamini back in Gamini was in the Old Thomians cricket team and I used to tease him saying: I will always remember something deeply illuminating about Gamini.
He really had a good heart. When he heard that my father Vernon Corea had died in September , he was one of the first to arrive at my sister's home in New Malden. The funeral service was held at Emmanuel Church in Wimbledon Village - Gamini had gathered together a group of Old Thomians to attend the funeral - out of the kindness of his heart. He had organized the ushers, made sure the food was on the tables at the church and oversaw the pall bearers at the funeral.
He was capable of such kindness and compassion - he wanted to support his friend in his hour of need. Gamini had a deep and abiding faith in God - we had some deep conversations at times and he even went with me to a Benny Hinn Crusade held at the Excel Centre in London Docklands, many years ago, as he was interested in the area of healing. His remains will be flown back to Colombo and to his roots in Gampaha.
I know that Old Thomians will be there to remember Gamini. May his soul Rest In Peace, in the arms of Jesus. Born First July Died Twenty First April It is forty one years since your creator took you away to his cherished land, but we always remember you every year on your birthday, you are the best mum, may her soul rest in peace till we meet you. Ratna Pushpa Rajapakse With deep regret, we wish to announce the peaceful passing of Mrs Ratna Pushpa Rajapakse on 17th June beloved and wonderful mother of Aasha, Purnima and Revantha and devoted grandmother of Ajay.
The cremation will be held on Tuesday 27th June at 2. Cecilias Convent and St. Funeral arrangements will be notified later. Friends and Relatives please accept thisintimation. Remembered by her friends and loved ones in UK and Abroad. Ernest Corea Ernest Corea, one of Sri Lanka's most distinguished journalists and diplomats died on May 11, after a long illness.
Throughout his career, Mr. Corea worked to maintain a free and independent press, advocated for the interests of the Sri Lankan people, and worked to improve conditions for the poor worldwide. He was awarded the Deshabandu Class 1 National Day honour for meritorious diplomatic service. He spent his early life in Borella, a suburb of Colombo.
He joined the editorial staff of the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd. Lake House direct from university, eventually becoming Editor of the Ceylon Daily News from and the Ceylon Observer from After leaving Sri Lanka, Mr.
Corea was Features Editor, foreign affairs specialist, and editorial writer of the Straits Times of Singapore.
He was appointed to the diplomatic service of the government of Sri Lanka by President J. He was entrusted with several successful negotiations connected with external support for the country's development programs.
He was responsible for organizing the first, and up to now, only state visit of a President of Sri Lanka to the US, at the invitation of President Ronald Reagan in He published two books: He was preceded in death by his brother Vernon Corea and Lester's late-wife Doris. His memory is as dear today As in the hour he passed away. He ably led a team of young professionals in the executive committee to organise these events. In his still relatively early professional carrier, Chesmal's achievements and contributions were exemplary.
He was successful in obtaining research grants from several funding bodies and published several refereed research publications. He was an active science communicator. Chesmal's beloved parents, family and friends have lost their close loved one. Sri Lanka and the humanity had lost a young, intelligent and a highly talented kind person with a bright career ahead of him.
APSL has lost one of its active and energetic members. APSL was fortunate to have Dr Chesmal Sriwardhana as a very valuable member, and his services rendered will be remembered with much appreciation. We offer our sincere deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to his parents, family and friends.
May he attain the blissful peace of Nibbana. Sarath Randeniya, passed away peacefully on 31st January, in the UK. May he attain the Supreme Bliss of Nibbana.