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ERNIE KELAART- A GREAT SRI LANKAN SPORTSMAN

 

by Quintus de Zylva

 

ERNIE KELAART celebrated his 85th birthday on Sunday 30th June. He was surrounded by his family - children Colvin, Cheryl, Randolph, Wendy, Dyan, Richard and Vanessa and 13 grandchildren and a host of friends.

 

Ernie was a product of Royal College. He joined the Ceylon Navy and served in Trincomalee and other parts of the island.

 

He had a phenomenal sporting career in Ceylon. He played for All Ceylon in cricket, hockey and soccer.

 

Having migrated to Australia with his beloved wife Barbara, Ernie played club cricket at Hawthorn. Barbara passed on a few years ago and Ernie continues to live at Pippin Avenue East Burwood.

 

There must be few sportsmen who can boast of having represented their country in three different sports. Ernie was one of that rare breed.

 

His kindness and courtesy to others distinguished him at all times. He is a compassionate man. A grandson speaking at his birthday party said he aspired to follow in his great Pappa's footsteps.

 

We are  proud and priviledged to know this gentleman. Long may he live to fly the Ceylon flag high and with pride - as he did in his sporting days.