Royal Primary School 1953 & Royal College '59 Group
June 6, 2017
We have just received the sad news of the demise of L Lathpandura in USA in 2015. May he Rest in Peace!
May 21, 2017
Announcing the passing away of Asoka Waranasuriya in Colombo after a brief illness. May he Rest in Peace!
Jan 6 2017
We regret to announce the death of Suren Chitty today. Details of the funeral arrangements will be announced when received. May he Rest in Peace!
Mar 18 2016
Dear '59 Group
Sad News of the demise of our colleague H. P. Kariyawasam
I am sure you would have already read the mail from Manchanayaka informing the sad news of the passing away of one of our batch mate H.P.Kariyawasam. As Manche was telling he was a nice guy we associated very much at college and even later when he was at Galgamuwa.
However I lost touch with him during the later years possibly because he was working in Kandy.
Sarath has just found out the details of the funeral arrangements.
The Funeral would take place tomorrow (Saturday 19th) at 5 pm at Balagolla Cemetry, a place along kandy- mahiyangana road passing pallekelle stadium.
He leaves behind his wife and daughter Shanika.
Residence Telephone 0812421258
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Dear ’59 Group,
I got this email from a Colleague of mine Tilak Nikapitiya who was the Director of Irrigation, Kandy Range.
Our Batch Mate H.P. Kariyawasam has passed away on the 16th.
Kari was an extremely nice guy whom I got to know when we entered RC in 1959. He was a very quiet person. I could remember he had his own group of people like Pulleperuma, Andradi, LVK De Silva, GSC Perera, Ganepola etc.
I do remember Kari was a very decent guy. He was not a stir character. After finishing the TA Training School at Galgamuwa, Kari served the Irrigation Department as a Technical Assistant for many years. Then he got his promotion and served as Irrigation Engineer (Kandy) for a long time.
I am really saddened by his demise.
May he attain the Supreme Bliss of Nibbana!
From: kat nik [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
I have to announce about the sudden demise of Mr. H.P Kariyawasam IE our neighbour and for long time friend of mine even before we both got married. He served in ID, since his training from Galgamuwa and also worked with me at Makandura Scheme with 7 other TAA. We lived in the same private house as bachelors in a long dormitory there. Lastly he served at Kandy IE’s office and involved in protecting the Kandy lake banks with Gabions. He was promoted as an IE and served many years in that capacity too.
After retirement he joined a private consultancy firm and working till his last date. He has gone to Badulla on inspection on previous day( 16th) and after return had his dinner and slept at his home here. At the dawn at about 3.30 am he was taken to Kandy Hospital by his co officer . He passed out on the way. He was having a Kidney problem for few years. One of his daughters (out of 2) has got married 1 ½ years back to a boy from Australia one Rambulwella and after marriage they both left SL. We were told a month back they got a baby.
I think he is your classmate at Royal with Lakshman Kiriella. He is a nice, honest and devoted officer. I am sending this because I think once you told me that he was your classmate at Royal.
May he attain Nibbana. If you need there Tel No is 94 81 2421258
Mar 17 2016
MINUTES OF THE 23RD ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE ’59 GROUP HELD ON 10TH MARCH 2016 QT THE CAPRI AT 8.00 P.M.
The meeting was called to order at 8.00 p.m. by the President, Mr. Charitha Ratwatte.
1. Two Minutes silence was observed in
memory of the Late Sidney Gunaselara and Gamini de Silva.
2. President’s Address: The President outlined the progress made by the Library Committee and the other activities of the Committee. He thanked the Committee Members for their co-operation in
carrying out the activities of the Group. He
made special mention of the support received by the ’93 Group in completing
the Library Project, with our Library Committee.
3. The Minutes of the 22nd Annual General Meeting which were circulated in advance were taken as read, and proposed by Dr. P A Gunaratne and seconded by Mr. Preman Soysa. The Minutes were
4. The Secretary’s report too which was
circulated in advance was proposed by Mr. Anil Kannangara and seconded by Mr.
Sunil Wimaladharma and was approved unanimously.
5. The Audited accounts for the year which were circulated by the Hony. Treasurer, was proposed by Mr. Padmaperuma, and seconded by Mr. Nihal Canagasabey. The Accounts were unanimously
approved by the membership.
6. Election of Office Bearers for the year 2015/16 – The President remained in the Chair since he was not seeking office and conducted the election.
President: The Name of Mr, Sarath Perera was proposed by Mr. Nihal Canagasabey
and seconded by Mr. M B M Naizer. The anme was unanimously accepted by the
Hony. Treasurer: No Names were proposed and the Chair proposed that the new committee
meet and decide on the Treasurer.
Mr. Sunil Wimaladharma
Mr. L,V. Talagalle
Mr. M Rajasooriar
Mr. Sarath Perera, addressed the members and said that he was taken by surprise and thanked the membership for the confidence reposed in him.
There being no other business was terminated at 8.45 p.m.
Charitha Ratwatte Mazher
Oct 12 2015
Gamini de Silva (Ketty), Colombo, Sri Lanka
Sep 27 2015
Sydney K Goonesekere, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Mar 12 2015
Bandula Kulatunga on his last visit
to Sri Lanka in 2010 with Prasanna Mendis, UC Jayasinghe & Livera
Jan 6 2015
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Dec 9 2014
July 25 2014
May he Rest in Peace
A fine and fitting tribute to a man of great courage, determination, and compassion
may he Rest in Peace! - Fazli
KPG was a good friend ever since we started college together in 1F. So sorry to have been away from the country and not see him during his last stages.
Thanks Sunil, Nizar and Nihal for writing this fitting tribute. -Sube
Apr 1 2014
Bearers of the Royal College '59 Group 2014/2015
Hony. Treasurer. Upali Suraweera
July 13 2014
Fazli Sameer's Mum moves on
Mrs Ryhan Sameer, 95+ passed away on Sunday July 14 and was buried the same evening at the Dehiwela Muslim burial grounds.
May she Rest in Peace!
APR 29 2013
Upali's Brother moves on
Dec 12 2013
Athula Senanayake Moves On
Ando's Father Passes Away
July 26, 2012, 10:37 pm
DIAS – NANDA NISSANKA (N. N.). Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Arthur V. Dias, beloved
husband of late Dayadari, loving father of ,
Naomal and Neelakanthi,
Prasantha moves on
DIAS ABEYGUNAWARDENE, PRASANTHA NIMAL (ex
Deputy Director SACEP) - Loving son of late Norman & Daisee Dias
Abeygunawardene, precious son-in-law of late Ernest & Ruby Muthuvaloe,
beloved husband of Subashini, darling father of Sulakshana, brother of
Dushyantha (Dinko), brother-in-law of Mano, Emmanuel & Jo, Kamalini &
Freddie, grandfather of Aevahn, Ayrron & Syesha & father-in-law of
Elmo Anthony. Cortege leaves residence No.
09, International Buddhist Centre (IBC) Road, Colombo 6 at 4.30 p.m. on
Thursday 26th January for Burial at Kanatte Borella (Roman Catholic Section).
023680 DN Wed Jan 2005 2012
I just got the news about Prasanna. Fortunately I was able to see him last week. I then called a couple of others eg Jiggs, Huna etc and asked them to go and see Prasanna as soon as possible.
Prasanna was a real gent and we will all miss him.
Upali, please give Subarshini my deepest sympathies if you happen to go to the funeral
Now that we are all passing through 64 the rate of movement to the other side will certainly accelerate and I do hope and pray that we have all lived our lives well to be content and pleased with our contribution towards humanity, our families, and the world in general.
Its been a long 6+ decades on the planet and lets hope we can all meet on the other side, someday.
Some have been there early and some will be dead on time and a few will be, as usual late. What ever it is let us think of the good we did,do and will be doing in future (provided always, if time permits).
Summarizing the 6 decades we have not done bad. Only a few (Less than 5) have failed in their duties. Out of 36x6=216 only about 5 have failed. Work out your first form arithmetic and see the percentage.(2.3148%) right or wrong?
Among many achievements, the latest is Lukshman Samaranayaka.(King James IV Professor).
Have we failed? NO!
Let us do more to help the needy.
Yes, Daya ndeed a very sad moment!! He was a decent bloke, and tried hard to taech me to play tennis!!!
Did call on him, about 2 months ago, but frankly in a way it was a merciful ending. May he rest in peace!!
May he Rest in Peace!
Jan 26 2012
Tribute to Rama by Vela
In a message dated 24/01/2012 18:11:08 GMT Standard Time, email@example.com writes:
Upali de Livera's Mum moves on
May she rest in Peace!
Thursday, 26 May 2011 00:00
DE LIVERA, HAZEL MURIEL – Beloved wife of late Terrance Glenville de Livera, mother of Upali, Nihal, Indrani and late Dr. Mangalika, mother-in-law of Ursula, Sasaleka, Senerath Colombatantri and Dr. Nimal Warnakulasuriya, grandmother of Shiyara, Eranga, Thulan, Dushan, Dulip, Geshan, Yasura, Sameera and Chathura. Cremation at 3.00 pm General Cemetery Borella on 26th May 2011. Cortege leaves residence at 1.45 pm. 282/8, Sriyakantha Gardens, Waragoda Road, Kelaniya.
Office Bearers elected for 2011/12
President: Mr. Charitha Ratwatte
Hony: Secretary: Mr. J.U. de Livera
Hony: Treasurer: Mr. Anil Kannangara
Minutes of the 17th Annual General Meeting of the Royal College ’59 Group held on 12th June 2010, at the VIP ROOM
of the Colombo Oval
Meeting commenced around 8.35 p.m. on 12.6.2010, with Mr. C. Ratwatte, occupying the Chair (in the absence of Mr. S. Skandakumar - ).
Attendance: at the AGM and the Dinner 12th June 2010. AGM/Dinner
1 D.B.J Wickremaratne
2 3 Shiran Gunaratne & wife
4 D.E.R. Hapuarachchi
5 M. Ranjan Perera
6 Sisira Wickremaarachchi
8 M. Chandraprasad
9 10 M.B.M Naizer & wife
11 12 Nihal Canagasabey & Therese
13 Ranjith Pulleperuma
14 15 Akram Dawood & wife
16 J. Kudahetty
17 R.L. Perera
18 19 Charitha Ratwatta & wife
20 U. Suraweera
21 Anil Kannangara
22 KPG Fernando
23 24 J.U. de Livera & wife
25 DG Wickremasinghe
26 Tissa Jayaweera
28 L.C.C. de Silva
29 Preman Soysa
30 M FazleAli
31 S T Aziz
32 33 Panna & Saro
34 JLD de Silva
35 SN Jayasinghe
36 37 Nande Palihakkara & wife
39 P.G. Perera
40 41 Sarath Perera & wife
42 P. Dias Abeygunawardena
43 44 Sarath Prera & wife
45 46 Sunil Wimaladharma & Dulani
47 K.M. Totamune
48 M. Hassim
49 KAR Perera,
50 Ananda Mallikarachchi
51 S Athukorale
52 Y.M. Silva
53 54 S.K. Goonasekera & wife
55 S. Suriyasinghe
56 Prasanna Mendis from Australia
Notice convening the meeting was read by the Hony. Secretary.
Hony Secretary tabled the following
1 S. Skandakumar
2 MGH Salgado
3 Dr. Lal Karunaratne
4 Dr. MJM Peroos
5 Nicky Kumarage.
6 Ajith Dias
7 Lal Abeysekera
8 Gamini de Silva
9 Sanath P Mendis
10 Rajan Siva
11 Metha Abeygunawardena
12 Upul Kulasinghe
13 Ranjan Dandeniya..
14 S.R. Jayasinghe…
15. H.R. de Silva
16 N. R. Senanayake
17 Daya Weerasekera
18 Suren Cooke,
19 C. Abeywickrema
20. Edward de Silva,
21. R. Rajasooriyar
22 Nimal Gooneratne
23 Rohantha Samarajeewa.
25. CPBT Jayasundera
26 PH Wickremasinghe
Tribute to the deceased members .. two minutes silence was observed.
R.G.A. de Silva, W. Koch, S. Selliah, M.N. Jaimon, Rohan M. Perera, R.S.R. Gunawardena,
D. Mahinda Jayasinghe, Naveen D. Rajapakse, R. Rajaratnam, Hema Bamunawela, , Jeeva
Satchithanandan, P. Chandrakanthan, Sarath
Ambepitiya, C.J.L. Wijeratne and Rama Sellamuttu. Priyanath Dias
Mr. Anil Kannagara invited members to come foward to
replace/relieve the members who have been
serving as office bearers/Comittee members for a very long
Confirmation of the minutes of the 16th AGM held on 13th June 2009 at the Board Room of the Colombo Oval had been circulated.
Mr. R.L. Perera proposed and Mr. S.K. Goonasekera seconded for adoption and was carried out unanimously.
Account/Treasurer's Report : Dr. Panna Gooneratne proposed and Mr. Sunil Wimaladharma seconded for adoption and was carried out unanimously.
Election of Office Bearers
Mr. K.P.G. Fernando proposed that Mr. S. Skandkumar continue as President for the ensuing year.
Mr.Sunil Wimaladharma proposed and Mr. Anil Kannangara seconded that the rest of the office bearer's too should continue for the ensuing year..
There being no other nominations this was duly adopted.
President: Mr. S. Skandakumar
Hony: Secretary: Mr. J.U. de Livera
Hony: Treasurer: Mr. Anil Kannangara
Mr. M.B.M. Naizer
Mr. D.G. Wickremasinghe
Mr. Sisira Wickremaarachchi
Library Committee Mr. Charitha Ratwatte
Mr. K.P.G. Fernando
Mr. Sunil Wimaladharma
There being no other business meeting adjourned for Dinner
THAMBAPILLAI - LOLITTA JEYAPOOVATHY (nee EMERSON). Dearly beloved wife of the late M.T.
SENTHIL MOVES ON
Dear '59 Group,
While I received Palitha’s message I was busy looking at photos Palitha sent me a few weeks ago as Muthu had already passed the sad news to a few of us.
Attached here are two edited /enlarged (not very sharp because of under exposure) photos of Sentil. The best I could do to dark originals
Long live his cherished memory.
Daya de Silva, Colombo
Senthil lovingly called Appu by his mates was a
very sober and decent guy. He was one of the pillars of the DP club in
colpetty and he would tell us off if we
When I saw him in London 2years ago I was
not happy with his condition and I did tell him to take care and then
when I saw the photo Mancha sent a few days
The sadness is truly inexplainable. I just called
his home in Sydney and spoke to his son in law, R Thiagalingam. They also
wanted the link to the Group website
Will update the website on his passing, this evening. He will be the 26th out of the RPS Class of 53 (known) and RC '59 Group fellers who have departed.
May his soul rest in Peace!
Fazli Sameer, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
The bulb of the group of 59 will stay lit at Royal College even after the players have all gone…..such has been the magnitude of our contribution. Skanda
Very sad indeed to hear Senthil's sudden demise.
Thankyou for advising me of the sad
passing of Sentil, although I have had no contact with him since leaving Sri
Lanka in 1968, he will be fondly
Please give my condolences to the family.
Very sad indeed. I recall Senthil very well as
we were together in the Tamil class at Royal. I have also worked with
the elder brother Dr Vijayaragavan
Shall tressure this machang Fazza.
Sthuthi. Damn decent bloke no? Snr civil servant's sonnaboy, but
no pakum nil. Often at that Deanstone Pl kadey
Sthuthi again_______________Prasanna Mendis, Australia
Well guys,what else can one say at this sad moment,but condone with his wife and daughter.
When i see the wickets gradually falling,it only reminds me that we are all in the departure lounge awaiting that final call.
Thank you for taking the trouble to convey the sad news about Sentil. Yu-Hua and I were very sadened to hear of his sudden demise.
I had not seen Sentil since the time I left
College until about 5 years ago when I started to turn up for the
regular dinners with the 59'ers
Please covey our sincere condolences to Sentil's family.
Please let me know the date and time of his funeral.
I was hoping to catch up with the Sydney mates on my next trip possibly next year. Very sad I missed him.
We have 26 down now from a total batch of 225+ almost 45 years since leaving College
No doubt the frequency
will probably increase as we move through time since life expectancy gets
shorter with increase in time (no different to
The beauty of it all is
that we are still connected (thanks to technology), basically, due to our
firm commitment of coming together with hearts and minds
There will probably come a time when only a few will be left behind to share and reminisce similar thoughts as and when our time comes up to move on.
I am sure the gallant voices are absolutely unanimous in the fact that they were the best years of all our lives?
EULOGY DELIVERED BY PALITHA MANCHANAYAKE
I’m Palitha Manchanayake, a class mate of Senthil.
I got to know Senthil about 58 years ago when we entered Royal Primary School in 1953, as 5 year olds. I could still recollect, how we used to play, in the school play ground, during the interval.
We were at Royal Primary for 6 years, and then joined Royal College in 1959, thus forming the ’59 Group.
Senthil was always there at the College Cricket matches on Fridays and Saturdays during the Cricket season. He never missed out any of the College Rugger matches, may it be Royal-Trinity, Royal-Thomian or any other matches.
In the 5th Form, we both opted to follow the Maths Stream, and we were in Mr. Arasaratnam’s class where we completed a 2 year syllabus in 1 year.
Senthil entered the Engineering Faculty at Katubedda Campus and graduated as a Mechanical Engineer in 1974. He then joined the Walkers as a Project Engineer and continued to be there for very many years. Senthil subsequently joined the Browns Group, and thereafter, migrated to Australia with his family in 1989.
As an active member of our ’59 Group in Sydney, he was very keen to meet any of our guys visiting here. He never missed out any of our get to-gethers. The last occasion we met, was on the 15th of December2010, where he enjoyed thoroughly, talking about the College days and the fun we had.
Senthil was a soft spoken, mild, calm and well-composed person. Over the years, I have noticed, that he has never spoken bad of any one. He had a very good rapport with everybody. He was truly a fine gentleman, and a sincere friend.
When we heard of Senthil’s sudden demise, I sent an email around to our ’59 Group, and all were deeply shocked. Messages of Condolence came pouring in from all parts of the world asking me to pass them on to his wife Jeyamali and daughter Uma and son-in-law Ramesh, which I did.
So on behalf of the ’59 Group, also of the ’58 Group ( I know Senthil had closer links with the ’58 Group, some of them are present here today), also on behalf of the Old Boys’ Union of Royal College in NSW & ACT, I should mention that we all miss Senthil very much and our fond memories will remain in our hearts.
- ROBERT SHANTIKUMAR Passed away peacefully on Tuesday Seventh September 2010 surrounded by his loving family in Melbourne, Australia.
Beloved husband of Beatrice Ranji , cherished and adored father of Sharon and Anne, father-in-law to Wilhelm and Richard and loving grandfather to
Michael, Kayne and Ave. Viewing Service will be held on Thursday 9th September, 7.00 p.m. at John Allison Monk House, Melbourne, Australia. Funeral Service
will be held on Friday 10th September, 2.00 p.m. at All Saints Anglican Church, Melbourne Australia. Telephone: 0061-3-88027765.
May he Rest in Peace!
June 30 2010
AGM of the ’59 Group was held at 8.20 pm. on the 12th June 2010, at the the VIP Room of the Colombo Oval (Tamil Union).
Folllowing were elected as office bearers.
President: S. Skandakumar
Hony. Secretary J.U. de Livera
Hony. Treasurer Anil Kannangara
Committee Members. D.G. Wickremasinghe
Library Committee. K.P.G. Fernando
J.U. de Livera
Top honor for Sri Lankan professors in Hong Kong
Professor L P Samaranayake, Professor Malik Peiris
Two Sri Lankan Professors were awarded the highest academic honor of the University of Hong Kong through bestowal of Endowed Professorships.
They are Professor Lakshman Samaranayake (awarded Tam Wah-Ching Professor in Dental Science) and Professor Malik Peiris (Tam Wah Ching Professor in Medical Science.)
Each endowed amounts to US$2.6 million and the interest proceeds will be utilized for research and development purposes by the recipient.
chaps, with their spouses, had met for a grand buffet
done over five decades ago.
80 "young" '59 Groupers gathered together with their pretty wives at the Galadari Meridian Hotel in Colombo to meet again and enjoy a sumptious buffet lunch in celebrating the 50th Anniversary
of having joined Royal College, Colombo.
See pics at this link: http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~lkawgw/rcpa01.html
President: S. Skandakumar
Hony Secretary: J.U. de Livera
Treasurer: Anil Kannangara
Sisira Wickrema arachchi
Library Committee Members
New Committee. 2008-2009
President: S. Skandakumar
LIBRARY COMMITTEE MEMBERS
1. Lal Abeysekera
2. Metha Abeygunawardena & Wife
3. Mrs. Vajira Ambepitiya (wife of the Late Justice Sarath Ambepitiya) & Son
4 S.W. Athukorale
5. S.T. Aziz & wife
6. Sajee Bahar
7. Nihal Canagasabey & Wife
8. A.W.S. Cooke & wife
9. M. Akram S. Dawood & wife
10. J. U. de Livera & wife
11. G. E. S. de Silva & wife
12. Gamini de Silva & wife
13. N. K. N. G de Silva
14. A. N. Dias & Wife
15. M. Fazliali & wife
16. Bryce Fernando & Wife
17. K. P. G. Fernando
18. Panna Gooneratne & Saro
19. Nimal Gunaratne
20. Shiran Gunaratne & wife
21. Edward Hapuarachchi & Ramani
22. M. Hassim
23. U. C. Jayasinghe & wife
24. C. P. B. T. Jayasundera & wife
25. Sarath Jayatilaka & wife
26. Anil Kannangara
27. L. B. Kiriella & wife
28. Jayantha Kudahetty
29. N. B. L. Lieverz - Chief Guest Colombo Leg of the Bradby
30. B. S. P. Mendis & Wife
31. M. B. M. Nizar & wife
32. D. Y. Padmaperuma
33. Nanda Palihakkara & Anoma
34. Jeremy Perera
35. Sarath Perera & Ranji
36. M. R. Perera
37. P. G. Perera
38. P. V. Perera
39. R. L. Perera
40. Sheila (Wife of the Late Mr. Rohan M. Perera) & Daughter
41. D. R. Pulleperuma & wife
42. R. Rajasooriyar
43. M. G. H. Salgado & wife
44. Rohantha Samarajeewa & wife
45. Preman Soysa
46. V. Satchithnandan
47. A. U. C. Suraweera
48. K. Suriyasinghe
49. Milan Silva
50. L. V. Talagala
51. K. M. Thotamune & Nirmali
52. Preman Soysa
53. Daya Weerasekera & wife
54. D. G. Wickremasinghe
55. Sisira Wickremaarachchi
56. Sunil Wimaladharma & Wife
57. Mrs. K. D. S. Wijesundera [Retd. Librarian]
58. Miss Maya Wijeratne Asst. Librarian
59. Miss. Ranjini Perera Fornmer Assistant
60 Vasasntha de Silva - RC'60 Group
Both Suren's parents have planted their footprints firmly and
surely in the sands of time in our country's history..
His father, Dr. S.A. Wickremesinghe, led the Ceylon Communist Party for many a
decade.A doctor, by profession, from an affluent family in the South, he
chose to devote his life, to better the lives
of the underprivileged. Suren's mother, Doreen, was British, and was the
first foreign woman to be a member of an Asian Parliament, when she won a
seat here in 1952. Dr. Wickremesinghe, as I remember him, would breathe fire
and fury on election platforms, but was a most refined gentle softspoken man,
who was on the best of terms socially with political opponents and those who
held diverse political views. That was a time when that was common practice among politicians of all hues.
It’s Bradby time once again. The talking point is on Royal and Trinity and how they would perform at this all important. encounter. Unlike in the past this year’s counts more than the “Bradby plum alone. The winners of this game will be in a higher plane next season while the other will languish in the ‘B’ division for another whole season. All three top teams in the division “B” Isipathana, Royal and Trinity are having equal chances for their promotion to the top league next year.
In the past on so many occasions, the team, which is weaker, has ended up turning tables. Intriguingly this year both sides are equally balanced with some hardy forwards and are set on a mission to hold on or to capture the custody of their cherished shield. The first leg of this Bradby encounter will be also a tournament game. But this year is a special one for the “Lions” as they are celebrating 100 years of rugby and this will be an ideal opportunity to finish their season on a winning note cemented with a promotion to the top division.
The match will be on September 9 at the Royal Sports Complex and following is the schedule for the games.
12 - 2.15 pm
Bradby was on offer for the first time in 1945 when one of the Royal Principals E L Bradby (1939-1945) offered the trophy. Meanwhile Trinity was administrated by C E Simithrarachi offered for the under 17 trophy. In the initial game Royal was led by D L Fernando and the Trinitians were under R G Sourjah. Though Royal won the initial leg 3-0 Trinity came back strongly to take the Bradby when they beat the Reid Avenue school 6-0 in the second leg.
Trinity enjoyed the best series of wins from 1952-57 when they won the Bradby on 6 consecutive years. Royal’s best series of wins were from 2001-2004 winning for 4 years in-a-row. The 100th encounter between the two schools was played in 1983 in which Ashan Ratwatte led Trinity and Royal was led by Sriyan Cooray. Trinity won 20-16 on aggregate in this centenary encounter.
Only once in the history of the Bradby Shield has both games ended on equal points. In 1992 the first leg ended in a nil all draw and even the second leg too dead locked at 3 points a piece. Himesh Gunatilake led the “Lions” and Harindu Wijesinghe led the Reid Avenue School
Royal’s best victory in the series was in 2002 when they outclassed their arch foes in a two match series by 83 points to nil. Zulki Hameed led the Royal outfit in that year. The “Lions” hit back strongly after 4 years wait in 2005 when they simply outclassed and outplayed Royal in all the departments to aggregate 69 points to 13. Trinity was led by B N R Fernando with playmaker Pushpakumara being the architect behind their victory. This tiny scrum half will be remembered by the rugby lovers for may years as he looked a carbon copy of Michael Jayasekera (present Vice President –SLRFU).
Trinity are leading the tally with 33 wins to Royal’s 27 with one game ending in a tie.
Trinity under national youth player Imalka Maddumapatabendi opened the 2006 season with a warm up against St Sylvester’s beating them 21-7. Next they beat Army also in a warm-up at 20-14. Their preparation for the Centenary game against Kingswood was hampered when St Peter’s pulled out from their annual encounter without a valid reason. Though they lost to the defending league champions Kingswood 10-16 they crossed their opponents’ line on no less than two occasions. The major setback for Trinity in this game was place kicking, which cost them many a point that should have come their way. In their next encounter they retained the Canon de Saram trophy when they beat the Thomians 12-0. Then they ended the seven-year hoodoo by beating the Katugastota Antonians convincingly by 24 points to 13. While participating in the “B” division they recorded the highest points for the season when they rampaged to a 112-3 win over a shell-shocked Science College and continued their good form by inflicting defeats on Joes 38-20, Vidyartha 34-3 and Rajans 36-0.
The Royal outfit enjoyed a consistent year of rugby this season. They are led by nippy scrum half Chammika Sandaruwan. They opened the season against St Peter’s in a friendly encounter beating them 13-6. Then they followed it up with convincing wins over Science College (42-0), St Joseph’s (39-0), Vidyartha (31-7) and Dharmaraja (37-12). Finally they met their waterloo in their tussle against Isipatana in their own back yard by crashing to a 22-7 defeat. And thus lost the custody of the Maj Milroy Fernando Trophy. Without any doubt the finds of the season are the hooker Bilal Hassen and crack and dynamite number 8 Diran Warunakularusiya who have out fought their opponents time and again.
From Ando in Colombo
Dear '59 Group member,
Our committee has decided on the following events.
1. Bradby 9 Sept. Saturday, in Colombo - get together in the evening
2. Bradby 23 Sept. Saturday, in Kandy - subject to sufficient numbers joining, the plan is to arrange for match tickets
and hotel accomodation in Kandy.
3. 16 Dec. - dinner (with spouses) in Colombo - venue to be decided
We are very encouraged by the contributions made to our 3 projects and those who have not yet contacted Jeremy, Niki and Firoze, please do so at your earliest.
For those who want to contribute in Sri Lankan Rupees, please make out a Cheque in favor of ROYAL COLLEGE '59 GROUP" and post it to me at 116 Lake Drive, Colombo 8.
From: Dias, Ajith
Dear '59 Group Member,
At the AGM held recently, I was appointed as the new Chairman for the '59 group for the current year. Whilst I thought this position was bestowed on me due to my being clever in school and my business acumen etc, I was politely informed by all that it was only due to the non availability of another sucker!
In view of the serious deterioration in facilities at Royal, most agreed that we should get involved in a few more projects, now that the library is in good shape and also with sufficient funds to maintain the standards and infrastructure for quite a while. The great efforts put in by Chari/KPG and the committee ,has made the library, one of the best , and is demonstrated as a show piece to all the other college groups.
The new executive committee identified the following 3 projects as the most useful.
1. the hostel
2. cricket facilities
3. skills development
As a target we are trying to collect between Rs 1 -1.5 million for these projects by way of contributions and also a special souvenir which will incorporate several advertisements etc, which should bring in a large portion of our requirement
More details will be forwarded in due course.
It would be greatly appreciated if you could contribute a minimum of US$100 or its equivalent towards funding of this project.
I hope you agree that this amouint is not too much to request considering what we all gained by being at Royal and the immense benefit our projects will provide to the present generation of Royalists.
It would be greatly appreciated if your contributions are sent to one of the following, who will make arrangements to remit the funds to our account in Colombo.
1. Firoze Nilam - email is firstname.lastname@example.org, office: email@example.com. tel .home 8583503101 cell 98870035. home address : 5543 Meadows Del Mar East, San Diego, 92130 CA, USA
2. Niki Kumarage - email firstname.lastname@example.org mobile 07971090041 home 0208 863 5054.
3. Jeremy Perera - email email@example.com tel home 03 98024761 office 03 95447199, mobile 0413880027
I will contact you with a program of events planned for the rest of the year and would be delighted to see you at some of the se occasions.
From Prasanna Mendis in OZ:
Just to update you boys of happenings here in wintry Melbourne. The OBA here put on an avurudu celebration at an ornately dressed-up new reception hall half-owned by a Royalist, Malik Deen, (who I think is a good decade jnr). We had four distng'd guests from Ceylon with their wives, who should be labelled more-disting'd for various reasons !) - Judge W'mantry, Ken Bala, Ratna Sivartnam, and our own putha a year jnr to us 59ners, Vassa de Silva, Lennie's son. The business magnates were at Lorenz 'Lollo' Pereira's table, while Vassa was with us at Jeremy P's.
I was the only fool in full suit, having mistaken the injunction 'smart casual' for lounge, as is the case with most do's. Naiya deKretser didn't let me forget it ! He's become a superbly warm human b, and a great lover patriot of SL in any convers'n abt cricket, esp re Perali Murali. And there was also Brian 'the champ' Lieversz and wife at table. That's a Dutch girl, and Naiya's is an Italian damsel - all reconciled to curry, but not sure if so to the sweetmeats which was the dessert for the night - kavum, kokis and mungkavum.
The main meal of rice with about ten curries and relishes was cooked by Sarath Mendis and family - a doughty trooper of the 1960 group - who has done this before. And this time, though the OBA had planned only to have 200 guests, 300 had to be accommodated due to severe and persistent demand in the last week.
All smokers had a chance to meet and have a moment to reminisce with the magnates, who were our seniors by not too much time; the twain cut a good figure for the way they conducted themselves.
I have dried out great pals, so will stop befo disgracing self.
Best wishes for Avurudu and /or Easter ! __________Pras...
Guys, do take a look at the blog created for Kadalay of Royal at http://kadalayroyal.blogspot.com which is meant to capture, collect and record all the wonderful stories, events and sayings about good ole Kadalay.
DN Obituary Sat Jan 8 2005
This is specially to those who were abroad and couldn’t make it while in Sri Lanka.
59’ Group news.
Day before (2004-12-11) night an informal get together of 59’ Group was held at GSC (Sarath) Perera’s residence where a large gathering of members and their spouses attended.
Sarath hosted the dinner and special invitees were 10 of the surviving masters including Madam Weerabaddana together with incumbent Principal Mr. Gunasekera a Young one.
M/s. Bogoda Premaratne, RIT Alles, L. Samararatne (Pol Tokka) ,G.W de Silva (Kota Silva) , Wickramasena, Viji Weerasinghe, Wariapola, Tosai, TDSA Dissanayake and Madam Weerabaddana were present.
Cost of Entire Dinner was borne by GSC and the Group collected donations LKR 500/- upwards and presented with a token Gift Voucher of LKR 5000/- each which was a symbolic appreciation of the great service rendered by the teachers.
KKS Amaradasa, Lucky Kiriella made speeches on behalf on 59’ G and Mr. RITA, Bogoda Premaratne returned with appreciative orations. Mr. Premaratna’s one was very interesting and lengthy and well received.
It was an emotional night spent with the notable absentee Sarath Ambeypitiya whose heroic death reverberated sentiments of varying nature and everyone was willingly or unwillingly forced to look back where we stand in the degradatory march to oblivion.
Sarath Ambepitiya - High Court Judge
Monday, Oct 25, 2004: This appeared in 'Interact' a two-monthly newsletter issued by The Committee for Sri Lanka, edited by Shyamon Jayasinghe, (the original narrator of Maname') who is now here in Melbourne. It is about our very own '59er, Bandu Dissanayake, sometime a hosteller. His family produces the weekly SL TV hour . It goes to air on a Sunday morning, premium watching time here, which is no mean triumph considering how competitive different ethnic and interest groups are in demanding good timeslots for TV. Am only sorry I can't reproduce his picture for you. His wife Mihiri puts the news footage obtained from SL together and reads the news, while his son Tharake, a budding doctor, is front man and anchors the show with a charming young lady of their acquaintance.
OUR FOLK IN THE MAINSTREAM
Interact features two Sri Lankan Australians for their special demonstration of working successfully with the social mainstream in this country:
GALLILEO OF GLEN WAVERLEY
Who in the Sri Lankan community of Victoria hasn’t heard of Bandu Dissanayake? Everyone would say “I have”. But have you ever known Bandu as a star gazer in the tradition of Galileo? Only a handful would say “yes”
The first thing that touches you these days when you visit Bandu’s palatial home in Glen Waverley are the telescopes-large as life in his lounge. His very capable and talented wife, Mihiri, does not mind this location for Bandu’s toys.
Bandu Dissanayake has many achievements in the Australian mainstream. He was recently elected Supper President of Dandenong Lions Club- a position held all these numerous years by an Anglo-Celtic Australian. As president, Bandu has many projects in the stream- all connected toward improving the quality of life for Dandenong school playgrounds, childrens’ playgrounds, and heart walkers for kids.
Bandu Dissanayake came to Australia in the year 1981 having spent 12 years in England where he qualified as a Chartered Engineer. He presently works as Manager Systems Development at Nissan in Melbourne . He is also Member of the Institute of Marketing and Member of the Astronomical Society of Melbourne. As far as the local Sri Lankan community is concerned, Bandu had been founder member of the 3ZZZ Community Radio, founder member of the Sinhala Cultural and Community Services Foundation, President SCATS, founder of SCATS Elders’ Welfare Society (SEWA), and founder of the Dandenong Buddhist Meditation Society. He is known to contribute generously toward community charities.
Bandu Dissanayake lives with his wife and two sons
Wednesday June 23 2004
OBITUARY: FERNANDO - C.T.M. (Former Principal Royal College, Colombo 7, Retd. Director of Education & Consultant National Institute of Education). Dearly beloved husband of Kusuma (Principal Buddhist Ladies College & former Principal Girls High School, Mt. Lavinia), loving father of Harsha (Attorney General's Dept.), Pabhashi (Cambridge University, UK), and Yuresha (Attorney General's Department), loving brother of Quintus, Pearl and Aloy. Remains lie at 51 A, Bogahahena Road, Battaramulla. Funeral arrangements will be notified later.
Former Royal College Principal passes away
Former Royal College Principal, Mr. C. T. M. Fernando passed away on Tuesday the 22nd after a brief illness.
Mr. Fernando, a leading educationist, graduated from the University of London offering a unique combination of subjects - English, Sinhala and Pali. He received his postgraduate Diploma in Education from the University of Peradeniya and also studied linguistics and phonetics. He continued his studies in Edinburgh.
He commenced his career as an Assistant Teacher in English language and literature at St. Mary's College, Matugama in 1952 where he later became Vice Principal.
He was one of the youngest to be appointed as a grade 1 Principal, serving in Weeraketiya Central College and thereafter at Karawita and Seevali Central Colleges.
He later functioned as a Regional Director of Education, Hambantota district from 1975-1980.
He was appointed as the Principal of Royal College in 1981. Mr. Fernando's tenure at Royal from 1981 to 1986 coincided with the 150th anniversary celebration during which period Royal experienced major educational, institutional and infrastructural reforms.
He was acknowledged as an independent and a strict disciplinarian and a high standard of discipline was maintained during this era and Royal excelled in academic and extra curricular spheres.
His contribution to the field of education continued even after retirement. He authored a large number of publications on different aspects of education and school management.
Post retirement he was the founder principal of Scarborough International School, Ratnapura, Principal, St. Nicolas International College, Colombo and an Education Consultant to the National Institute of Education where he was serving as a Member of the Academic Affairs Board at the time of his demise.
He leaves behind his wife Kusuma, Principal, Buddhist Ladies College, son Harsha, State Counsel, Attorney General's Department and two daughters Pabhashi, PhD student at University of Cambridge, UK and Yuresha also State Counsel of the Attorney General's Department.
His remains will leave his residence No. 51A, Bogahahena Road, Battaramulla on Thursday June 24 at 11.30 a.m. to lie in state at Royal College and thereafter the cremation will take place at General Cemetery, Borella at 3.00 p.m.
Thursday June 17 2004
Received by e-mail from G Salgado (retired Librarian) in Colombo
I'm sure that you'd be happy to hear that the RC '59 Group is actively engaged in the RC Library development project after we got a new Principal at the end of October 2003. He set-up a new Computer Lab for the Primary School (wired for 40 terminals -- over 20 already available) within one month of assuming duties. Parents are contributing towards the balance! A second computer lab (for the Upper School) was opened on January 30th -- former Staff Room opposite the Armoury. This one is wired for 75, and 40 already installed.
The Principal suggested that the '59 Group assist in automating the RC Library, which challenge we've accepted; this project is making steady progress. Software (incl. barcode software) already installed. Data entry begun -- students awaiting O/L results engaged in this. Till now, a few terminals at the new Primary School Computer Lab were being used for this purpose. The server was shifted to the Upper School lab last week as this is much closer to the library. There are four (old) computers already in the library -- only two in working order (yet very slow!). A technical report reveals that it is not worth repairing the other two, and we are hopeful of securing replacements as donations, as we need a minimum of four for the library. '59 Group funds amounting to approx. Rs. 375,000 are to be released towards payment for installation of software, purchase of a laser printer, barcode scanner, and a digital camera, etc. Library Membership Card would finally carry the member's photo as well.
Could you kindly pass the message to other Old-Royalists over there in the Gulf Region that any Educational Software they could contribute would be welcome, as we are starting such collection from scratch -- for Primary, Middle, and Upper schools.
Monday Mar 8 2004
E-Mail from HDP Samarasekera (SAM) in Vancouver, Canada
To: Tissa Jayaweera <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Greetings from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. This has been my home since 1977. Prior to that I spent two years in Davis, California, USA. I left Sri Lanka in 1975. There aren’t too many Old Royalists in this part of the country, and hardly any from the ’59 Group. Following are a few names that I know from our batch that resides in Canada/ USA:
P.Chandrakanthan –Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Deceased.
P.T. Chandrasoma (Para) – Pasadena, California, USA
O.K.P.Gunasekera – San Diego, California, USA
C. Krishnarajan (Krish) Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Firoz Nilam – New Jersey, USA
C.L.A.K. Perera – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
R.M.S. Perera – California, USA
A.P. Ponanbalam – New Jersey, USA
S.Rathnathicam – Portland, Oregon, USA
S.L.Samaratunga – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
J.Satchithanandan – South Carolina, USA – Deceased
I.R.Thurairatnam (Mousy) – Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
H.R.Dandeniya - London, England
G.E.C.Jebanesan - Sydney, Australia
A.Senthilkumaran - Sydney, Australia
Harindra Samarasekera (SAM) <email@example.com>
Note; Some of the others of the Group who live and work overseas, as per my records are as follows:- Fazli Sameer
Dr S. Sambandan, UK
Shah Jahan Bahar, Australia
Muhammad Monty Cassim, Japan
R Chandrasena, Australia
Maurice D Chapman, Australia
A F Nigel de Kretser, Australia
B Dissanayake, Australia
Muhammad Fazli Sameer, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
M Sarath Fernando (Goiya), UK
Russel A Geddes, Australia
V B Godamunne, Australia
Rev Roger Adrian Herft, Australia/NZ
S R Jayasinghe, UK
Graham Koch, Xian, China
D C P Karunaratne, UK
A B Kulatunga, Australia
Kamaludeen Irshad Mahmud, Germany
Palitha Manchanayake, Australia
D P G Mendis, Australia
Prof A Suri Ratnapala, Australia
S Rama Sellamuttu, Australia
Muhammad Arooz Sheriff, LA, USA
Anthony Don V Walpola, Australia
Ravi Wickremaratne, Australia
R G Wickremasinghe, UK
Monday Mar 1 2004
'59 Group Get-together 2004
Anthony Walpola (Polos), S.J. de Silva (Jaani), from OZ will be present at this occasion and we are aware that Jeremy Perera (OZ) and C.J Weerasooriya are expected to be in Colombo and any member who has contact with them , please invite them to be present on this occasion.
E-Mail Addresses of the Gang:
Sep 2003: A new Committee of Management was elected comprising the following:-
President: A KODIKARA, 19A Deal Place, Colombo 3 - Tel +94-11-257-7515
Secretary: J.U. de Livera, 282/8, Sriyakantha Gardens, Waragoda Road, Kelaniya. Tel. Res. +94-11- 2916832 or +94-11- 74-812470.
Treasurer: Upali Suraweera, 25 A, Prathibimbarama Road, Kalubowila, Dehiwala. Tel. Res. +94-11-276-4978
Committee: Ranjan Madanayake, D.G. Wickremasinghe, M.H. Subasinghe
Library Committee: Charitha Ratwatte, K.P.G. Fernando, Sunil Wimaladharma
E-Mail received from the new Secretary, J U de Livera firstname.lastname@example.org
News update from new Secy Livera - Oct 2003:-
For your information Indra Lokubalasuriya was in Colombo recently. We were happy to meet him at "Giggs" place
on the 10th evening (10.10.2003) for dinner hosted by "Giggs" Lambert Wickremasinghe too was present on this day.
Earlier this year we (Amaradasa) hosted Rev Roger Herft at his residence.
Our guys also met M.S. F'do and Dr. D.C.P Karunaratne this year.
What news about you, would you be coming to Sri Lanka on holiday in the near future.
Good luck in your endeavours, regards,
Upali de Livera - Hon Secy '59 Group
This will be copied to Indra Lokubalasuriya. Thanks for being in our midst. Great to be with 59 ' Group members.
cc. Dr. Lal Karunaratne. My thanks for the trouble you took to contact me during my short stay. Pl. let me know
details of your intended visit to Sri Lanka next year.
ps. It is better you send email's to my above address (Home) with copy to ctppexp@lanka .ccom.lk
Aug 2003 Group Reunion
Several members of the Group participated in the 2003 '59 Group Reunion which was held in conjunction with the first leg of the Bradby Shield Rugger match held in Colombo. One of the long lost mates who graced the occasion were HDP Samarasekera, all the way from the Western Coast of Canada. The event was organized by none other than the dynamic Ranjan Madanayake together with the committee of management of the Group.
Jun 2003: Obituary
NAVARATNAM THAVANEETHARAJAH Retired Teacher Royal College and Jaffna Hindu College; Cricketer and Rugby Player of Royal College expired on 22062003. He is the beloved husband of Uma and dearly loved by his son Pretheeban (Student, Veterinary Medicine Peradeniya), dear brother of Doctor Navaneetharajah and brotherinlaw of Dr Beatrice Jessie and uncle of Sanjayan (Air Lanka) and Doctor Prithiva, beloved son of the late Mr C. Navaratnam (Divisional Superintendent of Post Offices) and Katpaham of “Kurukaddu” Urumperai East, soninlaw of late Mr & Mrs Thambimuttu. Remains will lie at Barney Raymond’s Funeral Parlour, Borella from Tuesday to Wednesday evening, thereafter at 267/11, Galle Road, Kollupitiya from 8.00 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. on Thursday. Funeral will take place according to Hindu Rites from 1.30 p.m to 3.30 p.m Cortege leaves at 4.00 p.m. for Cremation at 5.00 p.m. Kanatte Crematorium, Borella.
Joyful coming together of 'Royal family'
RCU chairman Rizan Nazeer told a news conference yesterday that this would be the fifth walk and the second parade.
It's main objective is to collect funds for the construction of a Career Guidance Centre and a Scout Centre for the students and is sponsored by National Savings Bank and National Lotteries Board.
"As usual we expect the Prime Minster to flag it off as last year and the walk would commence at 4 pm from the college premises, proceeding along the Flower Road to Galle Road, Bullers Road and ending up at the sports complex at 6.30 pm. We expect over 10,000 students, old boys, parents and well-wishers to participate including some parliamentarians as well".
The parade would end with a food and musical extravaganza with Bathiya and Royalist Santush in concert with a retinue of other stars to finish off the eventful day in style.
A fireworks display and a children's area are also on the cards.
RCU Assistant Secretary Abaya Amaradasa said that they hope to collect about seven million rupees.
"Last year we collected six million rupees, this time we hope the public will fund this noble cause as they did last year," he said.
Principal of the Royal H. L. B. Gomes said that the event would bring the "Royal" family together once again and urged everyone to take part.
"This is a chance to repay the debt to your Alma Mater," he said.
Mar 2003: E-Mail received from Prasanna Mendis in Australia email@example.com:
Just to let you know that our good pal Hema is no more, as informed by one of the many batch mates who gave a helping hand to him in the last year and a half when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour. This note to me is from Nihal Canagasabey. Friends in SL, please excuse me letting you know something which you may have known better than me. Still, Nihal's note is a warm one which is good to read. Regards ______ Prasanna. Sent: Friday, March 21, 2003 1:18 AM
E-Mail from Nihal Canagasabey: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Pras, Trust you received my previous email regarding Hema Bamunawela. This is just a short update to say that Hema passed away at 7 pm last night. It was a merciful release from, in his case, this wicked world. He is going to be missed by many of us. In case anyone needs to know his residential address was:- 1/1 Fernando Place Off Waidya Road Dehiwela Tel: 722 562 He leaves behind a Sister and niece, for whom he cared very, very much. To say he lived 'for them' would not be incorrect. In fact I always felt that his being a bachelor was so that he could do more for them. That was the Hema some of us loved. regards Nihal
Obituary: BAMUNAWELA, HEMA
Beloved brother of Chamindra, loving uncle of Kalani, expired. Cortege leaves Mahinda Funeral Parlour, Mount Lavinia at 1.30 p.m. for Cremation at Galkissa Crematorium 2.00 p.m. on 22nd Saturday. No. 1/2, Fernando Place, off Waidya Road, Dehiwela. 22-03-2003
The death of Mrs Leelawathie Beatrice Bandara-Kiriella, mother of Lakshman Kiriella, Minister, was also announced in the SL newspapers in March 2003 as follows:-
BANDARA KIRIELLA LEELAWATHI BEATRICE (BETA) of Weedagama Walawwa. Wife of late Eustace, mother of Nirmanee, Palitha (P.B), Nihal (N.B), Lakshman (L.B), Rohan (R.B) and Malkanthi, mother-in-law of Anandan, Khema, Jennifer, Charmaine, Rosemary and Nihal Marambe, expired. Cortege leaves residence 159, Alakeshwara Road, Ethul-Kotte on Saturday 15th at 4 p.m. for Cremation at Borella, Kanatta at 5 p.m. 15-03-2003
Jun 2002: Obituary
The death of Jayantha Kudahetty's father has been announced in the Sri Lanka Daily News of Friday May 7, 2002 as follows:-
KUDAHETTY - T.P. DE S. (Turin) Dearly beloved husband of late Nancelia (Dinky), loving father of Jayantha & Rukmal, fatherin-law of Visakha & Nirantha, grandfather of Dilshan Dinesh, Sachini & Avanthi, expired. Cortege leaves at 9.00 a.m. for Cremation at the General Cemetery, Kanatte at 10.00 a.m. on Saturday 8th June. 37A, Raymond Road, Nugegoda. No flowers please.
All Group Members in Sri Lanka who are able to attend the funeral are kindly requested to convey the condolences of all the others who are unable to make it to the funeral. Several e-mails have been received from Australia expressing their condolences.
Jayantha is currently the Director of Marketing of the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL).
May 19 2002 - Obituary
A palm-sweating experience of finding self and a pal seated right next to Nondi Senaratne, Kataya's bunching pal, at the Majestic Theatre at a matinee. Luckily, he was full of approval for our taste , and never dobbed us in. – Prasanna Mendis /Australia
Many times have encountered loose-neck Gunaratnem at places in school time,
but never bothered, and he too would have been too far away mentally to know or care. - – Prasanna Mendis / Australia
Cutting college during the 2:10 interval wasn’t I surprised to bump into Dudley driving past on Thurstan Road when he pulled up by the curb and had me get in the car and brought me back to College and almost suspended me from my O levels). – Fazli Sameer / Riyadh, Saudi Arabia