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17 January, 2021

PEIRIS - RANMAL (J.V.R.) expired. Loving husband of Wasana,​ son of late Ridley and Joyce,​ brother of late Manesh and Shanika (Dubai) and Minoli and Hemantha (U.S.A.),​ uncle of Anitra and Dominique and Anneli. Funeral arrangements will be notified later. 33,​ M.J.C. Fernando Mawatha,​ Idama,​ Moratuwa.004286

WIRASINGHA HAMILTON of Welipitiya Walawwa Middeniya. Husband of late Pearyn Dissanayake Wirasingha,​ much loved father of Deepani (Australia),​ passed away peacefully on the 6th of January. Remains lie at Jayaratne The Restpect Home,​ Borella on Saturday the 16th from 8.30 a.m. to 8.30 p.m. Cortege leaves for Welipitiya,​ Middeniya on Sunday the 17th morning for burial at the family burial grounds.003953



10 January, 2021

PERERA - Magalage Hector (Retired Personal Secretary,​ Sri Lanka Ports Authority). Born 12/​07/​35,​ passed away on 6/​01/​21. Beloved husband of Ira Perera,​ loving father of Priyalal Perera (Australia),​ Srilal Perera (Australia),​ Samanthi Rambukwelle (Canada),​ Rajeewa Perera (Sri Lanka) and Harshini Perera (Sri Lanka),​ dearest father-in-law of Hasanthi,​ Sharmini,​ Anil,​ Thanumadya and Nalin,​ loving grandfather of Anukshi,​ Gajaba,​ Dhanushka,​ Sharmindri,​ Shavindri,​ Sanoji,​ Shenali,​ Thirani,​ Kevindu,​ Sharon and Abilash. Funeral took place on 8/​01/​21 at Baddegana Cemetery.002318

SILVA - SENAKA (Retired Senior Superintendent of Police) - Beloved son of the late M. T. Silva and Elan Jayasuriya,​ beloved brother and brother-in-law of Srimathi and Mahinda. Remains lie at Mahinda Funeral Parlour Mount Lavinia on 10th January from 9:30 a.m. Cortège leaves Parlour at 3:00 p.m. for cremation at Moratuwa General Cemetery on 10th January at 4:30 p.m. at the Crematorium. TP: 0773952579.002455

WELIKALA - VIOLA DORIS - February 6,​ 1920 - January 1, ​2021. Wife of the late Dr. A.H.N. Welikala,​ Radiologist,​ sister of the late Herbert,​ Berty,​ Shelly,​ and Oliver Gunasekara and Beryl Welikala,​ loving mother of Nirmala,​ Nissanka,​ Roshan and Srimal,​ mother to Anura,​ mother-in-law of late Raju Rasiah,​ Marguerite,​ Ting Welikala,​ Ranjan Hulugalle and lndran (Mousie) Thurairatnam,​ grandmother of Asthika and Tania Welikala,​ Sheyanthi Welikala,​ Ranjan Hulugalle Jr. and Shyamica,​ Ruwan Hulugalle,​ Ramesh Hulugalle and Rehan Thurairatnam,​ great grandmother of Arthur,​ Felix and Tristan Hulugalle. Viola passed away peacefully at home in Las Vegas on New Years day at age 100. Cremation in Las Vegas. Ashes will be interred at a later date in Colombo.002314



3 January, 2021

JAYAWARDANA - DAWN - Beloved wife of Raja Jayawardana,​ everloving mother of Anuradha and Piyumani (USA),​ Suresh and Lucinda,​ darling Achcho of Dhanika,​ Aaron,​ Thavisha,​ Jason and Jonathan,​ sister of Raja,​ Asoka and Srikanthi and late Lakshman,​ Shanthi and Shiromi,​ sister-in-law of Genevive,​ Nirmalee,​ Mervyn,​ Lal and late Mala and Ainsley,​ daughter of late Gloria and Arthur Jayawardana. Remains lie at A.F. Raymond’s Funeral Parlour. Service at 3.30 p.m. on Sunday 3rd January 2021 and thereafter burial at 4.30 p.m. at General Cemetery Borella (R.C. Section).000417

MENDIS - M.T. NORMAN (Attorney-at-Law) (Galle Bar) - Beloved husband of Kamala,​ precious father of Rukshana,​ Chaminda and Shamalka,​ father-in-law of Hiran and Nelani,​ loving grandfather of Hirun,​ Kushan,​ Venuk,​ Mithaara and Nethmi,​ brother of late Thusitha,​ Chandra,​ late Vijitha and Pearl,​ passed away peacefully. Funeral took place on the 31st of December 2020.000423


27 December, 2020

GAMAGE - NIHAL - (Retd. Supdt. of Police) - Beloved husband of late Venetia, father of Daminda (Canada), father-in-law of Menaka (Canada), grandfather of Imali, Senali and Mevan (Canada), passed away. Remains lie at Jayaratne Funeral Parlour from 9.00 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. on Sunday 27th. Cremation at Old Crematorium General Cemetery Kanatte at 4 p.m.001227001

HAJIANI MAIMOON MAHAROOF - Dearly beloved wife of Mohamed Maharoof and mother of Daanesh,​ passed away peacefully on Sunday,​ December 19,​ 2020 at her home in Enfield (UK). She is the daughter of late Senator Mohamed Shums Cassim and Sithy Shums Cassim,​ sister of Nizar,​ Fauziya,​ Ismeth,​ Niyaz,​ Khazeena and Jezima and adored by all her friends and community in London and Sri Lanka. May Allah grant her highest abode in JENNATHUL FIRDOUSE.078583



20 December, 2020
Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Raajihoon! The death was announced of Hajiani Sithy Zareeha Salih on 16th Dec,​ 2020,​ daughter of late Al-Haj Zainudeen Mohamed Salih and late Hajiani Waseela Umma Salih, beloved wife of late Mohamed Jaleel Mohamed Mihlar,​ daughter-in-law of late Mohamed Jaleel & late Noor Sadeeka,​ loving mother of Fakhri (New Zealand),​ Farah,​ Fazil (Canada) & Faiq (USA),​ mother-in-law of Shihana (New Zealand),​ Nawaz & Laura (Canada) loving grandmother of Suraiya,​ Shanlaa,​ Khabeer,​ Shehrazad,​ Zara,​ Jaleel,​ Aysha & Laila. Janaza took place the same day at the Dehiwala Muslim burial grounds.078208


13 December, 2020

AMARASINGHE - MRS STELLA (nee PANDITHASEKARA) - Retired Teacher - Gothami Balika Vidyalaya - Colombo and Kalutara Balika Vidyalaya. Beloved wife of late Yubert Amarasinghe,​ ever loving mother of late Malkanthi,​ Ravi,​ late Anomi,​ Champi (Perth/​Aust) & Shan (Dubai),​ loving mother-in-law of Manthi (Charlie) Ilayperuma,​ Dilini,​ Chandima,​ Devapriya,​ Lokuge (Perth/​Aust) and Hemamali (Dubai),​ grandmother of Savanthi (Melb/​Aust),​ Hasantha,​ Anudini (Perth/​Aust),​ Janith (Perth/​Aust),​ Navinda (Syd/​Aust),​ Nalinda (Syd/​Aust),​ Malinda,​ Vihansa (Dubai) & Ravindi,​ passed away peacefully on 23rd October 2020. A private funeral was held at Borella Cemetery Crematorium on 24th October 2020. Family members wish to express their heartfelt gratitude to everyone attended and helped in many ways during this unprecedented time. We regret our inability to thank them individually. Email : c​h​a​m​p​i​k​a​.​l​o​k​u​g​e​@​g​m​a​i​l​.​c​o​m​075565

GUNAWARDENA PERCY WEERAWICKRAMA (Retired PHI of Baddegama) -​ Loving husband of Leela (Rtd. Matron Sri Jayawardena General Hospital) - Beloved father of Lakshita (Canada),​ Dhamminda (Italy) and Jeyanada,​ father-in-law of Chaminda Nagahawatte (Canada),​ Chamila Jayasekera,​ peacefully passed away at the age of 88. He succumbed to cancer after a brave battle. Funeral took place in Canada on 11th December. l​a​k​s​h​i​1​4​@​g​m​a​i​l​.​c​o​m​ +16474254277. Address: 23,​ Locker Drive,​ Ajax on LIT 3K9 Canada.076274

PATERNOTT - MARGARET - Beloved wife of late Vyvil,​ loving mother of Therese,​ Hazel,​ Claudette,​ Ruth and late Miriam,​ mother-in-law of Duncan,​ late Steve,​ Walter,​ late Russell and Vipula,​ darling grandmother of Charneca,​ Manisha,​ Miranthi,​ Anika and Manuka,​ great grandmother of Eden,​ Harrison,​ Leonardo,​ Raphaella,​ Sanchia,​ Sanya,​ Meyon,​ Allira and Keyaan,​ peacefully returned to Jesus on 2 November 2020. A private cremation took place on 3 November 2020 at 13.30 at the General Cemetery,​ Borella.075139

PERERA - BASIL of Mudiyansege Watta,​ Dalugama,​ Kelaniya (President of Legion of Mary and Member of Parish Council - St Francis de Sales Church,​ Old Boy of De Mazenod College - Kandana and retired Draughtsman of the Irrigation Department) passed away on 30th November. The family members wish to extend special thanks to His Eminence Malcolm Cardinal Ranjith - the Archbishop of Colombo and the auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of Colombo for their presence and prayers. Sincere appreciation to Parish Priests and Assistant Priests of Dalugama,​ Ragama,​ Kalamulla,​ Priest Batches of 2011 and 2017,​ All Priests and Rev. Sisters,​ Consultants,​ Doctors,​ Nurses and staff of Colombo North Teaching Hospital,​ Catholic Unions of NHRD (Chest Hospital) - Welisara,​ Rehabilitation Hospital - Ragama,​ Sri Lankan Catholic Nurses Guild,​ Indranath Thenuwara Photo Academy Photo Cricle,​ Management and staff of Midas Safety - Sri Lanka,​ Staff of Internal Audit Department of Union Bank,​ the Parishioners of Dalugama,​ Ragama,​ Kalamulla and all friends and relatives. Rev. Fr. Chrishnaka Dilan Perera,​ Christa,​ Thilan,​ Judini,​ Nirosha,​ Ruwantha.076344

PONNAMPERUMA - R. F. - (RUVAN) former Director of State Plantations (SLSPC) Galle Board Office and former Director of Plantation Housing Development Trust (PHDT) Galle,​​ Rathnapura ,​​ Kegalle & Colombo passed away peacefully on Thursday 03rd December 2020,​​ son of late Mr. & Mrs. F. S. Ponnamperuma of Kaluwella Galle,​​ son in law of late Major & Mrs. E .O. Fernando of Kaluthara,​​ loving husband of Kumudini (A.W.S.) and dear brother of late Zelma ,​​ Late Placidus,​​ Late Rohini,​​ Swineetha ,​​ Ranjanie,​​ Late Sunalini ,​​ Miranie and Jagath. According to his wishes private funeral and cremation was held at Kurunegala on last Friday the 04th December 2020. Foreign papers please copy. #119 “Millennium City” Old Dambulla Road. Kurunegala. Telephone +94372221289 +94773876477 R​u​f​r​a​p​o​n​@​y​a​h​o​o​.​c​o​.​u​k​075320

RASANAYAGAM - ANGELO (Retd. Official UNHCR,​ Geneva) - Called to rest on 09 December,​ 2020 - Dearly beloved husband of Anandhi,​ loving brother of late Indrani Duraiswamy,​ Manohari Alles,​ Lakshman Rasanayagam (Australia),​ late Nirmalan Rasanayagam,​ Vasanthi Visvalingam (UK),​ late Chandran Rasanayagam,​ Soundari Selvarajah and Amali Philips (Canada),​ brother-in-law of late Shanthi Homer-Vanniasingham,​ Purani Muttukumaru (Australia) and Suren Homer-Vanniasingham. A private funeral amidst close family members was held on 10 December 2020 at the Roman Catholic Section of the General Cemetery Borella. We express our warm appreciation to family and friends for their prayers and condolences.076565


6 December, 2020

KARUNAPALA - WINIFREDA S.M.D (Rtd. Teacher) - Called to rest on 20th Nov,​ 2020 - Beloved wife of T.P.H. Karunapala (Rtd CGR) loving mother of Priyani Amarasekara,​ Shrimali Fernando,​ Cynthia Tissera,​ Hilary Karunapala and Vijith Lal Karunapala,​ mother-in-law of Sarath,​ late Calistus,​ and of Thanuja and Rupika,​ adored grandmother of Shehana,​ Shane,​ Shenali,​ Dushan,​ Sharon,​ Chrishantha,​ Dilini,​ Chrishan,​ Onelie,​ Vikum and Vidusha,​ Cherished great grandmother of Shanil,​ Pahan,​ Leanna,​ Chrisanna,​ Kiara,​ Kaylee,​ Trinity and Heavenly. A private funeral amidst close family members was held on 21st Nov,​ at St. Theresa’s Church Roman Catholic Cemetery Kelaniya. 383/​7,​ Uduwara Gardens,​ Gonawela,​ Kelaniya.073509

MAHAMOOD - HARFILEEN (HARFI),​ passed away peacefully at his home in California,​ USA on 10,​ 2020 at 94 years of age. Son of Mymoon Soori & Mohamat Hakim Mahamood,​ father of Lakshan (deceased),​ Rukmin,​ Susie & Reema; father-in-law of Ray & Fred; grandfather of Anil & KC,​ Lakshan & Taryn; and great-grandfather of Nicolas,​ Ivan,​ Drew & Ashtyn. Harfi was with the Sri Lankan embassy in Washington DC in the late 1950s,​ and then with the Sri Lankan Parliament where he had a long career as a Hansard Reporter. After retiring from government service,​ HARFI worked for several international organizations - Saudi Scales,​ Repco and the Moseco Group. HARFI performed Haj and travelled extensively in his lifetime,​ never losing his zest for adventure even in his later years. HARFI was laid to rest beside his wife,​ Rageen (Jean),​ in the Garden of Mercy,​ Chapel of the Chimes,​ California.073289

MOTHA - GAETAN LEONARD - (1922-2020) - Beloved husband of Nambikai,​ loving father of Kshama & Roma & father-in-law of Pekka,​ much loved grandfather of Frans & Mira,​ & great grandfather of LEO,​ Chandu & USVA passed away on 1st of November in Helsinki,​ Finland,​ a memorial service for Gaetan was held on 25th November in Helsinki.072905

PEREIRA (nee PIERIS) Princy - Beloved wife of late Retd Brigadier PKB Kenneth,​ loving mother of Yasmin and Rushika,​ beloved mother-in-law of Loku Kalutotage Premananda and Earnest Dias,​ ever loving grandmother of Sajith and Kate-lyn Premananda,​ Dhinushka and David Vizer and Tristan Dias,​ precious great grandmother of Olivia Premananda,​ and Ariana,​ Savannah and Liora Vizer,​ sister of late Prof. Pearlyn Pereira,​ late Merlyn De Alwis and late Shirly Pieris,​ expired. Funeral took place the same day at the General Cemetery Borella. (Phone: 0777035241).074409

PERERA SYLVIA NALINI - Beloved wife of late RAD Perera,​ loving mother of Shyamali,​ Ananda and Gamini,​ loving mother-in-law of Rushana,​ loving grandmother of Manjula,​ Charith,​ Suren and Shanika,​ loving great grandmother of Mikaile,​ Manjari,​ Mychal,​ Aria,​ Freddy,​ and Dominic,​ expired in California,​ USA. Her remains were donated to the University of California Irvine,​ Medical School according to her wishes. 612,​ Hayes Street,​ Irvine Ca 92620. USA. Phone: 0714559-0939.074076

PERERA - MRS INDRANIE (Sacred Heart Convent,​​ Galle). Safe in the Arms of our Heavenly Father. Wife of late Mr. Bobby Perera,​​ ever-loving mother of Malkanthie Pieris (late),​​ Vimal Perera (Trico Maritime,​​ Mihin Lanka & Fortuna Enterprises) and Jude Perera (Dubai),​​ beloved mother-in-law of Tony Michael Pieris,​​ (Scotland),​​ Sussie Perera and Elvina Perera (Dubai),​​ adored grandmother of Milesh,​​ Melushki,​​ Miresh (Scotland),​​ Viresha (USA),​​ Vishane (Singapore) and Juene (Dubai),​​ precious sister of George Perera (late),​​ Ashley Perera (late) and Marcus Perera. Remains will be brought to the residence on Sunday 06th December at 6.00 p.m. No. 17,​​ Major Gunarathne Mawatha,​​ off Templer’s Road,​​ Mount Lavinia. Cortege leaves residence at 4.00 p.m. on Monday,​​ 07th December,​​ for burial at Mount Lavinia General Cemetery at 4.30 p.m.072611

The family of late Mr. M. IBRAHIM SAMAT (Director of Management Information Security Services (Sri Lanka) Pvt Ltd) who expired on the 5th of November 2020 after a brief illness express our appreciation to relations,​ friends,​ neighbours and colleagues for the support and assistance extended in numerous ways,​ and for the condolences and words of comfort at our time of grief. Zafrun (wife) and sons,​ Rumman and Farash.074101


29 November, 2020

CAPT. P.A. (BABA) VIRASINGHE peacefully passed away on Tuesday,​ 17th November 2020. He is survived by his wife,​ Minoli; children,​ Shanya and Prithvi; grandchildren Avin,​ Kyan,​ Tera and Logan; and siblings Jayanthi and C.V. Funeral service was held privately.071366

NAVARATNAM (nee BUELL) - CHANDRALEELA - Loving daughter of the late Dr & Dr Mrs E T Buell and sister of the late Viji Buell,​ dearly beloved wife of the late Bala Navaratnam,​ daughter-in-law of the late Mr & Mrs S.T. Navaratnam,​ sister-in-law of the late Faith Buell and late Chintha Navaratnam,​ adored mother of Darshi (Australia) and Rohan (UK),​ dear mother-in-laww of Umesh Rajakariar and Charmina (nee Abeynayake),​ cherished grandmother of Tamara & Nadim,​ Samantha & Matt,​ Jessica & Doug,​ Andrea,​ Michaela,​ Gerard,​ Katrina,​ Larissa,​ Natalya,​ Aaron and Kaitlin,​ precious great-grandmother of Emma,​ chloe and Sebastian,​ passed away peacefully on 17th November 2020. Funeral on Friday 4th December 2020 in Sydney,​ Australia (Phone +61296145686 or +61418627967).072379

PERERA - MRS INDRANIE. (Sacred Heart Convent,​ Galle). Safe in the Arms of our Heavenly Father. Wife of late Mr Bobby Perera,​ ever-loving mother of Malkanthi Pieris (late),​ Vimal Perera (Trico Maritime,​ Mihin Lanka & Fortuna Enterprises) and Jude Perera (Dubai),​ beloved mother-in-law of Tony Michael Pieris,​ (Scotland),​ Sussie Perera and Elvina Perera (Dubai),​ ever loving grandmother of Milesh,​ Melushki,​ Miresh (Scotland),​ Viresha (USA),​ Vishane (Singapore) and Juene (Dubai),​ precious sister of George Perera (late),​ Ashley Perera (late) and Marcus Perera. Funeral arrangements will be notified in due course. 071386


22 November, 2020

KONSTZ - BRIAN CLAUDIUS - Safe in the arms of Jesus - Beloved husband of late Subhashini,​ loving father of Thamindu Dharshaka (ABC Radio Networks),​ everloving son of late Carlo and Margie,​ precious brother of Sandra Chandiram (Aus),​ Pauline Matensson (Sweden),​ Eleanor Enas,​ Melany Konstz,​ Cheryl Jensen (Denmark),​ Cedric (Aus),​ Suzanne Abeywardena (Aus),​ Aveline Rasmussen (Denmark) and Donella Perera. Burial Sunday 22nd November 2020,​ Roman Catholic Section,​ Kanatta Borella. Residence 17/​2A,​ Koswatta Road,​ Rajagiriya.070658

NAVARATNAM (nee BUELL) - CHANDRALEELA - Loving daughter of the late Dr & Dr Mrs E T Buell and sister of the late Viji Buell,​ dearly beloved wife of the late Bala Navaratnam,​ daughter-in-law of the late Mr & Mrs S T Navaratnam,​ sister-in-law of the late Faith Buell and late Chintha Navaratnam,​ adored mother of Darshi (Australia) and Rohan (UK),​ dear mother-in-law of Umesh Rajakariar and Charmina (nee Abeynayake),​ cherished grandmother of Tamara & Nadim,​ Samantha & Matt,​ Jessica & Doug,​ Andrea,​ Michaela,​ Gerard,​ Katrina,​ Larissa,​ Natalya,​ Aaron and Kaitlin,​ precious great-grandmother of Emma,​ Chloe and Sebastian,​ passed away peacefully on 17 November 2020. Funeral on Friday 4 December 2020 in Sydney,​ Australia (Phone +61296145686 or +61418627967).071020

PULLE - ANTON (Retired Commissioner of Inland Revenue) - Beloved husband of Corinne (Dinky),​ loving father of Clehan,​ Nilakshi and Nerin,​ father-in-law of Diyoni and Seanika,​ loving grandfather of Dulain,​ Ranjeev and Methuki,​ brother of Terrence,​ Florence,​ late Gerard and Lena (all of Australia). Remains lie at No. 18,​ Old Waidya Road,​ Dehiwala. Cortege leaves residence No. 18,​ Old Waidya Road,​ Dehiwala on Sunday 22nd November at 2.30 p.m. for Burial at General Cemetery Borella (R.C. Section).071021

SAVITHRI LIYANAGE - Wife of the late Brigadier R.P. Liyanage (Parry) (RWP.RSP.USP),​ mother of Kaushini,​ daughter of the late Senator Y.R Piyasena and Mrs. Soma Piyasena,​ daughter-in-law of the late Mr. D.L. Liyanage and Mrs. Irene Liyanage,​ mother-in-law of Lieutenant Colonel Suranga De Silva,​ passed away. Cortege will be leaving No. 36/​4,​ Rosmead Place,​ Colombo 7 at 4.45 p.m. on 22nd November,​ 2020,​ moreover cremation will be held at the General Cemetery at Borella at 5.30 p.m.071014

VAN CUYLENBURG - IRVINE (Retired Banker,​ Hatton National Bank & Bank of Ceylon) - Beloved husband of late Cynthia (nee Gonsal) called to rest on November 19th,​ 2020. Much loved father and father-in-law of Cedric and late Margie (Australia),​ Andrea and late Sanath Deheragoda,​ Luan and Shalini,​ Marcel and Vaughn De Kretser (Australia),​ Darnley (Australia),​ Keith & Candy (Australia),​ Irvin was a loving grandfather to Melanie,​ Evan,​ Melissa,​ Nilusha,​ Christina,​ Harris and Chris and a great-grandfather to Zach and Persephone. A private funeral was held and Irvine was laid to rest at the General Cemetery,​ Colombo 08 on the 21st of November,​ 2020.071022


15 November, 2020

AYN FURKAN - Well loved & strong matriarch of Saleem-Furkan family. Dearest mother to Imran and his wife Mariam. Wife to late M.S.M. Furkan,​ daughter of late C.L.M.M. and Sithy Ayesha Saleem,​ and was the last living sibling to Ansar,​ Afeefa Hussain,​ Ummul Hamza,​ Fowzia Cader,​ and Khilir. Her tenacity,​ presence and joy will be missed by both the Saleem Family of Colombo 03,​ and Mudliyar Family of Kalutara. Her family would like to thank all those that enriched her life with memories,​ laughter and gatherings. She was laid to rest at an intimate gathering on October 29,​ 2020.068343

Ms. SONIA MARCELLINE (Nee WEERASOORIYA). Dearly beloved wife of late Mark and loving mother of Zaneta and Sanayi,​ passed away. Funeral took place on Saturday 14th November 2020 at the General Cemetery,​ Borella. 48/​3,​ Epitamulla Road,​ Pitakotte.069627

NORMAN SWETHEN WICKRAMA - It is with profound sadness that we announce the demise of Fernando Norman Swethen Wickrama,​ loving son of late Abraham John Wilfred & Dorothy Rebecca Fernando,​ beloved brother of (late) Mervin,​ (Late) Giles,​ Iris de Silva,​ (Late) Kamala Buultjens,​ Swarna & Carmen. Passed away peacefully. Remains lie at A.F. Raymond’s Funeral parlour on Sunday 15th November 2020 from 8.30 a.m. onwards. Cortege leaves parlour after service at 3.30 p.m. for burial at General Cemetery,​ Borella,​ at 4.30 p.m. (Anglican Section).069652