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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


8 November, 2020
REV. FR. GERARD MAXWELL LINDEN GARTH OFM - Beloved son of Dorothy (Canada) and late Wilfred John Garth,​ loving brother of Aubrey (Joe),​ Michael,​ Noel,​ Anne and Trevine (all of Canada),​ late Conrad,​ Ivor,​ Monica and Ralston,​ brother-in-law of Drehan (nee Ousmand),​ Vijitha (nee Fonseka),​ Aubrey Atton and Tamara (nee Ferdinands) (all of Canada),​ late Marcia (nee Pollocks),​ Shantha Panditharatne and Marietta (nee Pollocks),​ uncle of Natalie,​ Stephanie,​ Fiona,​ Chester,​ Diana,​ Nigel,​ Shayam,​ Denham,​ Amanda,​ Aundrea,​ Aeron,​ Kristina,​ Matthew and Dominic,​ was called to enternal rest in the Lord in Assisi,​ Italy on November 2nd,​ 2020. Funeral took place in Assisi,​ Italy on Wednesday,​ November 4th,​ 2020.067748


1 November, 2020

PARANAVITANA - RAYMOND G. C. Beloved husband of Darshini,​ son of the late Sam and Ada Paranavitana,​ beloved brother of the late Joy,​ Frank,​ Ananda,​ Lakshmi and Hilda,​ loving father of Manique,​ Romesh,​ and Samantha,​ father-in-law of Simon,​ Nikki and Subo,​ loving grandfather of Anjali,​ Rhian,​ Ihara,​ Nadira,​ Zahn,​ Jehaan,​ and Kaja,​ and great grandfather of Millicent and Miles. Raymond Paranavitana returned to his Heavenly Father’s Open Arms on 20 October 2020. A service of thanksgiving for his life will take place on 28 October 2020 at Bunurong Memorial Park,​ Bangholme,​ Victoria,​ Australia.066622



25 October, 2020

 AL-HAJ HILMI JUNAID (Formerly of 80,​ Church St. Fort Galle,​ former Competent Authority Wellawatte Spinning & Weaving Mills,​ President All Island JP Association Truestee Dehiwala Town Jummah Mosque passed away on 18th October. Janaza took place on 19th October at Dehiwala Jummah Mosque Burial Grounds. Son of late Mr & Mrs P.M.M. Junaid,​ son-in-law of late Mr & Mrs I.M. Hussain,​ beloved husband of Hajiani Hoorlyn,​ affectionate father of Fawzul Munawwara (ex R.R. Donnelly),​ Sithy Ayesha (UK) Ashri Junaid (Saudi Arabian Airlines),​ father-in-law of Rushdi (Tech Corp) Imtiyaz (UK),​ Minha (Hijaz International),​ brother of late Unaisa,​ Hunaifa,​ Hisham Rifa,​ Saleem,​ Asmiya,​ brother-in-law of late Azeez Ahmed,​ Bary (Dharga Town),​ Fazly Hameed,​ Rehana Hisham,​ Aroosiya Saleem,​ Dr Saad Hussain,​ Sahal,​ Jesmiya,​ Shainaz,​ Noorliya,​ Minnon,​ Najeeb & Rifla,​ grandfather of Hammad,​ Uzman,​ Sheza,​ Shimra,​ Amani & Mahir Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Rajioon. 249 B,​ Quarry Road,​ Dehiwala.065981

PUTHIRASINGAM - MR THANAPALASINGAM (Retired Teacher - Jaffna Central College & Vadeeshwara Vidyalam,​ Jaffna,​ retired Lecturer in Education Nigeria. Author books in Biology and New Science) passed away peacefully in Watford,​ United Kingdom on the 13th of October 2020. He was the son of late Mr T. Thanapalasingam and Annamma and son-in-law of late Mr S. Kulasingam and Navaratnam,​ beloved husband of Maheswary,​ loving father of Sivanangai,​ Sivashankar and Sivapriya and father-in-law of Sadna,​ cherished grandfather of Vishala,​ Ananyaa,​ Sheetal and Shweta,​ brother of late Mr Vimalasingam,​ late Mr Kumarasingam,​ Bavani,​ Sarojinidevi and Arunthathy,​ brother-in-law of Mr Shanmugalingam,​ late Mr Thanapalasingam and Mr Ruthirarasa. Due to the current Covid restrictions the family has planned a private funeral on Tuesday 27th October 2020. Contact details: Dr Sivanangai Puthrasingam,​ Phone: 07545501392. Email: s​i​v​a​.​p​u​t​h​r​a​s​i​n​g​a​m​@​g​m​a​i​l​.​c​o​m​066453



18 October, 2020

ABEYADEERA - DOROTHY (Rita). Beloved wife of Baptist,​ loving mother of Debbie,​ Suzette and Denham,​ mother-in-law of Brian,​ Russell and Fleur,​ darling grandmother of Melissa,​ Brinne,​ Aidan,​ Keyan and Shawnayle,​ great-grandmother of Ariya. died peacefully in Australia. Funeral will take place in Melbourne,​ Australia on 20th October 2020 at 10.00 a.m.065121

ABEYESUNDERE,​ EILEEN (1929-2020). At peace with Jesus. Cherished daughter of the late Dr. Philip and Bertha Perera,​ loving sister of the late Dr. Frank Perera,​ late Dorothy Perera,​ late Phyllis Perera,​ late Cynthi Mallawaratchi and late Tony Perera,​ beloved wife of the late Joe Abeyesundere and much loved mother of the late Trevor Abeyesundere and Shanthini (“Nuki”) Abeyesundere,​ treasured mother-in-law of Marian Abeyesundere and Sujit CanagaRetna,​ precious grandmother of Trevina Abeyesundere and adored aunt of Roanne Chandraratna. Her Remains lie at the A.F. Raymond’s Funeral Parlour # 4,​ Sunday October 18th from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and will be followed by a service of thanksgiving and cremation at 3 p.m. at the General Cemetery,​ Kanatte,​ New Crematorium. No flowers by request but please consider a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association of Sri Lanka.065133

GOMEZ - MRS. VERNA MARGARET (NEE JAYAWARDENE),​ passed away peacefully in her sleep aged 83 years,​ on the morning of Thursday 24th September in the UK. Beloved mother of Eleonor,​ Debbie and Jeremy,​ mother-in-law of Mark and Russell,​ grandmother of Lara,​ Adam,​ Annika,​ Natasha,​ Harry,​ Charlie,​ Tansy and Maric,​ grandmother-in-law to Phil,​ and great-grandmother of Sofiya,​ Leo and Xavi; beloved sister of late Violet,​ Pearlie,​ late Consy,​ Brenda and Felix Shelton. The funeral will take place on Monday 19th October in Crawley,​ UK.064536

GOONARATNE (NEE PERERA) LENITA (SIRIMA). (Former teacher Visakha and Devi Balika). Loving wife of late Muni,​ loving daughter of late Edwin Perera and Lilian Perera,​ loving sister of late Wensie and late Reinzie (UK),​ sister-in-law of Arlene,​ Rani (UK),​ late Ariyawansa,​ late Charles,​ Chandra,​ Lionel,​ late Nanda,​ late Justin,​ late Samaraweera,​ Daya and late Ananda. Remains lie at A.F. Raymond’s Funeral Parlour from 1.30 p.m. on Sunday 18th October. Cortege leaves the parlour at 3.30 p.m. on same day for cremation at the General Cemetery,​ Borella (Old Crematorium) at 4.00 p.m.065122

LA’BROOY - BENJAMIN VERE - Ex Sri Lankan Navy. Beloved husband of late Maureen,​ father of Valerie,​ Robin,​ Adrian,​ Diedrie,​ Allan,​ father-in-law of Errol,​ Annette,​ Helen,​ Adrian and Geetha,​ beloved grandfather of Michelle,​ Rochelle,​ Natasha,​ Dylan,​ Shaun,​ Scott,​ Nicole,​ Keegan,​ Adele,​ Jessica and Jason. Great grandfather of Sophie,​ Manuel,​ Valencia,​ Esmeralda and Michele. Cortege leaves Mahinda Funeral Parlour,​ Mount Lavinia on Sunday 18th October 2020 at 4 p.m. for cremation at Galkissa Cemetery.065119


11 October, 2020

ABEYSURIYA - MRS KARUNA of Dodampahala Dickwella (retired Teacher) - Beloved wife of late C.E. Wijesuriya (former VC Chairman Dickwella),​ loving mother of Gamini,​ Kumara,​ Banty,​ Harshinie and Chamly,​ mother-in-law of Rekha,​ Shiranthi,​ Prashan and Pavithra,​ loving grandmother of Shantal,​ Ashley,​ Nihara,​ Dinali,​ Nadine,​ Nathasha,​ Dinali,​ Maleesha,​ Ranu,​ Renu and Rumy,​ passed away peacefully at Rivendale Retirement Home (Piliyandala) on 02 October 2020. Funeral took place at Borella Cemetery Crematorium on 04 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.062576

CALISTUS MAHENDRAN THAVAWEERASINGHE - passed away peacefully in Toronto,​ Ontario,​ Canada on Tuesday Oct. 6,​ 2020. Mahendran,​ beloved son of late Oliver and Antonia,​ loving brother of Angela,​ Gerad and Linus. He will be missed very much by his family. Viewing at Chapel Ridge Funeral Home,​ 8911 Woodbine Ave. Markham,​ Ontario. L3R 5G1 on Friday,​ Oct. 9,​ 2020 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday,​ Oct.10,​ 2020 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Holy mass at Prince of Peace Catholic Church 265,​ Alton Towers Circle,​ Scarborough,​ Ontario. M1V 4E7 at 10:00 a.m. followed by internment at Christ the King Cemetery,​ 7770 Steeles Ave. E Markham,​ Ontario. L6B 1A8062881



4 October, 2020

EMILDA FERNANDO - nee ANTHONY - Loving wife of late Quintus Fernando,​ mother of Rupini,​ Anne Surangi (UK),​ Priyangi,​ Prasadini (NZ) and Sampath (Seylan Bank),​ mother-in-law of P.I.O. Fernando (Milco),​ Bernard (UK),​ Aruna,​ Pubudu (NZ) and Rochelle (BOC),​ sister of late Miliner Anthony,​ Ethel De Zoysa,​ late Stanley Anthony,​ Roland Anthony (attorney-at-law),​ late Cletus Anthony,​ late Claudius Anthony,​ Bernie Senevirathne (Canada) and Bertyl Anthony,​ passed away peacefully on 1st of October 2020. Funeral cortege will leave from 74/​17,​ Jaya Rd,​ Udahamulla,​ Nugegoda on Sunday,​ 4th October 2020 at 2.30 p.m. for St. Anne’s Church Cemetery - Catholic Section for burial.061138

GLADYS PERERA of Weerakoon Gardens Kandy - Beloved daughter of late Bernard & Maud Perera,​ loving sister of late Oliver,​ Hilda & Prosper,​ elder sister of Leslie (Australia),​ Joyce (UK),​ passed away peacefully at “Villa Maria Convent” - Chilaw on 13th September,​ 2020. Funeral took place at Borella Cemetery Crematorium on 17th September 2020,​ attended by all family members,​ nieces and nephews.060542

ILANGAKOON - PATHMA ELIKEWALA - Beloved wife of late Lyn Ilangakoon,​ mother of Anoma,​ Cyraine and Michael,​ mother-in-law of Indra Obeyesekere,​ Perttu Laakso and Shivanee,​ grandmother of Deshan & Uttara,​ Gamini,​ Yasara and Milja,​ passed away on the 1st of September 2020. A private funeral was held according to her wishes.059726

Thambyrajah - Leslie Balasunderam (Retd. Supdt. of Audits) called to rest with Jesus. The loving husband of late Pushparanee Thambyrajah (Queenie Abraham) father of Romela Nevins,​ Abraham Jeshura Thambyrajah and Margretta Shirela Canagarajah,​ father-in-law of Antony Nevins (Chandran),​ Dheepa Thambyrajah (Amarasingham) & Jehan Canagarajah,​ loving grandfather of Abisha,​ Greshan,​ Amaran,​ Dheeran,​ Christa,​ Davina & Joshua,​ brother of late Daisy Williams,​ late Lionel Thambyrajah,​ Pathma Jeyaweerasingham,​ Noel Thambyrajah,​ Grace Ampalavanar,​ and late W.T. Rajkumar. The funeral service will be held at the Anglican Chapel at General Cemetery,​ Borella on Monday October 5th at 10.00 a.m. followed by burial in the Anglican Section.061307



27 September, 2020

ABEYARATNE - MR CYRIL FRANK - Formerly at People’s Bank,​ son of late Cyril & Esther,​ beloved husband of Winitha,​ loving father of Iresha (Aus),​ Primali (Aus) and Deepal,​ grandfather of Ranmali & Piotr Lorenc,​ Shavin,​ Inoshi and Thilina,​ great grandfather of baby Logan,​ father-in-law of Chandana Madakumbura,​ brother of late John,​ Edith,​ Greeta,​ Donald & Oliver taken to Lord on 26 Sep 2020. The remains lie at residence from Sunday 27th Sept 2020 at 25/​15 Laxapathiya Road,​ Rawatawatte,​ Moratuwa - Leaves residence on Monday 28th September at 3.00 p.m. for service at Holy Emmanuel Church Moratuwa followed by burial at 4 p.m.058937

BERNADETTE - EMELDA (BERNIE) JOSEPH (Retired Teacher - Holy Family Convent,​ Bambalapitiya) passed away in France on 22nd September instant - Beloved wife of late Anthonnipillai Joseph (Retired - Dept. of Labour) loving mother of late Anjelo,​ mother-in-law of Kusala (UK),​ grandmother of Francesca (UK),​ daughter of late Mr & Mrs. Simon Ariyanayagam,​ loving sister of late Lawrence,​ Victorine (Canada),​ Antoinette Joseph (Retired Teacher - Holy Family Convent,​ Bambalapitiya),​ Jacintha,​ Helen,​ late Elmo,​ late Carmelita,​ Concy (Canada),​ Sherrine (Suvi - Germany),​ Subashini (Subo - France) sister-in-law of Mary (UK),​ Suren (Canada),​ Joseph,​ Rajasekeran,​ Rani (France),​ Gunadasa (Canada),​ Pearl (Germany) Yogan (France),​ late Emmanuel,​ late Ponmani. Funeral service will be held in France on Tuesday 29th September at 3 p.m. (France Time). Informant: Christina Subashini Packiyanathar (France),​ Land Line: 0033143338695,​ Mobile: 0033651492231,​ Antoinette Joseph - Land Line: 0114710205,​ 0777333529.058285

ILANGAKOON - PATHMA ELIKEWALA - Beloved wife of late Lyn Ilangakoon,​ mother of Anoma,​ Cyraine and Michael,​ mother-in-law of Indra Obeyesekere,​ Perttu Laakso and Shivanee,​ grandmother of Deshan,​ Gamini,​ Yasara and Milja,​ passed away on the 1st of September 2020. A private funeral was held according to her wishes.057593

WIJERATNE - MERVYN (Former Director CISIR and Chairman Tyre Corporation) - Beloved husband of late Malinie Wijeratne,​ father of Tamara,​ Anura and Lalith,​ father-in-law of Ian,​ Janaki and Samudra,​ grandfather of Philip,​ Peter,​ Thilan,​ Roshelle and Amal,​ loving brother of late Neville,​ late Vernon,​ late Herbert,​ late Sirima,​ Susima,​ Padma and Nalinie. Cortege leaves residence 35,​ Inner Fairline Road,​ Dehiwala at 1.00 p.m. on Sudany Sep 27th,​ 2020 for cremation at the General Cemetery,​ Mt. Lavinia at 2.00 p.m.058935

MACKIE - ZACKIYA FIROUZE with deepest sorrow,​ the family announces the passing away of Zackiya Firouze Mackie,​ on the 23rd of September,​ 2020. “Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilaihi Raajioon!” Loving daughter of the late Mr & Mrs Buhary,​ ever-loving wife of Mr. M.H.M. Samsudeen Mackie,​ adoring mother of Mizli and Fazrin,​ beloved mother-in-law of Fahim Gaffoor and Fikri Fauz,​ grandmother of Ilma,​ Aaqil and Maryam,​ grandmother-in-law Omar Alif,​ great-grandmother of Abdullah and Sakeenah,​ daughter-in-law of the late Mr. & Mrs. Samsudeen Hameed,​ beloved sister of Rameez,​ Zamer,​ Zareefa,​ Ziyanul Fouz,​ Fareeza and Zeeniya,​ much loved sister-in-law of the late Rally,​ late Hussein,​ late Kaleel,​ late Azeeza,​ Raleena,​ late Sahila,​ late Khairunnisa,​ late Raliyatulbadriya,​ late Alavi-Anis,​ late Safwan Arif,​ late Ifthikhar,​ Wazeer,​ Wahab,​ Nazli,​ Nazeera and Shihab. Janaza rituals were performed after Maghreb,​ at the Dehiwala Grand Jummah Masjid,​ on the 23rd of September 2020. The family deeply appreciates the love,​ prayers and support extended to them during the period of grief. 3,​ Arethusa Lane,​ Colombo 06.058939



20 September, 2020

JEAN - HIDELARATCHI (nee PARIS) - Beloved wife of Gerry,​ ever loving mother of Dinesh and Dr. Priyangika (UK),​ mother-in-law of Dr. Hobina Rajakaruna,​ sister-in-law of Beatrice Welgama. Remains lie at A.F. Raymond’s Funeral Parlour from 9 a.m. onwards on Sunday 20th September 2020. Cortege leaves parlour on same day at 3 p.m. for burial at General Cemetery Borella (R/​C Section).056876

WIJAYASIRI - WETTIMUNY - Beloved husband of Lakshmi,​​ father of Sarasi and Samangie,​​ father-in-law of Chanaka,​​ brother of Seelawathi,​​ Nandani and Chandra,​​ expired. Cortege leaves residence No: 20,​​ Galle Road,​​ Kalutara North on Sunday September 20th,​​ at 3.30 p.m. Cremation at Kuda Waskaduwa Cemetery at 4.00 p.m.056595