Devasiri Perera, retired headmaster, Panagoda Maha Vidyalaya, passed away recently.
He was born in Kindelpitiya, Bandaragama and later lived in Pannipitiya. Even as a teacher, he worked as a radio artist and participated in teledramas.
After his retirement, he became a social worker. He served as president of the Pension Society Pannipitiya for a long period. He also played a prominent role in helping to maintain Buddhist temples in the area. He used his wealth to develop the Vidyalankara Privena, Pannipitiya.
Mr. Devasiri Perera was an exemplary man. I have never seen him angry. He extended a helping hand to all the welfare societies in the area.
His wife and their four children continue his good work.
I knew Mr. Perera for nearly 25 years.
We have lost a good friend and a great social worker in the area.
May he attain the Supreme Bliss of Nibbana.
By M. G. Asoka Karunaratne