W. W. Cletus Fernando of “Mercylyn”, Second Cross Street, Marawila, passed away on November 29, 2009, at the age of 91. At the time of his death, he was being looked after by his two domestic aides, as his three sisters had predeceased him.
A teacher by profession, Mr. Fernando devoted his entire teaching career to St. Xavier’s College, Marawila. He retired in the early Seventies. He was a dedicated teacher and worked hard for the moral and spiritual upliftment of his pupils.
He was a Josephian and, like his revered guru, the late Rev. Father Legoc, regarded botany as his pet subject. He also taught English, Mathematics, Religion and Latin, and with equal confidence.
A gentleman in every sense, he was always in full suit and tie. He was a philanthropist and he helped all and sundry. A visitor to his residence will see two new houses on either side of the main house. These two houses belong to his domestics. He gave them two half-acre plots of land each and financial assistance to build these houses.
Mr. Fernando was a devout Catholic, and rarely missed Sunday mass. He was very much attached to his parish church at Marawila, and had a good collection of records and booklets relating to the history of the church. He also wrote a book on the miraculous statue at the Marawila cemetery.
He was an avid reader, had an excellent memory, and had made regular contributions to various periodicals. His last contribution was an appreciation of the Rt. Rev. Dr. Frank Marcus, the late Bishop of Chilaw.
May W. W. Cletus Fernando’s soul rest in peace.