A man of
This is in remembrance
of a great man, good friend, loving father and grandfather who left
this world 12 years ago.
Born in Badulla
in 1912, Arphin Mahamoor was educated at Uva College. Not only did
Mr. Arphin excel in the academic field but he was also a good sportsman.
He played football, rugby and hockey for his school and Uva clubs.
school, he joined the Badulla branch of Commercial Co. (Engineers)
Ltd. as a junior clerk in 1930. He was promoted as chief clerk in
1947, which post he held for 21 years. Later he was transferred
to the Colombo office and given the post of Chief Officer Special
Grade and placed in charge of the Valuation Department, where he
completed more than 42 years of service.
was kind to his fellow workers, friends, neighbours and family.
He was a man of example. He was straightforward, religious and honest.
He was very kind to the poor.
- A Family
life he led guides us
Two years ago,
when I heard the shocking news of the senseless killing of Sujith,
my first reaction was that of anger against the then-prevailing
political scenario which was such, that a human being could be done
away with at anyone's whim or fancy.
To imagine that
the life of young Sujith, who upheld justice, fairplay, honesty
and integrity, could be wiped out by an assassin's bullet was beyond
When the anger
and shock had subsided, it was to his dear mother, Priya, that my
thoughts flew. How could she, who had borne him, nurtured him, watched
him grow up to be the fine young man he was, face this cruel blow?
Being one of Priya's closest friends, I knew of the bond that existed
between them, even after his marriage to Angela.
Today, I still
think of him as living amongst us. I cannot believe that a life
so full of trust in the Almighty, of desire to serve others, dedicated
to family and friends, is no more.
I do not believe
that anyone who had met him, known him, spoken to him, even for
a short period would not have been touched or influenced by the
many admirable qualities he possessed.
people, he may have left some imprint of his own good nature on
them. In his own unobtrusive way, he may have, by example, taught
them the lessons of caring and sharing, of generosity and unselfishness,
of showing a brave and smiling face in times of adversity, of cheerfulness
than his family members, relatives and friends -- especially his
colleagues at the Christian Movement of which he was an active member
-- and above all his dear mother, for whom he had a special place
in his heart, will know that a single bullet snuffed out a valuable
It is tragic
that his little daughter Ayesha, who hardly remembers her father's
gentle face, has to grow up without his guidance.
Only God can
give them the strength to carry the beautiful memory of such a dear
Only the thought of Sujith as they knew him, will help them understand
the ways of God.
"I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me,
though he dies, yet shall he live..." (John: 11.25).
Rest in peace,
Sujith and continue to guide our lives, as you "tread the green,
green grass of your heavenly father's home".
It is three
months since my uncle Dr. P. Sivasubramaniam passed away. He was
the second son of a distinctive man, the late Dr. S. Ponniah. Anything
I attempt to write about my uncle will be a mere drop in the ocean
of encomiums that have been showered on him in life as well as death.
Though he was
born to the manor he lived simply and without ostentation. His gentility
manifested itself in his unobtrusive manners and in a predilection
for learning, for sharing knowledge and for selfless service. He
bore the stamp of a rock-like stability. Unassuming and honest to
the very marrow of his bones, he never veered from the path he chose
to walk. His magnitude, like a well-tailored coat, sat easily and
lightly on his shoulders. He never pressed his advantage and was
ever content to take a back seat. He has proved to us that the only
two sources of human virtue are energy and intelligence - the greatest
We seek solace
in the assurance that he has not left us but simply moved on, leaving
us a fragment of his genius and a flash of his soul.
politician, Cadet Officer, actor and social worker
The 100th birth
anniversary of Major A.P.M. Peiris, a superb teacher, politician,
Cadet Officer, actor and social worker fell on March 20.
Born in Koralawella,
Moratuwa, he had his education at Richmond College, Galle. He had
a distinguished school career under the tutelage of Rev. W.J. T.
Small, then Principal of Richmond.
Later he took
to local politics and was the youngest member of the first Urban
Council of Moratuwa for a short time. Then he opted to join the
noble profession of teaching in 1924. After training at the Teachers'
Training College, he joined Prince of Wales' College, Moratuwa,
as an English teacher.
In 1932, he
was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant of the Ceylon Cadet Battalion
and was placed in charge of the Junior Division of the college contingent.
In 1936, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.
were wide and varied. In 1937, as an actor, he played the role of
Mark Antony, when the staff and students of Prince of Wales staged
As a social
worker, Major Peiris was a Board member of the Waag Wardene Samithiya
in Koralawella and one-time Superintendent of the Sunday school
at St. Peter's Church, Koralawella, in the late thirties.
In 1943, he
succeeded Capt. A.V.S. Fernando, as Officer Commanding Contingent.
In 1944, when he was in charge of the Junior Division of Prince
of Wales there was a record of successes, with the cadets winning
five out of six Battalion trophies and annexing the C.L.I. Challenge
Cup for all-round efficiency. In 1946, when he was the O.C. Contingent
in charge of the Senior Platoon, his cadets won the coveted Herman
Loos trophy for the most efficient platoon in the island.
In 1947, Lt.
Peiris relinquished duties as O.C. Contingent and in recognition
of his efforts, he was promoted to the rank of Captain and Quarter-Master
of the C.C.B. when it was made a corps consisting of three battalions
Capt. and QM
Peiris was later promoted to the rank of major and commissioned
as the first Commandant of the 3rd. Battalion of the Ceylon Cadet
Corps. In 1953, he was put to the reserve of the Cadet Corps.
I was a lance-corporal
of the Junior Platoon and Cadet of the Senior Platoon, which won
the 'Herman Loos' and was the House Captain of Goonewardene House
which won the inter-house athletics championship in 1948 when Major
Peiris was in charge of the house.
years, Major Peiris was editor of the Prince of Wales College magazine
'The Cambrian' and was first Hony. Secretary of the co-operative
society established in 1946.
In the early
fifties, he was the headmaster of the Middle School. In 1959, from
June to August, Major Peiris was Acting Principal and remained Vice
Principal till his retirement in 1963.
was a stern disciplinarian and sound educationist. By his own example
he inculcated in his staff and students the importance of punctuality
in every aspect of the performance of their duties by starting and
finishing one task on time. He instilled in the minds of the young,
the cardinal values of "mens sana in corpore sano".
1986, some of the past officers of the Ceylon Cadet Corps were invited
when Major and Mrs. Peiris celebrated their golden wedding.