D.W. Abayakoon, P.C
It is with a heavy heart that I pay tribute to my dear friend Advocate
Mr. Abayakoon came from a distinguished family. He strode the legal
profession like a colossus and in recognition of his competence
he was awarded "silk" and made President's Counsel.
He was quiet
and soft-spoken and always trod the straight path. His genial manner
and gentle disposition won him many friends. The fact that he was
elected President of the Bar Association a few years ago speaks
volumes for his popularity.
He was actively
engaged in politics and represented a ward in the Colombo Municipality
for many years. At the Colombo South by-election in 1978 he was
the unanimous choice of the SLFP as its candidate. However, the
LSSP was not bent on supporting him as a common candidate.
It was in this
climate of uncertainty that Harischandra Mendis and I persuaded
Mr. Abayakoon to contest the by-election. Having understood the
ground situation, he stood by the party and accepted the challenge.
he was able to poll a large number of votes. This was a tribute
to the strength, courage and loyalty of Mr. Abayakoon.
As a busy professional
and social worker, he interacted with people from all walks of life.
What was remarkable about him was that even while moving with kings
he never lost the common touch and always had his feet firmly planted
on the ground. He was concerned about the problems that his less-fortunate
brothers and sisters faced in their day-to-day lives and was never
hesitant to offer his services.
My long and
close association with Mr. Abayakoon made me realize what a wonderful
human being he was -- simple, endearing, erudite and honourable.
May he attain the supreme bliss of Nibbana.
M. Haleem Ishak
Lionel Anthony Senn
Dear Dad, it is a year since you said goodbye. But it seems like
yesterday. I find it hard to believe that you are not with us anymore.
I miss that loving look and tender smile that used to light up your
face when I came home to see you. I never thought that you would
leave us so soon.
I thank God for giving us a wonderful Dad who was with us for 89
years and shared all our joys and sorrows, making many sacrifices
for us. Dad you were a kind and simple man. All that is left now
are golden memories and silver tears for a Dad who will live in
our hearts and minds for many more generations to come.
Lord help us through our grief and loss
Through valleys deep when Dad is gone
Then heal our hearts,
renew our joy
Grant us the strength to carry on.
We remember her with gratitude
Mrs. Pearl Fernando, the eldest daughter of the Jayasuriya family
was born in the village of Pethiyagoda on October 24, 1933. Pearl
was the Deaconess of the Methodist Church who devoted her life to
was a popular figure at all church functions of the South Ceylon
Synod, Sunday school and Junior Wesley Guild rallies. She selected
the best students for dramas, playlets and Christian programmes.
loved all children and encouraged them to do everything the correct
way. She served at Welimada, Badulla, Seeduwa, Minuwangoda, Raddoluwa,
Dalupotha, Horagasmulla and Polwatte.
Her Mission House was open to all devotees and Christian workers
of the circuit gathered at her residence to get their problems solved.
Everybody knows that she gave priority to God's work during all
hours of the day, irrespective of her family problems.
In all disputes she came forward with God's guidance. After retirement
in September 1996 from Horagasmulla church, she came to her residence
at Pethiyagoda and helped the church there.
We remember her with gratitude for all she did for the Methodist
May her soul rest in peace.
Rev. Leslie Dareeju
He lived a full
He is not here;
The noise of life
And ghastly through
the drizzling rain
On the bald street,
breaks the blank day.
He was my faithful
friend and after 50 years of association, Karu has passed on, leaving
a void in my life. His eldest brother told me at the funeral that
Karu had referred to me as his friend of a lifetime! I am happy
to know that he thought of me that way, although he never told me
We first got
to know each other at the Wesley College hostel at the tender age
During my university career at Peradeniya, we lost contact but resumed
our friendship in the 1960s when I was employed as a management
trainee at Levers and he was a medical rep for Organon Laboratories.
Our friendship blossomed and grew because of a wide range of common
interests. We both pursued marketing careers.
participated in the affairs of the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing,
the Wesley College Old Boys' Union and the Havelock Sports Club
where we functioned as presidents in successive years, not having
ever played rugby in our lives! We also shared a passion for English
In the Wesley
hostel, Karu was mainly remembered as a raconteur and throughout
his life he retained this knack of story- telling. He liked to exaggerate
and embellish his stories for greater effect and in his school days
was given the sobriquet 'Puller' by our mutual friend, Clinton Rodrigo.
were carefree but had some discomforting associations. Karu used
to say that "acute hunger"' was his most enduring memory
of hostel life! It was this sensation of hunger that once motivated
him to team up with a group of pranksters led by the irrepressible
Clinton and steal a big bunch of bananas from the Vice-Principal's
In his working
life Karu proved that he was made of "sterner stuff".
He rose from the modest position of medical representative to become
the Managing Director of J.L. Morison, Son & Jones within a
relatively short period of time. He had an incisive mind, the gift
of the gab and a disarming nature, which were considerable assets
in his career as a pharmaceutical manager. He befriended several
medical specialists who eventually became close friends.
He loved to
entertain friends in the early years of married life at his flat
by the sea in Dehiwela. In more recent times, he entertained us
mainly at the Capri where he was a very senior and respected member.
Karu had many
hobbies and interests. He probably had one of the best collections
of postage stamps in Sri Lanka and would spend hours organizing
and reorganizing it. He was also an acknowledged expert at solving
cryptic crosswords. He used to win crossword puzzle prize money
with monotonous regularity and was once even interviewed by a newspaper
on this skill.
He lost his
beloved wife, Cynthia, about 13 years ago. Immediately after her
death he became a wreck but with time he was able to come to terms
with his loss. Karu's greatest pride was his son, Nalin. Nalin and
his wife, Tharanga, showered Karu with an abundance of care during
from Morisons two years ago and immersed himself in humanitarian
As a director of Helpage he was signing cheques from his sickbed
only days before he died.
I know that
he lived a full and satisfying life but his death at the age of
66 was untimely. It would have been good to see him batting longer.
Nihal de Silva, SSP
As another year dawns
We find it difficult to believe
That we lived three years
Without you to guide us.
with aching hearts
Your sensitive ways
The caring person you were
And the gentle way you kept us close.
ache with a dull and throbbing pain
Each time we come home
And you are not there to hug us
We weep that we shall never feel again,
Your loving arms around us
We are immensely grateful
For the time
God gave us with you
Our lives enriched
Having had 'You' for our Father
And today when we kneel at your grave
Look down on us
And whisper, "I love and miss you both".
love and gratitude.
Harshini and Nalaka