On July 29, 2008, Stanley Mather went to be with the Lord.
It was a privilege and honour to be associated with such a great person. I came to know Stanley through his younger son. His father, Reverend James Mather, was a respected Methodist minister. Stanley Mather received his education at Trinity College, Kandy, where he proved a brilliant student. He worked at Uni-Levers for many years, where he rose to be Chief Engineer, a position he held until his retirement in 1988.
Mr. Mather was an active parishioner at the Bethesda Church, Milagiriya. At his funeral service many tributes were read from all over the world, and all had one message, saying that Stanley Mather was an honest, God-fearing true Christian.
His service to the Bethesda community was immense. The church will miss him, but hopefully the church community will take Stanley Mather as an example and emulate him.
Uncle Stanley will be greatly missed by his friends and family members. He taught us a valuable lesson, and that was how to face death. When he was diagnosed with an incurable sickness, he, being a God-fearing man, knew the time had come to meet his Creator. He took the sickness in stride, showing fear of nothing.
Stanley Mather was a highly respected and friendly person, and a devout Christian. He was never shy of a smile. Many things could be said of him, but to sum it up, let me say that he was one of the finest gentlemen I have ever known.
Rest in peace, Uncle. After all, you are with Jesus.
A Family Friend