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He made his most important investment while in Ceylon

Patrick John Wye

Patrick John Wye – who was born on November 19, 1932 and passed away on February 14, 2009 – was an international banker whose career took him around the world. Sri Lanka was one of the many countries he was posted to.

Born in Hollywood, England, Patrick would later settle in the United States, in Sierra Madre, not far from Hollywood, California.

He acquired a wanderlust after serving in the British military during the Korean War. The places he worked in included Bangkok, Tokyo, Colombo, Jaffna, Assam, New Delhi, New York, Karachi, Dhaka, Bombay, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Lagos and finally Los Angeles.

Patrick lived an extraordinary life, filled with adventure and celebration. He was witty and charming, the quintessential English gentleman. He was also a prolific reader.

Patrick met his beautiful wife Indrani (daughter of the late James T. Rutnam) when he was stationed in Colombo, in 1962, to work for the Mercantile Bank. Under pressure from his superiors to break off the inter-racial relationship, he resigned from the bank to marry Indrani.

After 46 wonderful years of marriage, Patrick leaves behind a legacy: his daughter Padmini, son-in-law Michael and their children Devon and Liam; daughter Maria, son-in-law Dylan and their children Brixton and Gracelyn, and step-daughter Kshirabdhi, son-in-law Louis and their children Rachel, Tara and Louis.

Mangalam St. George

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