Upali Nanayakkara was a teacher with extraordinary qualities and talents who touched the lives and hearts of countless students.
It will be eight years (on July 19) since my beloved Malli, Upali, passed away. Eight years have gone by, and I still cannot believe he has left us forever. He was a dutiful son, a devoted husband, a loving brother, a precious father (to his only child, Shashi), and a dedicated teacher.
Malli was a product of St. John’s College, Panadura. He began his teaching career as a science-trained teacher at Wadduwa Central College, Gampaha Central College, and later Ginigathhena Maha Vidyalaya.
He then assumed duties as Vice-Principal of St. John’s College, Panadura. At the time of his retirement, he was Principal (Grade I) of Maha Vidyalaya, Bekkegama.
Persons of Malli’s calibre are rare indeed.
Malli was a disciplinarian, but he was much loved by his students and his staff. He was modest, humble and honest, and never spoke ill of others. He would go out of his way to help others. He was a favourite among his students, and he never charged fees for tuition.
Malli, you were not just a brother, you were also my best friend. I will not forget the sad look on your face when you begged me to stay by your side at the nursing home. You were in great pain and distress.
With silent tears I think of you, my beloved Malli.
You did so much for your only child – far beyond what is expected. He is still mourning.
Your beloved wife passed away recently.
You are remembered by your beloved son, your family and your loved ones.
We will cherish our memories of you, my beloved Malli.
May you be born as my own brother once again, with the blessings of the Most Holy Triple Gem, and all the merits derived from all alms we give in memory of you.
Your beloved brother,
V. A. D. R. Nanayakkara