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July 24, 2017
London Memorial Service for Gamini Gunawardena
A huge gathering attended the Memorial Service of Gamini Gunawardena, former President of the Old Thomians Association in the United Kingdom and the Thomian Representative of the Festival of Cricket in London. Gamini was a very popular member of the Sri Lankan expatriate community in the United Kingdom.

The service took place at All Saints Church, Queensbury in Waltham Drive, Edgware on the 22nd of July. Reverend Kate Blake, Vicar of All Saint's Church, Queensbury, led the service remembering Gamini Gunawardena. His sister Patricia Kulatunga read Psalm 121.A tribute from Gamini's family was also read out to the large congregation attending the service. Gamini's nephew, Pressie Fernando was present at the service. Preside had flown in from Canada. There were tributes from Vijay Sivalingam, President of OTAUK and Ravi Raveendran of the Festival of Cricket Committee. The past President of the Old Thomians, John Rajan Yorke (who knew Gamini very well), read 1 Thessalonians chapter 4 verses 13-18.

There were four very personal and moving tributes from his friends - Chanaka Weerasingha, Aniel Abeynayaka, Parakrama Silva and Ivan Corea. Each tribute highlighted different snapshots of Gamini's life.

His close friend Ivan Corea who shared Psalm 23 said: "We see the mortal remains of Gamini Gunawardena in front of us but Gamini is not here, he is with Jesus. Death is not the end, it is not a full stop to Gamini's life but it is only the beginning of eternal life with Jesus. Gamini is in a far far better place - he is able to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord."

The service included three hymns, "The Lord's my Shepherd", "Amazing Grace", and "How Great Thou Art". The College song: "Esto Perpetua", was sung at the end of the Service. Those who attended the service stayed behind for refreshments in the church hall. Gamini's sister Patricia and his nephew Pressie will be flying to Colombo, Sri Lanka, with a Condolence Book signed by all those who attended the London Memorial Service - the funeral service of Gamini Gunawardena will be held in Gampaha.
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