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OBITUARIES

1384 - 14/06/18

In memory of Uncle
Upali Gunasekara

It's been a year but I find it difficult to write when my mind wishes
my uncle should be still here. Very sadly, it's harder to accept the
reality or unfairness in life. Uncle Upali was my mum's second younger brother
of five brothers. His journey and his life ended too soon sorrowfully but
he will always be living in our hearts.

It was just before 10pm on the summer day of 17th of June 2018. Not knowingly,
my final moments with Uncle Upali. He raised his feeble shaky hands up to the forehead
as usual to pray because he gave the utmost priority to his faith in Buddhism.
Though I asked him to rest his hands down due to the slowing down oxygen levels,
he confirmed me "it's okay" (echoes his voice again, two words he often used) and smiled.
How could he have such strength and determination without any fear as usual even nearing
to the end of life? He had no signs of losing consciousness and he had no tears.
He battled with cruel cancer bravely. I was deeply hesitant to believe he was slipping out of life.
He said "Miracles do happen". Guess he only tried to comfort his loved ones when
our faces echoed the sadness. I painfully grasped how the strong cancer medicine made
my uncle weak and we were just helpless. He took his oxygen tube off just for a moment
and let me feel the speed of the air. The strong air pumped into his lungs just to extend
his life for few more hours. I could only imagine the battle inside his lungs, and how
he bore the struggle for life but we too put on brave faces.

Without choice, finally he departed the most difficult hurdle in life within the next 12 hours.
How helpless, sad, lost but incredibly brave you should be as a person to die or as a person to care?
Though we could reminisce Dhamma to understand the life, illnesses, the faces of loved ones at the death,
but nothing ever made sense of the great loss of my uncle. The time may be the answer but I will pray
everyday "may the magical cure be found for cancer!" because no one should bear such long-suffering.
Now, we are left with memories of our uncle Upali and the lessons he taught us.

Uncle Upali received a solid foundation from his parents and from Richmond College in Galle, Sri Lanka.
The rest of his remarkable qualities, he cultivated himself learning from the society and shared with
people around him. He was much like his father, Wilbert Gunasekara. They both were careful of their
outlook, neat shirt, clean shoes, combed hair and had calm attitude. He was a remarkable person as an
obedient son, brother, husband, dad, uncle and a friend. He valued everyone and cared for people
from his heart. Amazing the way he respected women. It was evident in his great love for his mother,
sister, wife, nieces and friends by being there when needed. He understood how women work very hard
in life and he wanted to help them. This is why I consider his death as a huge loss for us and
he deserved few more years at his retirement to fulfil his life. But our requests were not
granted when the time was truly here.

He showed us how money is necessary even to live in moderation. So, he worked very harder to earn
and helped family, friends and contributed to Buddhism. When there was not enough money,
he contributed his energy day and night except for his last 3 weeks of life. He never liked to tire
others for his easiness. When life turned to different directions, he stayed the same in
his character. When my sister, Nilmini visited him at the hospital few days before he died,
he was very happy to see her. As usual, he gave her so much advice for the future.
So does my mother have many stories to tell about her brother Upali with tears. He copied
the song, Gamen Liyumak by Clarence Wijewardena and sent to my mum showing his love for her.
He was a great fan of Cricket though he played football for his school as a youngster.
I watched the Sri Lanka vs India game on 8th of June 2017 while he was on the hospital bed.
It was amazing how cricket took his mind off from the pain temporarily.
I felt his joy when Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets.

I cherish the advices he gave me in his last days when we walked through the Royal Marsden hospital
corridors (will visit again once I recovered) in the evenings to exercise his legs. He said how
he appreciated life; how ready he was; thanked the hospital staff, family/friends and said his only
worry was his two sons still been very young. I had to comfort him by saying all will be fine.
He thanked me more than I deserved. I wanted to say so much to him but it never was the right time,
when you deal with an ill person. However, I said how much I appreciated his care for everyone
and he deserved more in return.

As Buddhists we believe, life or the after-life we live by our own karma. We should not think of going
to heaven when we know the best place of peace is ultimate Nirvana. Your good karma will comfort
your soul wherever you go. Lord Buddha even reached the enlightenment as a human being and we should
appreciate the human life without letting others to misguide us. I witnessed the way uncle Upali
climbed up many steps closer to Nirvana. If it is ever possible, let him meet his parents and reach
the Nirvana. Though words cannot explain the unmeasurable loss of Uncle Upali's presence, everything
will end someday. Until then, we could live on reaping more good karma that may guide us even to meet
our dearests again. This is only a dedication to my brave uncle Upali lest we forget.

Niece, Thushari Subasinghe


ABEYRATHNE - MARIE LINDA (Nee FERNANDO)

ABEYSIRIWARDENE - GRACE nee WICKRAMARATNE - "Abaya", Godagma, Kosgoda.

DE RUN, DORA NANCY - (nee TALAYARATNE)

DE SILVA - L.R.S. (RANJITH) - 45, Dhammadaja Mawatha, Horethuduwa, Moratuwa.

DE SILVA - SITA NALINI (nee DUNUWILLE)

DISANAYAKE - DR D.M.G. - "Nuwara Mal Shalawa" adjoining General Hospital, Kandy.

DR ANANDA (GANESHAMOORTHY) - 49/3, Wedikande Road (Gamini Lane), off St. Rta's Road, Ratmalana.

FERNANDO - PANAMBARAGE MARK ANTHONY - No. 26, Lewis Place Negombo.

GUNASEKERE - G.A.S. - No. 36/34, Edmonton Road, Colombo 6.

GUNAWARDENA - LESLI JOSEPH PERERA - No. 6A, Wedikanda Road, Mount Lavinia.

JAYARATNA - KUMARA - No. 37, Wijerathna Road, Katukurunda.

JAYAWARDANE - BASIL - 110, "Chandrilla", Thimbirigasyaya, Hendala, Wattala.

JAYAWARDENE - WASANTHA - 182/7, Kesbewa Rd, Boralesgamuwa.

MACDONNELL - MARK - No. 67, John Keells Housing Scheme, Enderamulla, Wattala.

MARY ANNA DIAS (NONA) - No. 06, Waidya Road, Dehiwala.

NANAYAKKARA - KINSELY

NICHOLAS - SAROJAH

PASTOR MOHAN ANTHONY

PATHMANATHAN INPAMALAR - No. 7/4, Arethusa Lane, Wellawatte, Colombo 06.

RAMACHANDRAN SUBRAMANIAM (RAMA)

REV. SISTER MARY LOURDINA A.C. - Carmel Convent, 88, Ananda Rajakaruna Mawatha, Colombo - 10.

WIJEGUNAWARDENA - MRS BRIDGET - No. 30/2, Maradana Road, Hendala, Wattala.

WIRASINGHE - SENA (retired Vice Principal) - 434, Hirimbura Road, Beligaha Junction, Galle.

1383 - 07/06/18

ALMIDA - FELICIAN ANSELM

BLAKE - MONICA - 46/9, Robert Drive, off Robert Gunawardene Mw., Kirulapona, Colombo 06.

CHRISTIE SETUNGE - Negombo.

D.L.R. NANDANEE IHALAGAMA - No. 95A, Vidyala Mawatha, Ihalagama, Gampaha.

DE MEL - IAN D.T.

DE SILVA - TRIXIE VIOLET - 72/1, Templer's Road, Mt. Lavinia.

EGODAGE S - 'Upeksha', Vidarshana Mawatha, Galawilawatte, Homagama.

EPPS - ETHEL PHILOMENA (nee KEIL)

FERNANDO - BERNICE. - "Vinberk", Thimbirigaskatuwa..

FERNANDO - Mr. S. JUSTIN PAUL- No. 73, Palangature, Kochchikade.

FERNANDO - Mrs. CHARMAINE - 157/6, Lake Garden, Lake Road, Boralesgamuwa.

FERNANDO - Mrs. J.L. BANDUWATHI (Dotty) - No. 06, Old Polwatte Road, Villegoda, Ambalangoda.

FERNANDO - NUWANI - 62/A, Ebert Lane, Kaldamulla, Moratuwa.

FERNANDO - S. JUSTIN PAUL - No. 73, Palangature, Kochchikade.

GODWIN THAPORAJ ABRAHAM

GOONESINGHE - MRS. MYURA - 111/1, Isipathana Avenue, Anderson Road, Dehiwala.

JAYAWARDENA - AMARANANDA SOMASIRI - 89/1, Subadrarama Lane, Nelum Mawatha, Nugegoda.

JINASENA - SUNIL WIJERATHNE

JINASENA - SUNIL WIJERATHNE

JUANPULLE (EX-SRI LANKA AIRFORCE) - No. 68/7, Padiliyatuduwa Road, Hunupitiya, Wattala.

MADDUMARACHCHI - INDRANI

MENDIS - CHARMAINE - 17/2, Barnes Avenue, Mt. Lavinia.

PACKEER MILDRED IRMA

RAJAPAKSE - CLARICE

SETUNGE - CHRISTIE

SUBASINGHE - DONA LYNETTE SYLVIA (nee SENEVIRATNE) - No. 448, Main Street, Negombo.

VIJAYARETNAM - JOSEPHINE BEATRICE

VIYAGULAMARY - Mrs. GNANAPRAGASAM - 58/26, 3rd Lane, Pangiriwatta Road, Somathalagala Mawatha, Nugegoda.

1382 - 31/05/18

IN MEMORIAM

REMEMBRANCE JEGANAYAGAM FAMILY

Mary Rita Rathini Jeganayagam
Born 27th May 1956
Died 12th March 1980 (24 Years)

Aquinas Yvakumar Jeganayagam
Born 06th June 1943
Died 30th May 1992 (49 Years)

Gerard Nipunan Jeganayagam
Born 12th Oct 1975
Died 27th Feb 2018 (43 Years)

"The fairest things have fleetest
end, their scent survives their close"s

Sister Dorothy Emmanuel, Brother Christie (Australia)
Kumar (UK)

Tele 02085480845


ANTOHONY FEDRICK MARCELIN LUCIAN PEIRIS - No. 326, Anoma Watta, Kibulapitiya Road, Negombo.

APA - SHAMALEE

BASNAYAKE - EUSTACE - No. 81/1B, Jubilee Post, Mirihana, Nugegoda.

BOBSIE AMIRTHANAYAGAM RAJARATNAM

COLONNE ANOMA SENAVIRATNE

DE SILVA - TRIXIE VIOLET - 72/1, Templer's Road, Mt. Lavinia.

DEWASURENDRA - GEORGE M.C. - 55/63, Jayasamarugama, Nagoda, Kandana.

DON JUAN - MARGARET (MARGIE) (nee PERERA) - "Conradine", Kudawa, Maggona.

FERNANDOPULLE - TREVOR - 74, St. Benedicts Mawatha, Colombo 13.

GOONARATHNA - PADMA NALINI

HERATH - H MA - 109, Welagedera, Koswatta, Badulla.

JAYAMAHA - HEMA (nee BOTEJU) - No. 72/5, Station Road Kandana.

JAYAWARDENA - AMARANANDA

SOMASIRI. (A.S. Jayawardena) - 89/1, Subadrarama Lane, Nelum Mawatha, Nugegoda.

JOHNPULLE - QUEENIE (nee THAMBINAYAGAM) - 118./37, St. Anthony's Road, Off Old Negombo Road, Wattala.

KARUNANAYAKE - SUNIL - No. 3, Shady Grove Avenue, Cotta Road, Borella, Colombo 8.

KEHELPANNALA - INDRANI LAKSHMI RATWATTE - Kehelpannala Walawwa, Daulagala Road, Panideniya, Peradeniya.

LANKATHILAKE - MR RUWAN

LION CHANDRASENA HEWA

RATNAPPULLIGE (SARATH)

NAVARATNE - ANULA (Nee TITTAWELLA)

PERERA - ANTHONY ROHAN - 7/5, Alubogahawatta Road, off Anderson Road, Nedimala, Dehiwela.

PERERA - BLANCH (nee JAYAWARDENA) - No. 89/4, Subhadrarama Lane, Nelum Mawatha, Nugegoda.

PERERA- GEORGE - No. 639/1, Koswatte, Eldeniya, Kadawatha.

PIERIS - RUPA - (Nee BOTEJUE) - 48B, Horana Road, Miriswatta, Piliyandala.

PIGERA - MRS. JULIANA ALMEIDA - No. 360/14, Samagi Mawatha, Welisara.

SAMARASINGHE - IVOR - 52, Pallidora Road, Dehiwela.

SAMARASINGHE - MRS. KUSUM - 272, Highlevel Road, Navinna, Maharagama.

VIJAYARETNAM - JOSEPHINE BEATRICE

YAPA - SHAMALEE

 
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