Kalyanaratna Ranasinghe passed away in NY

Last update on 5 December 2013  


Kalyanaratna Ranasinghe attached to the New York Police Department as a Traffic Enforcement Officer died under tragic circumstances while on traffic duty on 30 November where he was run over by a vacuum cleaning truck.

Kalyana who had his full time education at Richmond was a quiet boy,a life saver and a Queens Scout. He got selected to attend the World Scout Jamboree in Philipines. After graduation, he worked as a Telecommunication Engineer in Colombo Metropoliton area.In 1970 he married Dammika Kannangara from Bandaragama who was a teacher at Buddhagosha M.V.Colombo 10.

Thalpe Liyanage Athula Wijesingle

Last update on 9th July 2014

Born:                     At Habaraduwa (at his mother's ancestral home Nanayakkara's from Habaraduwa)

                                30th September 1938

 Pass away:          20th April  2014

 May he attain Nibbana

 Bundula Nanayakkarawasam/VCU

Athula Wijesinghe passed away

Last update on 1st Feb 2014


ATHULA WIJESINGHE (T.L.A.) Beloved husband of Pushpa Maberana Wijesinghe, father of Wasana, Thanuja and Sudesh, father-in-law of Thamal Udamulla and Jayamini Senaviratne, brother of the late Daya, the late Hemasiri and Vinitha, expired.  

Telephone No. 0777-900517. “Beliketiya”, Hirimbura, Galle. 

Cremation was held on 24th April 2014, 5 p.m. at Dadalla. 071523


In memory of late M.D. Yapa - Founder member of RCU - UK

Last update 23rd February 2013  


M.D Yapa in the village of Waralla in Sri Lanka was a well known philanthropist known for the impetus he gave to his village school in Waralla which is now known as the M.D.Yapa Central School. This has been done in memory of this illustrious son now long departed who was the late co founder of this school, and on whose insistence the nine children he bore,  had their initial education in this school before proceeding for their higher education to the more prominent and urban schools in Sri Lanka.

Ariyapala our departed friend was the eldest sibling in this family of children Keerthie, Padmini, Nalini, Gamini ,Vijitha, Haris, Lal and  late Tilak and Asoka who subsequently illuminated the life and times of this remote village Waralla.

In the early 1940’s Ariyapala Yapa left this school to join the Primary School of Richmond College as a boarder and continued up to the upper Boarding House after which he left to join Ananda College in Colombo. We have it on record that he migrated to the UK in 1965 and was employed at the prestigious car rental firm at that time Swan National as its Warranty Manager.

Before he left Sri Lanka he married Phyllis Seneviratne in 1962 from the well known Seneviratne family from the Welipenna Wallauwa in Matugama and bore a son Tishan and daughter Aruni who now live in the UK. On the subsequent demise of Phyllis he married Sugatha Wijewardena who became a role model wife to Ariyapala when he lost his sight and became an insulin dependent diabetic. He was 81 when he passed away in the tender care of Sugatha after enjoying the life of fulfilment of a devoted husband a father , a father in law and a grandfather.

He was the founder member of the Richmond College Union UK and a keen supporter of all events organised by the Union in the UK and when he could not attend any event he was known to make generous donations in memory of his old school Richmond.

His cremation took place on the 16th of February at the Croydon Cemetery amidst a large gathering consisting of his relatives friends and many Richmondites .Three of his brothers Gamini from Toranto,Vijitha from Sri Lanka and Lal from Los Angeles California took time off to attend the funeral. In his great religious fervour he was a supporter of the London Buddhist Vihara and The Thames Buddhist Vihara in Selsdon. The last religious rites were performed by Venerable Bandula Deputy Head Monk of The London Buddhist Vihara an old Richmondite himself and Venerable Akathawela Chadrajothi of Thames Meditation Centre. Eulogies were by Vijitha who spoke on behalf of his family and Tishan who spoke of his young days in the company of his dad Ariyapala and expressed his gratitude to the gathering for their presence.

Vernon and Godwin

H.L.D Gunawardena - Long Standing RCU UK member passed away in Sri Lanka.

Last update 01st November 2012


It is with deep regret we announce, the passing away of H.L.D Gunawardena ,one of our long  standing active member of the Richmond College OBA in UK. He had a heart attack on 01.11,2012 in the morning and while  on his way to Jayawardanapura Hospital he has passed away.

Hiniduma Liyanage Dayananda Gunawardena was born in 1947 at Opatha , Akuressa youngest of the family of eight, five brothers and three sisters. He had his education at Richmond as a boarder and left at HSC level. He was good at studies at the College and his contemporary school-mates saw him as charming and cheerful even as a student.

He joined Bank of Ceylon but his ambition was to be a tea planter but turned into a businessman.

He left Bank of Ceylon and travelled on and off to UK buying and selling Benz cars. In the later part of 1970s he settled down in UK and engaged in many small business ventures. Finally ,he thought to settle down in Sri Lanka to concentrate on his Tea Estate and left to Sri Lanka , leaving behind the family ,due to education of his only child.

He was married to Mala and had high hopes on his only child they had after eight years of marriage. Very recently, in June, I had an opportunity to visit him  at the Sinharaja Forest while he was working as the manager of The Blue Magpie Lodge  resort and tea estate. I was impressed about his active life as a planter but he sadly spoke about missing of the family while reiterating the joy of his son's education. He changed his mind again  and made arrangements to come back to UK mainly to oversee the final stage of his son's University career. Unfortunately, his life ended unexpectedly as the fate of all human beings.  

His funeral will take place on 5th November at the Pannipitiya Cemetery 6pm.Funeral cottage will leave from his residence 695/1 Temple Road , Maharagama.Tel.00944 (0)716430478.

Our deepest sympathies go to Mala , his wife , Dilshan his only son, his brothers, sisters and their members family.

He always came forward to help anyone and obliging person to associate as a friend. 

May he achieve the Supreme Nibbana.

Vernon Udugampola

Tudor Jayasuriya - former Richmond Cricket Captain passed away

Last update 21st June 2012 

We sadly announce the demise of Tudor Jayasuriya (Attorney-at-law), former Richmond Cricket who captained the college team in 1961. He was a excellent batsman in his era and a brilliant captain.  He was a Senior Partner at FJ & G De Saram’s. Funeral took place on 20th June 2012 at the General Cemetery, Borella. May he attain nibbana.

Dr. Stella De Silva Passed Away

Last update 15th April 2012 


Dr. Stella de Silva, one of Sri Lanka’s best known paediatricians, passed away at her residence on Thursday (April 12). She was 93. Born in Balapitiya, she had her early education at Prajapathi Vidyalaya, Ambalangoda and Southlands College, Galle and then in an unusual arrangement between the Principal of Southlands and Richmond College, she was admitted to the exclusive boys school because Southlands did not have science facilities at the time.

Despite parental objections at the time for a girl to do further studies in a university, Stella was encouraged by her well known elder brother, C.P. de Silva who was later to become a powerful Cabinet Minister. She entered the Medical College at the age of only 17.

Her academic prowess earned her a scholarship and exemption from the one-year pre-medical course, which was part of the six year medical degree studies.Graduating in 1942, Stella worked as a House Officer in Galle and Avissawella hospitals and then started a 7-year clinical training at the University of Colombo’s teaching hospitals. She was greatly inspired by the country’s first trained paediatrician, Dr. L.O. Abeyratne, who later called her his “best pupil ever” when her portrait was unveiled at the Lady Ridgeway Hospital.

Following a post-graduate training course in Britain, Stella served for as long as six decades as a much-sought-after paediatrician in Sri Lanka. In the meantime, she breezed through her examinations and was the first woman from all of South and South East Asia to obtain the double MRCP (London and Edinburgh). From 1959 she served as Consultant Paediatrician at th Lady Ridgeway Childrens’ Hospital and the Castle Street and De Soysa Maternity Hospitals. Following a stint at the world renown Babies’ Hospital in New York she returned to Lady Ridgeway as a Senior Paediatrician and Consultant before she retired from Government Service in 1973 at the age of 55.

She has been a President of the Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians, President of the Sri Lanka College of Paediatrics, President of the Sri Lanka Medical Association, President of the Sri Lanka Medical Library and Editor, Sri Lanka Journal of Child Health.

In 1985, at the age of 67 she accepted the post of Professor and Head of Paediatrics, North Colombo Medical College and it was only in 2003 that she retired from active practice. In later years, she became an active member of the Zonta Club and engaged in activities connected with children’s and mother’s health from the Mahaweli zones to tsunami victims.

Dr. Stella de Silva was conferred the national honour Vidya Jothi in 1994 for her outstanding contribution to science and medicine.

Her funeral takes place today.

May She Attain Nibbana.

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