Class of 1953

'59 Group

Other Staff

Dudley de Silva






Lucky Kiriella





Royal Explosion


They have moved on, and, we will surely follow!

"time, she flies with the wind,

like an eagle soaring up to the sky;

we wait and watch, never rescind,

our time will surely be up, so nigh."

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School song

Class of '49


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1. R J de Silva

2. Thusitha Cooray (RPS Class of 1953)


3. Mahinda Jayasinghe (RPS Class of 1953)


4. Punyasiri Kiriella (RPS Class of 1953)

5. Wilhelm Koch (RPS Class of 1953) - Wilhem passed away, under tragic circumstances, in the early 80s soon after a good promotion in the pharmaceuticals sales field - caught under the boat which capsized during a casual boat ride during the course of his training in Brisbane, Australia

6. Mohamed Jezli Hussain (RPS Class of 1953) - died in Sri Lanka

7. S Selliah


8. Mohamed Nizam Jaimon - Athlete (relay) and formidable wing three quarter at Rugby Football. 

Major in the Sri Lanka Army. Was afflicted with Parkinson's disease and died in Sri Lanka


9. Rohan M Perera - Was employed at the French Embassy in Colombo as the Press Officer. 

Died in Sri Lanka. Died of Cancer in 1999. Was the inaugural President of the '59 Group for several years during which he rallied round the old chas to come together and initiate the coveted Library Project for the school which is still on-going successfully.


10. R S Ramlal Gunewardene (RPS Class of 1953) - Athlete and Rugby Football player. Was attached to the Sri Lanka CID and assigned 

to the Human Rights Commission on Bosnia-Hercegovina at the Hague. Died in Switzerland in 1999 after a bout of

Malarial fever on his return to his work station from Sri Lanka after a short holiday at Yala.

11. Radhan Rajaratnam - Passed away in 1999 having suffered poisoning.

12. D Mahinda Jayasinghe - Passed away in 1999 after a bout of Cirrhosis of the Liver

13. Naween Rajapakse (RPS Class of 1953) - Passed away in December 2000. 

Naveen (Kunni, affectionately to all of us) was a most friendly , relaxed guy.  Fne baila singer with a long list of them which had got indelibly committed to a clear memory.  He and Panna Gooneratne would stand at a piano or with a band and go on for hours. Naveen, who was trained in accountancy at Cecil Arsecularatne & Company, and qualified as a Chartered Acountant, started his working life as Finance Manager at Pegassus Reef hotel. He quickly matured into hotel directorships with Mercantile Investments, and was responsible for the building and running of its many hotels.    He was working on the sixth one when he was sadly grabbed from us. The first and most well-known hotel of his, at which he arranged for his batchmates of the 59 group to meet for a weekend in mid 1998, was Tangerine in Kalutara.

Naveen was a very vocal figure at the Roy-Thos of the sixties.  Indefatigably on his feet with a blue & gold wrapped round his meagre frame.  Cheering and generally batting until he was hoarse and dumb.  But next day, he was fresh as a daisy for day two.  A glutton for delightful punishment if ever there was one. After lectures at the accountancy institute, he would waste no time in getting home, and completing what study-related tasks he had.  One day I delayed him by tempting him for a cup of tea at the cafe there.  He wasn't  a happy boy: "fanatic, maniac,.." were some of the words I copped. 


My wife and I were on the second day of our honeymoon at Pegasus Reef. The phone rings - too early in the a.m. !    Kawda?    Kunni.  We are invited to the executive suite for  brekkie.    And I was surprised as I hadn't known Kunni was there, let alone having informed him.    He had spied the old name from the daily guest list and taken the initiative.  A few nights later he was at the Home Coming and never left the side of the pianist until the wee hours. 


His great love in recent years was tutoring his daughter in the same line as he followed - accounts.    His dear wife Ayanthi and the girl live down Frankfurt Place, Wellawatte, where another very fond and active 59ner lives - Nihal Canagasabey, with wife Therese and their two boys. Skandakumar has also moved into the same street in recent times. 


Very sadly surgical misadventure during a silly bile duct operation left him bleeding and thus caused the loss of an enormously promising and productive life.  It was not cirrhosis as many surmised because Naveen was given to having a good time at gatherings, and that with or without the stuff that cheers.

14. Aubrey Norman Willis - (RPS Class of '53) Was with the Class of 1953-58 at RPS. Passed away in UK on May 7 2002. Obituary appeared in Sunday Observer of May 19 2002 as follows:-

 WILLIS AUBREY NORMAN   Dearly beloved husband of Joyce (UK), much loved father of Sharon and Mervyn (UK), loving son of late Sydney and Iris Willis, caring brother of late Tyrone and of Darrel, June, Russel, Orvyl, Arlene and Tyrell (All of UK), passed away in London on 7th May, 2002. Funeral will take place on Tuesday 21st May at Beckenhan Cemetery, South London. 3A, Sherborne Road, Sutton, London, SM 3 9QA (London papers please copy).

15. CJL Wijeratne

16. HASSW Bamunawela: 2002, Passed away in Sri Lanka after a long illness caused by a brain tumor.

17. Iqbal Najumudeen (RPS Class of 1953) 2004 Passed away in Sri Lanka

18. Jeeva Satchithananthan - 2005, Passed away after a long illness

19. P Chandrakanthan. 2005, Passed away in Canada

20. Sarath Ambepitiya - 2005, Assasinated by gangsters in Colombo when dealing with a massive drugs case as Justice

21. Rama Sellamuttu (RPS Class of 1953) - 2008. Passed away in Sydney Australia - June 2008 after a prolonged illness for almost 10 years.

22. Priyanath Dias 2009 Dec Passed away in his sleep at his home in Panadura after having enjoyed a great hopper dinner with his family the previous night.

23. S. L. Gunasekera Jan 14 2010 Passed away in Colombo, Sri Lanka

24. Sunil Abeysundera Apr 12 2010 Passed away in the UK

From: sue


Sent: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 12:34 AM

Subject: Demise of Bill


I wish to inform you with a sense of sadness of the demise of my husband Dr. Bill Benson [Sunil Abeysundera]. He passed away recently( 12 th April) and was cremated at a private ceremony according to his wishes.


Prior to his passing he provided me with a list of those he wished me to inform via email.

If you know of any others who may wish to know of Bill's passing please inform them.


Some of you may have known him as "NibiruET" on the Internet forums he participated in. If so kindly notify the membership, particularly the "PCLOS Backroom Forum" members.



Sue Benson


25. Robert Shanthikumar Daniel Sep 7 2010 Passed away in Melbourne, Australia


DANIEL - ROBERT SHANTIKUMAR  Passed away peacefully on Tuesday Seventh September 2010 surrounded by his loving family in Melbourne, Australia. Beloved husband of Beatrice Ranji Daniel, cherished and adored father of Sharon and Anne, father-in-law to Wilhelm and Richard and loving grandfather to Michael, Kayne and Ave. Viewing Service will be held on Thursday 9th September, 7.00 p.m. at John Allison Monk House, Melbourne, Australia. Funeral Service will be held on Friday 10th September, 2.00 p.m. at All Saints Anglican Church, Melbourne Australia. Telephone: 0061-3-88027765. 

26. Alvapillai Senthilkumaran (RPS Class of 1953) Jan 10 2011, Sydney

27. Ananda Dias Amarawardena Nov 4 2011, Sri Lanka
AMARAWARDENA - ANANDA DIAS Beloved husband of Roshi (nee Henricus), loving father of Sampath & Vasana, father-in-law of Gihani & Anuruddha, grandfather of Amandhi & Asel, son of late Lieut. Colonel Dr D.D. Amarawardena & late Mrs Soma Amarawardena, brother of Vinitha Gammanpila & Chandana, brother-in-law of Hemasiri, Sarojini, Nelu, Rita, late Anton & late Philip, expired on 04-11-2011 in Kuwait. Cremation on 13th November at General Cemetery, Mahiyawa, Kandy (3.30 p.m.) 161, Dutugemunu Mw, Watapuluwa, Kandy. Sampath - 0777433470.

28. Prasantha Dias Abeygunawardena - Jan 24 2012
DIAS ABEYGUNAWARDENE, PRASANTHA NIMAL (ex Deputy Director SACEP) - Loving son of late Norman & Daisee Dias Abeygunawardene, precious son-in-law of late Ernest & Ruby Muthuvaloe, beloved husband of Subashini, darling father of Sulakshana, brother of Dushyantha (Dinko), brother-in-law of Mano, Emmanuel & Jo, Kamalini & Freddie, grandfather of Aevahn, Ayrron & Syesha & father-in-law of Elmo Anthony. Cortege leaves residence No. 09, International Buddhist Centre (IBC) Road, Colombo 6 at 4.30 p.m. on Thursday 26th January for Burial at Kanatte Borella (Roman Catholic Section).     023680

29. ATHULA SENANAYAKE, Dec 11 2013, Himagama, Sri Lanka. Funeral Sat Dec 14 2013

30. K P G FERNANDO, July 23 2014, Sri Lanka. Funeral Sat July 26 2014 at Malabe

Fernando - K.P.G. (retired DFCC Bank). Husband of Lakshmi Fernando nee Edirisinghe, father of Dr. Damayanthie (Barberyn Ayurveda Resort), Chamath (Attorney-at-law), expired. Cortege leaves residence No. 520/1, Susilarama Road, Malabe,on Saturday 26th July at 4 p.m. for cremation at Thalahena Cemetery at 5 p.m. - Daily News July 25 2014

31. S W Athukorale,
Dec 9 2014

32. Bandu Kulathunga, Mar 12 2015 in Australia [reported by Jeremy Perera]


33. Sydney K Goonesekere, Sep 28 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka


34. Gamini de Silva (KETTY), Oct 12 2015, Colombo, Sri Lanka


35. H. P. Kariyawasam (KARI), Mar 16, 2016, Colombo, Sri Lanka


36. Suren Chitty, Jan 6 2017


37. Asoka Waranasuriya, May 21, 2017, Colombo, Sri Lanka


38. L Lathpandura, Passed away in USA in 2015. Information only received now


39. Ranjan Madanayake, Passed away in Colombo on Dec 30, 2017


40. Mahadeva Balakumaran, Passed away in London June 2, 2019


41. Vishwa Vedage, Passed away in London, June 4, 2019