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Old 26-07-17, 11:44 PM
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It is with great sadness we note the passing away of Rohitha Wickramasekera.
He was a member of the 1974 cricket team under Turney Mohemaed. His great grand father was the first student enrolled at STC Mutuwal in 1851.

Eternal Rest Grant unto Him O Lord
May he Rest in Peace.

on behalf of The STC Prefects Group.

WICKRAMASEKERA - ROHITHA (RGS). Formerly of Petroleum Corporation. At rest with Jesus. Beloved husband of Swarna (formerly Petroleum),​ loving father and father-in-law of Lakmal and Dushani,​ Chathuri and Esandha,​ Mahishi and Shihan,​ precious grandfather of Shevith,​ Dinara,​ Bodhini and Mavith,​ beloved brother and brother-in-law of Sunil and Matilda,​ Motilal and Malinie,​ Chuli and Kantha and Nirantha and Rukmal. Cortege leaves residence 37A,​ Raymond Road,​ Nugegoda at 3 p.m. for burial at Galkissa Cemetery at 5 p.m. on Friday 28 July.

From: Alston Rodrigo <alstonr@tpg.com.au>
Date: Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 7:43 AM
To: Sriyan Jayasekera <sriyanj@gmail.com>

Hi Sriyan,

I am Forwarding you the death notice of Rohitha (my cousin). And a photograph of the cricket team that he represented in 1974.


The FIRST BATCH of Thomians at STC Mutwal in 1851.

Readers may be interested in the later careers of the founding batch of students at St Thomas. Here are brief notes on some of them.

Charles Silva Wickremasekera – reached the top of the class. He was aspiring to the bar, but died early.

Frederick Jayetilleke – became Private Secretary to Chief Justice Sir Carpenter Rowe and later joined the Ceylon Civil Service.

Wilmot Horton de Saram was named after Sir Robert Wilmot Horton Governor of Ceylon who declared open the Colombo Academy in 1835. Enrolled as a lawyer and later retired as Assistant Registrar General.

John Lucius Dassenaike enrolled as a Proctor and later served as Atapattu Mudaliyar.

Jonathan Silva – joined the Matara Bar as a Proctor.

George Fernando joined the Gampola Bar as Proctor.

Simon De Melho Aserappah and William Dias Bandaranayake continued their studies in Scotland as Medical Students. On return they joined the Ceylon Medical Service.

Adam Ratne was the son of Sri Muni Rathne a Buddhist priest who together with another Buddhist priest Ven Dharma Rama Therunnanse* went to England in 1829 with Sir Alexander Johnston Chief Justice of Ceylon. Johnston introduced them to Rev Adam Clarke a Methodist clergyman who arranged for their conversion and subsequent return to Ceylon as clergymen. Adam was named after his father’s mentor and later went to England himself and took to Holy Orders.(* Ven Dharma Rama was baptised under the name Alexander Dharmaratne after his sponsor Sir Alexander Johnstone. His great/great grandson Bryan Dharmaratne lives in Sydney and is a long standing member of CSA)

The Ceylankan can now claim to be the first to bring the existence of this very significant historical document pertaining to S. Thomas College to the attention of the public and the College, and trusts that the College can now take note of the long lost magazine –very probably the first ever production from its students during the College’s 165 year history.

From: Arasu Savaranamuttu <arasu279@optusnet.com.au>
Date: Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 8:49 PM
To: Rohan Hettiarachchi <yahaladuwa3000@gmail.com>
Cc: Sriyan Jayasekera <sriyanj@gmail.com>


I was informed yesterday by Ranmal that he had passed away.

The good news is that his grandson is attending a interview today to gain entrance to College to which he had specifically mentioned in his will.

Are you able to help this family in giving them some push to see that this child could be considered for admission.
I have taken interest in this case as Rohitha mentioned his situation at the cricketer’s dinner this year.

May god bless the boy in his pursuit to enter College.

With Regards,

Arasu Saravanamuttu

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