Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year 2017

NEW YEAR 2017,


Friday, December 23, 2016

Feliz Navidad

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2017.
To all members of the 1960 intake Batch
of the Colombo, Kynsey Road Medical Faculty

Please click on each of the web-links in blue with your speakers on.

1.Feliz Navidad sung by children

2.Jose Feliciano - Feliz Navidad (1,970)

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Death of Prof. Ranasinghe's wife Anne Ranasinghe.

Dear Fellows / Members/ Colleagues,

It is with regret and sadness this announcement comes to you, to inform the passing away of Mrs.Anne Ranasinghe last evening.
Funeral arrangments will be notified in due course.
Your's sincerely,
Dr. Ranjan Dias
The College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka

Poetess Anne Ranasinghe to be laid to rest on Wednesday -

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Messages of condolences on the demise of Dr. W. Panchacharam

Charith Nanayakkara
12:12 AM (4 hours ago)
to me
Hi Philip

Very sad to hear the death of yet another of our batch mates- Pancha.

Website quoted gives lot of information about his social activities.

I have not met him since the college days and I cannot recollect that he had joined any of our batch get together events either. I can well visualise him as a batch mate.

Please convey our deepest sympathies to his surviving family.



Charith Sena  Nanayakkara

Lucian Wijetunga

07:04 (22 hours ago)
to me

Thank you very much for letting us know. Please convey  our sympathies to Pathmini and the family.

Lucian & Srikanthi  Wijetunga

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Obituary for Winston Panchacharam

With great sadness we announce the passing away of Winston Vijayakumar Panchacharam, husband of late Pathmini, father of Murali and Arabhi, brother of Viji and Ranjit, brother in law of Walter Patrick, Geethashanthi, Sri Ranjan and Shivanthi, Shanthi and Narendra, late Sritharan and Sarojini

 Founding member of Sangam Dr. Panchacharam Winston Passed away in Florida



2:24 AM (3 hours ago)
to me
Dear Philip,
This is FYI- Our Batchmate ( Panch), Passed away.
Warm regards to you & your family.
Info: Below.
Jeyandran ( Gunsie)

---------- Original Message ----------
From: Sangam Secretary <>
Date: November 20, 2016 at 7:51 PM
Subject: [Tamils] Founding member of Sangam Dr. Panchacharam Winston Passed away in Florida
Dear Sangam Members

With deepest regret we inform you that founding member of Sangam, Dr.Panchacharam Winston passed away peacefully in Florida last night. 

Those who wish to write tributes to late Dr.Panchacharam can visit the following funeral home site to write tributes:


Monday, November 21, 2016

emails of condolences for Raja Wannakukorale
10:31 (19 hours ago)

to me
Dear Nana
Thank you for the intimation

Asoka Jayaweera
22:04 (7 hours ago)

to me
received notice. Thank you

victor gnanadurai
15:51 (13 hours ago)

to me
Thanks Charith.

How are you all keeping?

Kind regards,

17:39 (11 hours ago)

to me
Dear Nana, Thanks for keeping the batch mates informed . I wish I can go like Raja suddenly rather than go through inevitable suffering of aging.specially in a foreign country. I wish I have the personality of my wife who is managing life with 10 percent of ejection fraction. We are still in Pittsburg . Love to have both of you at our house in late spring or summer of 2017.With Best Wishes. MBS.
Sent from my iPhone
Syed Ahamed
22:18 (7 hours ago)

to me
Sorry to hear the news. My deepest sympathies to his wife and children

Syed Ahamed

Chandra Dissanayake
09:51 (8 hours ago)

to me
Dear Nana
Please convey my heart-felt condolences to Raja W.'s wife & family on my behalf as I do.not have their email address. Thank you for letting us read us this very sad news.
My best wishes to you,

Chandra (Dissanayake).

Shanthi and Lalith Fernando
23:17 (6 hours ago)

to me
Very sad to hear the news. Glad we met him in 2010 at the batch reunion. Did take some Photos of him. 
 He was Lalith's classmate at Richmond College Galle and was a respected member of the debate team.
,Our condolences to his wife and  family. May his soul rest in peace.

Lalith and Shanthi Fernando

Kamalini Arul
01:46 (3 hours ago)

to me
Sorry to hear the sad news of Raja. Thanks for speaking to his family on all our behaves.
Yesterday a friend from our senior batch phoned to give the sad news of Panchcharam he was married to Pathi.
He passed away in Florida. He had pulmonary fibrosis.

Lucian Wijetunga
17:35 (1 hour ago)

to me
Thank you Charith and Philip  for keeping us informed. Please do convey our sympathies to wife and children.

Lucian and Sri Wijetunga

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Death of Dr. Raja Wannakukorala

Charith Nanayakkara
11:11 PM (5 hours ago)
to me, 1960, M.G.S, M.P.
Dear Philip

It is with sadness I share the death of another of our batch mates - Dr Raja Wannakukorala, who passed away peacefully at his home at Lotus Grove, Dehiwala, on 19th Saturday suddenly and unexpectedly.

Many of you would remember him as a very friendly, jovial and a helpful colleague and his sense of humour.

He was the MSU Editor and was also the author of popular book of medical jokes - 'Laughter is the Best Medicine'

He is survived by his wife Chandra and his 2 children Arjuna & Mihirani.

Funeral services are planned for Wednesday 23rd at Kanatta cemetery. The body is kept at Jayaratne funeral parlour from Tuesday.

I have spoken to his wife Chandra and offered our deepest sympathies.

Please share this with our batch mates.


Charith Sena  Nanayakkara

Friday, October 28, 2016

Recollections of Sarath Kapuwatte

 Our Recollections of Sarath

Dear Batchmates,

We were so sad to receive the news of our dear friend Sarath’s untimely death.  Whilst in Sri Lanka in October this year we managed to speak to Sarath and we ended the conversation with Sarath wishing us both all the best.  He was his usual self.

Sarath was such a good friend to us over many years.  During our medical school days I (Sidney) enjoyed many memorable excursions - a day out at the Dehiwela zoo to commemorate the release of bottled toddy with many of our batch mates (Rama et al) are treasured memories of our “wild days”.  His hospitality to us whenever we returned to Kandy over the years was one highlighted by the adulation of the staff “for our mahathya”.  It was a measure of Sarath, one “who moved with kings but did not lose the common touch”.  Such was the man, and all of us who knew him were privileged to call him “a friend”.  He had the amazing ability to harness the talents and organise the batch reunions.  It is something we will be eternally grateful and treasure.  He, Philip, Duru, Nala and others worked tirelessly every time we had a reunion to make it memorable.  The last reunion in June 2015 will always remain indelible in our memory.  Sarath was in good form and it was so good to have shared that time together.  It felt like a reunion of a big family.

To Kanthi and the children, take pride in the knowledge that the one you loved was also loved by many.  He lived his life to the fullest, sharing his life with the patients and the Rugby family in Kandy.  We thank you for allowing him to be the person he was and the devoted care you gave him right to very end.  May he rest in peace and attain Nirvana.

Sidney and Pearl


Charith Sena  Nanayakkara
Dr R.D.D. de Silva 
21:36 (6 hours ago)

to me
Dear Friends,  Our dear dear dear Friend Sarath !
It is with a very very heavy heart that I write this mail to you all. I was dewastated with the news, although he did tell me about it at our last get to gather. I did not however expect it so soon.
He was a very close friend of mine as he no doubt to many of you all too. He never had a bad word for anyone:  he always had an open ear for any of us, and he was always friendly and helpful. For this he had mountains of friends.
He was of immense help in organising the medical exhibition, in organising the visit of the British Council medical students and for so many other innumerable MSU activities including the final year trip. I do not have to mention the organising, with others, of the many get to gathers.  He was only a few of a kind.
I will, as you all will, sorely miss him.
I extend my very sincere sympathies to his loving wife and his daughters and sons-in- law.
Dear Kapuwa, you will be very sadly missed by all of us.
May you attain Nibbana.
Goodbye dear friend,
Derryck and no doubt all of us?

Arjuna Ponnambalam
4:06 PM (2 hours ago)
to me
Dear Philip,
                  Just watched the video from Kapu's funeral on the batch web site. Brought me to tears remembering the close friendships we all have had from med school days. 
                   Just a special thank you to you for all your efforts in keeping us in contact & informed over the years.
                                    God Bless you & yours.
                                                                            Chandran P