6:58 PM (11 hours ago)
From: Soma Herath <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, Aug 4, 2018 at 4:27 PM
Subject: Reflecting on the passing away of Duru, our dear friend
To: Manasara Wedisinghe <2018reunionmedbatch1960@
I would be very grateful if you could put this note in memory of our
batchmate Durmila on the Blog.
It is with deep sadness that I write these words in memory of our dear
friend and batchmate Duru (Durmila as she was widely known) who passed
away on Friday 3 August 2018.
I was fortunate to spend some quality time with her when I visited Sri
Lanka earlier this year, sadly our last time spent together.
I was privileged to be her friend for over 68 years. Those were fun
times we spent first as Bridgeteans. Our group of close school friends
included Shandhinie, Bales, Cissy, Srima J, Ranjinie, and Srima K.
Later at Medical College, Priya, Ranjinie, Srima J and I became a part
of Duru’s family. We enjoyed many days and nights at Duru’s family
home at 77 Barnes Place, with “Mummy”, Uncle Jack, Kum, Lucky, Dougie
and Chuti. That house holds so many happy memories.
Duru’s thoughtfulness, care and support to family, friends and
acquaintances was unwavering. She was always there with a solution to
every obstacle in the path of life, and her courage in the face of
adversity was amazing. Always by her side was Kum with his unwavering
love, a tower of strength, since our school days. Their romance
memorably began when as a young tennis player himself, he coached Duru
as one of St Bridget’s star tennis players.
Duru was an inspiration to those around her. She was indeed someone
special and I am the richer for having known her for many years.
Dear Duru, as I bid you farewell from a distant land, I feel for Kum,
Lucky, Chuti, Dougie, your beloved children Jehan, Rehana, Senaka,
their families, and the many loved ones you leave behind.
Dear departed friend may you attain Nibbana.