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Default Dion Jayasuriya Demise of a thorough gentleman and true friend

Dion Jayasuriya Demise of a thorough gentleman and true friend
22 December 2020 12:00 am -

Dion never turned down anyone who came to him for help. He was large-hearted and magnanimous in his association with his friends. He has sponsored those classmates who were not doing too well and also financially supported their families whenever any of them died
Dion Jayasuriya joined S. Thomas? College, Mount Lavinia in January 1959 from year 1 in the Lower School. I joined S. Thomas? Mount Lavinia to Lower Four (Standard 6) from St. Thomas? Prep. School, Kollupitiya and, I had the good fortune of becoming friends with Dion. He was very respectful to our teachers and won their admiration. We observed his very genuine, generous and kind qualities from way back then. We were very close friends up to the time of his demise at 2.00 a.m. on 18th December 2020.

Dion suggested to name our batch at STC, The Thomian Freshmen of 59 since many started College in 1959 with others joining this batch from Prep School, Kollupitiya, Bandarawela and from S. Thomas, Gurutalawa. There were a few who also joined our batch from other schools. He was fully involved in all the college and class group projects and was a very useful member of the Old Boys Association in which body he held many positions in committees. He was a live wire of The Thomian Freshmen of 59? Group. After leaving College, Dion joined Pure Beverages Co. Ltd. and thereafter, Carson Cumberbatch & Co, rising to be a main Board Director. Later, he became the Managing Director of CML-MTD. Dion was a man of integrity and honour and would get very affected emotionally if anyone engaged in acts of fraud or deceit. Dion was a former Captain and President of the Royal Colombo Golf Club (RCGC) and in May 2004, he was elected President of the Sri Lanka Golf Union (SLGU). Dion never turned down anyone who came to him for help.

He was large-hearted and magnanimous in his association with his friends. He has sponsored those classmates who were not doing too well and also financially supported their families whenever any of them died. What is noteworthy is that he insisted that his contributions and donations be kept anonymous. Such was the calibre of the man, a truly rare breed. He did not choose his friends to gain benefit from them but rather, to enjoy genuine friendship and fellowship. He was well-read, very knowledgeable and was able to engage in conversations of diverse subject areas. He was straight in all his dealings and was courageous to call a spade, a spade. What was best in him was that he emulated and brought to life, the poem ?IF? by Rudyard Kipling. Although we share a common surname we were not related in any way. However, I being the only child in my family saw Dion as my sincere brother who stood by me at all times. My wife and children considered Dion as a ?brother? to me and family member. He leaves behind his grieving wife Rouza, son Dimitri and daughter Nadeera. ?Age shall not weary him, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember him? The many meritorious acts Dion performed to make others happy and the most meaningful life he led setting an example to others, will certainly help him to shorten his journey through samsara and attain the supreme bliss of nirvana.

Dr Nalin N. P. Jayasuriya
[url]http://www.dailymirror.lk/news-features/Dion-Jayasuriya-Demise-of-a-thorough-gentleman-and-true-friend/131-202259[/url


From: Graham Masefield <graham.masefield@gmail.com>

Date: Wed, Dec 23, 2020 at 5:09 AM
Subject: RE: Demise of a thorough gentleman and true friend (Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka), 22 Dec 2020, PageA5)
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Dear Nalin
Beautiful words for a dear Friend and batchmate of all of us . Sriyan and yourself have spoken and written for all us – Thankyou! Gents, Like cricket Team . the wickets are falling !My sympathies and prayers are with Dion’s family
-may Dion rest in peace with Gods Blessings.
Warm regards
Graham
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From: eric dealwis <dealwiseric@yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, Dec 23, 2020 at 12:08 AM
Subject: Re: Dion Jayasuriya Demise of a thorough gentleman and true friend
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Dear Nalin,
N. D as we used to call him in school I must say My experience of his wonderful human qualities he possessed.It was the year 2004 when I was chaired the Thomian Dinner Dance Committee In I visited Dion in his office and he immediately asked me what can I do as the last days before the Dance and I told I have a ticket book still not sold and He told me that he will sponsor all the tickets and for me to give classmates who are helping college and Staff members like late J B pieris, Ajith Gunewardhena and for me also to identify some and give the tickets.It was a wonderful gesture and the Thomian Nite Dinner Dance held in the Hilton was a great success and I remember Nalin you were also there.It’s very sad news but this is life and I am sure Tissa Jayasinghe would be very sad as I have met them together sometimes in the Golf club.
May I wish Dion the supreme bliss of Nirvana and my condolences to his Family
Neomal 'ric De Alwis ( N. E)

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From: Rohan Hettiarachchi <yahaladuwa3000@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Dec 23, 2020 at 12:57 AM
Subject: Re: Dion Jayasuriya Demise of a thorough gentleman and true friend
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Dear Sriyan ,
This article you sent me , has much extracted from your appreciation circulated , without a footnote , extracted and edited from the article by Sriyan Jayasekera" .That is the common courtesy given to an original article being copied , even if thousands knew those points .Dion deserves hundreds of ORIGINAL articles , as per the close association he had with many .I assisted him as a Five star Hotel Consultant at select Board meetings and site visits for his Hotel project in Colombo without charging a cent in the recent past .I refused to accept even transport reimbursement or Board Meeting fees for which he was very thankful at all times .When he solicited my patronage , I even bought a three bed room Apt from his Galle Apt Project , when it was slow moving , facing financial constraints .I have not used it to date , which is almost 06 years now ~ good deeds are best .
May genial Dion attain Nibbhana , ending his sojourn in Samsara
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