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Old 30-12-20, 08:39 AM
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APPRECIATION DION JAYASURIYA
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Posted on December 24, 2020 | Banking and Finance


I was overcome with grief when the passing away of my dear friend Dion was conveyed to me by phone on the morning of 18th December 2020.

Death is inevitable. It comes to all, but when it comes to one who is so close in a relationship. built on values that have mattered, parting is indeed extremely sad. Dion was a gentleman and a friend Par Excellence

As a man condemned today to lose his dear friend, tomorrow himself to pass through the gate of darkness, I propose to pen a few words about companion in a long march, snatched away recently as all the participants in the march are destined one day to be.

Dion was educated at St.Thomas College, Mount Lavinia. He was actively involved in all the college activities and a 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 Company Ltd as an Executive Trainee. Thereafter joined Carsons Cumberbatch PLC as a Management Executive and became a Director in 1987 when I was on the Board of Directors. Later he became the Managing Director of CML MTD Construction Ltd.

Dion was the former Captain and President of the Royal Colombo Golf Club and was also elected President of the Sri Lanka Golf Union in May 2004.

He was a very keen Golfer and won many Trophies.

Dion was gentle, upright,kind, loved and revered by all who knew him well.

Honesty and integrity were the hallmarks of his life. His multifaceted personality was characterized by truly rare qualities by which Dion made a tremendous contributions in every human activity he undertook. He was a devout Buddhist and also regularly visited the Kataragama Temple.

Dion was a fine conversationalist with a flair for public relations.

He was great asset to his company, to his friends and to his family.

Notwithstanding his busy schedule and social activities, he was also a workaholic.

He was a loving husband to his wife Rouza and devoted father to his two children Dmitri and Nadira.

Rouza was a great strength to him providing strong support in his challenging duties

She looked after him with admirable care and affection right to the end.

Throughout his life he gave generously to the under privileged.

He was honest and forthright in his speech, whist at the same time always demonstrating love and compassion towards the poor and marginalized.

Dion had an inane smile pasted on his face. Due to his immense capacity for making friends, he had a wide circle of friends. He was a wonderful friend who reached out to his friends particularly in times of distress. He was steadfast in his loyalty to his friends. This was evident from the very large crowd at his funeral including eminent personalities.

Dion illuminated any and every task with unique organizing ability and with a dedicated harmonizing touch. There was a ring of authenticity and nobility of courage and earnestness in whatever he did and said.

The death of my dear friend Dion has created an irreplaceable vacuum in my life.

I wish to end this appreciation by quoting William Shakespeare: ? His life was gentle , gracious and elegant that forces of nature may stand up and say ? This is the Man ?.

I thank god for his life. I will not say farewell because I know we will meet again.

Sega Nagendra
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Dion Jayasuriya

We first met Nearcus Dion Jayasuriya on the first day of Fifth Form in January 1966 when he and a few others including R.G.A. Perera, S.T.B. Jayasinghe, S. de S. Jayasinghe, B.R.Ranaweera and D.T De.S. J. Gunawardena joined our grade ? as the inimitable MC Arun Dias Bandaranaike quipped at a class get- together in March this year, ?for reasons best known to themselves?.

A classmate L.R. Aponso recently recalled how in Form 5A, R.S. Fernando, N.D. Jayasuriya and he, had been ordered to ?stand up on the form? by the teacher. To the uninitiated, this meant that all three had to remain standing on the long three-seater bench they shared, as punishment for a misdemeanor until the master saw fit to allow them to be seated again. After the trio had been upstanding for some time, the lanky Jayasuriya, in his customary knee length blue shorts, had asked Aponso how many periods ?this gentleman? had that afternoon. On being told that the master had three consecutive periods, Jayasuriya had nonchalantly sat down saying that he ?couldn?t be bothered standing on the form for that long?.

Two years later in Upper Sixth, N.D. Jayasuriya, K.H. Samarasinghe and the writer shared a three seater desk and bench. 1968 was the year of the Mexico Olympics in which Jim Hines of the US ran the 100 metres in 9.9 seconds. Jayasuriya kept us enthralled with the happenings of the games, and proved to be very well informed. Students in Upper Sixth were required to haul huge text books in preparation for the upcoming Ordinary Levels. This somehow never bothered ND as he only ever carried two of the flimsiest available exercise books to school.

It was also in Upper Sixth that ND gave us the exciting news that his older sister had been awarded an AFS scholarship to the US. After her return, Hiranthi, who was a brilliant student at Visakha, entered the Colombo Medical Faculty.

After leaving school, Dion had a stint at Pure Beverages before joining Carson Cumberbatch and Company Limited. By this time, Dion then in his mid-twenties, had matured into a very well read, intelligent, personable young man with a penchant for marketing. His success with the Michelin and Carlsberg brands was perhaps the catalyst to him being one of the youngest ever executives to be appointed a Director of Carson Cumberbatch and Company.

Some years later, when the opportunity arose to acquire a subsidiary of Carson?s, CML Edwards ? a team headed by Dion and Sega Nagendra, a highly respected corporate leader, took on the challenge and ventured into the construction industry. Dion, who had great analytical skills and was brilliant at numbers, grasped the business quickly, and the company grew steadily under his leadership. The cornerstones of their corporate philosophy were integrity, transparency and good governance.

Around this time Dion had set up his personal ?pension plan? for retired domestics, drivers, golf caddies, and friends and relations who had fallen upon hard times. Even when business was tough, particularly during the time of the war, the company policy of paying employees? salaries on time was very strictly adhered to. He took it upon himself to ensure that the book lists of children of all members of staff were paid for by the company every year.

When the dreaded disease struck Dion in June this year, his family and friends were devastated. Sherouza, Dimitri and Nadira did everything humanly possible to ensure that Dion had the best possible medical attention. A team of tireless, dedicated specialists made themselves available around the clock.

After the initial shock wore off, Dion decided to take his illness head on. During walks at Galle Face on ?good days?, he had to be reminded to slow down, and at times be told that he should not try to jog. His ailment gradually wore him down physically, but his mind remained as sharp as ever. Evenings were mostly spent in the TV room watching IPL, tennis, rugby, movies, and the news channels. Umma would sit quietly in her favourite seat nearby. His little brother Udenaka would visit him regularly and the two would reminisce about trips the Jayasuriya family made in their Borgward Isabella.

Dion had obviously inherited the intellect of his father M.D.F. Jayasuriya, a classics scholar and a President of the Chess Federation. Denzil Jayasuriya, Executive Director of United Tractors and Equipment, had been a school contemporary and close friend of legendary teacher D.N. Pereira. Dion?s counsel was often sought by his siblings, friends, relatives, businessmen and even heads of schools. Though not an overtly spiritual person, he had an English translation of the Dhammapada on his office desk which he referred to from time to time. He understood that the principle of impermanence applied to all living beings, and he came to terms with the inevitable. His transition from this existence to another, occurred very peacefully in the early hours of December 18.

Dion Jayasuriya has left a legacy of honesty and integrity, of friendship and sincerity, and of empathy and generosity. Sherouza, Dimitri, Nadira, his siblings, friends, relations and employees have a challenge ahead of them. Life after Dion.

Wimal Heenetigala

http://www.sundaytimes.lk/210110/plu...-9-427327.html

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From: Milroy Berenger <milroy.berenger@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Jan 13, 2021 at 1:54 PM
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Dear Wimal,
Thank you for your time and effort to record so many observations for posterity.

Your efforts are commendable, and we cannot thank a writer enough.

The many tributes about Dion recorded by so many who knew him are best passed to his family for their comfort and history.

An inspiring life well lived can be an inspiration for generations.

Would you be so kind as to give the STCOBA NSW&ACT permission to host this article on the website?

The website is our storehouse of nostalgic clippings which we hope will
live long after we are no more.

If you would reply to this string, it will facilitate the process.

Thanks again for sharing this and many other reflections of a bygone era.
SJ, thanks for the share - appreciated.

Sincerely,

Milroy
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From: Godfrey <g.sena@optusnet.com.au>
Date: Wed, Jan 13, 2021 at 2:05 PM
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Well said Wimal.A lively and extremely pleasant personality.
May Dion Jayasuriya attain Nirvana.
-Godfrey Senaratne

From: Prabodha Kariyawasam <pldkari@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Jan 13, 2021 at 10:15 PM
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This is a classic,Wimal.It touched me deeply to read a tribute like this.So well written.Captures every facet of a dear friend's life.Dion would be reading this from wherever he is & taking comfort from the fact that his existence in this world had made a difference.
Great work Wimal.
Kari

From: <sanjiva.wijesinha@monash.edu>
Date: Thu, Jan 14, 2021 at 2:21 PM
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Sriyan,Thank you for forwarding this well written tribute to Dion by Wimal Heenetigala .I know his sister Dr. Hiranthi who is s Doctor in Brisbane.I wanted to suggest to you, when sending a message like this to many people, that you use the B.cc. Facility when copying emails - instead of the Cc. Facility.This ensures that our email addresses remain confidential and not publicised to each and everybody!
Kind regards,
Sanjiva
Dr. Sanjiva Wijesinha

From: KR Ravindran <ravi4@sltnet.lk>
Date: Wed, Jan 13, 2021 at 12:09 PM
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Beautifully written! Brings poignant memories of Dion.
Ravi

From: Graham Masefield <graham.masefield@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Jan 13, 2021 at 12:13 PM
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Dear Wimal Thanks for sharing- A wonderful tribute to Dear Dion, Like yourself , he will be missed by the local and Global Thomian Fraternity along with his Family.May Dear Dion Rest In Peace,
Warm Regards
Graham
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From: Jeremy Hillman <j4hillman@yahoo.co.nz>
Date: Wed, Jan 13, 2021 at 12:22 PM
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Very well written. A fitting tribute. Impermanence, we keep getting reminded about that all the time.
Thank you Sriyan.
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From: Rohan Hettiarachchi <yahaladuwa3000@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Jan 13, 2021 at 1:09 PM
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Very worthy and absolutely original indeed.
Not a copy cat from elsewhere

From: <niranjan.desilva@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Jan 13, 2021 at 1:34 PM
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Thank you for sharing Sriyan. This is so well written and captures the profile of our late dear friend with much accuracy.
Regards
Niranjan
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From: alston rodrigo <alstonrodrigo51@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Jan 13, 2021 at 2:37 PM
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Thanks for sharing!


From: Maxwell Gerlach <maxgerlach@bigpond.com>

Date: Thu, Jan 14, 2021 at 1:10 PM
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Thanks for sharing Sriyan. Brings back lots of golden memories. Wimal’s tribute to Dion Jayasuriya is spot on.Dion’s integrity, friendship, empathy with others not forgetting his kind and generous nature will always be remembered byThe STC Freshmen of 59.
May his soul Rest In Peace.
Esto Perpetua
Maxwell
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