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Old Joes celebrate on Oct. 19 in the U.K.

Posted on 16 October 2013 by admin

The Association of Old Josephians in the UK presents the 26th Annual Blue & White Ball on 19th October 2013, at Sheraton Sky Line Hotel, Bath Road (A4) Hayes, Middlesex, UB3 5BP. Cocktail Reception from 6:00 – 7:15 pm at the Sky Garden and dinner is at 7:30 pm at the International Suite. Music will be provided by UK's Number One Sri Lankan Band – SKY HIGH Live BAND with popular guest star CORRINE flying in from Colombo to entertain the Old Josephians and the guests. Tickets are priced at 60 Pounds Sterling and the prizes include a retur Air Ticket to Sri Lanka. Dress Code: Black Tie. This information was sent by Indrajith Perera to JPAA Canada.


The Old Joes in the U.K. are a pretty active bunch. Armed with a well designed website the Association of Old Josephians in the UK are making waves in the land of the monarchy. The front page of its website says the following:

Opening statement on the website says, "On behalf of the Association of Old Josephians in the United Kingdom, we would welcome you to join the Association and be involved in our social and sports activities. The Old Joes UK is one of the key participants in the major social and sports calendar within the Sri Lankan Community in the UK. This is truly a great opportunity to meet other Josephians & their families and of course be able to network with other schools and Colleges of Sri Lanka."

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Tribute to Rev. Fr. Claver Perera on October 14, 2013

Posted on 14 October 2013 by admin

A Tribute to Fr. Claver

The third death anniversary of Father Claver Perera falls on 14th October and the St. Mary’s Choral Group and friends of Fr. Claver will be doing a short tribute to Fr. Claver, at St. Mary’s Church Bambalapitiya at 7.00 p.m. after evening Mass on Sunday, 13th October 2013.

Old Boys and friends are cordially invited to be present to pay tribute to a priest who was the first old boy Rector of College and who as Parish Priest at St. Mary's Bambalapitiya contributed greatly to singing and liturgy, etc.


Algi Wijewickrema (Editor – SPC OBU)


Fr. Claver: Thou art the Song that I sing

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The much loved tenor, choir master, priest and writer Fr. Claver Perera who passed away on Thursday night at the age of 68, will be buried at General Cemetery in Kanatte today after a thanksgiving Requiem High Mass celebrated by the Archbishop of Colombo, the Rt. Rev. Dr. Malcolm Ranjith at All Saints Church, Borella at 3.30 p.m.

Fr. Perera, a graduate of the Peradeniya University, had a Caruso type robust tenor voice. He returned to Sri Lanka from Rome in the late sixties and founded the St. Mary’s Choral Group in 1967. Its members were largely Peterites.

He became the sixth rector of St. Peter’s College. He was the first fully fledged Peterite to adorn the Rectorial Chair. His stay lasted two years from 1975 to 1976.

Later, as a resident at the National Seminary, Ampitiya, Fr. Claver trained young seminarians in vocal music and elocution. He also taught English.

"Intimations of Eternity 1" produced by Fr. Claver brought back some precious moments of the past, according to another famous music trainer and choir master Francis de Almeida. Fr. Claver’s audio album contained 20 priceless pieces of vocal renditions from different periods, styles and languages

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“A Christmas Wish”…at the Lionel Wendt Theatre – Dec.6,7 & 8, 2013

Posted on 10 October 2013 by admin



 A coup is underway…………. the evil Ice Queen supported by her love-struck henchman, Jack Frost, is conspiring to cancel Christmas around the world.

Can Santa Claus and his Chief Elf, Mike, save the day? Will the unlikely alliance of everybody’s favourite, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer, the band of talking reindeer and the adorable elves with fabulous singing and dancing at the Lapland toy factory be able to support Santa to prevent this.

This action musical is beautifully entwined with the touching story of young, fatherless Peter, his mother and his fervent wish that his family will become whole again. Can Santa make this happen? Will they find happiness?

Does Santa have a few tricks up his sleeve? Or will the Ice Queen come between Peter, his future and Christmas for the world?

Watch as the tension, action and romance unfold in this dazzling Christmas musical.


“The Audience –

There will be 1 Matinee show and 3 night shows in this production.

The matinee show will played only for the students and the tutorial staff of St.Peter’s College while the night show is open for everyone.

Most of the audience will be

ü  School Students

ü  Old Peterites

ü  Parents and Family of Peterites

ü  Colombo Theater Lovers

This newss item was sent by Algi Wijewickrema – SPC-OBU in Colombo, Sri Lanka


“Peterite Productions”

Music and drama have always had a place in the hearts and minds of Peterites.

The stage of the famous Nicholas Perera Hall has witnessed many practice sessions, rehearsals and productions, be it the Primary School concerts, Middle School concerts or functions of the various Literary Associations and Clubs. It has been the arena where Peterite actors down the ages have showcased their talent…… it gentle tip-toeing, impatient flounces, intricate moves or angry stamping of feet.

Peterites young and old will no doubt agree that this revered Hall embodies memories of productions of varied depth, character, mood, rhythm and beat. Diverse personalities have stepped in and out of its doors, sacrificing time and energy to train and mould budding young Peterites to emerge as veteran singers and actors.

Productions such as ‘Cats’, ‘Godspell’ and ‘Oliver’ have gone before the public and won acclaim.

The last full-length Peterite public production was ‘A Christmas Carol’ in 2010, which won the hearts of many.

The blue, white and gold have always flown high, with St. Peter’s College participating in the annual Shakespeare Inter-School Drama Competitions — winning in 1981, 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2006 – and the Royal Interact Drama Competitions — winning in 2006.

Once again, young dramatists will step into the spotlight to bring to the public ‘A CHRISTMAS WISH’.


“Silent Hands Productions”

Silent Hands started off as group of theatre lovers working backstage providing their services to other directors who needed services such as stage management lighting and sound management. Two of the core members Neidra Williams and Jehan Bastians regularly direct St. Peters College for the annual Shakespeare drama competition and have two runners up awards and two wins in the last 6 years. They also directed St Bridget’s Convent in their inaugural stint in 2008 to their first Shakespeare win in over 12 years.

The first full length production undertaken by Silent Hands was William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in 2003 followed by an original work “The Legend of Excalibur” in 2004, “Yes Hon. Minister” in 2007, “Tom, Dick & Harry” in 2008, “Boeing Boeing” in 2009 ‘Move over Mrs. Markham” also in 2009. In 2010, Silent Hands got together with St. Peter’s College to bring to the life the ever popular and legendary classic ‘A Christmas Carol’ to the theatre going audiences of Colombo with well published success.  The group is best known for its own magical genre of theatre which was brought out in the first two productions and also for its genre of comedy which brought tons of laughter through the last number of productions.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream featured Jerome De Silva together with Neidra Williams, Charith De Silva, Mario De Soysa who are regular members of the team. ‘The Legend of Excalibur” showcased Mohammed Adamaly as the legendary King Arthur once again supported by Neidra, Charith, and Mario.

The third production came after a two year break from “The Legend of Excalibur” staged in June 2004. The core team that handled the previous production re-united to produce “Yes! Hon. Minister” which was a huge hit with theatre going public in Colombo when it first went on the boards.

Fresh on the success of “Yes Hon. Minister” came the Kerwood family saga “Tom Dick & Harry”. This again proved to be a tremendous success which resulted in an encore being staged six months later.

Our next production ‘Boeing Boeing” which featured a mix of Silent Hands stalwarts and some new talent was one of the most talked of plays in the first quarter of 2009.

“Move over Mrs. Markham” featured Jerome De Silva as Alistair Spenlow in which he brought out his best yet and showcased his living legend status after 40 years of being on stage.

‘A Christmas Carol’ was the biggest ever production produced by Silent Hands in all forms and along with present and old boys of St. Peter’s College and female guest actors brought to life the legendary children’s classic by Charles Dickens.

2011 saw us perform “Leading Ladies” a hilarious comedy this time by Ken Ludwig an American play-write whose work we ‘re-fashioned” by us to bring it a local or Sri Lankan flavor.

2012 was an year of repeats with not one but two repeats of “Yes, Hon Minister” to very appreciative audiences.

The Directors

Neidra Williams – Neidra is a voicing artist and compere by profession and has been involved in theatre for over 15 years acting in over 25 productions. Neidra has been a regular with the Performing Arts Company (PAC) headed by Nafeesa and Mohomed Adamally. Neidra was also part of the cast of “Cats”, “South Pacific” and “Sound of Music” having worked with several directors including Jerome De Silva, Nafeesa & Mohomed Adamally, Jith Peiris, and Ruana Rajapakse. She has co-directed several productions with Jehan including two winning entries in the Annual Interschool Shakespeare competition in 1999 and 2006 and of course the four productions previously staged by Silent Hands.

Jehan Bastians – Jehan was introduced to theatre by Jerome De Silva and played the lead role in the first ever production of the Workshop Players “Lost in the Stars”; Since then Jehan has been involved in several productions with Stage Light & Magic, Jith Peiris and Tracy Holsingher and has recently been cast in several plays written and produced by Indu Dharmasena. Jehan has been directing St Peters College since 1999 and in 2006 directed St. Peters to victory at the Royal Interact Drama Competition and at the Shakespeare Competition. In 2008, he was approached by St Bridget’s Convent and he was able to guide them to their first Inter School Shakespeare Drama Competition victory in over 12 years.


Production Officials


Rev. Fr. Travis Gabriel

Priest-In-Charge of ELDS

Rev. Fr. Vincent Ashley


Mr. Jehan Bastians

Mrs. Neidra Williams-Bastians


Mr. Javin Thomas

Mr. Billam Poulier

Choral Director

Miss. Dmitri Gunetilake


Miss. Roshni Gunaratne

Drama moderator – SPC

Miss. Imojen Mel

ELDS President

Messr. Shayen Yatagama

ELDS Vice Presidents

Messr. N. Ragularuban
Messr. Eshan Denipitiya


Contact Details


Mr.Roshan Silva (Parent Committee)


Mr. Jehan Bastians

Mr.Javin Thomas

Messr.Shayen Yatagama




Messr. Eshan Denipitiya



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Launch of new website for JPAA Canada

Posted on 07 October 2013 by admin

WWWJPAA Canada launched its new website on Monday, October 7, 2013 – with the domain name We invite you to visit the site, devour the information laid out and send us an e-mail with any comments, constructive feedback, suggestions or remarks.

"This is a dream come true", said JPAA President Upali Obeyesekere. Having worked 17 years for IBM Canada Ltd., he understands the benefits of having a good website. The website will be an online tool to reach out to most Peterites and Josephians in Canada and keep them informed of what has happened, when it will happen so that all are better informed. It will also enhance communications within the membership and also reach out to the alumni of St. Joseph's College and St. Peter's College throughout the world. It crosses the bid divide and will serve as a communication tool without borders.

It took slightly over six months to plan, design and develop the site. The technical part was done in Colombo, Sri Lanka while the site was updated in Toronto, Canada. The site includes menu items that take the visitor to their Alma Mater, Overseas Associations, Parent Unions in Colombo, Alumni News and the rest is all about the 29-year old Josephian-Peterite Alumni Association of Canada. "We are proud to have been the first in Canada, among Sri Lankan Schools to have formed a joint association in 1984", added the incumbent president who appealed to an old boy (former Josephian Cricketer) who wishes to be anynoymous to obtain part funding for the website. The president funded the balance and today JPAA Canada has a comprehensive website.

Only 25 per cent have so far been posted on the site. The site will cover its history since 1984 to date and try and capture highlights during the last 29-years. From today onwards, all current activity will be covered. The plus factor here is that all the updating is done instantly from Toronto, Canada. "Any pro-active member of JPAA Canada will agree that having a good website is a pre-requisite for an active non-profit corporation. A website is the lifeblood of an organization", concludes President Upali Obeyesekere who burnt the midnight oil many a day to have this up and running sooner than later.

The website is a menu driven site with opportunity for advertising banners in the last extreme right column. At present, interesting information is posted on the graphic icons that lead you to a document or another 3rd party website with news of Josephians and/or Peterites in the world.

JPAA President invites comments on the site from anyone out there who happens to visit the site. Please send all comments, suggestions and feedback to JPAA Canada via email address and we will respond within 24-hours.

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Tribute: General Deshamanya Denis Perera VSV (1930-2013)

Posted on 05 October 2013 by admin


By Major General (Retd.) Lalin Fernando (Courtesy: The Island)

"The only man under whom any General would gladly serve’

(Field Marshal Montgomery-later Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, on Field Marshal Alexander, later Earl Alexander of Tunis. Alexander commanded the Allied Forces in Africa under whom Montgomery and the 8th Army served))

The above compliment is equally well paid to General Denis Perera who sadly passed away on August 11, 2013. An Israeli Brigadier General Yaacom Even virtually echoed it at the World Wide Association of Retired Flag Rank Officers (ARFRO) conference held in Colombo around 2000.He said "what a wonderful man is your General. I would follow him anywhere any day". Coincidently, Gen Perera, who greatly admired Field Marshall Alexander received his commission from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and graduated from the same Staff College- in Camberley UK as did Field Marshals Alexander and Montgomery before him.

General Perera was educated at St Peter’s College. He joined the army in October 1949 and was initially trained at the Mons Officer Cadet School. After further training at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, he was commissioned into the First Field Engineers and was attached to the British Army of the Rhine. He later graduated from the British Army Staff College, Camberley. After service in both field command and Army HQ staff positions, he served as a staff officer under the then Lt Col Richard Udugama (later Army Commander) in Eastern Sri Lanka during the Gal Oya troubles. Later he was Sri Lanka’s Military Attaché in the UK.

The news of his death elicited messages from distinguished and well known personalities both civilian and military from all over the world. They knew that "an era has passed". What was this "era"? It was one when the highest standards and values expected of professional military officers and gentlemen were upheld and enforced. It was an era where favoritism, family connections and political affinity mattered not.

At the military funeral on August 14, very many Tri Service officers and men and a representative gathering of civilians from all walks of life followed the gun carriage escorted by 1,000 troops to the grave site. Their presence spoke volumes for the enduring respect and affection so many had for him even though it was 32 years since he retired, almost all of it in numbing bloody conflict.

General Perera led a very small, essentially peace time army of about 12,500 all ranks. It was never ‘ceremonial’ as alluded to by the western media that condescendingly coined such terms for many former colonial armies engaged in counter terrorism. This expression was slavishly echoed by the local media post 1980s until the army over 200,000 strong was seen to be winning.

General Perera’s vision, sense of purpose, personality, leadership and character, and the many great works he had completed were such that few, including elected leaders of the country then and now, would disagree that he was easily the best Commander SL ever had. So would many others in the senior echelons of the public service and the captains of industry and the best professionals. They were surprised to observe how easily they were attracted to him, his impressive grasp of diverse national issues, his controlled eloquence, his management style and confidence. All of it was wholly unassuming. He was a born leader. This wonder grew even long into his retirement as his advice was much sought especially by the military on organization and career planning.

While it is not possible to recall all his leadership qualities in this limited space, what stood out were his personality and character, which so effortlessly drew people to him, his ability to inspire and enthuse others, his fairness in all his dealings while maintaining compassion and understanding, and his moral strength that made him stand up for what he believed was right especially when it affected his subordinates. He was fearless but not cavalier when dealing with national issues in situations where weaker leaders would have played to the gallery. His sincerity and charm made people trust him and feel he meant what he said. He produced results of rare quality that have endured.

Professionally, as a military engineer officer, he showed he had the wider knowledge to lead what was basically an infantry army beginning to be threatened by an intractable militant movement, which when launched with earnest the day after he retired, cost the country dearly. If he was not a Field Marshal Alexander, he was a Field Marshal Kitchener or General Gordon who were both Engineers as Brigadier Douglas Ramanayake, Gen Perera’s Commanding Officer in the Ceylon (SL) Engineers, liked to point out to those who questioned having an Engineer officer, command the Army . He judged to a nicety when to be a Martinet (Napoleon’s Adjutant General) and when to relax, encourage and laugh with everyone and take a joke at his expense.

While he took responsibility for whatever he had to get done, he encouraged if not empowered his subordinates to tackle problems themselves. He was aware of the insidious outside pressures brought to bear on his command but was able to circumvent all but the most difficult situations. He communicated closely with all he knew throughout his life. He knew his subordinates as well as they knew him. To the many retired officers, who visited him regularly in hospital towards the end of his life, he would greet them by name and optimistically say ‘you must come and see me when I get home and join me for a drink’. It was not to be, this last time.

General Perera provided leadership at a very personal level. He was always prepared to listen to others and accept their advice. He was a great motivator, setting an example in everything he said and achieved. His subordinates felt he cared for them and their aspirations during and after their time of service. The new pay code introduced in 1981 which virtually doubled the salaries of forces personnel was largely due to his ability to convince an eminent commission on what "military pay" should be. However he himself did not personally benefit from the increased pay as these changes came into effect after he retired.

The army General Perera led, developed the moral, mental and physical qualities needed to meet the threats then fast developing in the country. It met with few triumphs and more often with disaster but eventually prevailed over a formidable terrorist group. The qualities and competences he ingrained in those he led at the start of their careers endured and made their impact during crucial moments in the battle against terrorism. Those who were trained when he was Commandant of the Army Training Centre Diyatalawa from 1968 – 1972 included General Sarath Fonseka, Army Commander, and Colonel Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Defence Secretary, of the troika that is credited with the victory that ended the 26 year old conflict.

During his military career he made several lasting contributions, starting at Diyatalawa (1968-72). Here he raised the Officer Cadet school, the precursor to the SL Military Academy (SLMA) which too he raised later when Army Commander (1977-81). The young officers who were commissioned from there knew they were the promise of the future. They did not fail from the Army Commander to all the other commanders in the climatic battles of the East and the Wanni.

When he was Commander Northern Command, with his HQ in Anuradhapura in the early 1970s, he sent his children to school there displaying, for a senior officer, a rare humility as well as confidence in Government schools few shared. He was also Commander, Southern Command.

Extraordinary vision

With extraordinary vision, having been much influenced by his visit to the Indian National Defence Academy, Kadakawasala, and with a rare insight into the education levels needed of future military officers, he persuaded SL’s third prime minister, Colonel (later General) Sir John Kotelawela, to gift his magnificent Kandawela estate to the Tri Services to establish the Kotelawela Defence Academy, now university. When it became a university he was appointed its first Chancellor (1995-2010). It is heartening to know that a room has been set aside at the university to house memorabilia of Gen Perera.

Gen Perera also raised the Commandos, SL Army Women’s Corps, the Rajarata Rifles (later disbanded and amalgamated to form the Gajaba Regiment) and the Vijayaba Regiment. He made sure the Commandos and the Women’s Corps were given the best training possible by the world’s best, the SAS and the Women’s Royal Army Corps respectively. Many of the Commandos also qualified as parachutists to give the army a hitherto unexplored battle advantage.

Gen Perera’s command, organizing and administrative ability was seen by a wider audience than the army when he was given in charge of all the security forces duties for the fourth Non Aligned (Nations) Meeting in Colombo in 1976. Navy, Air Force and Police officers, traditionally slow to ever credit their seniors, acknowledged in him an outstanding leader of rare class, approachable to all as the army officers knew all along. The outstanding success of the Conference owed much to the contributions of the Forces and Police for whom then DIG (later IGP) Cyril Herath too made his mark and impressed much. When a year later Gen Perera became Army Commander all three forces and the Police, for the first time, extended their complete and total cooperation at all times to him. Acquaintances turned into lifelong friendship that stood in very good stead during the troubles where Tri Service and police cooperation were at their highest when needed most. It may have been the glue that kept the forces and the police united and buoyant during the worst of times.

At the tail end of Army Commander General Attygalle’s tenure came the 1977 riots. As usual armoured cars were sent to Temple Trees to ‘protect’ the Prime Minister JRJ while the defenceless Tamils were being brutalized by thugs. General Perera, then a Colonel and Director Operations and Plans, set about bringing the situation under control quickly. Soft shoe patrols surprised and controlled the difficult areas even as the goondas easily evaded the mobile patrols.

His handling of the 1981 riots was an example of his style of managing and leading in a conflict situation. In Ampara and Batticaloa where the trouble started, it was contained quickly without the loss of life. However ruling party politicians made sure the troubles broke out far away a short time later. In Ratnapura and Rakwana, many miles distant, there were many murders and arson attacks targeting estate Tamils, the hardest working, most helpless, easily victimized and exploited people of SL.

On taking over as Commander of the Army, Gen Perera issued his famous 100 point ‘aide memoire’ for administration on his very first day in command, being very well prepared as he was in everything he planned. It was followed by group presentations for the re organization of the army, review of its weapons, communications and logistics where majors (who do the bulk of the staff work) were given their head. Noticeably the recommendation for 39 infantry battalions in 1978, when the army had only three, was grudgingly reduced to two. (Raja Rata and Vijaybahu) by the government. Gen Perera’s also created a much needed Combat Training School at Ampara. This in addition to exercising troops for the first time as all arms combat teams (infantry, armour, artillery, engineers and signals) and running battle courses for mid ranking officers also trained the first batch of policemen who were the nucleus for the later raised STF.

After retiring Gen Perera was appointed High Commissioner to Australia and New Zealand and accredited to several other smaller countries in the vicinity. He did an excellent job including dampening the hostile international media with a savvy that some of SL’s professional diplomats failed to display. This was at a time SL was considered an international pariah due to the effects of the 1983 riots.

On his return, General Perera took up the post of Chairman of Blackwood Hodge, a heavy machinery engineering firm. The business world saw in him an exceptional leader. Thereafter SL’s number one contributor to the exchequer, the Ceylon Tobacco Company, made him its Chairman, a significant recognition of his leadership qualities, management ability, personality and reputation. He was later appointed Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission before he was tasked with heading the highly controversial Defence Review Committee by the then Prime Minister.

When he became the President of the SL Ex Servicemen’s Association (SLESA) it was nearly bankrupt. He initiated a scheme, with the ready concurrence of the Service Commanders at that time, whereby serving troops were made nonvoting members. Their subscriptions went to the SLESA welfare fund. That saved SLESA.

He also inaugurated the local branch of the world wide Association of Retired Flag Rank Officers (ARFRO) which soon became very popular with retired and serving Tri Service officers as a think tank on the lines of Royal United Services Institute UK and similar institutions in other countries .


The Organization of Professional Associations (OPA) responding to the initiative taken by Gen Perera admitted ARFRO to its membership after a polished presentation that stunned the OPA.

Gen Perera was also the founder President of the Gen Sir John Kotelawela Memorial Association which commemorates his birth and death anniversary with appropriate ceremony at Kandawela. He launched a small scale scholarship scheme for under privileged university undergrads there.

Gen Perera must have been very proud of the Army he commanded as much as those who served under him were of him. He was happiest to hear of the achievements of his protégés whether it was in winning battles or doing well at the Olympic Games. At the worst of times even though it was in his retirement he did much to help in restructuring the army, offering advice and giving it confidence in his unwavering belief of the ultimate outcome. The success of the army, the deeds of its officers, men and women and the performance of the many regiments and institutions he raised, testify to the enduring nature of his efforts and achievements. His wide circle of friends and admirers made sure he received all the help needed to support whatever he wanted of them for the forces. His management acumen led to high appointments in the corporate world. In his career and in life he was always large hearted, generous and straight. He never had to apologize for anything he had done as Commander or in any other post military or as a civilian.

He was the best and a super example of an Army Commander, leader, manager, visionary and achiever. Emulating him will be a worthwhile challenge to the Commanders who now follow.

The motto of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst "Serve to Lead" would have guided him. It meant serve your men first to be able to lead them.

In ancient days the Valkeries would have taken him to Valhalla, the adobe of warriors.

He leaves his wife of over 50 years, Ranjini, and three sons, Khavan, Dinesh and Druvi and their wives and his grand children, one a doctor who will soon serve in the Military Hospital, treading softly in the footsteps of this noble and wonderful man.

May he rest in peace.

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Obituaries – Alumni

Posted on 01 October 2013 by admin



  • An Old Boy of St Peter's Bambalapitiya, Dudley Oorloff  passed away at his home in Palmdale California last Monday. A retired Air Force Warrant Officer he was also a Senior Cadet at College during the years of Fr Basil W. and Mr JP Dias.


  • An Old Boy of St. Peter`s College – MALORY WALLES – (Ex. Air Ceylon – Purser). Father of Garrick, Stepfather of Rochelle, Jeremy and Kevin. Former husband of Christobel (Christo) Nee Brainard and Yvonne. Passed away peacefully on 15th August 2013, Cremation in U.K. on 2nd September. 3, Catherine Gardens, Hounslow, Middlesex TW3 2PP. 


  • Message from Ruwan Silva

  • Mahinda Weerapura a very senior Old Peterite has passed away.The funeral takes place this evening at Mount Lavinia cemetrey .His remains lie at his residence at I.B.C.Road Wellawatte.Mahinda and all his brothers  (who have pre deceased him) were students during the rectorships of Rev Fr.Nicholas Perera and Basil Wiratunga.His brother the Rev Wellawatte Ananda Thero was a vice patron of the O.B.U.

  • WEERAPURA – MAHINDA (Former Director – Ceylon Tourist Board). Dearly beloved husband of Yoko, loving father of Prabash, Maya, Yoji, father-in-law of Rosanna, Suren Madanayake (ACL Cables Plc.) and Akiko, loving brother of the late Dunstan, Muriel, Herburt and Dr Ven. Wellawatte Ananda Thero. Cortege leaves residence No. 65, International Buddhist Centre Road, Colombo 06 at 4 p.m. on the 25th of April 2013, for Burial at Mt. Lavinia Cemetery


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Annual Dinner Dance in Toronto – Sat. October 5, 2013

Posted on 01 October 2013 by admin

SPC LOGO SITE 2SJC LOGO SITEThe 29-year old Josephian-Peterite Alumni Association of Canada (JPAA Canada) presents its "Joe-Pete Annual Dinner Dance 2013" on Saturday, October 5th at the Platinum Room, Markham Convention Centre (Markham Road & McNicoll Ave). Tickets are priced at $60 per person with a sumptuous buffet, Music by ZEROX & DJ-Shiwanka and a few surprises and prizes thrown in to make the evening lively and enjoyable. The Josephians and Peterites are a formidable group here in Canada with over 500 alumni from both Colombo schools domiciled in this country. JPAA Canada was the first amongst Sri Lankan schools to plan, organize and execute a Dinner Dance way back in 1988. The dance always attracts old boys not only from many provinces within Canada but also from neighbouring States of the U.S. This year is no exception. Advance tickets have been reserved for a contingent of 30 Old Boys from the U.S., Germany and Australia who are holidaying in this part of the world at this time. JPAA Canada welcomes the alumni from both schools, their families and well wishers to the dance. Fellowship and camaraderie is foremost in the minds of all in putting an event like this together. A fun evening is planned for all!

For advance reservations, please call

Anslem Perera @ 416-706-0545

Jerome Fernandez @ 416-616-7283

Upali Obeyesekere @ 416-445-5390

or e-mail

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