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Lt. General Gerry de Silva


General Gerry De Silva – proud old Josephian

Posted on 31 May 2015 by admin

Gerry de SilvaGENERAL GERRY DE SILVA : An officer and a gentleman!

My congratulations and good wishes to you on your 75th birthday and the thanks of millions of our citizens for your life and the service you did for our country. May 75 years be merely a statistic and may you serve our country for many more years to come.

It was in the late 1980s that I had the pleasure of meeting Gen. Gerry de Silva in Delhi when he came to the Indian Defence College for a programme when I was serving as Deputy High Commissioner. Though I had of course heard of him I had never met him but his cordial and unassuming manner was such that I immediately took a liking to him and I found that I was not alone in my profiling of him for the Indian Army Generals who had served in Lanka with the IPKF were of the same opinion of him. These were perhaps the most difficult times in our relations with India for President Premadasa had requested the IPKF, which had sacrificed over 1,400 men in the war with the LTTE to leave the country. There was an understandable hostility towards us; we could not even get a call to Colombo from the Mission – I recall I had to go to the Chinese, the Norwegian or the then Yugoslav Mission to get a call to Colombo; but Gen. Gerry related to his Indian colleagues well. Interestingly our only ‘friend’ in Delhi at that time was none other than Rajiv Gandhi who had lost his Premiership to V.P. Singh – but was deeply interested in the situation in Lanka and invited both the High Commissioner Prof. Stanley Kalpage and me many times for discussions. He was more than helpful to us.

I got to know Gen. Gerry better when we served on the committee of the Health Ministry which authorised the gifting of kidneys for transplantation, this was of course after our retirements – I noted how he felt for fellow human beings. I also got to know him and his jovial and cheerful wife Junie better on a trip a group of us did to Pakistan at the invitation of the Pakistan government. Gen. Gerry really made it a memorable trip where we met senior Pakistani officials for extended discussions; but I must confess that I really got to know Gen.

Jerry through his book A NOBLE PROFESSION in which he sets out his experiences, including a most interesting chapter on the first JVP uprising, followed by the details of action during the war and the key roles played by the officers — some of whom sacrificed their lives for the country. This is a book which must be translated into Sinhala and Tamil for it contains so much valuable information which we, as citizens, should know. Incidentally it is only he and Gen. Ranatunge who have written of their experiences, many others who were wholly involved in the war owe it to us to share with us their experiences.

To conclude, I hope that Gen. Gerry will treat us to another book or two, for his writing style is appealing and inimitable.

Good luck and all the best to you Sir in the years ahead.

K.Godage –

General Gerry De Silva is a younger brother of Benito De Silva, co-founder of Josephian-Peterite Alumni Association of Canada. Benito lives in Toronto, Canada.

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Peterites fight back in second half to beat Trinity 30-25

Posted on 31 May 2015 by admin

BreakingNEWS NEWSinger Schools Under 20 League Tournament.


Indika Walagedara reporting in the Sunday Observer.

A magnificent second half rally by the Peterites enabled them to a sensational win against the back peddling Trinity side by 30 points (2 Goals, 2 Tries, 2 Penalties) to 25 points (2Goals, 1Try, 2 Penalties) in their Inter School Division 1 Under 20 Rugby match played at St.Peters College Grounds Bambalapitiya yesterday.

At halftime Trinity were leading 20 points to 10 The match got off to a exhilarating start with both teams looking to open scoring and Trinity succeeded to do so when in the 2nd minute of play, their prop forward, Direndra Ratwatte went over for a try off a rolling maul. Fullback Sanishka Abeywickrema made the conversion for Trinity to take the lead 7 Nil.

In the 9th minute of play Trinity were awarded a penalty for an infringement by a Peter's player and Trinity flyhalf, Thisila Perera put over a 45meter penalty to increase the lead for the Kandy school by 10 points to nil.

Within a couple of minutes Trinity were awarded another penalty when Thisila Perera put over a 30- meter kick to increase the lead for Trinity 13 points to nil.

In the 30th minute of play, Trinity received a line out and the ball went loose from a Peterite forward where Trinity scrum half, Anouk Boyagoda booted the ball and scored a good try after covering nearly 30 meters. Sanushka Abeywickrema made the conversion to read the score as Trinity 20 points to St.Peters Nil.

By this time most of the spectators and even a few Peterite supporters were seen leaving the grounds anticipating a Trinity win. . But St.Peters had other strategies and brought in their captain, Kevin Dixon and from that point the match took a dramatic turn with the Peterites hitting back with a vengeance.

St.Peters scored in the 35th minute, when their captain and fullback, Kevin " kutty" Dixon scored a brilliant try by carving through the five Trinity defenders to score. The conversion was missed by flyhalf, Sandesh Jayawickrema . The score read -Trinity 20 to Peters 5.

Immediately in the 39th minute of play, Peterite second row ,Rahal Delpachithra scored a try for the Peterites off a fantastic rolling maul. Sandesh Jayawickrema missed the conversion. The score read- Trinity 20 points to St.Peters 10.

At half time This score read Trinity College 20 points to St.Peters 10..

St.Peters college came in to the second half with different attitude and immediately they received a penalty and their fly half Sandesh Jayawickrema put over a penalty to take the score to Trinity 20 to peters 13.

By this time Peters were playing with only 13 players due to referee sending their fly half sandesh Jayawickrema and their vice captain cum centre Nishon Perera to sin bin for a fight.

Trinity having a two man advantage scored a push over try in the 15th minute of play. And the conversion was missed by full back Shanishka Abeywickrama and the score Trinity 25 to Peters 13.

Playing with only 13 players, the gallant Peterites scored a sensational try when they worked their line beautifully for winger, Diyath Ferrnando to touch down by running through the entire Trinity defence covering almost 60 meters. Flyhalf Sandesh converted it to close the gap to 25 points to 20 in favour of Trinity College.

Within five minutes, St Peters sealed the game with a try and a penalty, where the try was scored by Avishka Heenpalla and the conversion along with the penalty was put over by flyhalf Sandesh Abeywickrema . The final score remained- St.Peters 30 points to Trinity's 25.

Referee Irshad Kader

Following is the Sunday Times report on the match.

Peterites turn tables to down Trinity
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St. Peter’s from a hopeless position of 10-20 at the breather turned tables to recorda 30 points to 25 win over Trinity in a second round match of the Singer U20 Rugby league encounter played at Bambalapitiya yesterday.

The Peterites spearheaded by skipper Kevin Dixon who played the position of center chalked up 20 points to five scored by Trinity in the second half which paved the way for their victory.

The Peterites accumulated their points through two goals, two tries and two penalties to the two goals a try and two penalties scored by Trinity. Last year Trinity was the winner by 29-22.

Even though the Trinitians dominated the first session of play they were nowhere near that form in the second session as the Peterites gave them an unexpected beating and had them running circles.

Trinity after their first defeat of the first Bradby Shield encounter has fallen back and seemed yet to be under shock. However they had this game in their hand but failed to keep up the momentum and succumbed to an unexpected defeat.

The three tries for Trinity was scored by D. Ratwatte, Rajith Samarasekera, Anuka Boyagoda with Thusila Perera making one conversion while Sanushka Abeywickrama made the other conversion and also booted over the penalties.

For St. Peter’s skipper and center Kevin Dixon went over for two tries while second center Diyath Fernando and scrum half Avishka Heenpalle scored a try each with Sandesh Jayawickrama making the conversions and the penalties. Referee – Irshad Cader – MSA

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Peterite|Trinity rugby clash on Saturday (May 30th) should draw big crowd

Posted on 29 May 2015 by admin

IsipatanaPeterites will be meeting the wounded Trinity Lions this Saturday at St. Peter's College grounds at Bambalapitiya.

Trinity won the last year's encounter at Pallakale which was also the first ever Major General Dennis Perera Memorial Trophy with a last minute try. Peterties led by Dhanushka Ranjan team won the game for Petes last, in the year 2012 at the same venue.

Come join the Peterite Bamba Brigade to support the Kevin Kutty and his boys for victory. Now that the Bradby returned to Reid Avenue its our goal to bring the Major Gen.Dennis Perera Memorial trophy back to Bamba.
Dont forget that the Peterite Bamba Brigade after party continues at the Peterite Lounge the same evening with a live band and special discounts on food and drinks.




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Obituary: Mrs. Eugenia Wijewickrema (Mother of Algi Wijewickrema, Gen. Secy, SPC-OBU)

Posted on 28 May 2015 by admin

ObituariesIt is with much sadness we learn the passing of Mrs. Eugenia Petronella Wijewickrema, beloved mother of Algi Wijewickrema, General Secretary, SPC-OBU. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Algi and his close knit family.

May her soul rest in peace!

WIJEWICKREMA – EUGENIA PETRONELLA (Relict of Arthur James Wijewickrema). Beloved mother of Eulalie (Eula), Marie, Algernon (Algi) and Aloy, mother-in-law of Emil Mudiappa, Felician Fernando, Shanthi and Dharshini, sister of Hilda, Sam, Beatrice and Rev. Fr. Michael Rodrigo (all deceased), sister-in-law of Stanley Wijewickrema (Germany) and Bernadette Setala (Spain), expired. Cortege leaves A.F. Raymond’s Parlour. Burial at General Cemetery Kanatte, Borella, at 5 p.m., on Friday 29th May. 080343.

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6th “Saints Quad” T20 Cricket Tournament on Sun, August 16, 2015

Posted on 26 May 2015 by admin

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To: All Players & Old Boys/JPAA Canada

Please note that the 6th Annual "Saints Quadrangular" T20 Tournament will be held on Sunday, August 16, 2015, at Ajax Cricket Grounds. All players will be contacted soon after the July 1 Joe-Pete Cricket Match.

Due to unavailability of grounds the date for the Saints Quad T20 tournament had to be changed from Sat. August 15th to Sunday, August 16, 2015. St. Benedict's College OBU will be hosting this year's SQ tournament.

Srinath Wijeyeratne and Rajive Benedict will co-ordinate the Peterite and Josephian teams respectively.

Thanks and warm regards,

Upali Obeyesekere – President, JPAA Canada




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Notice of Annual General Meeting – SPC OBU on June 28, 2015

Posted on 11 May 2015 by admin

SPC LOGO NEWNotice of Annual General Meeting.

Notice is hereby given that the 87th Annual General Meeting of St. Peter’s College Old Boys’ Union will be held on Sunday, 28th June 2015, at the Fr. D. J. Nicholas Perera Hall, St. Peter’s College, Colombo 4 at 10.30 a.m.


8.15 a.m. – Holy Mass

9.15 a.m. – Rector’s Breakfast

10.30 a.m. – Annual General Meeting


1.      Read Notice convening Meeting

2.      Opening Prayer by Rev. Fr. Rector

3.      Two minutes silence to be observed in memory of Old Boys and Teachers who have passed away during the year

4.      Excuses

5.      Adoption of the minutes of the 86th Annual General Meeting

6.      Adoption of the Annual Report for the year 2014/15

7.      Adoption of the audited Statement of Accounts for the year 2014/15

8.      Address by the Patron on the state of College

9.      Address by the President

10.  Resolutions, if any (only resolutions that have been received by the Hony. General Secretary before 31st May shall be tabled)

11.  Election of Office Bearers


See attached Notice for more details.


Algi Wijewickrema

Hony. General Secretary
St. Peter's College Old Boys' Union

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Obituary: Anthony (Tony) Leonard De Silva – Old Josephian, Toronto resident

Posted on 09 May 2015 by admin

ObituariesTo: Josephians & Peterites in Canada

An old Josephian in Toronto – Srilal Perera, has informed us of the passing of Tony De Silva another long standing Toronto resident and an old Josephian.

May Tony's Soul Rest in Peace!

Appended below is Srilal's message.

This is to let you know that Tony De Silva ( a past commitee member of the Josephian Peterite Alumni Association) passed away last morning and funeral will be on Tuesday the 12th as below at Ogden Funeral Parlour Sheppard Ave East in Scarborough. Visitation will be between 4pm and 8pm on Monday 11 May and funeral service at 11.30 am on Tuesday May
12th. Please inform the other Josephians.


De Silva Anthony (Tony) Leonard, beloved husband of Indra, loving father
of Joe and Chris, son of late Leonard and Hyacinth De Silva, son-in-law
of late Mr. & Mrs. K.S. Rajamanie, loving brother of late Naomi, Gordon,
Late Tyronne, Annesley and Savithri passed away in Toronto Canada on May
8th 2015. Funeral will be held in Toronto on May 12, 2015. 15 Kells
Avenue, Scarborough ON M1K 4W6 Canada.

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