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In Memoriam


Tribute to Nihal Fernando by Herman Gunesekera

Posted on 29 April 2015 by admin

In MemoriamTo members of the family and staff of Studio Times
Through the kind courtesy of the Secretary of the Peterites Pre 70's Group, I have been informed of the passing away of a legend in the art of Photograhy.
Perhaps none of you may know me or even have heard of me. Although I am a old PeterIte, it is through the Advertising Industry that I first met Nihal.
I had the pleasure of knowing Nihal years ago, perhaps in the early to mid '70's, when I entered the field of Advertising first at Zenith Advertising, then at Grant Advertising, later at De Alwis Advertising and finally at Creative Services Ltd. In all these places of work, I had the opportunity of visiting and meeting Nihal and Pat Deckker who predeceased him. As a youngster, I learnt a lot from Nihal's words of wisdom in his office in the Fort and continued to engage his services at his present location in Skelton Road.
Nihal was a straight and forthright man who cherished and loved his profession and was not one to compromise his professionalism for the sake of business or what he would term 'an idiotic Client'!
I would like to convey my sincere condolences to the Nihal's family and members of the Staff of Studio Times and will remember Nihal in my prayers.
Very Sincerely,
Herman Gunesekera
Editor's Note – Herman Gunesekera belongs to the Pre-70s Group. His two older brothers Elmo (deceased) and Frankie both attended SPC. Elmo played for the College 1st XI as an effective spinner.


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Nihal Fernando – Old Peterite

Posted on 23 April 2015 by admin

ObituariesQuoting Ruwan Silva from Colombo.

Today's newspapers carry the news of the passing away of a great human being and true lover of Sri Lanka and nature – Nihal Fernando an old Peterite of the Fr. Nicholas Perera/Fr. Basil Wiratunga era.He founded Studio Times and was Sri Lanka's greatest photographer.There are many publications displaying his talents.His Handbook of the Ceylon Traveller should be read by anyone wanting to explore Sri Lanka.He was in the forefront of the protection of the environment specially the Eppawala issue

Ceylon Daily News – 23 April 2015

FERNANDO – NIHAL (Studio Times Ltd.) – Husband of Dodo, father of Anu and Yohan Weerasuriya, father-in-law of Christopher Silva and Nishka Wickramasingha, grandfather of Shenuka, Anya and Maya, passed away peacefully on 20th April 2015 and was cremated according to his wishes. Those who cherished him in life, please plant a tree in his memory. This would have been his wish. 18, Skelton Road, Colombo 05, studiot@sltnet.lk. 058796

St Peter's should be proud of Nihal Fernando though he was virtually unnoticed by Peterites.The late Maurice Perera wanted to hold an exhibition of Nihal's work together with other reputed Peterite artists but sadly it did not see the light of day with Maurice's demise and others did not seem to realise the value of Nihal
His obituary says that to plant a tree in memory would be best way to remember him.I wish Peterites do so where ever they may be
May his soul rest in peace.

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