The Funeral Service
Heart felt sympathies on the loss of a wonderful friend. May he rest in peace and may the memories you have comfort you.
Our heartfelt sympathies to Manilal’s family in this sad occasion. He was a great person.
It is with profound sadness that I write these words on the passing away of Manilal Perera whom I came to know as far back as in 1961, when we were recruited as young Officers to the Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation (SLIC), and became close business colleagues for the next 20 years. He was by qualification, a Chartered Insurer, and together with another colleague – the late Ernie Jayatilleke, (who was himself a Chartered Insurer and who passed away in Sydney, Australia a few years ago), gave immeasurable time, energy and dedication to develop and expand SLIC’s Life Assurance portfolio from scratch to great heights. While I was moved to handle IT at SLIC, we remained close friends and Manilal was, in fact, my best-man at my Wedding in 1968.
Besides being a professional in his own right, he had a very good command of the English Language and I recall the several occasions he softly corrected me, within my hearing only, when I breached the Queen’s English. He also had a good knowledge of well-known
classical compositions and was able to identify instantly, any musical piece that was being played. He was down-right humble and simple, despite being multi-faceted, was very calm in situations which may have offended or excited others, and had a spirit of tolerance, gentleness and multiple endearing qualities, which are rarely found in a single individual. He neither showed-off nor imposed any of his attributes or strengths on any one. Thus it could be truly said that Manilal was, without doubt, a man for all seasons. To lose such a man is heart-rending and my wife’s and my deepest sympathies go out to Manilal’s wife Prema, daughters, sons-in-law and grand-children in this traumatic time. Lakshman(L.S.A.)
Rest in Peace Manilal aiya. Fond memories of life in Sri Lanka, with you, will depart only with death!
Many wonderful memories of growing up with Manilal Aiya, and family. We were so close as a family. Even took Craig, my husband fishing when we visited SL. Of course the inevitable social gathering after, to discuss tactics! Craig always seemed to have his glass full!
Very sad. Best wishes to the family.
Niru Linsley (nee’ Fomseka)
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