Dear Celine Dinesha Sabine Tilan Watched the service So sorry.Brought back lovely memories of Matara Spore Aussie the togetherness and affection shared.As Sabine mentioned great to see the3rd generation being friendly Missed seeing Sena last few years.
But the affection love has not been dimmed
I watched your departure with lots of tears, I am proud to be one of your students and thank you, You will be always honoured and remembered for ever. You may attain the supreme bliss of Nibbana.
Dear Sena Malli
We have memories – only of affectionate moments, gentleness, intellectual prowess that you left behind for us to treasure and inspire us forever
Fading away like dew in the morning.
Losing its light in the glorious sun,
Thus would we pass from earthy and its toiling,
Only remembered by what we have done
May you attain the supreme bliss of Nibbana
My deepest condolences to Prof. Sena De Silva’s Family at this difficult time.
We were privileged to learn from him and he was a great teacher. His contribution to the development of Ruhuna University will never be forgotten. I am proud to be his student. He will always be in our hearts.
May he attain the Supreme Bliss of Nirvana.
Absolutely devastated by his demise. Stll firmly etched in my mind when I first met him in October 1,1964 near the College House down Thurstan Road. Our friendship started on that day as students at the University and lasted this long. Although we went our separate ways into different fields the days of the good old are remembered even now. He was a friend whom I can never ever forget,may he be blessed by God he is now in the best place where he will find Peace.
I have met him several times at RIA1 when I was working there. He is such a great scientist and has had great contributions to the development of aquaculture in Vietnam and elsewhere.
My deepest condolences to all the family, and especially to Chị Thuy, for your loss. Such a lovely tribute!
Lễ tiễn đưa Sena thật đẹp và cảm động. Vĩnh biệt người đàn ông tuyệt vời của ngành NTTS thế giới và của Thủy. Hãy yên nghỉ, Sena! Tôi yêu cả 2 bạn SENA và THỦY!
Professor Sena de Silva’s services to the Ruhuna University at its inception will long be remembered His contribution to Fisheries sciences had been remarkable. His inspirations to us as a friend and colleague and his visionary approach as an academic was magnanimous. May he attain Nirvana.
It is a very painful day to see the departure of a great human being – a scientist par excellence.
You will always be remembered for your humility – amply shown when we worked to uplift the scientific knowledge of rural poor in Sri Lanka in the 80’s.
My deepest sympathies to the family; may he attain Nibbana.
Watched Sena’s funaral today. It is very sad we missed you that early. We have nice memories when we were in Warranambool some years back with Sena and family.
Sena, sad to say Goodbye but we will meet you again in “Sansara”
Grateful to have the chance to view streaming, a way to say good-bye to Sena, a friend for decades. He will be missed by many. May his soul rest in peace!
Deepest Sympathies. A Beautiful Fairwell for A Special Man.
You are a great man and you will always be remembered.
Rest In Peace…
Phuong’s family, Can Tho University, Vietnam.
To: Family members of Professor Silva
It is indeed a greater opportunity and privilege to participate online in the event of the funeral of Prof/ Sena De Silva, who opened my carrier-gate and also exposed me to international science.
He may attain the supreme bliss of Nubbin.
Thank You very much,
My deepest sympathy to Sena’s family and loved ones .Sena, Ananda Mendis and I were classmates/school mates at our Alma Mater Nalanda,.As teenage boys we had our differences,arguments,clashes,but still we were friends. Sena made a big impression on all of us by his amiable disposition and graceful demeanour.,After middle school we parted company when he chose science stream and i arts.Though we went to the same Uni seldom we met, going on our chosen paths.I still remember his friendliness, smile. kindness,and polite ways.Dear Sena, bye for now,until we meet again in Samsara one day,until we attain the ultimate bliss of Nirvana.
My condolences to all the family for your loss. He will be missed by all, and the service was a lovely tribute.
I remember prof. Sena de Silva, young with a strong personality, briskly walks along the corridors of Ruhuna university, then located at Meddawatta, Matara. That was late 70s-early 80s. We were students who knew that he was a giant in academic world holding very accurate stance/values in socio-political arena as well. Feeling emotional, watched online the simple gathering paid last repects.
May he attain supreme bliss of nibbana!
My heartfelt sympathies to Dinesha, Sabine, Thuy and the rest of the family. I have wonderful memories of times spent with Sena Aiya – the times in Pinnaduwa, when I was a little girl, to late last year, when he was still his cheerful self in spite of his illness. I will always treasure those memories.
Chitra Aiya, Sunil Aiya, Anil Aiya, Jaliya, Kapila and Vimal my thoughts are with you all.
Sad as it was, thank you for the opportunity to be part of the funeral service.
Sena Mama was greatly loved and admired by so many, and his life was celebrated so beautifully by his wonderful partner, children, grandchildren and extended family today. Thank you for finding a way to let us share in the ceremony. He will be remembered with so much love by so many people, as is made clear in the abundant tributes and attendance online today.
Sena mama was always such an inspiring figure in our life, we loved getting to know him over the years. He was an incredibly gifted academic, and while I can’t say I understand agricultural research, I do know that what he achieved during his career (like writing a textbook!) was extremely impressive.
Sena mama was also so kind and easy to chat to about anything. He always took an interest in our lives, and our learning and careers. And amma often talked about how much love and kindness Sena mama always showed her and her family through many difficult times. Sena mama will always mean so much to our family, and we will miss him dearly.
Thuy, Sabine akki, Dinesha akki and the rest of the family, I know this must be so hard for you, and we are thinking of you all during this time. Thanks for the beautiful memorial service and for organising a way for us all to be there. Sending lots of love.
With sincere sympathy – Sena was an inspirational scientist and a warm, sincere soul. I will never forget his kindness in being a referee for my first academic position in Australia. Dinesha and Sabine please take comfort in knowing how much so many of us admired your father, and were inspired by him to be the best that we can be.
Posted on behalf of Preethi Udagama
I salute one of the greatest Sri lankan scientists with a global reputation, a humane gentleman, a great teacher and a true mentor!
Heartfelt condolences to prof sena’s family. May he attain the supreme bliss of nirvana……
Dear Dinesha, Sabine, Thuy and families: We had the privilege of working under Professor Sena de Silva when he was Professor of Zoology and Dean of Science at the old Ruhuna University College before it became the University of Ruhuna. We remember him and his family with deep affection and will always keep his memory alive in our hearts.
As a supervisor in my Special degree project and one of a founder of WOTRO project in which I earned my Ph. D, you are a great teacher, Supervisor, Researcher and Humble professor. As a my religion I wish you may you attain Supreme Nirvana.
Dr. W.A.H.P. Guruge
Department of Zoology
University of Ruhuna
Hi Sabine, Dinesha, Tilan, Aunty Celine and everyone else related,
So sorry uncle had to go, and hope all of you will stay strong during these tough times. The stream was nicely done, very emotional funeral. The speeches were very nice, and the pics were beautiful to look at. Sure a lot of work had to do into all of this, and hats off. It was a nice send off for uncle. Take care all, chat leisurely later.
You could have done a lot more. But you needed to rest. Vaya con Dios.
Dear Sena, It was a privilege to have known you. Your memory will live for ever in our hearts and minds. Riaz and Selva
Dearest Dinesha and Sabine,
Thank your for sharing the celebration of your father’s life with us. He was a remarkable man and his legacy carries on in all of you.
Watched the event with much sadness……Sena May you attain the supreme bliss of Nibbana.
Chandrika & MH
Professor sena not only a great teacher,he was a friend for us.
1973 vidyalankara campus students.
May he attain supreme nibbhana
Farewell Sena! It has been a pleasure and a privilege to have known you since our student days at the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka. So sad at your premature departure. May you attain the supreme bliss of Nibbana! Deepest sympathies to Thuy, Celine, Dinesha, Sabine and family.
Dear Thuy, Dinesha, Sabine, Tilan, Tara, Kiran and Rehan
My deepest sympathies. Sena was clearly an incredible man who touched many. I know this loss must be profound, but the ceremony was beautiful tribute to him and how much he was respected and loved. Clearly a wonderful man, partner, father and grandfather.
Am thinking of you all and sending thoughts and love.
A beautiful send off for Sena. Sabine, you spoke so well and courageously. And Tara and Kiran, you were amazing. Your dad would be so proud of you Sabine. Sending much love to you and your family. xx
Sabine and Dinesha, our loving thoughts are with you and your families at this very sad time. Megan and Sina.
Dear Sabine Dinesha and family my thoughts are with you and the family having known Dad from the time of his undergrad years at the Colombo campus to his time at Ruhuna and-then at the university of Stirlling Scotland its been a journey of remembrance- Gaspar
Our deepest sympathies to Jaliya, Sithara and all members of Sena’s Family. May he attain Nibbana. Sena, it was great knowing you. Lakshman and Niranjala Weerakkody
Lovely Service. I am honoured to have known Sena since 1991. He was truly a Gentleman. Condolences to Sena’ family.
Rest in Peace Sena
My deepest sympathies to Sabine Dinesha
Farewell Sena, from your NACA family in Bangkok, Thailand. It was a nice opportunity that I have worked with you even just for a short time. Thanks for all the challenges, guidance and support. Rest in peace.
To Sena’s family and Thuy, thanks for inviting me to be a part of this final goodbye virtually. My prayers also goes to all of you.
In our hearts you will always be a hero, your love, your kindness, your voice, your smile and all memories of you are forever imprinted in our minds. May you attain the supreme bliss of Nibbana!
Posted on behalf of Dr. Sarath Gamini De Silva
Please accept our deepest sympathies.
Dr.Sarath Gamini and Mrs. Nelun De Silva, Imeshika and Anushika
Many thanks to Thuy, Sabine, Dinetia and family members for the kind invitation to join the memorial ceremony today for Sena. It was of course a very sad event, but in so many ways was also uplifting to hear the heartfelt testimonials and to reflect on his wonderful legacy; a fitting recognition of a ‘life well lived’.
On behalf of myself, my kids Matt and Jaimee, my mum Betty and the rest of the Gooley family, please accept my deepest condolences on your loss. I will miss my old mate greatly, but going forward I know I will also enjoy and take some comfort from the many great memories of my time with ‘the DG’ over the 28 years I was fortunate to have known him as my very good friend, professional colleague and mentor; a truly unique character!! I will be enjoying a fine single malt whisky (or two!!) this evening in his honour. Take care all. Cheers, Geoff
My deepest sympathies! He was my teacher and a mentor while I was at University of Ruhuna (1979 to 1990). His contribution to Aquculture and Fisheries made a significant impact and a lasting legacy. May he attain Nibbana!
Our deepest condolences to Prof. Sena De Silva’s Family at this difficult time.
We lost a valued member of Old Nalanda Association of Australia Inc. – Melbourne and he was member our association from the inspection. His contribution to our association was very valuable over last 29 years. May he attain the supreme bliss of Nibbana.
Our deepest sympathies to the family of late Professor Sena Susantha De Silva. May he attain the supreme bliss of Nibbana.
Lalith & Amali Rajapakse
Dear Sir, You always become an inspiration to all of us from our early career to the present, on how to inspire, how to give opportunities to others to work locally and internationally and much more. Your contribution to fisheries sciences is remarkable and unprecedented. You were a true legend in our hearts, always cherished!
May he attain the Supreme Bliss of Nibbana !
P.B. Terney Pradeep Kumara
Dear family of Sena , Jaliya’ s family and Savi’s family .
So sad to hear of your loss.
He was a great husband , father, brother and uncle to all of you and a valuable person to the world..
May he attain the supreme bliss of Nirwana.
Our deepest sympathies to Sena’s family here and in Sri Lanka. Sena was a family friend of ours. Our families had memorable times in Warrnambool. He was one of my beloved colleagues at Deakin University. I used to go to his office for brief invogarating chats. Despite his achievements and glory, he was a down-to-earth, simple man. Sabine because you metioned cricket in your speech, I watched the 1996 Cricket world cup, ball by ball, at you home in Warrnambool. We were delighted to witness the historic win. We already miss him.
Thank you Thuy and family for sharing this sad but special time with you. Such a beautiful service. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sena was a brilliant scientist and highly esteemed work colleague at Deakin University. I was very privileged to have been his Head of School for seven years, during which time he gave me wonderful support and very wise counsel. I especially appreciated his taking me on two of his overseas trips and I was able to appreciate his huge contributions to helping develop fisheries in rural settings. I saw his astute dealings with politicians, villagers, fellow workers – many of whom he had trained. I also enjoyed watching cricket while consuming a scotch whisky! One regret I had was not being able to co-ordinate a visit to the MCG in the members to watch Sri Lanka v Australia in the Boxing Day Test!
To Sena’s entire family, my deepest sympathy.
Our deepest condolence. He will be sadly missed. May he attain the supreme bliss of Nibbana. Aea and Yuan.
Deepest Condolences to Sabine, Dinesha and their families. The service was beautiful and moving. Especially the tributes by the grand children and Sabine.
May Sena reach the bliss of Nirvana.
Vale Professor Sena!!!
We are so sorry for your loss and grief, and profoundly saddened we have lost a beautiful friend! We carry with us wonderful memories of those time we were able to spend with you and Sena. Please know that we love you and are here for you!
To Sabine, Denisha and your extended families
We send our deepest condolences. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. We know that his legacy lives on in you!
Hello Thuy, My thoughts are with you and your family.
My deepest condolences and sympathy. We lost a brilliant mind and a very kind person.
You were a great teacher for us, a great leader not only for the faculty of Science, but also for the whole Ruhuna university. There were many things to learn from you. Then you left Ruhuna by the time I join there, so, in fact the chance to get to know you more like others in my department. Although I knew you for a short time, you were always considered Ruhuna Zoology as an extended family. It is so sad you depart this world and your loving family now, but the memories of you will stay with us for ever. May you attain Nibbana dear Sir…
Pl accept our deepest sympathies on your loss.We joine with his brothers in this sad departure of their brother.
Prof Sena is a pioneering senior academic member of the University of Ruhuna and I have known him since the inception of University of Ruhuna in 1978. He is a good teacher, great researcher and a dedicated administrator with a clear vision. Services rendered by him to uplift the status of the Ruhuna University College initially and later University of Ruhuna are invaluable. He established the Department of Fisheries Biology in the Faculty of Science which was only one of its kind in Sri Lanka during that time. As a teacher and a research supervisor, he molded the next generation of fisheries scientists having required skills, strength and dedication to produce internationally well known scientists. For example, Prof. Sena is a DSc holder from the University of Sterling in the UK and one of his students received a DSc from the University of Bangor, UK. Receiving a DSc from a British University is not an easy task. Another example is the establishment of the Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Sciences & Technology at University of Ruhuna, which was also shouldered by one of his students. Establishment of such a faculty was not an easy task, because it was an unique introduction to the Sri Lankan higher education system.
University of Ruhuna will never forget the name of Prof. Sena de Silva. May he attain the supreme bliss of Nibbana.
Our deepest sympathies to Sabine, Dinesha, Thuy, Kiran, Tara, Rehan and Tilan. We are with you in this time of grief. Lots of love. Gunesekere’s
We are so sorry for your loss and profoundly saddened we have lost a beautiful friend! We will carry with us wonderful memories of those times we were able to spend with you and Sena. Please know that we love you and are here for you.
To Sabine and Denisha and your extended families
We send our deepest sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
Never forget your advice on “how to become a good researcher in a developing country”. RIP Sir 🙁
Our deepest condolences to dear Sabine, Dinesha, Thuy and family. You were a very good teacher, Excellent mentor, brilliant scientist. Above all you were very caring, very generous, charismatic person. We will miss you forever. May you attain the supreme Bliss of Nirvana.
Sena, I will miss you. Thank you so much for your friendship, leadership and many contributions over the years to aquaculture and fisheries, and our circle of friends and colleagues. Rest in peace my friend. Mike
This is one of the saddest moment in my life. Sena has given me inspiration, opportunities to work internationally and much more. Most of all he has connected me to one of my best junior friend, Thuy whom I considered as my youngest sister. May your soul rest in peace, Sena. You will be always remembered.
Dear Sena Aiya,
Pleasant memories of you will be with me as long as I live.
May you attain Nibbana
Sena was a true research leader and ‘elder statesman’ of fisheries and aquaculture in Asia-Pacific, and a big inspiration to me personally. Thank you for that, the fish, and the arrack, Sena. R.I.P.
I spent many days (well actually weeks) at Sena’s house as a teenager as Sabine’s good friend. Sena and Celine were so kind to me during that time and as such big part of my adolescence. I am forever grateful to them both. Love to you Sabine, Dinesha, Celine and (Tilan, Kiran and Tara) during this tough time and the extended family
Please accept my deepest sympathies on this sad day.He was a great teacher when I was Kelaniya University
Our hearts are heavy at the news of Uncle’s passing and our prayers are with you all at this time. We must remember the dignity with which he conducted himself until the end.
My deepest sympathy and condolences to to the family.
Please accept our deepest sympathies to the family of late Professor Sena De Silva. May he attain the Supreme Bliss of Nibbana.
He was a great teacher. His contribution to the development of inland fisheries and aquaculture in Sri Lanka as well as in the Asia Pacific region will never be forgotten. I am proud to be his first BSc Hons student. He laid the foundation for my research career. His guidance immensely helped all his students in their teaching and research career. He will always be in our hearts. May he attain the Supreme Bliss of Nirvana.
Professor Sena De Silva, a big friend, a great teacher to most of us here. We will always miss you.
Rest in peace, Prof. Sena.
Dear Thuy and Sena’s families, We are so very sorry that you have lost your dear Sena. He was the warmest, kindest and loveliest person, with a great interest in the lives of others. He will be sorely missed xxx
On behalf of all DataGene staff, our deepest condolences on your loss. Our thoughts are with you and the family during this challenging time.
Thanks for the Good Times at Uni, your hospitality at your home in Ambalangoda and in Warnambool.
May you attain Nibbana.
Dear Thuy and Families, we are sending our love and thoughts your way. Hans and Mike
Dear Thuy and family
Our prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time.
As as neighbour Sena was so kind and generous I am definately going to miss our chats we had especially the ones me telling him how much I couldn’t stand to watch cricket. Definitely going to miss you…
Rest in Peace to the best neighbour I had…
My deepest sympathies to the family. You were one of my favorite professors in my university life in Ruhuna. Very friendly person. May you attain the supreme bliss of Nibbana Sir .
To dear Thuy, Sabine, Dinesha and families. I am so sorry for your loss. While I did not know Sena as well as many others, I felt I knew him through Thuy’s many stories, and I know he will be deeply missed. Please know that I am thinking of you and all of Sena’s family at this time.
where ever you are my blessings are always with you Sena.with profound sadness i remain
No words to say how I am grateful to you. Since 1988 you I knew you and you were the first person who laid foundation stone to my academic career and to come to the position that I am now .He is not dead to me in my life time. May you attain supreme bliss of Nirvana
My deepest condolences to two daughters, madam and Dr. Thuy
Prof. Sena De Silva
Our deepest condolences to Dr Thuy Nguyen the Loving Partner of Sena De Silva and Prof. Sena De Silva Family.
Sena, a renowned Aquaculture and Fisheries Scientist in the World, particular in Australia and Asian countries. What Sena contributed to the sustainable development of Aquaculture and Fisheries in Vietnam will be never forgotten.
Rest in Peace, Sena
Prof. Sena was a great friend and guide for AIT’s Aquaculture Program with a long and productive engagement. The last time I met him was at the Institute of Hydrobiology (IHB) in Wuhan, China while he was at IHB as a Visiting Professor. It is a great loss for the global aquaculture community, and our deepest condolences for his family in this moment of sorrow and grief.
AIT’s homage to Prof. Sena in memoriam: https://aitaquaculture.org/aitaquaculture-news-07may2020.htm
Please accept our Deepest condolences on your loss of a mentor and friend, the Aqua culture fraternity has lost a colossus. May he attain nibbana.
Dear Sena Aiya
I am sad you are no more.
Thank you for giving the world two beautiful, intelligent, strong, kind hearted caring women aka my favourite nieces. I know you were always proud of them.
May you attain the Supreme Bliss of Nirvana
My deepest condolence to you, Dr Thuy Nguyen. However, Prof. Sena De Silva now Rests In Peace. He provided huge benefits to the world, particularly, the sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture.
He is a good teacher, mentor, a great scientist with vast experience on fisheries and aquaculture and above all he is a good human being. I am proud to be one of his students . He will be always remembered by all his students, colleagues, friends and followers. His demise will be felt globally and especially in Asia-Pacific region. May he attain the supreme bliss of Nibbana.
Prof Sena De Silva will be sadly missed by the entire fisheries and aquaculture community. Our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. Rest in peace my dear friend.
Ambekar E Eknath.
Director General – NACA (2011 – 2014)
Dear Prof. Sena de Silva’s family,
We sincerely appreciate Prof. Sena de Silva’s significant contributions to NACA and the sustainable development of aquaculture in Asia-Pacific. He is always our best model. We will miss him forever. RIP.
NACA’s memorial for Prof. Sena de Silva: https://enaca.org/?id=1105&title=vale-professor-sena-de-silva
DG of NACA (2019-2024)
In 1970’s, you taught, and we learned, and later we studied and worked together on various issues. One would think that’s a long way – yes, it is just over 45 years since we first met.
Last year I asked, “I am wondering whether you have time to be the external examiner for one of the doctoral students here in AIT.”. You gracefully accepted and said, “Time is no problem for me”. You keep working on. And keep fighting on as usual as you fight all “injustices” in your way. That is typical you. Goodbye Prof. Sena. As you always end our communications, I wish that “Hope all is well with you.”, wherever you go.
My deepest sympathies. He will never be forgotten by any person involve in aquaculture and fisheries science in the world specially in Asia. His contribution to the Sri Lankan fisheries and aquaculture sector through research as well as by guiding and mentoring of his students to be world class academics and scientist is well respected. May he attain Nibbana.
With my deepest condolences to Prof. Sena de Silva’ family. He was such a wonderful man for global aquaculture society. May he rest in peace.
Former Director General of NACA (2014-2019)
He leaves behind the legacy of quality aquaculture profession passed onto his numerous students, and he is ever remembered by his over 300 scientific publications, several textbooks, and edited conference proceedings, with some of the most valuable treatises on aquaculture among them. I am proud to be one of his students and he will be always honoured and remembered for ever, by all his students, friends and followers. May he attain the supreme bliss of Nibbana.
You were the best mentor, advisor, teacher, professional expert, scientist, I have ever met in my entire Aquaculture carrier I was involved for over 25 years since 1980. We will cross our paths somewhere in our Samsara journey before we reach supreme Nibbana…….. We are going to miss you until then. Good bye Sir.
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