LA’BROOY – BENJAMIN VERE – Ex Sri Lankan Navy. Beloved husband of late Maureen,​ father of Valerie,​ Robin,​ Adrian,​ Diedrie,​ Allan,​ father-in-law of Errol,​ Annette,​ Helen,​ Adrian and Geetha,​ beloved grandfather of Michelle,​ Rochelle,​ Natasha,​ Dylan,​ Shaun,​ Scott,​ Nicole,​ Keegan,​ Adele,​ Jessica and Jason. Great grandfather of Sophie,​ Manuel,​ Valencia,​ Esmeralda and Michele. Cortege leaves Mahinda Funeral Parlour,​ Mount Lavinia on Sunday 18th October 2020 at 4 p.m. for cremation at Galkissa Cemetery.

TO ALL, I received a phone call this morning

Advising that Benjamin  Vere Labrooy passed away this morning in SRI LANKA after an Illness

Please inform all EX Sri Lankan Navy Serviceman who are domiciled around the world and members of the Labrooy Family who also are Domiciled around the world

Benjamin Daughter Deidre domiciled in Perth is married to my youngest Brother

For funeral details –Please check the S L Papers or I will pass these to CHRIIS LAWTON When I am advised

Please keep the Labrooy family  in your prayers during this difficult time

Take care stay safe with blessings


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Mr. Ranjith Weerasena – Vice Patron and former President of the St Peter’s OBU

Former national discus champion and top sports administrator Weerasena passes away-by Reemus Fernando



Former national discus throw champion and top sports administrator Ranjit Weerasena (79) passed away after a long illness on Tuesday. Weerasena reigned the throwing arena for more than a decade from late 60s after emerging as a formidable Public Schools athlete from St. Peter’s College, Bambalapitiya. He was the Public Schools Champion in 1959.

He took under his belt the national discus throw record (39.94 metres) in 1963 and it remained unbroken until H.G. Gunadasa improved on it in 1973.

Weerasena excelled during an era when Sri Lanka was starting to make a mark in the Asian region in athletics. At international level he had Indo-Ceylon and Singapore Open victories as his highest achievements.

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Robert Sourjah

Robert Sourjah

Robert Grant Sourjah was a consultant physician (FRCP) who worked in many cities in Sri Lanka as well as the UK & for Aramco in Saudi Arabia. He was Trinity College’s first Bradby captain in 1945. He also played rugby for the university & Havelocks sports club. He is survived by his wife Inez, Son Rohan & his wife Dianne and children Mark & Krysten.& son Lalin & his wife Susan & daughter Sarah. Robert was the life of the party & loved by all.

First Bradby captain no more – by Hafiz Marikar

The first Bradby Shield captain of Trinity College in 1945 Robert Sourjah passed away in Sydney on Thursday.

Sourjah’s side was made up of players like A. Ratwatte, S. Mediwake, A. Yatawara, J. Kuruwita, PS Dedigama, TB Madugalle, SB Pilapitiyta, H. Jones, R . Vancuylenberg, G. Sanmugam, H. Ranasinghe, RV Mottram, KA Gunawardena and W. Thurairatnam.

His sons Rohan and Lalin also played for Trinity.

Rohan was the captain of the Trinity team in 1975.

Robert Sourjah was one time President of the TCK OBA.

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Obituary: peaceful passing of Mrs Maureen Jacotine

We are sorry to advise you of the peaceful passing of Mrs Maureen Jacotine in Sydney on Monday, 5 October 2020.

She was the mother of Old Thomian Derek Bolling who is a founding member of the Thomian OBA (NSW) 

Her funeral is expected to be at St Clement’s Anglican Church, 144 Raglan Street, Mosman NSW 2088  on Monday 19th October at 10.00 am TBC.

Contact No. 0419439715.

Please see link to St Clement’s Anglican Church Mosman

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My  association with Max goes back seventy years when we were mere striplings,

what brought us in contact, was not only that we were sons of engine drivers but

that we also shared a mutual Uncle and Aunt.

We met now and then, as Max lived in Colombo and I lived upcountry, as such it

was at family gatherings and other occasions.

We were both then in the intake of Special Apprentice Drivers (Batch of 1956) for

the Ceylon Government Railways, and there began our close association as apprentices

and later engine drivers ourselves, following in our Fathers’ footsteps.

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Obituary: CRAGGS, Maxwell Reginald

Date listed: 5/10/2020

CRAGGS, Maxwell Reginald

01-Sep-1936 – 02-Oct-2020

Throughout your life we loved you dearly

Years may pass and we always will

In our hearts you will always hold a place that

No one else can ever fill

The sun will not rise without us thinking of you

Rest In Peace

Forever in our hearts

Your loving wife Eileen, children Bryce, & Tammy, Son in law Tony, Grandchildren Elliot, James, Kaitlyn, Thomas and Rebecca


Publication: Herald Sun, 5/10/2020


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SCHRAENGUIVEL – J.R.N (Bunting), husband of Dagmar (dec), father of Anne-Marie Scharenguivel Kellar, grandfather of Dominic and Daniel, in Sri Lanka on August 31, 2020, aged 99 years. (Contributed)


PERUMAL – WALTER, husband of Cordelia (nee Bastiaensz), father and father-n-law of Colin & Rachel, Wendell & Michelle, Keith & Kylie, grandfather of Mackenzie, Dominique, Cohen, Aria and Niana. Son of late Aloy & Therese, son-in-law of late Pat & Cordelia. Brother of Vilma Navaratnam (Aus), Felix, late Inez Panambalana, late Evan, Jean Dharmaratne (Aus) and Bryan (Aus), brother-in-law of late Rudolph Navaratnam, late Chitra, late Christo Panambalana, Manel, Bryan Dharmaratne (Aus), Carla (Aus), Denver and Heather (Aus), Branwell and Geetha (Aust), in Melbourne on September 1, 2020. – 6, Tyalla Way, Packenham, Vic 3810. (Daily News 3.9.2020) 


PLUNKETT – LEN CHRISTOPHER,  husband of Sandra (nee Labrooy), father of late Shannon and of Luzanne, Tracey and Andrea, father-in-law of Gerald Bennett, grandfather of Alexandria and Giada. Son of late Oliver & Fortune Plunkett, brother of Heather, Virginia, Glen, Bubbles,

Annette, Liston, Aubrey, Jo (all Aus) and late Dawn, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News 8.9.2020)    


WIJAYARATNA – FREDA. Wife of late Newton Wijayaratna, mother of Shalini Jayaweera, Kusum Heenatigala, Kumar and Naushad Wijayaratna and Damayanthi Perera, in Melbourne on September 9, 2020, aged 92 years. (Contributed) 


BOULTON – GEOFFREY WARREN, husband of Sue, father of Debbie and Craig, father-in-law of Michael, grandfather of Aiden. Brother of Ellen. In Perth, WA. (West Australian, 9.9.2020)  


DISSANAYAKE – GUNASINGHE MUDIYANSELAGE (GUNE), husband of Judy (nee Speldewinde), father of Samantha and Suzanne (Germany), father-in-law of Camilllia and Alfred, grandfather of Tim and Eric, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News 11.9.2020) 


MULLER – HILDA (nee Schokman), wife of  Douglas (dec), mother and mother-in-law of Christopher & Doreen. Sister & Sister-in-law of late Thelma & Donald Patternott, late Percy & Cynthia Schokman (USA), late Kenneth & Litticia Schokman, Audrey & Gladwin Gooneratne, Grace & late Errol Van Houten, Louise & late Nowell Hannibalsz, late Olive & Rodney Schokman, Valerie & late Peter Weerakoon, Charles & Sheelagh Schokman (UK) and Sylvia Ephraums, in Melbourne on September 11, 2020. (Contributed)     


MORTIER – DRENO MILAN AUGUSTUS JOSEPH, son of Augustus Mortier & Antoniette (nee Senaratne), brother of Michelle, Rochelle and Jason Morter, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News, 13.9.2020)  


SOERTSZ – THERESE LESLEY AUDREY (nee Holsinger), wife of the late Aloysius (Aloy) Soertsz, mother of late Daphne and Brian, Derek and Darrell, mother-in-law of  Siva, Heather, Trudy and Bernadine, grandmother of Diane, Denise, Gregory, Trisha, Michael, Keith, Kevin, Janine, Bernard and Ryan. Great grandmother of Clara, henry, Alana, Shania, Amelia, David and Iniyal, in Melbourne. – 67 Shanthi Road, Hendala, Wattala, Sri Lanka. (Daily News 13.9.2020)


EKANAYAKE – HERCULES (HERKY) NOEL BOYD, husband of Norah (nee Thomasz), father of Russel, Avril, Romaine, Lou, Trevor, Sean and Jeremy, father-n-law of Charles Psaila, Wilhelm Forster, Yasmin, Odile, Janine and Judy. Grandfather of Simone, Suren, Natalie, Nadia, Dimitri, Trent, Stefan, Scott, Alain, Jayden, Jermaine and Javan, great grandfather of 9. Brother of Sam (dec), Douglas (dec), Hope Bandara, Brenda Samaranayake and Drucilla de Silva (all SL), in Melbourne on September 11, 2020. (Daily News 16.9.2020) 


JANSZ – ORANEE VINITHA JAYASUNDERA (nee Goonewardene), wife of Prof.  Raddy Jansz, mother of Maithri and Mahen, Michael and Thushara, Mihiri and Randy, grandmother of Rahul, Tiana, Kiara, Mark, Raveena and Roshani. Sister of late Ranjith and Anoma, Nhal and Pushpa, Gemunu and Ianthi, Cedric and Faye, in Sri Lanka. (Daily News 22.9.2020)  


VANDERZIL – EARNEST SPENCER, in Dandenong, Victoria, on September 14, 2020, aged 95 years. (Contributed)


SENEVIRATNE – BARBARA (nee Vanderwert), wife of the late Harold Seneviratne, mother of Jo, Hugh, Jacquie, Jenny and Ramona, grandmother of 12, great grandmother of 11. Daugthter of the late Annesley & Thelma Vanderwert, sister of Moonyeen, late Errol and Maryse, in California, USA, on September 23, 2020. (Contributed)  


MOLDRICH – ROSE FLORENCE (NEE De Fry), in Queensland, on September 28, 2020, aged 96 years. (Contributed)


BERENGER – MAUREEN (Nee Morel), wife of Hilary (Dec), in Melbourne. (Contributed)


JURIANSZ, ANGLAM, in Sri Lanka. (Contributed)  


PEIRIS, PETER RANDOLF (RANDY), partner of Judy, father of Ramone, Daniela and Laani. in Sydney. Brother of Cheryl Outchoorn and Rima Peiris, in Sydney. (Contributed)




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Obituary: Mr Randy Peries – Past President of St Peters College OBU Sydney NSW

The funeral of former Jetliners and Peterite star Randy Pieris is on Friday in Sydney and can be viewed on this link. It starts at 10.30 am and numbers are limited due to Covid-19.


Dear Peterites,

It is with great sadness that I inform you the demise of a past president of the SPC OBU Sydney Mr Randy Peries.

Randy was a very talented and well respected musician who always made himself available for any Peterite event.

He was one of the best multi talented musicians who played with some of the famous Sri Lankan bands like the Fireflies, Gabo and the Breakaways and the Jetliners.

St Peter’s College OBU in Sydney is sadden to hear of Randy’s passing. Thank you Randy for all your time and support over the years.

May his soul rest in peace.

Thank you,

Shehan Vilathgamuwa.

President – SPC OBU Sydney

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We announce with sadness the passing away of Harindra Sirisena one of the Vice Patrons of our Batch Group.. He was also a past Vice President of the OBU. He was a retired DGM of the State Pharmaceutical Corporation. 

Harindra was in fact responsible for the exsistance of the Pre-Seventies Batch Group and was the prime mover of the idea of having this Batch registered under the OBU. Though he shunned the limelight and refused to accept the position of President of the Batch Group, he worked tirelessly for the success of the Batch and we are indebted to him for the  many things he silently did on behalf of the Batch. 

We will keep you informed of the funeral arrangements as soon as we learn of them.

May he rest in peace.

St Peters OBU


SIRISENA – HARINDRA (H-S-K) (Retd. Deputy General Manager,​ State Pharmaceuticals Corporation) Dearly beloved husband of Indrane (nee Athukorale) loving father of Rehana and Vindya,​ father-in-law of Sandun and Gobinaath,​ precious grandfather of Tharusha,​ Rashini and Keyarra,​ brother of Karsha and Anoja. Cortege leaves residence at 3 p.m. for cremation at General Cemetery Kanatte at 4 p.m. on 18th September 2020,​ 37/​1,​ Wimalasara Road,​ Kalubowila,​ Dehiwala.055858

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