Today is one of the saddest days in my many years in this wonderful country.

It marks 2021 as the year my mate & brother ‘Passed away’ When my Sister in Law (A smart and loving wife to him and a loving mother to her children and Grandmother, phoned this morning. I felt it in my bones, the end was just minutes away.

He instigated the formation of The Burgher Association in Victoria, together with others he built a strong and viable Association. He was a strongest supporter of the ACF Inc. and served it well again with a strong committee led by Cecil Dewith- Barbet he helped in engineering the existing ACF premises. he was part of that committee until just two years ago,  His last words to me the day I left (Then Ceylon) was ‘We will join you as soon as possible’

He kept his word.

His motto was ‘I shall pass this way but once’

Rest Big brother until we meet again

Ryle Joseph Moldrich

Ref: facebook page (and email)

more from Ralph’s brother, Ryle Joseph Moldrich.…..

Ralph or to be precise Joseph Stuart RALPH MOLDRICH was my elder brother. And husband to Pauline and father to Riz and Rickey and their families.

He served was in the Ceylon Army (Ceylon Signals ) and the USIS in Sri Lanka 🇱🇰 

he arrived in Australia in 1970 together with his family.

He Served in The ACF Inc. for many years.

He was a member of the Ex Ceylon Army and several other organisations.

He assisted in Bringing then Rev Cardinal Coorey to Melbourne and assisted by his wife Pauline welcomed then President Pramadasa to a reception in Melbourne.

Ralph assisted me in fund raising events as I stood for parliament in 1984 and edited some of my writing.

’He ain’t heavy he’s my brother’

Ralph will be laid to rest at the Springvale crematorium on Monday afternoon. 

details from Tobin Brothers or refer to 21st January edition of Herald Sun.


Ryle Joseph Moldrich

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WELIKALA – VIOLA DORIS – February 6,​ 1920 – January 1, ​2021. Wife of the late Dr. A.H.N. Welikala,​ Radiologist,​ sister of the late Herbert,​ Berty,​ Shelly,​ and Oliver Gunasekara and Beryl Welikala,​ loving mother of Nirmala,​ Nissanka,​ Roshan and Srimal,​ mother to Anura,​ mother-in-law of late Raju Rasiah,​ Marguerite,​ Ting Welikala,​ Ranjan Hulugalle and lndran (Mousie) Thurairatnam,​ grandmother of Asthika and Tania Welikala,​ Sheyanthi Welikala,​ Ranjan Hulugalle Jr. and Shyamica,​ Ruwan Hulugalle,​ Ramesh Hulugalle and Rehan Thurairatnam,​ great grandmother of Arthur,​ Felix and Tristan Hulugalle. Viola passed away peacefully at home in Las Vegas on New Years day at age 100. Cremation in Las Vegas. Ashes will be interred at a later date in Colombo.002314

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Deeply  regret  to  inform  you that  SYLVIA  PEREIRA,  wife  of  the  late  FRANK  MORLEY  PEREIRA  OAM ,  Convenor  and  founder  member  of   the  Australian  Old  Boys  Association  of  S.Thomas’ College, Mt. Lavinia  and  Branches, passed  away  on  Friday, 01st. January  2021. The  funeral  and viewing  will  be  at  3.30pm.  Thursday  07th.  at  Boyd  Chapel, Springvale  Necropolis, and  admission  will  be  strictly  limited  in  compliance  with  the  current  Covid  preventive  restrictions.

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Obituary: Susantha DE Alwis

Susantha DE Alwis – ST PETERS COLLEGE -PRE Seventies member passed away this morning AT Monash Medical Centre –Clayton  Melbourne after an ILLNESS

For funeral details ETC  please contact –His family on this Email Address Dianne Gonsalves

May eternal rest be granted to his soul and may he rest in peace


Take care stay safe with gods blessings

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“VALE’ CHRIS.GREET” – By Des Kelly

Mr Christopher Greet

It is with great sadness that I inform all members of eLanka of the passing of not just a very good friend, but also of someone who was a true legend of our beautiful Motherland, Sri Lanka. There were only a very few Sri Lankans of this halcyon era in Lanka that that didn’t know Chris, be it even only his dulcet tones on Radio Ceylon, if not personally. The era I write about was during the 1950’s.

We were both young & carefree, Chris, just a few years older than me owned a second-hand Mayflower car, in which he would pick me up in order to attend a few rehearsals of my song Dreamworld, and on the way, the car would inevitably break down, and Chris would then get out, kick the closest tyre and say to me, “don’t worry Desmond, she may flower again”, get back into the car and somehow get it going again. Chris Greet was the Producer of the very first professional recording of my song, and I couldn’t have done it without him.

          My good friend Joe VanLangenberg has also written a recent tribute to Chris Greet, a tribute that is now repeated on eLanka, at my request. Thank you, Joe, and, of course, Neil. It is fully appreciated.

Our condolences go out to the family of this great guy who honoured me by being my Producer and never ever forgetting the song he produced. 

Christopher Greet died of Covid 19 complications in England on 29/12/20, but rest assured my friend, I will never forget you. Sri Lanka has lost yet another REAL LEGEND, and I, a REAL FRIEND. Rest now, in peace, and may God have you in HIS keeping forever.

Desmond Kelly

Desmond Kelly.  

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Obituary: Alex Lokuge

Alex Lokuge – on 21st December 2020.
Beloved husband of Chandani (Monash University), loving father of Shaamini Lokuge-Hayes (Royal Children’s Hospital) and Amaali Lokuge (Royal Melbourne Hospital); father-in-law of Ben Towell and Simon Kinsey; and grandfather of Rohan, Radha, Jaaneka and Rasiker. May he rest in peace.

Funeral service on Thursday 24 December, 1.30-3.30pm at:
S1 – Springvale Renowden Chapel
Entry via Police Road Springvale
Vic 3171.

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Obituary: Mary Magdalene Peries


Mary Magdalene Peries passed away on Monday 14th December at the grand age of 99….a kind-hearted soul, an endearing smile and a passion for the piano, a gift she passed on to her children, her grandchildren, and great grandchildren. 

A celebration of, and thanksgiving for, her truly amazing life will be held as follows (Melbourne times): 

 Please note: It is essential that you adhere to the last paragraph of this notice, if you intend attending the rosary/viewing and/or the funeral as only 120 persons can attend.


Monday 21st December

5pm – 6.30pm

Tobin Brothers, 505 Princes Hwy Noble Park

Webcast – TBA

 Funeral celebration and thanksgiving mass

11.30am – 12.30pm

Tuesday 22nd December, St Brigid’s Church, 520 Main Street Mordialloc

Webcast – TBA


At approx 1.30pm at Springvale Botanical Cemetery, 600 Princes Hwy Springvale, after the funeral mass. Grave site “The Pines”, row DL32.  

 Wake reception 

Following the burial.

Refreshments to be served. 

At The Grand on Princes, 2251 Princes Hwy Service road, Mulgrave. 

 Please rsvp for the rosary/viewing and/or the funeral by sending your full names (all persons attending), home address and phone numbers to by Saturday 19 December. 

Dimitri Peries 0413010476

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