Appreciations

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing.
It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”
Voltaire

In this page, we take time to remember and pay tribute to the ones who brought glory and honor to the family name. Their dedication made them excel in their chosen fields and have contributed immensely to the society which they lived in.

These appreciations and tributes have been adopted from newspapers and journals, and have been quoted where known.

J.P. De Fonseka – The Literary Giant

Top amongst our list is the illustrious Joseph Peter De Fonseka (1897 – 1948), eminent author, lay OMI and a Papal Chamberlain. J P was a literary giant and a legend among the writers of his day counting amongst his close associates legends such as G. K. Chesterton, E.V. Lucas, Hilaire Belloc, and Robert Lynd. His work

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Appreciation – Jith De Fonseka

“When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth, you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” Kahlil Gibran  I wish to thank the Almighty God for His grace that is upon me to pen these thoughts about my late husband, Jith de Fonseka. Even though

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Professor Earle de Fonseka ( T. E. G de Fonseka)

Professor Earle de Fonseka was a case of exemplary talent in two fields – Music and Medicine. He qualified his M.B.B.S in 1948 and was appointed professor in 1968. He was also the Dean of the Medical Faculty from 1968 to 1988. In the field of western music, he was widely recognised, and received the

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Dr. Patrick John de Fonseka

Dr. Patrick John de Fonseka contributed immensely to the treatment and containment of Leprosy in the 60’s, when Leprosy sufferers were ostracised by society. He worked hard to remove the stigma attached to the disease. Dr Patrick died on 20th June 1999  It was sad to learn that Dr. P. J. de Fonseka (Patrick) was

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Captain Janaka Francis Sean De Fonseka RSP

Over 300 years after Don Michael De Fonseka took part in the siege and capture of the Portuguese occupied Jaffna Fort, another family member saw active duty in the present war in the north, this time with the elite commando regiment of the Sri Lanka Army. At Welioya (1990) Receiving “The Best Commando” award from

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K. S. C. de Fonseka

The 12th death anniversary of Kalutaravedage Sarath Chandra de Fonseka fell on November 25, 2008. He was the former Port Commissioner and with the formation of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority in 1979, he was appointed as its Managing Director. Born in Moratuwa to middle class parents, he received his primary education at St. Sebastian’s

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Douglas de Fonseka (1929-2010)

A  planter, stock car racing driver, Gentleman Rider, Boxer, Risk-taker, Billiard player, chorister, Rifle shooter, active Lion , Rotarian, Dog lover and True friend. He was a Sri Lankan and Thomian coloursman in Boxing & Rifle Shooting.   Most people are not even able to achieve half of this list in a single lifetime. It

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Dr. C. P. de Fonseka.

It is with sincere regret that we record the lamented death of Dr. Clarence Pedro Fonseka on the 20th September, at his residence, ” Palm Grove,” in Panadura. With unremitting and constant toil, for 23 years, he joyfully tended to the ailments that beset humanity. It was not only as a Medical Practitioner that he

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