Vernon Corea’s friend Premaratne Abeysekera died recently in Hounslow, Middlesex. He was a registrar at Peradeniya University and a diplomat in London.
Premaratne Abeysekera’s brother was the great Karunaratne Abeysekera one of Vernon Corea’s closest friends and a colleague who worked in Radio Ceylon and subsequently the Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. Prema was very keen to keep alive the broadcasting legacy left by his older brother, the late Karunaratne Abeysekera.
Prema has spent hours at Vernon Corea’s BBC Office at The Langham in London in the 1980s.
Prema’s funeral was recently held in Hounslow, Middlesex in the United Kingdom. May his soul rest in peace.
Mr Premaratna Abeysekera beloved husband of Amitha Padmini, loving father of Dulamani, Lileepa and Buddhika. Brother of the late Karunartane, Gunaratne and Gamini and of Daya,Susantha, Sita, Kirthie, Ranjana, and Sujatha, Brother in-law of Irani, Srima, Anoma,Shyamalee, Neetha, Srinie, Sujatha, Indra and Upali, father in law of Priyath Liyanage, grandfather of Gayan, Priyan and Dulan, passed away on 24th of November 2010.
Mr. Premaratne Abeysekera was educated at Nalanda College, Colombo .
Having graduated from the then University of Ceylon Peradeniya he functioned as a journalist for Janatha and Silumina news papers of the Lake House Group. After that he joined the University Administrative Service and served at the then Vidyodaya and Vidyalankara Universities, the
University of Colombo and the University Grants commission as
well. He won a scholarship to study for his MA in the USA
whilst being in the University Administrative Service.
Mr. Abeysekera has been a resident in London since the mid
seventies and prior to his retirement from the Public Service he
functioned as the Education Officer of the Sri Lanka High
Commission in London.The funeral took place on Saturday 4th December at 1.30 p.m at South West Middlesex
Crematorium, Hounslow Road Hanworth, Feltham, Middlesex. UK