I just read the excellent tribute paid to Granville Mama. It really brings out the true character of him. I still remember how he used to join Thaaththa, Mahen and me to watch Moratuwa SC cricket matches. He was great fun and we all enjoyed his company. There was never a dull moment with him.
The last time I met him was when he and Srikanthi Nanda came to Durdans to see Amma, after a consultation with a Doctor.
I know it is extremely tough to come to terms with it. No matter how old you are, a loss of a parent can never be filled. Mahen and I went through the same when we lost both within 18 months. But, you can be happy that he lived a full life. He was of service to everyone and everyone loved him.
As I always believe we must rejoice that he lived and not mourn that he died. That would be the greatest tribute we could pay for Granville Mama.
Heard about thaththa from aiya. Prasha and I are in Bankok. returning today. Didn't have the time to check the mail. sorry to hear about this. He led a good life and now is in the safe arms. May God give you strength at this time of grief.
I have just returned from mission to Latin America and this is indeed very sad news. I would be grateful if you could convey my deepest sympathy to Nelumdini and the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them in this difficult time.
Many thanks and warm regards,
Sorry to hear this sad news. Granville and I spent three years together in UNHCR Colombo along with Hasim Utkan, Peter Nicholos (later Godfried Koefner joined as Snr Prot Officer and Peter Meijer as Rep), Hideake Nakagawa and others. Granville was always a friendly colleague willing to extend support and hospitality. My wife still remembers fondly the baked fish Granville sent us on Christmas Eve in 1992. And I always remember his support at the airport during my departure from Sri Lanka in August 1995. A smiling face will always be remembered but this is the nature and we all have to go that way.
Kindly pass on my sincere condolences to his family and Nelumdini . May his Soul Rest in Peace.
please convey my deepest condolences to Nelumdindi and her family,
Thank you Shirani for having copied me on this message that indeed brings back important memories from my years in Sri Lanka already over a decade ago. Please pass on my sincere condolences to his family and yes may his soul rest in peace.
Kind regards to all from Bangui in the Central African Republic
Our deepest sympathy
regards from Vavuniya Colleagues
Thank you very much for sharing this news with us. I can picture him with that constant smile on his face and always ready to share a joke or news or have a dig at someone.
Our evergreen Warne!!
Please convey my deepest sympathies to the family and may God give them the strength and courage to deal with the loss of a husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle. My prayers for the family and for departed soul.
Love & hugs, Shamina
I heard the sad news from Gottfried; and I would kindly request you to convey my heartfelt condolences to Granville's family.
Yes, I also fondly remember the days in Colombo - these were the good old days! And I truly treasure my memories of that time and all of you. My daughters are grown up, the older one (Lisa) is married in Boston and the younger one is about to complete her studies in Vienna.
I will retire in 20 months (3 months before Gottfried) and then I will travel; and one of my top priorities will be your beautiful island.
Thanks & Cheers
Gottfried Koefner has shared with me your e-mail about Mr Warnesuriya sudden death. I am really sorry to hear this very sad news. I really appreciate if you can convey my condolences to Mr Warnesuriya family.
All the best
I lack strength to call you back nangi. I am weak, forgive me.
> I am so very sorry, and so very sad to hear that your beloved father did not survive the after-effects of the serious operation.
> But we cannot hold them back when God calls them Home.
> My deepest sympathies, dearest dearest Nelun, Dil, & family.
> I will mourn for your loss, which is also my loss. I will share in your grief, which is also my grief.
> May he rest in peace, perfect peace.
> Nangi, I loved him very much. To me, he was a loving caring warm-hearted person, who helped others without holding anything back.
> He and Srikanthi-nanda were made for eachother.>
> Hope that you obtain the necessary documents to get to USA if possible.
> If you do, please be careful on your journey. Your family needs you, get back back safely.>
> You and I, we believe and are baptized in THE DEATH & RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST who lives eternally.
> It is NEVER too late to thank God for Granvil-mama. I am doing it even now through my tears.
> Find strength, find time, find reasons, to thank God through your tears, for your beloved father who deeply loved you, and is now in heaven eternally.
> And as we all sang together when we were kids:
> WE SHALL MEET ON THAT BEAUTIFUL SHORE.
> Very very lovingly yours
I'm so sorry to hear about Granville mama. Open heart is quite a major operation and my thoughts were with him and you all on the day.
I hope that your visa will come through and you will be able to be there for the funeral. My thoughts are with you all. Please pass on my condolences to Gihan too.
I just heard about the loss of your father - I am so sorry Nelum, pls accept our
deepest sympathies Nelum. Was he ill or is it just age?? Wasnt he living in the
States? I am so very sorry. I didnt have your mobile number so thought would be
best to send your a message.
Take care and take heart from the fact that he had a great life.
DEEPLY SADDENED- EXPRESSING OUR HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES.
AZIZ AND RITA
Dear Ms Nelumdini Samaranayake,
I feel sad and sorry as I receive the news of the death of your
father. Please accept my sincere condolences.
I was with UNHCR from 1989 to 2002. My second assignment with UNHCR
was in Colombo where I arrived in the summer of 1992. Shortly after
my arrival in Colombo as a Programme Officer, Mr Granville Warnesuriye
joined us. I enjoyed working with him and liked his warm personality
very much. I still dearly remember his cheerful face and voice when
he said "Cheerio" at the end of the day as he left the office.
I am now with World Vision Japan and currently working in a team
working in the earthquake and tsunami relief. I am so sorry that Mr
Granville passed away and cherish my memories with him and my days in
Very sincerely yours,
....We feel so sorry to hear the message and we are taking part sharing your sadness.
Our deep condolences in this sad full moment Nelum!
I am saddened to hear the news of your father's passing away.
Please accept my sincere condolences on behalf of all of us at Univell.
With Warm Regards,
Deep condolences on your father's death.
Sitta & Sangeetha
I was heartbroken to hear the news, and I want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sincere condolences from all of us in Mannar.
Let me first extend my heartfelt sympathy to you and your family on the loss of your dear father. The loss must touch you very deeply as you face these first numbing days of grief.
I read the email about your father and I had to instantly stop and think about him.
I am sorry my dear... I will always remember my short encounter with him. Please accept my sympathy and deepest condolences. I'll dedicate my prayers for the eternal repose of his soul.
Please accept my heart felt condolences and convoy my deepest sympathies to the rest of your family members.
My Dear, my deepest condolence and I would pray for the help to be spiritually and physically strong especially in this time
Loosing some one we really loved is crucial but we as a people who has hope that we can meet them one day is strength to our sprit.
Let praise God for giving such hope.
God bless you
Thanks for informing me about this sad event and the loss of the Warnesuriya family. I have very good memories of Granville and we worked on a lot of things together in connection with the so-called passive monitoring of returns from 1994-1997. Very sad news indeed. Please pass my sympathies to his family when you have an opportunity. He was a very nice man. Indeed, may his soul rest in peace.
Thanks Shirani for letting me know. Was Koefner and Michael informed.
Grana wll always be fondly remembered and his smile will always be in our mind.
Although I would have very much liked to have been there with you and your family personaly at this time of grief, I would like to let you all know that your father will always be fondly remembered. While we would miss his cheerful smile, the times we had with him will last forever.
"Grana will indeed rest in peace"
May god be with you, helping you all remebering the good times and the bad but cheering you all along the way as your father always did.
PS: please send my condolances to your mum. She is indeed going to miss him very much.
I hope you remember me, few days ago I was Chatting with Hassain and he told me that Mr. Warnesuriya passed way, please accept my deepest sympathy on behalf of my family. Even though he was a colleague with me in UNHCR but I always consider him as my father, mentor and a friend he was always there for me whenever need a advise or a guidance always he gave me the right advise not only in my work as well as in my personal life.
It was a shock for me when I heard the news as I felt lost my father. I still picture him sitting in front of the shuttle bus the time I get in in Dehiwala until we reach office we used to laugh with his jokes and on our return trip we continue with the left over jokes always he kept us entertained. Not forgetting our lunch time get together where we all meet joke and laugh once again our ring leader will be Mr. Warnesuriyathe. We will be forced to leave the lunch room by the admin officer, I believe during my time we had the one of the best team in UNHCR hope still the same.
The best laugh in my wedding Mr. Waresuriya drove his new Mazda car to the Mt. Lavaina hotel after few drinks the three musketeers Mr. Waresuriya, Ghian Rannasigha and Joe Jeyaratnam decided to go road trip to Hendala to drop Joe Jeyaratnam they thought this is good opportunity for Mr. Waresuriya drive without Mrs. Waresuriya. Oh man soon as they left at around 12 o'clock midnight got a call from Mrs. Waresuriya asking the wedding is done and to check he has left home the instruction given to me not to tell where they went until 1:30 am got calls from Mrs. Waresuriya he reached home at 2 am. And he told me he had fun time but got beans from his wife.
Last I spoke to him and Mrs. Waresuriya when they were in Texas and they told me they are leaving to SL for good and they will return with you when you migrate to USA not user he died in Sri Lanka or USA. I hope Mrs. Waresuriya has taken it well with his demise May God Bless his soul.
Give my regards to Mrs. Waresuriya tell her that always cherry's his memories.
May God Bless you your family and keep in touch.
And also give my regards to all the old staff in UNHCR.
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