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Bernard Granville Warnesuriye 1
24 Sep 1937 1
13 Apr 2011 1
Srikanthi Nelumdevi Dias 2
17 Feb 1961 2
Methodist Church Colombo 3, Sri Lanka 2
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Tribute from the Grand Daughter - Dinella Samaranayake

Sri Lanka


Being the eldest grandchild, it is my bounded duty to speak a few words, extolling the remarkably kind, and warm hearted man my seeya was, we have come to bury his remains, but not before conceding, the immense benevolence, and goodness,seeya has disbursed amongst all levels of society, will live after him , for all times.

As long as I can remember, seeya ended each day with us reminding, that we should be thankful, for small blessings, and then eloquently singing ‘count your blessings name them one by one’ with deep feeling and sincerity.

For the heart that finds joy in small things, each day is a wonderful gift.

He had faith in God, greater hope, still greater encouragement for others, and immense charity. His patience both home and elsewhere were hard to equal. My seeya hated and stamped down on gossip mongers, he could not tolerate a gossip tongue, the weapon of the weak and jealous. Being human he did have his short comings, BUT

He lived by the bible as much as he could, and practised what he preached. In short he had an affectionate heart, a generous tongue, and a charitable purse. Seeya always went out of the way to help the known and the unknown, and most importantly not expecting any thing in return.

We remember our darling seeya as a SMILLING, HUMOUROUS, KIND PERSON and will want to remember him like that always.

I cannot but recollect his last birthday card to ammi on 7th April 2011 stating  in simple words  ‘du thaththi loves uand the birthday card to nanga on the 20th  April, stating ‘seeya sends his love to all of u’ these reached us the day before Jesus took him to rest.



Order of service on the 27.4.2011

Sri Lanka, Holy Emmanuel Church Moratuwa

            Order of service



1 Hymn -  I heard the voice of Jesus say


Tributes - Grand Daughter


Tributes -  UNHCR


1st reading – 1 Corinthians 13:1-31


Sermon – Father Loyed Weerasooriye


2nd Hymn - Forever with the Lord




Dead march


3rd Hymn - My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine


4th Hymn - Lead, kindly Light (at the cemetery)



Funeral Hymns

Sri Lanka, Holy Emmanuel Church moratuwa

I heard the voice of Jesus say

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28-30

I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Come unto Me and rest;
Lay down, thou weary one, lay down Thy head upon My breast.”
I came to Jesus as I was, weary and worn and sad;
I found in Him a resting place, and He has made me glad.

I heard the voice of Jesus say, “Behold, I freely give
The living water; thirsty one, stoop down, and drink, and live.”
I came to Jesus, and I drank of that life giving stream;
My thirst was quenched, my soul revived, and now I live in Him.

I heard the voice of Jesus say, “I am this dark world’s Light;
Look unto Me, thy morn shall rise, and all thy day be bright.”
I looked to Jesus, and I found in Him my Star, my Sun;
And in that light of life I’ll walk, till traveling days are done.


Forever with the Lord

“This is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, Whom Thou hast sent.” John 17:3


“Forever with the Lord!”
Amen, so let it be!
Life from His death is in that word
’Tis immortality.
Here in the body pent,
Absent from Him I roam,
Yet nightly pitch my moving tent
A day’s march nearer home

My Father’s house on high,
Home of my soul, how near
At times to faith’s foreseeing eye
Thy golden gates appear!
Ah! then my spirit faints
To reach the land I love,
The bright inheritance of saints,
Jerusalem above.

I hear at morn and even,
At noon and midnight hour,
The choral harmonies of Heaven
Earth’s Babel tongues o’erpower;
Then, then I feel that He,
Remembered or forgot,
The Lord, is never far from me,
Though I perceive Him not.

“Forever with the Lord!”
Forever in His will,
The promise of that faithful word,
Lord, here in me fulfill.
With You at my right hand,
Then I shall never fail;
Uphold me, Lord, and I shall stand,
Through grace I will prevail.

So when my latest breath
Breaks through the veil of pain,
By death I shall escape from death,
And life eternal gain.
That resurrection word,
That shout of victory:
Once more, “Forever with the Lord!”
Amen, so let it be!


My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine

                             “We love Him because He first loved us.” 1 John 4:19


My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine;
For Thee all the follies of sin I resign.
My gracious Redeemer, my Savior art Thou;
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

I love Thee because Thou has first loved me,
And purchased my pardon on Calvary’s tree.
I love Thee for wearing the thorns on Thy brow;
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

I’ll love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death,
And praise Thee as long as Thou lendest me breath;
And say when the death dew lies cold on my brow,
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.

In mansions of glory and endless delight,
I’ll ever adore Thee in heaven so bright;
I’ll sing with the glittering crown on my brow;
If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ’tis now.



Lead, kindly Light


Lead, kindly Light, amid th'encircling gloom,
lead thou me on!
The night is dark, and I am far from home;
lead thou me on!
Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see
the distant scene; one step enough for me.


I was not ever thus, nor prayed that thou
shouldst lead me on;
I loved to choose and see my path; but now
lead thou me on!
I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,
pride ruled my will: remember not past years!




So long thy power hath blessed me, sure it still
will lead me on.
O'er moor and fen, o'er crag and torrent, till
the night is gone,
And with the morn those angel faces smile,
which I have loved long since, and lost awhile!


Meantime, along the narrow rugged path, Thyself hast trod,
Lead, Savior, lead me home in childlike faith, home to my God.
To rest forever after earthly strife
In the calm light of everlasting life.




Tribute from Dilanthi Akka

U.S.A, Texas

I am deeply honored and humbled to stand before you to say a few words of tribute to my uncle, Bernard Granville Warnesuriye.

We here have known him as good friend, a loving husband, a beloved father, and an extraordinary grandfather. I have known him as one of the nicest uncles anyone could have. For those of you who don’t know, he was the Assistant Controller of Immigration and Emigration in Sri Lanka for many years, a position that gave him much power, but which he used with humility, a great sense of justice for those who were disenfranchised, and with an attitude of service for his fellow human beings.

We remember Granville mama for many, many qualities – I want to share some of those with you, but I know that you have your own as well that you will add to these.

As I thought of what to say, certain words came to my mind. And this list is not exhaustive in any way. If we were to talk about all that, I think we will be here for a very long time!

1.GENEROUS and COMPASSIONATE – many were the times that he gave of his time, talents and even his material possessions in order that someone else’s life and task will be easier. I know how he has helped many of the extended family with his expertise, his knowledge, and even opening his home for those who needed a place. I know personally how he helped me in 1987 when I was returning to Sri Lanka for the first time since arriving in the US, with 3 children under the age of 10 – and I know there are many in this room who have experienced that - so you know the state of mind when you arrive at the customs and immigration at the airport - and it is his presence and guidance which made something that could have been a bureaucratic nightmare go smoothly. And I know I am not the only one who was helped like this.

I also know that his generosity extended to helping the poor and the needy, especially in the neighborhood. I have heard how he took a shirt, hidden in his pocket, to give to a man in the neighborhood, and I am sure that was not the first and last time he did that. Another time he just gave his cell phone to a trishaw driver, not realizing that he would never get it back!  

2.  PASSIONATE – I don’t need to tell you about his passion for cricket. Even a few weeks ago, while Nuwan was falling asleep, he stayed up watching the World Cup match between Sri Lanka and India, in spite of the pain and discomfort we know he was feeling. He played cricket back in Sri Lanka, leading the team of the Immigration and Emigration department.

He was passionate about MUSIC, and always had a song on his lips. It was his love for music, together with the musical talent of Srikanthi nandha which I know has made the grandchildren the talented children that they are - just a little while ago you heard Reshan sing, and you now know where that talent came from.

Passionate about FOOD = he LOVED food! And nothing could come between him and his mealtimes. In fact, there were times he reminded visitors that it was time for him to eat his dinner, and they would need to leave! If you went to his home around evening, he would say, I am sorry, but I have to eat my dinner!

He was passionate about his FAMILY, and that was an extension of his passion for his FAITH. Those went hand in hand. He was a grateful child of God. The Christians in Sri Lanka have a custom of having a Watch night Service every New Year’s eve. Before he went to the Watch night service, he would sing the well known hymn “Count your blessings, name them one by one”, and would actually name them literally. He would sing one line, and stop to name a blessing that year, then go on to the next one, and so on.

3. AFFECTIONATE – towards family, extended family, and friends. I remember that he called all of us “darling” when even our own fathers didn’t do that! We all know that not too many men in Sri Lanka say darling – I know my father never did – but Granville mama was not shy about expressing his affection.

And part of that affection was seen in how he loved his grandchildren. Reshan tells me how he would massage his back, when he was not able to fall asleep. Nevishan would run to Seeya for a warm hug whenever his big brother was teasing him. And back home, his 3 other grandchildren, Dinella, Neola and Dishon always got so much affection from their grandfather, and we know they are all going to miss this.

4. HUMOROUS  - He always had a twinkle in his eyes – those of you who watched him closely know that he spoke with his eyes – he was often the life of the party. We looked forward to his visits, because he always had a story or anecdote to make everyone laugh. Even though he was 70, he was like a young guy of 21. Nuwan’s friends called him Uncle, but he called them “machang”! He’d say, “Machang, shall we have a cigarette?”

5. EXCITABLE – always wanted to be in time for everything and was the first to be ready, and was upset and impatient with those who weren’t.  On the way to his daughter Nelumdini ‘s 1st confinement, he realized that the car needed more gas (Petrol), and in his excitement, he told the driver to fill up from the diesel pump, and of course the car stalled very soon! On Wednesday morning when Nuwan was slightly delayed to pick him up to go to the hospital for the surgery, he was visibly concerned, and said to Srikanthi nandha, I think he has forgotten to come for us!

6. HONESTY and DEVOTION to his work =- in a culture where anything and everything is expedited fast if there is a little greasing of the wheels as it were, by passing a little money from hand to hand, Granville mama never stooped down to that level. He helped everyone who needed his help and assistance, and when it would have been very easy to do which all Govt servants are known for, he did not. Doing his job honorably was all that mattered to him. I know that countless people are where they are today – maybe even some of you in this room today, or watching this around the world - because of the generous help they got from Granville mama.  He always helped the disenfranchised and marginalized, because many others wouldn’t.

These are some of the qualities that we remember and loved Granville mama for. But above all of this, was his strong and abiding faith that his grandparents had taught him, and he has passed that to his own children and grand children, both here and back in Sri lanka.

Finally, we know that as we say goodbye to him, that there is a very special place for him in heaven, and his spirit is already there. God has already welcomed him home, saying, Well done, good and Faithful servant……..Enter into the Joy of the Lord.

We love you, Granville mama, and will miss you very much.

Condolences & Tributes from Friends & Family

Sri Lanka

 Dear Nelum,

 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.

Warm Regards


 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.

Yours sincerely

Mohammad Ashraf



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



Dear Nelum,

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

Peter Nicolaus



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:


> Very very lovingly yours

> Pramukh-aiya


Dear Nelun,


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.






Dear Nelum,

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.

Much love










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

Sri Lanka.

Very sincerely yours,

Hideaki Nakagawa



Dear Nelum,

....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!



SO Jaffna




Dear 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,




Dear Nelum,

Deep condolences on your father's death.

Thank you.

Sitta & Sangeetha




Dear Akka,

I was heartbroken to hear the news, and I want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you.





Dear Nelum,

Sincere condolences from all of us in Mannar.




Dear Nelum,

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.





Dear Nelum,

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.






Dear Nelum,

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.





Dear Nelum,

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.

Take care


PS: please send my condolances to your mum. She is indeed going to miss him very much.


Dear Nilumdini

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.


Suraj Paiva | Technical Systems Analyst , Infrastructure Applications and Packaging | Royal Bank of Canada


Sri Lanka

Sent out from UNHCR Sri Lanka


To: All Staff at RO Colombo and in the FieldThe UNHCR Sri Lanka Staff Association and the Executive Office are deeply saddened to announce the death of Mr. Granville WARNESURIYE, former staff member of UNHCR Colombo, father of Nelumdini, on 13 April 2011 in Fort Worth Texas, USA.

Granville joined UNHCR on 24 September 1992 as Senior Protection Assistant until his retirement on 30 September 1999. He will be remembered for his work with UNHCR, particularly the "passive monitoring" of returns that he so well performed from 1994 - 1997.

He was a very affable colleague who visited us regularly to spend time with us whenever he is in Sri Lanka on holiday. He will be remembered for his pleasant and cheerful personality among all his old friends here.

He leaves behind his wife Srikanthi, daughter Nelumdini (UNHCR), three sons and their families.

Arrangements are made to remove the Ashes for interment from residence at 08:00 hrs (no. 8A, Podujaya Mawatha, Angulana, Moratuwa) followed by a Service at Holy Emmanuel Church, Moratuwa at 09:00 hrs on 27 April 2011 where staff could pay their last respects.

Thank you.

(UNHCR RO Colombo)


From HQ....

Sent: Wed, April 27, 2011 5:15:44 PM

Subject: Obituary announcement - M. Bernard Granville WARNESURIYE

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees announces with

profound regret the death of

Mr. Bernard Granville WARNESURIYE

Former Staff Member

on 13 April 2011 in Fort Worth Texas, USA.

Mr. Warnesuriye joined the UNHCR Representation in Colombo, Sri Lanka,

in September 1992 as Senior Programme Assistant. At the time of his

retirement in September 1999, he held the function of Senior Protection

Assistant - a position where he dealt particularly successfully with the

passive monitoring of returns from 1994 to 1997.

He leaves behind his wife, his daughter, three sons and their


Those wishing to send their condolences can address them through his

daughter, Ms Nelumdini Samaranayake (E-mail)

 * * *

Le Haut Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés a la profonde

tristesse d’annoncer le décès de

M. Bernard Granville WARNESURIYE

Ancien Fonctionnaire

survenu le 13 avril 2011 à Fort Worth, Texas, Etats-Unis d’Amérique.

M. Warnesuriye a commencé sa carrière à la Représentation du HCR à

Colombo, Sri Lanka, en septembre 1992 en tant qu’Administrateur chargé

de programmes. Au moment de sa retraite en septembre 1999, il occupait

la fonction d’Assistant principal de protection - une fonction où il a

particulièrement bien réussi la supervision passive des retours de 1994 à


M. Warnesuriye laisse derrière lui sa femme, une fille, trois garçons

et leurs familles.

Les collègues qui souhaiteraient envoyer un message de condoléances

peuvent l’adresser à sa fille, Mme. Nelumdini Samaranayake(e-mail)



Paper advertisement......

  Late Mr. Bernard Granville Warnesuriye


His ashes will be at his residence, Dias Place Angulana after 3 p.m. on Monday, 25th April 2011 until 8 a.m. on Wednesday, 27th April. 

Ashes will be taken for service and interment at Holy Emmanuel Church Moratuwa, 9 a.m. on 27th April 2011.


                       Beloved wife Srikanthi, Children & Grand children


210/3 Dias Place

Angulana, Moratuwa                                        





Sri Lanka

WARNESURIYE - BERNARD GRANVILLE, JP (Retired Assistant Controller Immigration and Emigration / UNHCR). Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Warnesuriye. Beloved husband of Srikanthi (nee Dias), everloving father of Gihan (Blue Waters), Nelumdini (UNHCR) and Nuwan (USA), loving father-in-law of Priyanthi, Dilshan and Rangika, precious grandfather of Dinella, Neola, Reshan, Dishon and Nevishan, loving brother of Roy, Chrishantha, Sriyani and Premalal. His ashes will be at his residence 210/3, Dias Place Angulana from 25th April, 3 p.m. Ashes will be taken for Service and Interment at Holy Emmanuel Church, Moratuwa, 9 a.m. on 27th April 2011. 116940

Thank you note for Nuwan's Friends in USA

Sri Lanka

To everything there is a reason and a time to every purpose under the heavens…
~ Ecclesiastes 3:1 ~



Dear All,

    Nuwan’s (Chuti’s) Friends


We, (Ammi, Gihan & Priyanthi, Nelumdini & Dilshan, Dinella, Neola & Dishon…….


Thank you all so much for the love given to Thathi during his last days by sending his much loved food (Sri Lankan recepie). It was incredibly delicious (as per Ammi) and we know that it was made with all of your love.


Thank you all for being with Chuti and supporting him,  How truly grateful we are to have wonderful friends like you! Your love and support for our family has been very much appreciated during this time of loss.


Thank you all for your thoughtfulness, special cards and e-mail messages sent during this time by expression of sympathy and encouraging words. We appreciate it so much!


Thank you all so much for the beautiful flowers sent. Our family greatly appreciate your kindness during this difficult time.

Thank you for the contributions you put in for the funeral arrangements. “…he that sows sparingly will also reap sparingly; and he that sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Let each one do just as he has resolved in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:6,7

This is truly a moment in our life where we feel we are being tested by God. It just does not seem fair that our loved one (Thathi) have to leave us in this way. We know that Thathi is in a better place, nevertheless, it has been very painful to say good-bye with dignity and grace. Thank you for helping us grieve, and thank you for showing us how to heal.


God bless you all.



Sri Lanka Daily News

True friend remembered:

Bernard Granville Warnesuriya

O B Ratnayaka, the Hon General Secretary of the Association of Ex-Immigration Officers of Sri Lanka, of which I myself a member, conveyed the sad news of the unexpected and sudden demise of the current President of the Association. He had passed away in Texas in United States on April 13, Whilst holidaying with his son. Bernard Granville Warnesuriya has also been a past President. I myself consider it my bounden duty to pay this humble tribute as a mark of respect to the genial, versatile and many splendoured personality who endeared himself to one and all. Granville, as he was fondly called by the contemporaries was always soft spoken, gentle, kind, caring and graceful.

Granville was associated with the Immigration and Emigration Department for well over three decades in various positions as Immigration Officer, Chief Immigration Officer and finally as Assistant Controller. I myself enjoyed the proud privilege of interacting with him closely. He always called me "Nanda" affectionately, in which I really revelled as an endearing salutation.

During the halcyon days of yore Immigration Officers were burdened with numerous arduous agendas like arrests and deportation of illicit immigrants and visa overstays leading to their final deportation. They were in addition to port duties which necessarily involved night duty. He put his heart and soul to whatever task he was entrusted with. He was a very popular figure in the department due to his unquestionable candour.

Our turn of duty at the Sea Port Talaimannar (which is inoperative now) was for a period of one month, invariably once a year. Subsistence allowance too was paid in addition to the emoluments. After attending to duties connected with disembarkation and embarkation of passengers of the Twin Screw Ship "Ramanujam" we had plenty of time at our disposal. Clerical work involved was minimal.

This is where Granville proved his outstanding worth which was quite exceptional. He had the rather rare distinction of being a skilful raconteur and a superb mimic. He provided us mirth with his girth.

He was always full of life and had a very infectious laugh. Never ever have I seen him loosing his temper. Thus, he was our key provider of entertainment at no cost. This was all the more welcome as Talaimannar was a virtual dessert being remote and outlandish.

He regaled his colleagues with past stories of various events inclusive of his private life that had taken place over the years. Many were the interesting conversations over lunch or dinner, as the case may be, that at times went on for hours with his perpetual smile. He was always up beat and cheerful. His zest for life was epitomized in the joyful way he conducted himself all the time. Granville was also an accomplished musician. He could also play classical music as well as the 'oldies' with equal aplomb. In short, he was a joy to be around. His mental equipoise and worm humanity endeared him to all those who associated with him.

He was courteous even to the most junior subordinate and kindness was the key note of his character. He was indeed a model of decorum. His fine temper and quiet sense of humour were invaluable assets to the coveted position he held in the UNHCR as Senior Protection Assistant, which he entered having served in Immigration.

Granville was a devoted husband, beloved father and a sincere friend. The happy memories we associate with him will remain etched in our lives. May he rest in peace!

Nanda Nanayakkara

Retired Assistant Controller of Immigration and Emigration

Tribute from Ex. Immigration Officer - Mr. P V Fernando

Holy Emmanuel Church Moratuwa - 3 Month Memorial Service

Presentation by Parakrama Fernando --  Hony. President of the Association of Immigration officers

On 14th July 2011 at the Holy Emmanuel Church, Moratuwa. 

Rev.Fathers,  dear family members, relatives and friends and my dear colleagues of the immigration, ladies & gentlemen,

Today marks the 3rd Month remembrance of late Mr. Bernard Granville Warnasuriya.

As a retired Immigration Officer, and the present Honorary President of the Association of Ex – Immigration Officers, I am privileged to address this distinguished gathering today at this important occasion. First, let me thank the Mrs.Srikanthi Warnasuriya and children, Nelumdini, Gihan & Nuwan for giving the Immigration this privilege today. I also beg permission from the Rev. Father.

His early days, education, social activities.

Warnasuriya had his education at Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa and Christian College, Kotte. I am told that he had been forcibly admitted to Christian Collage by his Grandmother because at Prince of Wales he had been more in the playing field than in the class room. Yet he went onto represent both Prince of Wales and Christian College in Cricket and he was a fine athlete too. Later he played Cricket for Moratuwa Sports Club & also became its  Vice President. It is told that playing fields are also important and vital in developing ones character and personality, and that was true of Warnasuriya.

At Immigration

 Warnasuriya, joining  Immigration in year 1966 rose up finally to be the Assistant Controller in charge of Ports and retired from the Public Sector prematurely in the year 1992, at the age of 55 years. I know, the decision for his early retirement was his and one to do with his principles in life, which he safe guarded to the very end of his life and nothing else. He always held his head high and straight.

He visited many countries on official assignments and also handled very special important assignments in Sri Lanka, both which he handled with perfection. One such assignment was to work in 1983-1984 as the Head of the Special Unit for Repatriation of Persons of Indian Origin, which came under most respected Mr. Bradman Weerakoon, the then Commissioner General of Essential Services.

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After retirement from the public service he worked with UNHCR which he served with dedication and commitment. I was privileged to listen to the comments made by a distinguished lady from UNHCR at the ceremony held here three months ago at this same venue and we were very proud to listening to those comments. I thank UNHCR for those valuable comments made on that occasion. Incidentally Nelumdini, Warnasuriya’s only daughter, now works for UNHCR and continues the good work.

His way

The duties and the responsibilities he held right throughout his carrier was of very high order. Yet, it was never a bed of roses, as one will think, but was one with lots of challenges, as well as, many thorns, pitfalls and the terrain on the way. I am sure my colleagues and also his wife and children will agree with me on my comment. He had the knowledge, ability and the courage to go through this terrain.   

Warnasuriya served the country he loved so much with dedication & character.  He was respected by everyone and no one could ever rob this respect from him.

He loved his profession. Whatever responsibilities he was entrusted, he had the ability to attend to them to the best way possible and to the satisfaction of all.  He had the ability to mix with any one, whether the top in the society or the down trodden masses, with whom he associated with ease.

My Association  and TMR

My association with him and his family began when I joined the immigration in the year 1979. Since then I moved closely with him in many tasks and operational duties. Time was never a factor for likes of Warnasuriya  at that time. We were on the move at any given time in the day or night. I am sure his beloved wife & children will agree with me on this scenario. 

Many times I served with Mr. Warnasuriya in TalaiMannar where we had to work continuously for a month, every year, sometimes twice or more. In many occasions like that, he as a leader, always kept us on the move making our stay there interesting to all of us. He was never a problem maker, but a problem solver. That was his unique ability which very few mastered. He always had many interesting stories and topics to share with us when we were working for long hours, without rest. That kept all of us going and he was a believer of the saying which goes on to say “When the going get tough, the tough get going.” He was tough,

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but one could not see this looking at him. His toughness was not to harm anyone, but to protect every one. That was Warnasuriya.

We as juniors learned many finer points from him to be a better officer, and his influence  helped us in many ways later in life. I thank him and honor him for guiding us in the correct path.

While in the Immigration he held many positions in the Immigration Officer’s Union and later becoming its President. On retirement, he was one of the pioneers to form the Association of Ex- Immigration Officers and at his demise, he was the President. Whatever positions he held, he was committed for any tasks came his way.

As a husband, father, a brother, a grandfather, relative and a friend

He loved his wife, children, in-laws, Grand Children dearly. At the same time he loved his brothers & sisters alike. His long chats, when we were at leisure, he always came out with stories touching all these individuals he always loved.

He use to travel USA with Srikanthi, quite often, to be with his Son Nuwan, Daughter-in- Law & Grand Children. He loved the Immigration and his colleagues and his final moments too in Texas he had not forgotten the Immigration. He had made some comments to his son Nuwan, about his time spent with Immigration. It shows that the major part of his memory was filled with his life with Immigration and how much he loved Immigration. I am sure that never deprived the love he had for his wife & children.

The Country will miss him 

Warnasuriya had his own vision about how this country should be. His vision was one with equality and fairness to all. He was so happy to see the end of a long conflict, but always believed that there are still lots of work to be done.

After three decade of conflict we have come to the open for a healing process. Society is longing for peace and harmony and well being for all citizens. The need for people of the caliber of Warnasuriya is felt in society more than ever before.


After nearly two decades of his retirement and three months after his demise, today we still feel he is around us, smiling, guiding us, cracking a joke, sharing experiences and so on.

Yet he is not around us, but memories will be until we depart.

Finally let me conclude now. Warne is the Sinhala word for color. He himself was a colorful personality. He traversed in this country enriching all our lives. Where ever he is, he enriched others. Thank you, Warne. 

We all of us with the Immigration salute Warnasuriya for his dedicated service, patriotism and being a fine gentleman and a human being to all of us.

May he Rest in Peace.    

 Thank you.

Memorial Service (3 month remembrance)

Holy Emmanuel Church, Moratuwa

Order of service

 1 Hymn -  I’ll praise my maker while I’ve breath

 Prayer -

 Tributes – Immigrations & Emigration member

 1st reading – Ecclesiastes 3:1-11

 2nd Hymn -  O that will be glory

 Tributes -  Family member

 Sermon – Father John Marchel

 3rd Hymn – The Lords my Shepherd

 Special Hymn

 4th Hymn – Thou Gracious God, Whose mercy lends



1st Hymn


 I'll praise my Maker while I've breath;
and when my voice is lost in death,
praise shall employ my nobler powers.
My days of praise shall ne'er be past,
while life, and thought, and being last,
or immortality endures.


Happy are they whose hopes rely
on Israel's God, who made the sky
and earth and seas, with all their train;
whose truth for ever stands secure,
who saves th'oppressed and feeds the poor,
for none shall find God's promise vain.


The Lord pours eyesight on the blind;
the Lord supports the fainting mind
and sends the laboring conscience peace.
God helps the stranger in distress,
the widow and the fatherless,
and grants the prisoner sweet release.


I'll praise my God who lends me breath;
and when my voice is lost in death,
praise shall employ my nobler powers.
My days of praise shall ne'er be past,
while life, and thought, and being last,
or immortality endures.


2nd Hymn


When all my labors and trials are o’er,
And I am safe on that beautiful shore,
Just to be near the dear Lord I adore,
Will through the ages be glory for me.


O that will be glory for me,
Glory for me, glory for me,
When by His grace I shall look on His face,
That will be glory, be glory for me.


When, by the gift of His infinite grace,
I am accorded in Heaven a place,
Just to be there and to look on His face,
Will through the ages be glory for me.


Friends will be there I have loved long ago;
Joy like a river around me will flow;
Yet just a smile from my Savior, I know,
Will through the ages be glory for me.


3rd Hymn


The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want.
He makes me down to lie
In pastures green; He leadeth me
The quiet waters by.


My soul He doth restore again;
And me to walk doth make
Within the paths of righteousness,
Even for His own Name’s sake.


Yea, though I walk in death’s dark vale,
Yet will I fear no ill;
For Thou art with me; and Thy rod
And staff my comfort still.


My table Thou hast furnishèd
In presence of my foes;
My head Thou dost with oil anoint,
And my cup overflows.


Goodness and mercy all my life
Shall surely follow me;
And in God’s house forevermore
My dwelling place shall be.


4th Hymn


Thou gracious God, whose mercy lends
the light of home, the smile of friends,
our gathered flock thine arms enfold
as in the peaceful days of old.

Wilt thou not hear us while we raise
in sweet accord of solemn praise
the voices that have mingled long
in joyous flow of mirth and song?

For all the blessings life has brought,
for all its sorrowing hours have taught,
for all we mourn, for all we keep,
the hands we clasp, the loved that sleep.

The noontide sunshine of the past,
these brief, bright moments fading fast,
the stars that gild our darkening years,
the twilight ray from holier spheres.

We thank thee, Father; let thy grace
our loving circle still embrace,
thy mercy shed its heavenly store,
thy peace be with us evermore.

1st Death Anniversary Rememberance

Angulana, Moratuwa


1st Death Anniversary

In loving Memory of


Mr. Bernard Granville



Born 24.9.1937 Died 13.04.2011


God saw you getting tired,

 and a cure was not to be.
So He put His arms around you
 and He whispered “Come to Me
Little did we know that morning
 God was going to call your name.

Although we loved you dearly,
We could not make you stay.


No farewell words were spoken,
 no time to say goodbye,
You were gone before we knew it,
 and only God can tell us why

In life we loved you dearly;
 in death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you,

 but you did not go alone, 
For part of us went with you,
 the day God called you home.

If we could have a lifetime wish
 and one dream that could come true
We would pray to God with all our
 hearts just to see and speak to you
A thousand words won’t bring you back
 we know because we’ve tried
And neither will a million tears
 we know because we’ve cried

You left us peaceful memories;
 your love is still our guide.
And though we cannot see you,
 you are always by our side.
Our family chain is broken
 and nothing seems the same.
But as God calls us one by one,
 the chain will link again.


Fondly remembered and sadly missed

By ever loving wife Srikanthi, Children

Gihan, Nelumdini, Nuwan and their


75th Birthday remembrance

Angulana, Moratuwa

When a loved one becomes a memory
 that memory becomes a treasure.


Your life was a blessing to all of US
your memory a treasure...
You are loved beyond words  (Darling, Thathi, Seeya)
and missed beyond measure...

Those we love don’t go away

They walk beside us every day

Unseen, unheard. but always near

Still loved, still missed and very dear

Looking back with memories,
Upon the path you trod,
We bless the hours we had with you,
And leave the rest with God.

2nd Death Anniversary Remembrance

Angulana, Sri Lanka

2nd Death Anniversary

In loving Memory of

Bernard Granville Warnesuriye


Born 24.9.1937 Died 13.04.2011


Your race on earth is done
You now live in heaven
With God and His gracious son
Although our heart mourns for you
And our eyes are filled with tears
We are thankful that we had you
To love and guide us
Through the years
You were always an inspiration
Your strength, It knew no bounds
We know that God has blessed you
With many heavenly crowns
You will always be in our hearts
We will remember your gentle teachings
From which we’ll never part

Fondly remembered and sadly missed

By ever loving wife Srikanthi, Children

Gihan, Nelumdini, Nuwan and their



76th Birthday Rememberance

Colombo, Sri Lanka

You were a kind of person
Who leaves lovely memories behind
And special days like your birthday
Bring many fond memories to our mind
And memories are possessions
That time can never destroy
For it is in happy remembrance
The heart finds its greatest joy

Instead of a card
We send our love
Instead of a gift, a prayer
To the one we thought the world of
And miss beyond compare.

3rd Death Anniversary Rememberance

Sri Lanka

When ties of love are broken
And loved ones have to part
It leaves a wound that never heals
In ever aching heart

Sad was the parting, which none can tell
So sudden on earth, the sorrow fell
The blow was hard, the shock severe
To part with one, we loved so dear.

Though your smile is gone forever
And your hand we cannot touch
God has you in his keeping
And we have you in our hearts.

4th Death Anniversary Rememberance

Fort Worth, Texas

Today we pause to reflect upon you
Who have shaped our character,
Molded our spirits and touched our hearts.
May the lighting of this candle be a
Reminder of the memories we have shared,
A representation of the everlasting
Impact you have made upon our lives.

5th Death Anniversary Remembarance

Fort Worth, Texas

We have never got over

Losing you Thathi

It doesn’t matter how long ago

Or how old you were

And how you died

Our lives with this pain remains

In our lives every moment of time

We love you.

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