Sangika Dana in Memory of Evans Cooray
To commemorate the fist death anniversary of late Evans Gunalal Cooray his family and friends organised a Sangika Dana at his residence.
Head of Sri Saddatissa International Buddhist Centre in Kingsbury and the Chief Sangha Nayaka of Great Britain Ven. Aggamahaapanditha Galayaye Piyadasi Nayaka Thera, Head of the Jethavana Buddhist Vihara in Paris Ven. Dr. Murungasyaye Gnanissara Nayaka Thera, Ven. Dr. Handupalpola Mahinda Nayaka Thera and all the resident monks from the Sri Saddatissa International Buddhist Centre attended the Dhana Pinkama.
Mr. Cooray who passed away on the 16th of August 2012, worked as the Press Secretary to the late President Ranasinghe Premadasa and Counsellor of the Sri Lanka High Commission in London.
He also served as an efficient press secretary to several ministries under both UNP and SLFP governments.
For 28 years he was the Press Secretary to the Late President Ranasinghe Premadasa, as the latter rose from Minister of Local Government to Prime Minister and finally to Executive President. Cooray played a key role in the Premadasa Administration and was considered a highly efficient public servant.
In June 2010, Cooray published an autobiographical memoir of his long service with President Premadasa, entitled Janasetha Sedhu Janapathi Sevane or ‘in the shadow of a people’s president’, which is considered to be an important piece of political literature in the country.
Evans Cooray functioned as a senior journalist at several English and Sinhala newspapers in the country before embarking on a career in government service.
On the occasion of his first death anniversary his family paid a heart warming tribute which said "We thought of you with love today, but that is nothing new. We thought about you yesterday and days before that too. We think of you in silence, we often speak your name. All we have are memories and your picture in a frame.Your memory is our keepsake with which we will never part.
God has you in His keeping we have you in our heart. A million times we've wanted you, A million times we've cried. If love alone could have saved you, you never would have died. In life we loved you dearly. In death we love you still. In our heart you hold a place, no one can ever fill. It broke our heart to lose you, but you didn't go alone. For part of us went with you, the day God took you home.
Rest in Peace Forever in God's Arms.
Your Ever loving Wife Nanda, Children Samantha, Rasantha & Sadani, Daughters-in-Law Danushi and Niro, Son in-Law Gerard and Grandchildren Manisha, Ayani, Sophie, Helena & Gavin.
Photographs by Tissa Madawela