Jerome Wijeyeratnam – An Appreciation
By Eric Motha President, Old Bens, Western Canada/USA
Old Benedictine Jerome Wijeyeratnam ended his earthly sojourn in April after battling an illness with stoic patience.

Jerome (Jerry) was a student of the 1953 'Arts' Class who celebrated their 60th anniversary in February 2013 at the Home for Elders where one of their classmates Rev.Fr. Lucian Fernando was an inmate. I accepted the invitation extended by the organizers and teamed up with the batch to reminisce of our student days at St. Benedict's College, with me following them in the '54 class. Jerome was amongst the group who turned up to mark an important milestone and maintained his usual composure and suave calm relishing the good-humoured jokes that were 'in the air'. Fr. Lucian was called to his rest in December 2013 weeks prior to the Golden Jubilee of his ordination.

Jerome was an unassuming gentleman, deeply religious and a devoted husband and father. He was a long time parishioner of St. Lucia's Cathedral,
Kotahena and in his retirement, volunteered his services in visiting homes and collecting donations for the SVP and the Home for the Aged on a weekly roster.

Jerome was pre-deceased by his siblings Stany, Clarice, Neville and Marie and was an affectionate uncle to Sharon Wijeyeratnam (1983 batch) Angelo Wijeyeratnam (1986 batch) Ashley Wijeyeratnam (1989 batch) and Vianny & Adrian Muttupulle of the 2001 and 2002 batches respectively. He had the distinction of being a founder member of the Old Bens Sports Club formed in the early 1960's and continued his tryst with the club opting to avoid the limelight. He leaves behind his wife Derenia (retired teacher at St. Benedict's) daughter Christine & family and siblings Noeline and Maurice.

Jerome has fought the good fight and run the race and is now in God's Heavenly abode after a life well spent in the service of the less fortunate.

Pageloads since 16th August 2013
Published OBUK web site 15 July 2014