Old Benedictine Jerome Wijeyeratnam
ended his earthly sojourn in April
after battling an illness with stoic
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
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.