The Island July 14, 2012, 6:19 pm
The Royal College 1953 Group regrets to announce the recent passing of their friend and schoolmate, Col. (Dr.) Tilak Dayaratna.
Tilak had his entire primary and secondary education at the Royal Primary School and at Royal College, Colombo, before entering the Colombo Medical Faculty 50 years ago. After qualifying, he served a long period as a volunteer in the Medical Corps of the Sri Lanka Army being assigned to frontline postings during the war.
He retired from the Army with the rank of Colonel.
He also practiced as a GP at Borella and from his home in Nawala.
A gifted artist as a schoolboy, his sketches and water colours drew great admiration.
Simple, friendly and unassuming, he had some wild adventures (and accidents!) on his motor cycle during his younger days.
He was the eldest son of the late Mr. D.G. Dayaratna of the former Ceylon Civil Service, who retired as Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Education and Mrs. Padmini Jayawickrema of Panadura. His younger brother, Deepal, predeceased him.
Tilak leaves his wife, Deepa, and a son.
Royal College 1953 Group