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Saturday, November 10, 2012

My Tribute to Sidath Jayanetti

By Nihal D Amerasekera
It was with great sadness I received the news of the passing away of yet another friend from our wonderful batch. Sidath Jayanetti joined our batch with the reputation as a fine Rugby player from Royal College, Colombo. He always had a great presence and an air of confidence but had the humility kindness and charm to be liked by everyone who knew him.

My first close contact with him was when we started our clinical work together with Dr Thanabalasunderam in 1964. It was a gruelling 2 months of apprenticeship which brought us all together. The harsh criticism and hard comments never wiped away his broad smile. All through the Rags, Law Medical Match, Block Nights and Colours Nights he was there with us to enjoy the fruits of our labour at Medical College. How time has flown since those happy days of our golden youth.
Sidath was superb company, always. His anecdotes and stories of people and places brought us much laughter. His sheer presence radiated happiness. My last contact with him was in London when he attended the Batch Reunion in 1997 with his family. We reminisced and drank to our health. My lasting memory is that broad smile which was Sidath's trade mark. He was a gem in a world of pebbles.
My thoughts are with his family at this hour of grief.

May he attain the ultimate Bliss of Nirvana.

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