Remembering Adiel Anghie, 1941-2015

Upali Obeyesekere, President, JPAA Canada, in a testimonial in 2015, entitled  Adiel Anghie, the Peterite superstar”

Adiel Anghie was a phenomenal product of St. Peter’s College, Bambalapitiya. He was a brilliant all-round student who excelled in studies and sports. He entered the medical faculty of the University of Ceylon from his alma mater after a colourful sports career that saw him lead the St. Peter’s College Rugby Team in addition to the Cricket Team. This is a rare combination for any sportsman at school level. To top it all, Adiel scored a brilliant century (101) in the 1961 JosephianPeterite Encounter that was drawn.

Adiel Anghie captained St. Peters College Cricket Team in 1961. Team picture annexed herewith
Standing L to R: Tissa Jayaweera, David Heyn, Travice Fernando, Rohan Abeysundera, Sam Rajah, Adithiya de Silva, Maurice Deckker
Seated L to R: Tyrone Le Mercier, Richard Alles, Adiel Anghie, Richard Heyn, Didacus de Almeida

In Rugby, Adiel played in the stand-off position with Didacus de Almeida playing inside threequarter and was picked to Captain St. Peter’s College Rugby XV in 1959. He is a 1st cousin of the three famous Anghie brothers of Royal College – Tony, Trevor and Maurice Anghie. In 1959, when Adiel captained his school, his cousin Maurice Anghie captained Royal College. When the two teams (Royal V. St. Peter’s) met that year it ended in a thrilling six all draw at Bambalapitiya.

Adiel Anghie played Cricket for St. Peter’s College from 1958 – 1961, captaining the last year. In the four years, he played alongside Brian Seneviratne (1959 Captain), , Russel Duckworth (1958 Captain), Premasiri Athukorale (1960 Captain), Darrel D’Silva, Christie Marthalingam, Anton Perera, Desmond Dharmarajah, Elmo Gunasekara, Christie Marthalingam, Richard Alles, Mark de Silva, Richard Heyn, Tyrone Le Mercier, Randy Layman, Maurice Deckker, David Heyn, Didacus de Almeida, Sam Rajah, Tissa Jayaweera, Travice Fernando and Rohan Abeysundera.

Adiel had two significant contributions in the Josephian-Peterite encounter. In 1960, Adiel scored 64 runs in the 1st innings of a drawn “Big Match”. In 1961, as Captain of the Peterite side he scored a magnificent century (101) in another drawn game.

Adiel successfully entered the Medical Faculty of the University of Ceylon and was a valued member of the 1962/63 University team that won the Saravanamuttu Trophy that year. The achievement of that team led by Carlyle Perera has not been equalled or surpassed since. That team had the cream of schoolboy cricketers of that era who in addition to their excellence in cricket also excelled in studies. Carlyle Perera who led this champion university team played for St. Joseph’s College, captaining the team in 1958. Others in the winning team were – Mano Ponniah, Nihal Gurusinghe, Lareef Idroos, U.R.P. Goonetilleke, Buddy Reid (STCML), N.J.S.de Mel, Nanda Senenayake, Harsha Samarajeewa (Royal), Kingsley Fernando, (St. Sebastian’s Moratuwa), Adiel Anghie, Merril Gunaratne (St. Peter’s), Cyril Ernest (SBC).

THE FINAL CHAPTER

Dr. Adiel Anghie lived in the U.S.A. for over 30 years with his wife and family. His classmate and close friend Daya Chandraratne invited Adiel to Toronto i n2009, for the 25th Anniversary of the Josephian-Peterite Alumni Association of Canada. Adiel accepted the invitation and came for the event with Cecil Perera who worked at the World Bank in Washington DC. Sadly, Cecil passed away about three years back.

Just last year, JPAA President Upali Obeyesekere invited Dr. Adiel Anghie and David Heyn to attend the 30th Encounter of the Canadian version of the “Josephian-Peterite” Cricket match. Both Adiel and David accepted and were honoured at a fellowship reception held in June of last year. The two sports stars were Guests of Honour at the Cricket Encounter played in Toronto. Less than 1-year from this great event we learn of the passing of Adiel on Sunday, June 14, 2015, 36-days shy of his 74th birthday. Our sincere condolences go out to his wife Christine and family.

Adiel Anghie was a model student who excelled with distinction in sports and studies at St. Peter’s College under the watchful eye of the Rector, Rev. Fr. Arthur Fernando. In a rare feat, he captained his alma mater in both Cricket and Rugby and had the honour of scoring a century at the “Big Match”. His achievements speak for itself and will live on in our memories.

May His Soul Rest in Peace!

  1. ADIEL ANGHIE (1941 – 2015).

Dr. Adiel C. Anghie, MD, 73, of Wheeling, WV, passed away on Sunday, June 14, 2015.

Loving husband and father, he was born on July 20, 1941, the son of the late Gerard and Jeannie (Marr) Anghie. Dr. Anghie was a physician at the Bellaire Medical Clinic and Bellaire Hospital for over 25 years. He was a member of St. Joseph Cathedral Parish, Wheeling.

Surviving is his loving wife, Christine Anghie; one son, Niall Anghie and his wife, Tracy of Cary, NC; three grandchildren, Braden Anghie, Keegan Anghie and Aven Anghie.

Friends received 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 154 Kruger St., Wheeling, where Vigil services will be held at 3:30 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 18, 2015 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, Wheeling, with Rev. Dennis Schuelkens as celebrant.

Entombment in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling.

Memorial contributions can be made to Catholic Neighborhood Center, 125 18th St., Wheeling, WV, 26003; or St. Vincent de Paul Parish School, 127 Key Ave., Wheeling, WV, 26003. Offer condolences online at www.altmeyer.com.

 

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3 responses to “Remembering Adiel Anghie, 1941-2015

  1. Milan L. Lin-Rodrigo.

    Thank you for remembering ADIEL ANGHIE. May he rest in Peace. A descendant of one of the earliest Chinese families arrived in Sri Lanka in 1846, I believe. Dr. Harsha Sirisena in New Zealand is also one of his classmates.

  2. AN EMAIL FROM CYRIL ANTHONY ERNEST

    Thank you Michael for this e mail regarding Adiel.I did play against St. Peter’s College in 1961, in the St. Benedict’s College team. We did beat them quite convincingly. He did play in the University side off and on – but unfortunately not regularly.He was my neighbor in Brooklyn,New York in the 1970’s, but lost touch with him once he moved to Virginia after finishing his fellowship in Pulmonolgy.The last time I met him was when I attended a mutual friend’s son’s wedding in New York over 10 years ago.
    I tried my best to get you his wife’s telephone number but I was un successful.
    Thank you once again for sending this information about Adiel.
    Kind regards,
    Cyril Ernest.

  3. Fred Kreltszheim

    Thanks for the news about Adiel Anghie. He was much younger than myself but we were neighbours in Bambalapitiya. We knew his parents well and I recall that Adiel’s mother was the sister of Willie Marr who was a brilliant cricketer in his days at St. Anthony’s College in Kandy.

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