The CR&FC Rugby Side in 1965: A Classic Picture

Presented here courtesy of Dr Deepal Lecamvasam of STC, University of Ceylon & Adelaide 



A Note from Mohan Sahayam in Brisbane, 14 May 2023:

Thanks Michael….. 1965 Great side and a bunch of fantastic guys. One person missing in this pix is Eric Roles. He was in Pulmoddai loading one of our ships: one which we were agents for at Hayleys. Both Eric & I worked for the shipping department and one of us had to go and he always put
his hand up as he loved the east coast and loved his Fishing.
Eric Roles …. well before he went fishing
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A NOTE from Michael Roberts, 14 May 2023: 
This photograph is a memento that serves as a treasure. Tony Sirimanne is/was my nephew …. and a playmate in my younger days. He was struck down by heart failure in Sydney in 1981 after he migrated at some point in the 1970s(?). …. I was on sabbatical work in Colombo then. Needless to say, his mother Dodo, brother Guy, sister Ann  …. and I were devastated and inconsolable. It was the cruelest of blows.


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2 responses to “The CR&FC Rugby Side in 1965: A Classic Picture

  1. Dickie Bird

    I did have a close connection to late Hiranjan & Rohan.
    Hiranjan Perera, a Josephian was with Colombo Commercials with Tony Sirimanne as a Special Apprentice and moved over to England and ended up as a well-respected Engineer in Air condition Systems if I am correct. He passed away in the Middle of the 80s.

    Rohan Abeysundera, a Peterite & a gentle giant, a Planter, passed away a couple of months visiting his Children in Australia.

    I remember both very dearly.
    May their Souls rest In peace.


  2. David Sansoni

    RANKINE, Tony
    13/2/1941 – 11/5/2023
    Loved and loving husband of Melanie. Loving father of Michele and Arjuna’s dearest Papa.
    Family and friends of Tony are warmly invited to attend a Celebration of his Life to be held in the Magnolia Chapel, Macquarie Park Crematorium, Cnr Plassey and Delhi Rds North Ryde, on Saturday 20th May 2023, commencing at 9am.
    Remembered with love
    In lieu of flowers donations to the Sir David Martin Foundation would be appreciated.

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