N. U. Jayawardena dies in sleep
Jayawardena dies in sleep
Neville Ubeysingha Jayawardena, popularly known as N.U. Jayawardena, the first Sri Lankan Governor of the Central Bank, died peacefully in his sleep yesterday. He was 94 years old at the time of his death.
Jaywardena was also the founder chairman of the Merc Group of companies which includes Merc Bank, Sampath Bank and the now defunct finance company, Mercantile Credit Ltd.
His funeral takes place at the Borella Kanatte Cemetery at 5.30 pm today. Cortege leaves No 18, Cambridge Place, Colombo 7. Jayawardena was born in Hambantota, where his father was in charge of the resthouse there.
He had his early education at Servatius College, Matara. Living with his maternal
grandfather in Dondra, he walked seven miles every day, to school and back. As a young boy
he entered St Aloysius College, Galle, where he made his mark.
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