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BHS passes away

Mr. B. H. S. Jayewardene, a veteran journalist and former Editor of the Ceylon Daily News, passed away in the early hours yesterday aged 73.

He joined the then Times of Ceylon in his mid twenties and the Observer in Lake House in the year 1969 during the editorship of late Denzil Peiris. His hard work and dedication made him reach greater heights and he reached the prestigious position of Editor Daily News.

BHS, as he was popularly known among his colleagues, groomed many a cub reporter to reach high standards in journalism. A very high disciplinarian when it comes to work but a real buddy at leisure and all his charges are ‘machan’ for him at such times.

After a stint as editor Daily News, BHS, took over duties as Secretary to the Press Foundatiom of Asia in Manila, Philippines. Ater serving a couple of years in Manila he came back to assume duties as director ANCL before his retirement.

When Information Technology was introduced to the ANCL for the first time, BHS was so enthusiastic to impart the IT knowledge to journalists, he made it a point that none skipped the special classes conducted for the purpose and walked to each editorial urging all those journalists who were free to join the classes.

An old boy of Trinity College, Kandy and Jaffna College, Mr. Jayewardene leaves behind his wife Mahes, a retired Deputy Commissioner of Inland Revenue and four children, three daughters and a son.

Mr. Jayewardene’s funeral will be held on Thursday 27 at the Jawatte Cemetery between 3 pm and 4 pm. Cortege leaves residence 291/17, Edward Avenue, Havelock Gardens, Colombo 5. – SELVA.


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