Wijeyapala Mendis no more


Veteran UNP politician Wijeyapala Mendis died yesterday at a Colombo private hospital.

He was ailing for some time and was 84 years at the time of his death.

Mendis served as the youngest Mayor of Negombo after winning the 1954 municipal election. Later, he served as a Cabinet Minister in the UNP government and as UNP chief organizer and in different other capacities in the party.

An old boy of Maris Stella College and Harischandra Vidyalaya, Negombo, he started his own business enterprises in the plantations and transport spheres.

Funeral arrangements will be notified later, family members said yesterday.

His remains are lying at No. 79, Mirigama Road, Negombo.

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