Beloved Bernie no more


Senior Sports Journalist Bernie Wijesekara passed away on Wednesday, October 1, at his residence after a brief illness.

The late Wijesekara, 84, was honoured on September 3 in Colombo with a lifetime service award in cricket journalism at the Dialog Sri Lanka Cricket annual awards ceremony.

He began his sports journalism at now defunct ‘Times of Ceylon’. Later he joined ‘The Ceylon Daily News’ and ‘The Sunday Observer’.

Bernie has been to many countries and almost every cricket playing nation in his 55-year-long journalism career. He has covered the inaugural (Prudential) Cricket World Cup held in England in 1975. He covered all forms of sports and cricket was his forte.

He took oaths as an All Island Justice of the Peace in 2009.

Bernie was a regular contributor for The Daily Mirror in his later career.

He leaves his wife Irene and children, Visakha, Harendra and Janaki.

Bernie’s mortal remain will lie at his residence No. 373/E, Temple Road, Thalawathugoda. The cremation will take place on Saturday at General Cemetery, Kanatta, Borella.

SLC condoles

Bernie was a very senior journalist who used his vast knowledge of the game that he possessed for the betterment of cricket in our country.

Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to convey its condolences to the family of late Mr. Wijesekara.

May the turf lie gently on him!

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