Passing away of Dr. Neville Fernando
It is with profound sadness we announce the demise of a distinguished old boy, former Member of Parliament, Founder of the Dr. Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital, and Honorary Patron of Old Boys’ Association of Sri Sumangala College, Dr. Neville Fernando.
Dr. Fernando is a great Sumangalian who put his heart and soul to serve our Alma Mater and SSCOBA. At the time of his departure, he was a Patron of SSCOBA. His benevolence towards the college would run into volumes, since brevity is the soul of wit, let us be brief.
He was elected to Panadura in the 8th parliamentary election in 1977. He is notable for having moved for a controversial Motion of no confidence against then Leader of the opposition A. Amirthalingam, the first motion of no confidence against a leader of opposition in the world.
He founded the Dr. Neville Fernando Teaching Hospital in 2013, a hi-tech multi-specialty tertiary care teaching hospital.
He is a person who won the love of everyone. Though he departed from us his legacy will remain forever. No doubt that his departure will create an unfathomable void, not only at the SSCOBA but in the society at large.
May he attain the supreme bliss of nirvana!