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Clarence and Canace Ekanayake

Multifaceted and hardworking

The family of Clarence Hector Ekanayake and Canace Ekanayake (née Jayasekera) remember with fondness their loving parents on the occasion of their centenary birth anniversaries in August and September.  

Clarence Hector Ekanayake was born on September 25, 1920, to Dr. and Mrs Hector Eugene Ekanayake. Being the eldest of three sisters and one brother, he hailed from a respectable family.  

Clarence married Canace Jayasekera, and they initially lived in Negegoda and Mt. Lavinia, before having their own house built in Sirimal Uyana, Ratmalana. They were blessed with a son and a daughter: Nilhan and Jayanthi. Clarence and Canace had three loving grandchildren.   Clarence first had his education at Richmond College, Galle, and later, at S. Thomas’ College, Mt. Lavinia. His first employment was at the Hindustan Construction Company which, at the time, overlooked the Laxapana and Norton Bridge Dam Projects.  

He then worked at the Public Works Department as a Quantity Surveyor and, finally, at the State Development and Construction Corporation. Clarence retired as a Regional Manager in the Eastern Province. His untimely demise under tragic circumstances on September 9, 1986, was a great shock to his family and friends.  

Canace Ekanayake was born on the August 20, 1920, to Prof. And Mrs. R.B.W. Jayasekera and was educated at the Mt. Lavinia Girls’ High School. She was the third in the family, which consisted of two elder sisters, a younger sister, and a younger brother.  

She excelled in both Piano and Organ under her father, Prof. R.B.W. Jayasekera, as well as Spencer Shepherd. She continued her musical career and qualified as a L.T.C.L. and L.R.S.M. Teacher. She taught at the School for the Blind in Ratmalana for 18 years and then at the Rosary School in Sharjah, U.A.E.  

Canace was the President of the Association of Western Music, Speech, and Drama from 1989 to 1992. She was on the Examinations Panel at the Association of Western Music for Piano. Canace was a devoted Piano teacher, and many students excelled in their musical careers after learning from her.  

She was also a church organist for many years and enjoyed playing at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Mt. Lavinia for many years. Canace passed away peacefully on March 14, 2007.  

May their souls rest in peace; let the perpetual light shine upon them. Amen.  

Shanthalal Wickremasinghe,