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S.M.D. Marian Francis

A humble man

It is with deep sorrow that I write this appreciation in memory of Marian Francis Samaratunga, who was called to rest with the Lord on August 22.  

He hailed from a good family, and was the second in the family of Mr. And Mrs. S.D. Juan Samaratunga of Payagala. Marian was born on December 8, 1956. He had Keerthi as the elder brother (deceased); two younger brothers, Mark and Sylvester; and one sister. He was educated at Holy Cross College, Kalutara, and St. Sebastian's College, Moratuwa. Marian excelled in his higher studies.  

Marian’s mother, Eugene Fernando, is an active member of St. Xavier's Church, Payagala. Marian married Srima, and has a son and daughter who are married. He was grandfather to four granddaughters who have excelled in their studies and are versatile professionals.  

After his elder brother's demise, Marian followed his late Father's Sunny's footsteps, where he worked at C.W. Mackie and Co. (PLC), Colombo 10; he was very independent and showed much keeness prior to joining the Coconut Development Authority.  

I knew Marian in 1986 at C.W. Mackies, when he was a clerk in the Produce Department. He was later promoted to Manager of the same department.  

Marian resigned later and was working at Lanka Produce Brokers as a Partner for several years. He maintained his career as a broker of coconut products, as well as in other businesses.  

Marian’s untimely demise on that fatal day of August 22, was a shock not only to his caring mother, Eugene; wife, Srima; son Mihitha; daughter Madhushika; as well as his two younger brothers and their children. It was also a great loss to his friends at C.W. Mackies and the Coconut Miller’s Association.  

We miss your presence, dear Marian, but your memory in our hearts will never fade. Oh, most merciful Father, grant him eternal peace in heaven; let the perpetual light shine upon him. Amen.  

Shanthalal Wickramasinghe,