Dharmaraja College OBU Colmobo Branch regrets to announce the passing
away a distinguished Old Boy, Chairman of the Peoples' Bank and
Peoples' Leasing and Finance (PLC) Mr. W. Karunajeeva. He passed away
yesterday morning (29th) at his residence in Andeson Flats. He was 66
years old. He assumed duty as Chirman of Peoples' bank in 2007. He had
his primary education at Bowala Maha Vidyalaya and secondary education
at Dharmaraja Colege from where he entered the Peradeniya University,
where he obtined a degree in commerce. He began his carrer as a
teacher. In 1987 he took oaths as an Attorney-at Law. In 1977, he was
appoined a Working Director of the Ceylon fisheries Corporation where
he later became the Chairman. In 2005, he was appointed Chairman of
the Employees' Trust Fund( RTF) and then as Chiarman Peoples' Bank in
The exemplary and visionary leadership of Mr. Karunajeewa has
contributed to the expansion and current position of the Peoples'
Bank. His outstanding contribution towads the developing of the
Peoples' Bank, its subsidiaries and local Banking fraternity was
recognized by the Institute of Bankers of Sri Lanka which awarded him
an Honorary Fellowship of the Institute in 2010.
Mr. Karunajeewa's pasing away caused an irreparable loss both to the
OBU movement of Dharmaraja as well as to the College. He was a loyal
Old Boy. It was only last week that People's Bank under his leadership
undertook to sponsor the 'Risgo' Centinary Celebration Jamboree and
the sponsorship cheque was handed over by him to the Old Scouts'
Association. Once he was so thrilled by the College Kandyan Dancing
Troupe which performed before him when he was invited as the Chief
Gueast for College Prize Giving, he on his own intiatative offered to
sponsor a performance by the Dharmaraja Asthetics Department, at the
BMICH. He was also an unfailing supporter of the Colombo Branch OBU by
regularly providing an Advertsing Banner of the Peoples' Bank for the
Colombo Rajans' Annual Dinner.
Mr. Karunajeeva leaves behind his wife, Kusuma, son, Indika and
daughter Dilini. Cortage leaves his residence at no U/2/1 anderson
Flats,Colombo 5 on 31st Jan. at 3 p.m. for cremation at at the Borella
May his sourjourn in the Samsara be short.