That jolly fellow is no more. He just passed away at the age of 73.Dimunitive Piyatissa of Katukelle, captained Dharmaraja in the years1962 and 1963 in soccer. At that time Dharmaraja did not play Rugby.Soccer was the craze after cricket. It was played in the Second Term,often in the rain. Among others who played with Piyatissa were T.B.Kehelgamuwa, D.D. Hemapala (goalie) and S.U. Mendis. They all played cricket too.
After leaving school, he regularly turned out for Madhyama Lanka asthe Centre Forward. Later, he played for several years for Sri Lankawith players like Mahinda Aluwihare of St. Sylvesters. He was sofootball crazy that he could be seen wearing a soccer jersey even whenhe was going on the road. After College football practice, on the wayhome, like most other Rajan day scholars, he loved to spend some timeat the Piyadasa Kade next to Mr. Ellepola’s, to have Parippu and Paan.Others pulled at a cigarette, on the sly.After playing for Sri Lanka, he went over to Germany where he had theopportunity to become a football coach. Whenever he returned, hebrought a heap of soccer balls and gifted them to the School and toother enthusiastic players.
After he finally returned from Germany on his retirement, he continuedto join J.B. Herath (Rtd. Sports Officer) in the Junior FitnessProgramme for Dharmaraja till about 2012. Piyatissa football part ofthe programme. His love for Dharmaraja was immense. His son is now inSchool.May the sojourns of this delightful little man’s journey in Samsara be short.