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Ranil Abeynaike – 12.02.1955–21.02.2012

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Ranil Abeynaike a legend in his own right passed away this morning, leaving a void within the Sri Lankan cricketing circle, a void that would be hard to fill. We urge you to share your memories, condolences and anecdotes about Ranil on this page

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  • Rajan Mohanani Tuesday, 21 February 2012 12:26 PM

    R I P MR Ranil and God Bless

    Nilshan Tuesday, 21 February 2012 01:19 PM

    ESTO PERPETUA - be thou forever

    We Miss You Sir !!!!!

    Rafee Tuesday, 21 February 2012 01:10 PM

    He was a humble personality in the cricketing circle.A huge void left behind.my sincere condolences to his family and relatives

    ABHISHEK R RAM Wednesday, 22 February 2012 05:49 AM

    MY DEEPEST SYMPATHIES TO YOUR FAMILY.
    ËSTO PERPETUA - THY SOUL REST IN PEACE

    A.R. RAM

    Mahesh Tuesday, 21 February 2012 01:32 PM

    What a great cricketer and commentator. Hugh loss to cricket in Sri Lanka. Ranil you will be missed .

    God has taken you home to be with him. We who mourn here on earth know that he is no more in pain but living in the presence of his GOD enjoying heaven.

    KD Tuesday, 21 February 2012 06:39 AM

    Sad to hear. Condolences to the family.

    Gal Banis Tuesday, 21 February 2012 06:44 AM

    Good Bye My Friend. Thanks for the cricket and entertainment.

    prasad Gunewardene Tuesday, 21 February 2012 06:34 AM

    The sudden demise of my classmate Ranil Gemunu Abeynaike is a great loss to the Thomian Class of 1962 which has prepared to celebrate 50 years of Thomian friendship in the first week of March 2012. The news of his sudden death came as a shock to all of us this morning. His Thomian spinning partners in the year he captained the First Evelen-Ajith Abeygunewardene and Ravi Abeywardene would feel deeply sad by the passing away of their skipper.Incidentally, Ranil was a key figure expected at this event being a former Thomian Skipper in cricket and Hockey, a College Prefect and a Monitor in our class. Ranil was loved by all his classmates.He always sported an innocent smile on his face.
    We miss Ranil very much not only at the event but also in life as a dear friend.We extend our sympathies and condolence to his family and brothers.
    May the green turf that he played in his life lie softly on the gentle remains of our dear friend,Ranil Gemunu Abeynaike.

    Suppa-d Tuesday, 21 February 2012 02:01 PM

    RIP Sir! Esto Perpetua! u will be missed forever...

    Ruki Tuesday, 21 February 2012 06:58 AM

    He will be remembered for his flawless commentry and his mastery of the english language as well as the cricketing parlance. His demise is a great loss to the cricket loving public.May his journey through sansara be peaceful and short.

    Johann Tuesday, 21 February 2012 06:50 AM

    May GOD grant him Eternal PEACE.

    Condolences to the Famiy.

    balu Tuesday, 21 February 2012 07:03 AM

    really sad news - a true sportsmen to the end!

    Graham De Silva Tuesday, 21 February 2012 07:05 AM

    ESTO PERPETUA - be thou forever

    Guzban Tuesday, 21 February 2012 07:17 AM

    I once remember how Ranil reacted when someone had parked him in close the MCG. He had to wait for sometime for them to get back and when that person came Ranil just smiled at him and didn;t say a word. When that person moved the car, Ranil's car moved out and he just waved and left. Such patience and character. May he rest in peace.

    Milinda Hettiarachch Tuesday, 21 February 2012 02:52 PM

    Gentleman cricketer of top repute , brilliant commentator and a popular Thomian . We will miss him but remember him at all times . Thank you for your contribution on and off the field .
    May he rest in eternal peace ~ Esto Perpetua !

    Haren Tuesday, 21 February 2012 07:24 AM

    Rest in peace sir and Esto Perpetua

    Anuruddha Tuesday, 21 February 2012 07:40 AM

    May he rest in peace

    Lakshman Gunawardena Tuesday, 21 February 2012 07:44 AM

    Very well remember him as an Ex Leverite coming in his lambretta and taking time for cricket practices. Strong member of Levers cricket & Hockey teams. May he rest in peace.

    sriyanthe Tuesday, 21 February 2012 07:53 AM

    condolences to the family.

    Nihal Amarasekera Tuesday, 21 February 2012 07:43 AM

    Shockingly sad news. Though not associated in person; it was clear the way he presented on the cricket commentaries that he was a gentleman par excellence. His comments were always balanced & devoid of ill feelings. May the turf lie soft on him.

    Kolomba Kaka Tuesday, 21 February 2012 07:44 AM

    A GREAT CRICKET PERSONALITY, WE MISS YOU FOR SURE!

    Janaka Lakmal Tuesday, 21 February 2012 07:47 AM

    Legendary personality who deserves a page of the history of gentleman’s game in SL. You also made us cricket-loving!!

    Asela Indika Tuesday, 21 February 2012 07:49 AM

    My deepest condolences to the his family.... RIP

    Raveen Tuesday, 21 February 2012 08:04 AM

    Rest In Peace Sir - Esto Perpertua

    musadik Tuesday, 21 February 2012 07:58 AM

    A gr8 commentator... MAy he Rest in Peace...

    Mohamed Tuesday, 21 February 2012 08:03 AM

    The gentleman of Cricket, whenever I watch him talk at
    TV programms, its full of expereince for us. My condolences to his family. I miss you.

    chandra Tuesday, 21 February 2012 08:30 AM

    A top quality gentleman to his fingertips. One of the best cricket commentators we have had for the last few decades.It is a great loss to the cricketing world and a greater loss to his friends.Rest- in-peace. Esto Perpertua

    Arthur Fernandez Tuesday, 21 February 2012 08:20 AM

    can some one let me know the members of the team when he captained STC?

    joker Tuesday, 21 February 2012 08:33 AM

    R.I.P Mr. Abeynaike.
    You will be missed.........and thank you for the wonderful commentaries.

    RaviK Thursday, 23 February 2012 06:08 AM

    1973 was a very proud for me as a young Thomian as Ranil A went on to win the Best Bowler, Best All-Rounder and Schoolboy Cricketer of the Year Awards....and it was my privilege to have his brothers as school mates and his father as a Headmaster and Sub-Warden. The Thomian community and Sri Lanka have lost a great gentleman. Ranil was also Hockey Captain and Senior Sacristan in the College Chapel and was also Head Prefect!
    My condolences to his wife, his brothers and the rest of the family. God Bless all and give them strength and hope.

    JOHN DE VALLIERE Tuesday, 21 February 2012 08:38 AM

    A FRIEND IN NEED, A FRIEND INDEED. WHAT A GENTLE GENT. DEEPEST SYMPATHIES TO THE FAMILY. mAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE.

    Sunil AbeyRatna Tuesday, 21 February 2012 08:41 AM

    I was quite shocked to hear of the sad news - I know he will be
    missed by all his Cricket Fans.

    Srilal Rajakaruna Tuesday, 21 February 2012 08:43 AM

    Ver sad. A fine gentleman.

    Mahinda Ananda Tuesday, 21 February 2012 08:43 AM

    Another golden nail removed from Lankan creckiting scene.
    Vayadhamma Sankara.

    donny Tuesday, 21 February 2012 08:32 AM

    Rest In Peace, still remember his voice describing the on field action. He also used to some coaching segments on TV, as well as providing insight in pre match discussions.

    mm.kaleel Tuesday, 21 February 2012 08:37 AM

    I loved his commentaries more the than cricket and could see the humanitarianism in him. miss him a lot . my sincere condolences to the bereaved families.

    Harrin Tuesday, 21 February 2012 09:00 AM

    A true gentleman & friend. A great personality with an excellent knowledge of the game. We regret not being able to pay our last respects. We'll truly miss you Ranil.

    Our sympathies to the family.

    Shiro & Harrin from New Zealand

    Mifaz Tuesday, 21 February 2012 09:04 AM

    Mu deepest sympathy to his family. It is a shocking news

    Ajith Abeygunawarden Tuesday, 21 February 2012 09:06 AM

    It was with deep shock that I received this sad news from a mutual friend of ours this morning.I have known Ranil from around 10 years of age and we played cricket together at STC from under 14 to first eleven and then at the SSC in an unbroken partnership for many many years.We enjoyed his company,his wit and humour off the field reminicing of on field situations that he narrated in lighter vein to howls of laughter. He went on to give a much needed filip to the art of commentaries with great passion and fulfilled his ultimate dream of becoming a reputed commentator travelling around the cricketing globe.We will miss you Ranil and thank you for the wonderful times we spent together at STC and the SSC in the years gone by. My heartfelt condolences goes to his wife Roshika and his family.

    shakkthi Tuesday, 21 February 2012 09:03 AM

    May GOD grant him Eternal PEACE.

    Deepest sympathies to the Famiy.
    RIP

    kondebendapucheena Tuesday, 21 February 2012 09:07 AM

    Sudden departure shocked to us .your pitch report was excellent and spot on . Ranil we will miss you RIP*************

    ashan Tuesday, 21 February 2012 09:21 AM

    A fine innings. Sad.

    Asoka Tuesday, 21 February 2012 09:30 AM

    I was shocked to hear the terrible news of the sudden demise of a good friend , team mate,both at cricket & hockey when he captained both mercantile A division team at Lever Brothers above all he was a gentleman and a wonderful sport personality. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family of Ranil. May he rest in peace

    Ralph Anthony Tuesday, 21 February 2012 09:49 AM

    My deepest sympathies to the family. May your soul rest in peace. My deepest. Your memories will linger for ever.

    shamitha Tuesday, 21 February 2012 09:42 AM

    RIP

    Leticiaa Tuesday, 21 February 2012 09:54 AM

    He has departed from the earth and has entered into His eternal home in heaven with his God... Jesus Christ. What more could any one ask or want. Good Bye Ranil until we meet again soon.Your eternal life with your God has just begun.

    Mangala Jayawardane Tuesday, 21 February 2012 11:02 AM

    My heartfelt condolences to his his family and brother.

    Mike Gear Tuesday, 21 February 2012 11:02 AM

    I was saddened to hear of the death of Ranil. We roomed together when he played for Bedfordshire CCC and we played together at Forest Hill CC in the UK. A lovely man who will be missed. My thoughts go to his family

    Patrick Tuesday, 21 February 2012 11:07 AM

    RANIL , JesusChrist has called you home to your eternal rest. When you closed your eyes on earth this morning you opened them in heaven to see Jesus and now you live in the mansion that He has prepared for you enjoying eternal joy and peace with your Creator and all followers of Jesus Christ who have gone before you. See you again .

    lal Tuesday, 21 February 2012 11:17 AM

    You are gentlemen in cricket .Very few we can identify like you and your loving smiling face all the time.This is what we have to understand, when the time comes we have to leave the every one.My deepest sympathies.God Bless you.

    S Nadarajah Tuesday, 21 February 2012 11:29 AM

    He was one of the best spinners produced by St Thomas's College in early 1970's, had a good leadership quality in the club level as well, the cricket world has lost a charming cricketer, my deepest sympathies and condolence to his nearest family.

    Chris Tuesday, 21 February 2012 11:33 AM

    Ranil, your sudden departure has left a hugh void in the life of your family, friends and the cricketing world.

    The assurance that we all Christians have is that death is not the end but there is life after , especially for those that know their GOD there is life forevermore in heaven.
    Roshika, my deepest sympathies. I am certain that you will draw strength from Christ whom you and Ranil followed and lived for.

    amuda rala Tuesday, 21 February 2012 11:28 AM

    will people comment like this when a politician passes away...? these are the real people who has done good things to the country...may you attain nibbana sir...


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