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Former EDB Chairman Hewawasam no more


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Lakshman J. Hewawasam, former Chairman and Director General of the Export Development Board (EDB) and Chairman, National Packaging Centre, passed away peacefully on 7th February 2018. He was 82 years old. 

An old boy of St.Thomas’ College Guruthalawa/Mt.Lavinia, Hewawasam had served the country in senior government management positions for over 60 years.

After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours from the University of Peradeniya, he completed Post Graduate and Masters Degrees at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

During his service in the public sector he served as the Asst. Secretary Ministry of Industries and Scientific Affairs, Area Manager Ceylon Petroleum Corporation – Central Province, Director Marketing and Management Consultant at National Institute of Business Management (NIBM),Chairman and Director General of the Export Development Board and Chairman  –National Packaging Centre. He also worked as the Director of EDB branch office in Rotterdam in Netherlands. After retirement he worked as the Director Administration for SLIIT. 

He excelled in sports at his alma mater, St.Thomas’ College Guruthalawa / Mt.Lavinia and at University of Peradeniya.He was a reputed marksman and won the Gaffoor Challenge Cup for Shooting at St.Thomas’ College, Guruthalawa, and also captained the Rugby Team at University of Peradeniya. 

Hewawasamleaves behind his wife Puranganee (nee Pussegoda) and two children Manori and Upendra.

His funeral rites will take place on Friday 9th February 2018 at 4.00pm at the General Cemetery Kanatta Borella. Cortege leaving residence at No.30/5, De Silva Cross Road, Kalubowila, Dehiwala.


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