S.K. Wickremesinghe, a well-known and much respected figure both in Sri Lankan business and diplomatic circles and eldest son of Martin Wickremesinghe, has passed away on Thursday at the age of 94.
His funeral will be held today at 4 p.m. at the General Cemetery, Borella, prior to which his remains will be at 8, Claessen Place, Colombo 5.
He was Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to the UK from 1995 to 1999. Before and after this assignment, he chaired the boards of a number of Sri Lankan blue-chip companies including Commercial Bank of Ceylon, Ceylon Tobacco Company, Chemical Industries (Colombo), CTC Eagle, NDB, SriLankan Airlines, and Chemanex, a company founded by him.
Wickremesinghe has served as a Trustee of the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon and on a number of Government commissions and boards including the Securities and Exchange Commission, National Education Commission, the Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration and the Postgraduate Institute of Management of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura.