Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

A tribute to my hero on turn­ing 75

- Lifestyle

Thank you for show­ing me right from wrong since I was a child.

Thank you for show­ing me by ex­am­ple how to keep on work­ing hard even at the age of 75!

Thank you for dis­play­ing In­tegrity through your life­style by do­ing what you say and say­ing what you do; an ab­so­lute rar­ity in to­day’s day and age.

Thank you be­ing re­spon­si­ble and for pro­vid­ing the best for your fam­ily. Thank you for not drag­ging us into court through ir­re­spon­si­ble liv­ing.

Thank you for never mak­ing us vul­ner­a­ble to abuse by cred­i­tors.

Thank you for keep­ing us from be­ing hauled into Po­lice sta­tions for drunken driv­ing or mis­con­duct.

Thank you for not get­ting em­broiled in scan­dals and sav­ings us from pub­lic em­bar­rass­ment.

Thank you for stand­ing up against in­jus­tice when you see it, rather than shy­ing away from it.

Thank you for tak­ing care of the un­der-dog, whom oth­ers would eas­ily passby. Thank you for do­ing ex­tra­or­di­nary things which were de­manded at var­i­ous stages dur­ing your il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer, things of which many would not know and oth­ers may have even for­got­ten. Work­ing right through the JVP in­sur­rec­tion amidst death threats and safeguar­ing, both, peo­ple and com­pany prop­erty dur­ing black July’83 stand out among many oth­ers.

Thank you for show­ing me what it means to be a man and never shun re­spon­si­bil­ity. I wouldn’t have been able to do what I do now if you had not in­grained into me the value of In­tegrity. Al­though you may not be the ro­man­tic sort, the way you took care of Ammi dur­ing her re­cent ill­ness was ab­so­lutely ex­tra­or­di­nary, for which I will be eter­nally grate­ful to you.

Thaththi you have ful­filled God’s man­date as a father.

Some may call you ar­ro­gant and tough while oth­ers may call you pe­cu­liar, but no­body can call you a crook nor a cheat. This I will ever cher­ish. I will be proud to be called the son of the Great Shi­ran Mendis; a dis­tin­guished Planter, a su­per ef­fi­cient Di­rec­tor and a Cor­po­rate Con­sul­tant par ex­cel­lence. This is the Legacy you will pass on; not many chil­dren are blessed to in­herit such a legacy.

I know that you de­serve a son way bet­ter than me, but hope I would be able to make you proud some­day.

Happy 75th birth­day, Daddy! May the dear Lord bless you loads. You will al­ways re­main my Hero! Your ever lov­ing son,

Las­an­tha

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