It was on Friday, October 24 around
1.40 p.m. that we received the
heartrending news that our Sports
Editor, Gamini Senadheera had passed
away. It was a day and a time at which
he would have normally been busy finding
stories, writing stories and standing in
the computer room making his pages.
But on this Friday, he lay spent in a
hospital bed, death overtaking this good
man who lived his life to the fullest.
It is difficult to console his
family, loved ones, colleagues and
friends but the thought of Gamini
Senadheera and the life he lived will
suffice to think of him with each
passing day and love him all over again.
Gamini Senadheera started his career
in the mid ’60s as a part time sports
writer. His experience in the field of
sports journalism is wide and varied.
After his remarkable career at Lake
House, Gamini joined Lankapuvath.
Gamini Senadheera was easily one of
the more experienced sports journalists
in today’s journalistic world. He has
been with The Sunday Leader since
its very inception and worked hard,
diligently finishing his pages on time.
Come rain or sunshine, Gamini got the
stories and conscientiously sub-edited
them and made the pages.
A celebrated cricketer himself,
especially while he was at St.
Benedict’s College, Kotahena, it was
only natural that Gamini pursued a
career in cricket and sports journalism.
Gamini made a name for himself with
his impartial stance and fair reporting.
He was much sought after and travelled
the world — to cover test cricket in
England, Australia, India, South Africa
and Pakistan. He covered the World Cup
in 1996 when Sri Lanka emerged
Gamini Senadheera was a true all
rounder — writing, sub-editing and
laying out pages made him a great asset
to any newspaper. He was undoubtedly an
asset to Leader Publications where he
worked as our Sports Editor. His long
years of experience and his exceptional
ability gave him a sense of confidence
that few could enjoy. He covered
cricket, athletics, and football with
Gamini wrote extensively on cricket
for The Sunday Leader and The
Morning Leader and was responsible
in bringing out many supplements on
cricket, especially during test series’.
Gamini Senadheera was loved by all.
Always happy and laughing, able to enjoy
a good joke even amidst a heavy load of
work, Gamini Senadheera did not show
anyone any sadness or give away a hint
of the load that he carried. He was a
loving husband and loved his sons,
daughters-in-law and his grandchildren
with all his heart.
Nothing brought him greater happiness
than taking home goodies for his
grandchildren. "They bring me so much
happiness — they are my life," he once
told this writer.
Gamini was essentially a family man,
being there for them like a sturdy rock.
He enjoyed taking them out and going on
little ‘trips.’ Gamini experienced great
happiness from such simple things in
Gamini Senadheera was a God-fearing
man and spent his off-days in church.
Every morning as he walked into his
office, he did not make much
conversation with anyone — not before he
stood near and prayed with his eyes
closed near the picture of the Holy Face
of Jesus, with a crown of thorns.
It is seldom in life that one meets
people as Gamini Senadheera — strong and
capable, true with his friendship yet
having the strength of character to call
a spade a spade. His voice boomed with
authority and confidence — a voice that
has been stilled today.
Gamini, you are gone, and it is
unlikely that we will meet an
all-rounder like you again — a capable
journalist, a loving husband, father and
grandfather and a true friend.
Till we meet again…Gamini, with a
heavy heart and unshed tears we say,
— Ranee Mohamed