Sunday, November 18, 2018

Appreciation of Dr. Darrel Weinman by Dr. Ranji Wikramanayake

email sent by Dr . Chitra Gallage nee Subhawickrema

Dr. Darrel Felix Weinman -  Sri Lankas Brilliant Neurosurgeon.
Darrel Weinman was born on 20/11/1929.
He attended St. Peters college Colombo where he was a brilliant student &
excelled at sport. He was the school cricket captain. A few years ago when a
mutual friend , Dr.Tony Don Michael passed away, I informed him. He said,
“He was my protégé". Tony played cricket for the school, under Darrel
He was a good student & I am reliably informed by his classmate
(from 2nd year St.Peters ) Dr.Derrick Nugara who graduated with  him,
that he qualified with 1st class honours. I didn’t know him as a student
as he was a few years senior to me, but in 1957, when he was studying
for the primary FRCS, he borrowed a box of pathology slides from me
Needless to say, he passed first & won the Hallet prize.

We were next. in London in 1960 when he was studying for the
FRCS & I, the MRCP..We both returned to Ceylon in 1962,
after passing our exams, to begin our careers at the general Hospital
Colombo. I was appointed to the OPD, as Physician in 1964 &
we did see a lot of each other.
But, it was in 1968 that our close friendship began when
Dr. George Ratnavale, Neurologist took 6 months off. I had to act for him.
Fortunately. after my MRCPE I had spent 3 months at the Maida Vale Hospital,
post graduate Neurology course with some of Britain’s foremost Neurologists.
I remember, in particular. presenting to Lord Russell Brain. This helped
me to fit in easily to the job. We immediately set up a partnership, me the
acting Neurologist & he, the Neurosurgeon. To say that he was brilliant
is an understatement. we would do weekly joint ward rounds with our junior
A new close relationship then began. At least2 or 3 times a week, the
two if us would go out in the evening and have dinner(just the two of us).
We would start at the Officers Mess at Galle face, He as in the army, then
on to the Akase Kade or GOH (names fade!). All the waiters knew
Weinman Mahathaya ! The routine after dinner was that we would visit
the NSU (sometimes at midnight). He wanted to review the patients he
had operated on that morning. Such was the dedication of the man.
Many nurses would be sleeping on the floor, not knowing that the Boss
was visiting!
It was at that time, his romance blossomed. His junior, Brinda &
he fell in love. It was quite a romance. Rumour has it that when Brinda
was a student, she had said, “One day I will marry Darrel Weinman".
Only Brinda can confirm this. They lived happily married for almost 50 years.
He used to come home for my children’s b days. On one occasion,
I was giving a talk to the post graduate institution on Diabetes which
he attended. After the talk he came to me & said, “You are mad,
giving your secrets away "! 
I left for UK in 1970. About 1973, Brinda came to London to sit her FRCS.
Darrel accompanied her. They paid me a visit at my house in London.
During the day, we took them to the races at Royal Ascot. We were near
the stables when the Queen came round. Darrel the army man, stood to
attention & saluted the queen. I was quite amused. In the night, they
came home for dinner. After dinner, he & I sat in a room, the others in
the next room. After a few drinks, he became quite emotional & said
“I will go wherever you go.  “We were both contemplating moving to Australia
In 1975, I got a job as Consultant Physician to the Royal Prince Alfred Sydney.
He wrote to me suggesting, that if I came over, we could start a group practice.
Me as the physician, Brinda as the surgeon & he, the neurologist.
As I had a hospital appointment, I had to turn down the offer.
We arrived in Sydney in Feb. 1975. 2 days after we arrived, he came
home & drove us around the eastern suburbs particularly, Bondi Beach.
We remained close & often visited each other.
His love was Neurosurgery. It was difficult to get a teaching hospital post
as a neurosurgeon. He was appointed Neurosurgeon to Canterbury &
Banks town hospitals. But neither had an ICU to look after neurosurgical
patients. So, after some time he turned his talents to general Practice. He had
a huge practice & his patients loved him.
The last occasion we probably met was when out mutual friend,
Dr. Tony Don Michael visited Sydney. Her stayed with me& one evening
we went to Darrel’s for dinner. Darrel was a gifted pianist& played by ear.
After dinner, Darrel sat at the keyboards, Tony (a brilliant tenor) &
all of us had a typical SriLankan "Sing song"
I had cardiac surgery in 2015 & now don’t drive much. Never at night.
So although we spoke about getting together, it never happened.
He was a wonderful man, brilliant Neurosurgeon. Cared for his patients &
loved his wife.
He will be sadly missed.
Ranji Wikramanayake

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Samanthi Wijewardne (nee Wedisinghe)- Obituary



Mana Wedisinghe

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Orlando. FL 32837. USA
Tel. +1 407 812 6335.

Dear friends.

It is with deep sorrow and sadness , that we inform you of the demise of our

beloved daughter , Samanthi Wijewardane.

Having fought a long battle against Ovarian Cancer , with courage and determination she finally

succumbed to it on 10th November 2018.

Given below is the arrangements made for her final journey.

Address of the Funeral House.

Hunters Creek Family Funeral Care.

No 13001 S. John Young Parkway

Orlando FL 32837.

Viewing                   Saturday 17th Nov.       9.00  AM  to  11.00  AM

                                 Sunday  18th  Nov        8.30  AM    to  10.00  AM

Religious Ceremony ---do--- 10.00 AM to 11.00 AM 

Cremation               Sunday    18th Nov       12.00  Noon.

No Flowers please.

Instead as per Samanthi's wishes , please make donations to,

Mana & Piyaseeli Wedisinghe.

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