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WIJESOORIYA, Don “Mervyn”

March 25, 1934 – Sri Lanka
March 2, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Don “Mervyn” Wijesooriya. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Monday, March 2, 2015 at the age of 80 years.

Mervyn was born on March 25, 1934 in Sri Lanka, but left to pursue his education in England at the London College of Printing in 1970. Upon receiving his degree he and his family then made the journey to Calgary in 1974. Mervyn continued to work in the printing industry until his retirement. He was a forever charming and charismatic man with a story for any occasion. He enjoyed many hobbies including painting, gardening and fishing, but in recent years his greatest joy came from his grandchildren. He will be greatly missed by all who were privileged to know and love him.

Mervyn is survived by his devoted wife Rosemary; loving sons Namala and Gamunu (Lindsay); grandchildren Enzo and Aria; and his brothers.

A Gathering to celebrate his life will be held at Crystal Shores Beach House (403 Milligan Drive Okotoks, AB) on what would have been Mervyn’s 81st birthday, Wednesday, March 25, 2015 from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. The family would like to thank the amazing nurses and doctors at South Health Campus ICU for the gracious care given to Mervyn in his final hours.

In living memory of Mervyn Wijesooriya, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Howard and Carolyn McGiffin and family :

    Heartfelt sympathy and sincere condolences to Rosemary, Namala and Gamunu. I will greatly miss Mervyn’s kindness and humour and his wonderful – and often lengthy – reminiscences and stories. He was a great friend and colleague for more than 30 years.

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  2. Roy & Laura Wijayanayake :

    WORDS SEEMS INADEQUATE TO EXPRESS THE SADNESS WE FEEL ABOUT MERVIN’S DEATH.WE ARE HERE TO SUPPORT YOU, NAM , GAM & FAMILY IN YOUR GRIEVING PROCESS. WITH SINCERE SYMPATHY.
    LAURA, ROY, AMAL & NIMAL

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  3. Dino and Wendy Pedron :

    We are so sorry to hear of Mervyn’s passing and wish to extend our condolences to Rosemary and the family. Although it has been a few years since we have had the pleasure of his company we do remember him fondly. We will be thinking of Mervyn and his family on the day of the celebration, unfortunately we are out of the country and unable to attend.

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  4. Kevin and Kareen McCoy :

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. Mervyn will truly be missed. Unfortunately we won’t be able to attend his celebration as we will be out of the country.

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  5. Chitra and Lennie Wijesooriya :

    We are saddened by the passing of our good friend Mervyn. Mervyn was like a Big Brother to us. We will miss his company and his wit and the joy of all those evenings listening to his fishing and camping adventures. Let us all remember the good times we had together. May he attain Nibbana.

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  6. Linda and Tim Hohm and Family :

    Hearing about your loss has deeply saddened us, but we know that this is far from what you are going through right now. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and Namala and Gam. We wish we could have shared in this day with you

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