|Tuesday, 12 February 2002|
The death occurred yesterday of Ronnie Abeysinghe, a former Serjeant-at-Arms of Parliament. One of the country's leading physical culturalists and weightlifters Mudiyanselage Ronald Abeysinghe, fondly known as 'Ronnie', joined the House of Representatives as a clerk in 1958.
He was appointed Assistant Serjeant-at-Arms in 1961 and elevated to Serjeant-at-Arms in 1970. He served for 26 years and retired as the most senior Serjeant-at-Arms of Parliament in the Commonwealth.
A special session of Parliament was held on July 26, 1996 to bid farewell to Mr. Abeysinghe for his dedicated service.
Born on July 26, 1936, in Teldeniya he was educated at St. John's College, Panadura and Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa. In 1966 he married Iromi, a teacher of St.Thomas' College, Mount Lavinia. He was a father of three children.
He was adjudged Mr. Moratuwa and in 1957, was a finalist in the Mr. Ceylon contest. He was the President of the Sri Lanka Powerlifting Association and the Sri Lanka Automobile Association.
Funeral arrangements will be notified later.
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