Joes felicitate Fairlie Dalpathado
St. Joseph's College Colombo Past Cricketers' Association felicitated
one of their finest products Fairlie Dalapathado recently at Aitken
Spence Tower amongst a distinguished gathering.
Fairlie excelled in both cricket and tennis and was a double
international. He captained St. Joseph's cricket in 1942 and 1943. In
the year 1943 the Josephians became undisputed schools champions. After
leaving St. Joseph's he continued his cricketing prowess at SSC and Sri
Lanka (then Ceylon) with much distinction. His contemporaries were the
best men that Sri Lanka has ever produced, Mahadevan Sathasivam, F.C. de
Saram, Ryle de Zoysa, Malcolm Spittel, Vernon Prins and Lucien de Zoysa
to name a few.
Addressing the gathering the present St. Joseph's College cricket
coach Harsha de Silva observed that he is unable to sum up in two or
three verses of his mentor. "Sir you are noble to all of us and we were
so fortunate to have a coach of your calibre. Next to express his views
was well known cricket commentator Rohan de S. Wijeratne. "you made me a
liking for cricket. The discipline you inculcated amongst us on and off
the field is simply remarkable. It is undisputed that you are the most
revered guru of St. Joseph's cricket." Concluded Rohan.
Rev. Fr. Sylvester Ranasinghe in his speech mentioned that Fairlie
Dalpathado had a true love and affection for his Almamater "He was one
of the few devoted cricket coaches whom I have ever come across." Rev.
Fr. Sylvester commended Fairlie's noble gesture since he was residing at
St. Joseph's during his tenure of coaching.
In his speech Dalpathado thanked the past cricketers association of
St. Joseph's and the organizing committee headed by Dr. Rohan Fernando
and Tony Gunawardena for their wonderful gesture. He wanted the young
Josephian cricketers to emulate their exemplary seniors, since his
trademark for success was emulating the senior cricketers such as Robert
Fernando and D.S. Jayasundara.
Blessed with a firm determination and sense of dedication, day in and
day out Fairlie, Dalpathoda could be seen at the college cricket ground
putting his charges through their paces. His genial manner and ready
instinct for the game won him the admiration of the cricketers and the
His success as a coach is mirrored in the results achieved that we
are all too well aware of. For his yeoman service as cricket coach St.
Joseph's will always remember him with deep gratitude. We wish him good
health and God's blessings.