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A Surprise for Mr.Spencer Dias on his 73rd Birthday

Mr. Spencer Dias, a stalwart of the OBA and Past President of Colombo Branch was to celebrate his 73rd Birthday on 4th July 2017, quietly probably with his family and a few friends at his residence. But some of his long standing friends at Colombo OBA thought otherwise. At short notice, a surprise Dinner party was organized at ‘Sponge’, Colpetty with the help of its ever supportive owner, Antonian Akantha Pandithasekera. Sponge being popularly known for delicious cakes and pastries, Akantha had a beautiful cake made to celebrate the occasion and laid out a simple but delicious dinner to sample some food that is yet to be included on their menu.

Spencer Dias, joined St. Anthony’s in 1954 from standard four, remembers M.S. Fernando, Past President Colombo Branch. Both of them came from different schools in the same year and they became very close friends because of Scouting. In addition to being a Scout, Spencer represented College in Cadetting as well as Rugby and after leaving school played for C.R.& F.C. He joined the Ceylon Cement Corporation initially and Lever Brothers subsequently, where he made a steady progress in career. On and earlier occasion Spencer shared that, he was an Executive when he was elected President of the Colombo Branch. The election as President surprised his superiors at Levers as they felt they had under estimated his talents and gave him an immediate promotion. He later joined the Maharaja Organization as a Director. After retiring from Maharajas, he served as a consultant to Ceylinco Insurance.

As reminisced by Past President Nishanta Seneviratne, Spencer Dias joined the OBA Committee in the early sixties and teamed up with the likes of Willie Weerasekera, Ranjith Samarasekera and Sam Mathavan who were the young brigade that was taking charge at the time. He served many terms as Hony. Secretary before and after his term as President, but his most valuable contribution was made during his long spell as the Hony. Secretary, when Chandra Bandara was President. This period, in Nishanta’s opinion, was the most active in the history of the Colombo Branch, as we embarked on the massive Gymnasium & Pavilion project, which required constant follow up and coordination by Spencer over a span of nearly 10 years. Shuttling between Colombo and Kandy was a weekly requirement and during the many fund raising projects like carnivals and exhibitions, it became almost a daily exercise. He was also very active in finding lucrative employment for young Antonians who joined Colombo Branch and even found them accommodation.

Sackoba Colombo branch appreciates the contributions made towards the OBA and the Alma Mater and wishes Spencer many more years of good health and life. Below are some photographs of the celebrations.