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Final Salute to a Honorable, Respectable, Courageous Soldier, Maj. Gen. Samantha Sooriyabandara.

Wednesday, 22 August 2012 - 2:59 PM SL Time

Final Salute to a Honorable, Respectable, Courageous Soldier, Maj. Gen. Samantha Sooriyabandara.

This is brief note from the daughters of General Sarath Fonseka, Apsara and Aparna.


My dear friends,

Today I want to take a minute time to pay respects to a astounding Officer, father and a friend. Maj. Gen. Samantha Sooriyabandara, one of few good soldiers that ever served the SL Army passed away yesterday.


I remember the first time I met Maj. Gen. Sooriyabandara. It was during the time of my father`s suicide attack. He was put in to
take care of security at the General hospital. He was able to give the comfort of safety to us by performing his job to the highest
level. My father was able to heal with peace of mind knowing this man was ensuring his security.

Our father used to always define him as an officer and a gentleman with good ethics and honesty. He was one of those officers
who were recognized for his actions and accomplishments rather than for what rank he held. He was put in charge of major war
zone areas because of his outstanding capabilites. He was one of those war heroes who did his job with utmost dedication to
help this country and its people achieve peace and freedom. He did his part for his country with honesty and pride, and with his
head held up high.

I got to know Uncle Samantha on personal level once this vengeful government sent him on compulsory leave for not
contributing to their corrupt ways. He did not let the government get the best of him. I remember him saying once that it was
better to retire than to work for people who had no values in life. He advised us as if we were his own children, and being a
father to us when our father was in prison. Advising us on how to cope with tough situations that came our way and pushing
us on to do what needed to be done to get our father out of prison. He treated us all as his own children and encouraged us to
never give up in our struggle. He took time to listen to us even with all that he and his whole family was going through because
of this regime`s actions. He defined himself to be a great human being with unparalleled values and virtues.

Maj. Gen. Sooriyabanadara- a man with great integrity, strength and heart- you will be missed tremendously. Not only did
the country lose a great hero, and your family a great husband and father- we lost a great friend. Uncle Samantha, Maj. Gen.
Sooriyabandara, you will be remembered dearly. The encouragement you gave and the undying faith you had for a better day
will never be forgotten. You will always remain in our hearts as one of the finest officers in the Sri Lankan army, an astounding
war hero and an amazing human being.

May you attain supreme bliss of Nibbana and may god take care of you!

On behalf of our parents Gen. Fonseka and Anoma Fonseka,

Apsara F and Aparna F.

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Apsara F and Aparna F.

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SamP
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How did he die?
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Unfortunate.

sent him on compulsory leave for not contributing to their corrupt ways

thought it was 'cos of helping SF in the elections he was sent on compulsory leave..
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thought it was 'cos of helping SF in the elections he was sent on compulsory leave..


This is correct. He was the CO of Commando I and II during and before the war and was well liked by his men. He died in Aus. It is said that he hit the bottle badly after leaving the SLA.
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Politics aside, any soldier who served the nation honorably deserves to be respected. May Maj. Gen. Samantha Sooriyabandara attain the ultimate bliss!
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It is with deep sadness that I am writing this after hearing about Soori's death. I've known him from the early eighties up until the late 90's and we'd frequently meet at SSC and Colts. After than I met him only once at the BMICH when someone came and tapped on my shoulder. To see it was Soori.

Rest in peace Soori until we meet again. I will have a drink on your behalf tonight machan, Cheers!

Ado Adhil,

Don't make up stories against a dead man you effing slimy dork. Everyone in the forces have a good drink and that doesn't mean we're 'hitting the bottle' like the way you have put it. As soldiers we know our limits and are disciplined.

If you tell that in front of me against this dead beloved friend of mine, I'd really hope Allah is there to protect your mouth.

Edited By - shamalp - 22 Aug 2012 17:03:08 GMT
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May Maj. Gen. Samantha Sooriyabandara attain Nibbana !
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It was a very sad situation that this great Officer passed away. I have closely seen how he operated during the 1st wave from Muhamalai to capture the LTTE first bund. lost 8 tanks and many died but it was not his fault purely a bloody political decision to go from bottled neck Muhamalai.I've seen in some articles that some dumb idiots who dont know about war fare comparing to Gen Cluster, Cluster knew he is leading his men to deth not Gen Sooriyabandara He simply dislikely obeyed the orders from the top which obviously political decisions (can gurantee 100% as a officer closely involved with most of the top ranked officers from SFHQ - J during and after the operation until met together at EPS) Please don't insult a man who fought for his country and led men well trough out. Also any one who served know that 53 DIV cannot be commanded by a ordinary (It includes the Elite Air Mobile and was A RSF). Salute you with great respect Sir, May you attain nibbana.
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Sam,

He had been on his exercise bicycle doing the routine ride when he got a heart attack. This is from a very reliable source.
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Shamal and BigD,

Nicely put!
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Laliths, thank you for this wonderful contribution to Maj. Gen. Samantha Sooriyabandara. We should never forget officers like Maj. Gen. Sooriyabandara who served and fought for the country. RIP sir.

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