Suresh no more

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The Island is deeply saddened to announce the demise of one of its veteran journalists.

Suresh Perera, 59, was a colossus when it came to both his size and the quality of his work. He was unarguably a heavyweight in journalism. Close to six feet in height and easily weighing over 100 kilos, he was a man of few words, who jealously guarded his private life.

Suresh joined The Island in the mid-80s, having worked elsewhere as a journalist, and soon became a versatile reporter, capable of covering any field. He went on to become a desk head, and was functioning as The Sunday Island news editor at the time of his death.

Precision being his watchword, especially in covering Parliament and Cabinet, Suresh was much sought-after especially due to the areas he was covering and the excellent copy he wrote. There was never a case of Suresh misquoting anyone during his entire career. He was a stickler for accuracy and punctuality.

Suresh clearly showed his mettle while covering the late President Ranasinghe Premadasa during the second JVP uprising in the late 1980s and the counter-terror campaign carried out by the state. Sadly, he could not win his battle against coronavirus try as he might.

The last time we saw him in office was two weeks ago, when owing to the pandemic only a handful reported to work at The Island and Sunday Island editorials, most preferring to work online from home. Suresh was among the very few there, wearing his mask.

Suresh leaves his wife and only daughter.

His funeral took place yesterday.

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