Rex Fernando Arseculeratne, 82, of Madison Lane, Hamilton NY, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 15, 2013 at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, NY.
He was born October 17, 1930 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, one of eight children born to Henry and Louisa Arseculeratne. Rex went to school and attended technical college in Colombo. He worked as a draftsman, contractor, salesman, realtor, and business owner, but it was during his work as a building contractor at a project at St. Lawrence Girls School where he met a young teacher named Sujatha (Sue) Goonetilleke. They married in 1960 and emigrated to London, England in 1962, returned to Sri Lanka for a few years, then brought the family to the United States in 1968 where they settled in the Los Angeles area.
Together Rex and Sujatha traveled to 50 countries, lived and worked on three continents, and continued to take new adventures together. In December 2012, they made their final move to Upstate New York to be closer to family. They worked, in their retirement, to support charities in Sri Lanka, including their most recent project: raising funds for LaSallian Foundation Community Education Services, which provides education and vocational training to children and young adults who have few opportunities.
Rex leaves behind his devoted wife of 53 years, Sujatha; his daughter Samanthi and her husband Duane Martinez of Hamilton, NY; his son Ruwan and his wife Cristin Arseculeratne of Reston, Virginia; his sister Edna (Kingsley) Fernando; his brother Shelton (Lily) Arseculeratne; his brother Arnold (Indra) Arseculeratne, all of California; four grandchildren: Joshua, Rachel, Zane and Maryn; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins in the US, England and Sri Lanka; and many, many dear friends all over the world.
Friends are invited to call at the Burgess & Tedesco, 25 Broad Street, Hamilton on Thursday, June 20, 2013 from 5-8pm.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Wylie St, Hamilton, NY on Friday, June 21 at 10 AM with interment to follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Hamilton.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Rex’s memory to the LaSallian Foundation in Sri Lanka (www.lasallianfoundation.org).