‘Michael de Zoysa did yeomen service to Tea Industry’ | Daily News


‘Michael de Zoysa did yeomen service to Tea Industry’

The Colombo Tea Traders’ Association, (TEA), the Apex Body of the country’s Tea Industry, announces the demise of Michael de Zoysa on September 29, 2019, just a day before his 73rd birth anniversary. His mortal remains were interred at the General Cemetery Kanatte on October 2, 2019, in the presence of a large gathering.

The late de Zoysa, on completing his secondary education at St. Thomas’ College, Mount Lavinia, joined the multi-national tea company, Lipton in 1966, as a trainee Executive and retired, following an outstanding career, in the year 2000, as Managing Director of Unilever International Tea Division – Lipton/Brooke Bond.

After retirement, he continued to have an active association with the tea industry, as Mentor and Consultant, to a number of tea related organizations and events and also played a dynamic role, as Chairman of the Organizing Committee, in all but one of the Colombo International Tea Conventions, acknowledged globally as the preeminent forum on Tea, conducted by the Colombo Tea Traders’ Association every four years, from 1992, till 2017, to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Ceylon Tea.

He had the unique distinction of having held the office of Chairman of the Colombo Tea Traders’ Association for 14 tenures, considerably more than any other Chairman in the history of the Association, during the 17 years, from 1983 to 1999.

He was bestowed the singular honour of Honorary Life Membership, conferred upon him by the Colombo Tea Traders’ Association, for his service and contribution to the Association and the Tea Industry. In August this year, as a tribute for the admiration in which the Colombo Tea Traders’ Association held de Zoysa, he was invited as Guest of Honour at the iconic event of the 125th Annual General Meeting of the Association.

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