Tribute to legendary Antonians Spencer Dias and Nishantha Seneviratne | Daily News

Tribute to legendary Antonians Spencer Dias and Nishantha Seneviratne

Spencer Dias - Past President of St. Anthony’s College Kandy  Old Boys’ Associations Colombo Branch

Period in College - 1954 to 1963

Spencer Dias

A sportsman par excellence during his time at St. Anthony’s who excelled in Rugby and was a senior Scout who has participated in Jamborees, and Cadet who participated in the Cadetting camp at Diyatalawa.

He Joined the OBA Colombo Branch in 1963. He was elected President in 1979 and served for one year.

During his term he undertook the restoration and completion of the Rev. Fr. Roast Memorial Clocks at the college porch tower. The clocks were presented by the Colombo Branch in 1959, in memory of late Principal Rev. Fr. Rosati.

He was the advocate behind the modern scoreboard which promoted live radio commentaries and live TV telecasts. Funds for this project were collected by the Colombo Branch of the OBA. The scoreboard was constructed and gifted to the college in July 1980, which is in use to date.

In the 80’s, Spencer was also involved in several fund raising projects for the construction of the College Pavilion and Sports Complex. He was assisted by the late Minister Chandra Bandara in a big way by organising carnivals during the August holidays and a Government sponsored Mahapola Fair at College premises.

Having worked at Cement Corporation, Lever Brothers and Maharajah’s, he formed his own distribution company, Shawn and Spencer'. He ended his career as a Consultant at Ceylinco Insurance.

He is a fellow of the Life Insurance Association of USA. He is also the recipient of the Antonian Excellence Award, in 2004.


Nishantha Seneviratne

Period in College - 1963 to 1968

Nishantha Seneviratne

Represented College in Cricket - Under 12, captained by Jayantha Monnekulame. He also represented college at several Inter School Choral Competitions. Joined OBA Colombo Branch in 1969, introduced to Ex-Co in 1977, was Assistant Treasurer - 1982-1991, Hony. Secretary 1991-1994 and subsequently elected President - 1994 - 1997. He claims to be the youngest to have been elected as President.

He was involved with the core group that laboured for the College Pavilion and Gymnasium Project. His other achievements are organising the Diamond Jubilee Dinner Dance in 1987, taking the 'SACKOBA BALL' to newer heights.

He was also instrumental in initiating the inclusion of Spouses as Ex-Co members in organising OBA events such as Coffee Mornings. The Antonian Rugby Night at CR&FC in 1986 was also his initiative.

The production of the Antonian Connection - Directory of Old Antonians, Production of Sesquicentennial Publication” and setting up of The Antonian Archives and Museum at College, as part of the 150th Anniversary Celebrations in 2004, were all his achievements.

He was awarded the Antonian Excellence Award during the 150th Anniversary celebrations.

He was into Advertising, beginning his career by joining the Family Advertising Agency and subsequently worked in Mumbai and the UK.

He later incorporated his own Advertising Agency under “Admark Services - in 1972, he continued to function as its Chairman, clocking 47 years in this profession.





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