Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Hubert Austin de Silva

Possessed all the qualities to lead -

Late Mr. Hubert Austin de Silva

It is 16 years since late Mr. Hubert Austin de Silva was called to his eternal rest by Lord Jesus Christ on 21st October, 1992. Late Mr. de Silva was an unforgettable character endowed with a good brain, a splendid sense of humour and steady fast loyalty to his principals and friends.

Late Mr. de Silva had achieved greatness and possessed the qualities of a leader. The first and foremost requirements of a great leader are honesty and sincerity of purpose. Then come vision, devotion and dedication to that purpose which could be enumerated as qualities that enhance leadership. A leader should also be able to identify temperament, the individual capabilities and ability of his entire staff. Mr. Hubert Silva possessed all these qualities to lead the entire group.His early education was at St. Benedict College Kotahena where he had a brilliant education. Late Mr. de Silva was selected for the District Revenue Officers Service in 1944. His first appointment as D.R.O. was in Matara. Later he was appointed as D.R.O. to Gampaha district. In 1951 he was selected by the Colombo Plan to undergo training at Administrative Staff College Hanley on Thames, England for a period of six months.

In 1958 Government appointed late Mr. de Silva to the Port (Cargo) Corporation where he was the Chief Executive and Chairman, Port Cargo Corporation. He served on several other and Government organisations and was also acting chairman Ceylon Shiping Corporation. After over 27 years of valuable service he left the Government service and joined the private sector as Director of Mc Larence Ltd. which was then one of the well established reputed foreign owned shipping agency houses. In 1973 Mc Larence Limited became fully fledged Ceylonese Company as Mc Larence Shipping limited and Mr. de Siva was elected as its Chairman in the latter part of 1971. In 1975 he launched his project in tourism and constructed Hotel Topaz and later Hotel Tourmaline. He further ventured into various other fields and also built two Container Yards at Welisara and Hendala. It is the duty of all the staff employed at the group to say a prayer on this 21 October, 2008 in his memory.

I have written this appreciation for the 16th time because we are a society with short memories.

May the Almighty God rest him in peace.

Claud de Silva


Anonymous mahen said...

thank you for your kind and appreciative words.
He was a true visionary.
I miss him very much

a grandson

12:39 AM  
Blogger Fazli Sameer said...

your welcome
i try to do my best, within my own limitations, to highlight every individual who has contributed to the developmentand progress of our beautiful nation. They deserve more for their courage, valour, and dedication and we need more men of their mettle to take our Island forward in te years to come.

12:49 AM  

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