The Suave And Inimitable Mr.Vernon
He was a giant amongst broadcasters suave and inimitable during his days
at Radio Ceylon later to become Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation as
the News Director and much more! and a sheer guiding light to all the
young aspiring broadcasters with a young at heart approach to inspire
them and who were fortunate enough to come under his wing.Vernon was sheer
magic with his incredible sense of humor and ingrained broadcasting skills
with a deep velvety voice to match and a no nonsense type approach to
the many sessions of pleasurable broadcast journalism he was involved
with until his departure to England sometime during the turbulent 50s
and 60s if memory holds correct.
A perfectionist in every aspect of broadcasting, knowledgeable, flamboyant
and outspoken in any situtation demanding integrity and honesty he never
was one to mince his words displaying great charisma and decorum of another
time and age which seems to have all but dissapeared in the world of broadcasting
today and commanded great respect from all his subordinates as well as
his peers which included the fiery late Livy Wijeymanne the one time no
A true gentleman with a penchant for lyrical expression and a kindly disposition
towards the lesser talented juniors always encouraging them to perfect
their skills he was a tower of strength to the Broadcasting Industry of
his time and leaves behind so many fond and revered memories during his
tenure which surely brings a smile to those who remember him.Especially
at the shows he compered! being a brilliant showhost with a wonderful
sense of humor.
His associates at the British Broadcasting Corporation where he worked
as a co-ordinater for ethnic minorities as reported during the latter
part of his career have raised many accolades to his charming personality
and have been very appreciative of his presence there.
Sincere heartfelt condolences go out to his family as his life is remembered
as a celebration of joy and appreciation of a wonderful personality who
exuded a rare Joie de Vivre to all who were fortunate enough to know him.
I was one of them for a brief period in time.
May his soul rest in eternal peace.