The Suave And Inimitable Mr.Vernon Corea Remembered.

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 nosense Director.

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.

Sunimal Perera





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