He was my mentor, and he made a huge impact in changing the way I viewed public health. He was instrumental in driving home the message that public health, just like any other branch in medicine, is just as important - if not, even more influential and impactful on the populace in general.
His passing was sudden - the cruel scissors of the Fates acted abruptly today, robbing us of that great role model, teacher and friend.
Dr Hemantha, your passing has left us in a state of sorrow - but your death shall not be in vain - for in your passing, you have entered our memories as a monument of an undying sense of dedication to teaching and to public health.
In memoriam praeceptor magnus - requiescat in pace dona ei, Domine.
Prof Dr Hemantha Wickramatillake - your passing shall see us fight even more courageously in our endeavour to become good doctors.