(1923 - 2009)

Nickname: Pancras Master

Tamil Nadu, India
March 21, 1923

Mannar, Sri Lanka
April 21, 2009

Dear family members and friends...

Our dad, Xavier Francis Pancras Fernandez passed away at Pesalai, SriLanka on Tuesday, April 22nd 2009, at the age of 86. Funeral services were held Thursday, April 23rd, at 10:00 AM at Our Lady of Victory Church, Pesalai,Sri Lanka.

Our dad led a very simple life and was loved by everyone. There are not enough words to express the love and kindness he showered on us. He had been always there for us mentally and spiritually. His life was an example for us to lead a life in Christ. He was a loving father, grandfather and a great grandfather. We will miss our dad's loving and gentle words. He had a profound impact on our life, shaping us into the persons we are today. Our dad will be remembered forever.

Dad has entered in to eternal glory to be with Jesus and may his beautiful soul rest in eternal peace.

மின் நினைவாலையம் எம் தந்தைக்கு:

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04/21/2010 First Death Anniversay:

Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us every day,
Unseen, unheard, but always near,
Still loved, still missed and very dear.

Loving children
George (Joe), Josephine (Baby), Clarice (Baba) & Christabelle (Belle)

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Guest Book (27 entries)
Grandpa, reading through all the messages from your family and friends has made me realize I knew very little about you, and the little time that I had to see you was not enough. I wish I could go back and take the time to talk to you more. In time, we will meet again. Until then, please continue to look after our family. We all miss you. Love, Ryan
Ryan (Grandson)
April 22nd, 2010
Happy Birthday Grandpa.
March 22nd, 2010
I will always remember his advice and ideas, he was a person by whom i was greatly inspired. Not only was he someone to look upto, He was also my role model during my academic life.
A great gentleman, whos walk can never be forgotten, may he rest in peace.
My heartfelt condolences to his family during this period of loss of such a great man.

Thevethas Peiris (student)
Thevethas Peiris (student)
August 23rd, 2009

A host of good things can be said of Late X F Pancras Fernandez such as an erudite scholar, an eminent person, a perfect gentleman, a fervent Catholic, an exemplary principal, a man of principles, a strict disciplinarian, an altruistic person, an affectionate father, an effulgent mentor, a voracious reader, a spiritual guide, a true leader, a lover of peace, an admirable humanitarian… so on and so forth all of which I fully concede as true. It is not an exaggeration.

Until the late 80s, that is, till he retired from the teaching career, I did not have any close contact with him due to the fact that I missed the opportunity of studying under him though he was a co-villager and a remote relative of mine.

He was in the habit of attending the Holy Mass on a daily basis and so was I during the said period. Hence I had numerous opportunities of meeting him on his way to church. What attracted me most was that he never fails to throw a smile on me saying a “hello” every time he meets me. I was very much fascinated by this gesture of him. Little by little I came to realize that all what others said of him was true.

Having an unshakeable confidence in him, I used to go now and then and meet him personally to discuss on various subjects that interested us in common. During the course of those discussions I myself had found the profound knowledge he possessed almost in all fields. Once, I remember well, he had delivered a long lecture on love and hierarchy of values with special reference to the teaching of Christ through which I was able to clear many of my doubts. The advice he gave really helped me to enhance my personal life. He lived up to his convictions that were so edifying. He was magnanimous both in word and deed. He is a personality who should be emulated by everyone. His memories shall live for ever in our hearts.

J. Edward Pieris
Ward 07
J. Edward Pieris (Friend)
July 10th, 2009
A Tribute to a great teacher

My teacher, Mr. X.F Pancras, is no more. He left us for good on 22.04.2009, having lived a fruitful life for 86 years.
He was the Principal of St. Gabriel’s Collage, Yatiyantota, in the Kegalle district of Sabaragamuwa Province. It was an English mixed school. Mr.Pancras himself was a lexicon. That was why he taught us Charles Dicken’s The tale of two Cities, without any problem in explaining the bombastic words. There was no word, the meaning of which, he did not Know. He was a genius.
Mr. Pancras was short, stocky, quick and smartly dressed. He could teach any subject in the curriculum although he taught only English and Maths in the higher classes. Under his stewardship, St.Gabriels was a composite family comprising Sinhalese, Tamil and Muslim and the religious groups Catholics, Buddhist and Hindus. The amity that prevailed among these groups of students and teachers was an object lesson in racial and religious tolerance.
Sir, though you are no more, we treasure your memory with love and gratitude.

Your loving pupil
J Antony (Former Student)
July 5th, 2009
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"Dear Brother in Christ! God made you late life's burden down. He knew you were tired and weary. He bent down and picks you up and whispered to you 'Come, your task is finished here. Rest in peace with me. A tribute to a staunch Lion."
Poopathy Thamotharampillai
May 5th, 2009
"O Jesus we devoutly embrace that saving cross on which you died so that we may have life. We hail your cross and lovingly accept our own.Take my grandpa and keep in your heart so he may have peace. Amen. Ray Fernando"
Ray Fernando
May 1st, 2009
"Lord, our dad X.F Pancras is gone now from this earthly dwelling but always in hope of the eternal kingdom where you will bring us together again.give us courage to over come the lost.Amen"
Belle fernando
May 1st, 2009
"Into your hands, O Lord we humble entrust our dad, X F pancreas Fernandez. In this life you embraced him with your tender love; deliver him now from every evil and bid him enter eternal rest."
George Fernandez
May 1st, 2009


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