Eulogy – Old Benedictine Aloysius Flavian Ludowyke
|Born 1923 in Galle, was the eldest in a family of four boys and two girls. He lost his mother at the age of 13 years in the malaria epidemic of the 1930’s. Thereafter, he was boarded in schools as his father worked in the Ceylon Government Railway and was transferred from station to station. These circumstances led him to become a self-made man. He was a bright student and ultimately earned an Economics degree from the University of London as an external student. It was during his school days at St. Benedict’s College, Kotahena, where he met my mother’s brothers (Old Benedictines Late Professor Terence Chapman - The youngest ever to be appointed Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Bacteriology, Colombo, Sri Lanka, Anian Chapman, Francis Chapman and Douglas Chapman - Teacher and a great disciplinarian at St. Benedict's College) and through them became a frequent visitor to their home, obviously having been captivated by my mother(Phoebe - Nee Chapman). They got married in April, 1956. He joined the Department of Census & Statistics and subsequently the Ministry of Commerce & Trade. In 1964, he took up the assignment at the Ceylon Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. Subsequently my father served in the Sri Lankan Embassies in Washington, D.C. and Tokyo, Japan as the Trade Attaché. He travelled widely to many parts of the world for Trade Conferences and other meetings as the representative for Sri Lanka and retired in 1983 as the Deputy Director of the Ministry of Trade & Commerce. Thereafter, he worked as the General Secretary of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce & Industry for fourteen years. He devoted his retirement to serving in his church, especially with the Legion of Mary and until recent times visited the homes of the poor, shut-ins and incurables in the neighborhood.|
The hallmarks of my father’s life were his simplicity, humility, honesty and integrity. He came from an era where a man’s word was trusted and honoured, where promises were kept and injustice was intolerable. He also had a great sense of humour and wit which was enjoyed by our family, relatives and friends. He had a positive outlook on life and often saw the sunny and funny side of events. He liked walking and continued this practice despite having a vehicle and right up to his sudden passing away 13 days before his 91st birthday. He never complained of any physical discomfort but chose to bear all things with stoic tolerance and discipline. While my mother took great care to see to his needs, he rarely took medicine and avoided seeing doctors. When on those rare occasions that he was taken for a medical examination and the doctor inquired what was wrong, he would inevitably reply that there was nothing wrong. When asked why he came, he would respond by saying that he was brought by us and added insult to injury by telling the doctor that if there were more people like him, doctors would not have jobs!
If there is a lesson to be learnt, then it is the secrets of his longevity which I shared with the family and relatives on his 90th birthday. The hallmarks of my father’s long life would be the simplicity by which he chose to live, his ability to laugh at life, his love for walking and avoidance of consulting the medical profession, his passion for serving God and others, and the loving care of the family. This alone was a lesson in living for all who knew and loved him well. We will truly miss him but he has returned to his heavenly Father and been joyously reunited with his parents and three younger brothers. May his soul rest in peace.
By Dr. Alan Ludowyke
on November 14 2014 06:55:10
Deepest sympathies Darrel sorry did not see this before
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