Great philanthropist and social worker
Oct 25, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
Sir Cyril de Zoysa whose 114th birth anniversary falls today (26) is too well-known to be introduced as a national personality who was a product of the 20th Century with its national renaissance generally and the Buddhist revival specially. Born as the second child of the family of Solomon de Zoysa - Notary Public and Harriet de Zoysa in Welithara village in Balapitiya on October 26, 1896, Sir Cyril was educated at the famous schools of the time, namely St Thoma’s College - Matara, Richmond College - Galle and later Royal College, Colombo.
As a student he has shown excellent abilities and having passed the Cambridge Senior Examination in 1916 he was successful in entering the Law College. Practising as an Attorney based in Kalutara he evinced great skills specially in Criminal Law and with a lucrative practice he could practice generously spend his earnings for social service.