From: Darrel Ludowyke
Sent: Sunday, August 21, 2016 8:03 PM
Subject: Obituary – Rev. Fr. Joe Vas, Past Director of St. Benedict’s College (Formally known as Rev. Bro. Edward)
Sad to inform the passing away of Rev. Fr. Joe Vas – Past Director of St. Benedict’s College (Formally known as Rev. Bro. Edward)
Remains lie at No. 25, Welisarawatte, 2nd Lane, Mahabage.
Funeral will take place on Monday, 22nd August 2016. Holy Mass at the residence at 2.00 P.M. and thereafter for burial at Madampitiya Cemetery.
Bro Edward. Born in Haputale, in 1929, attended De La Salle College, Mutwal and De Mazenod College, Kandana.
Bro Edward had taught at St. Andrew’s College, Puttalam, De La Salle College, Mutwal, St. Anthony’s College, Wattala and St Sebastian’s, Moratuwa, before he came to St. Benedict’s College in 1958.
In those days St. Benedict’s lunch interval continued from 12 noon to 1.15 p.m. According to Bro Edward’s measure, time had to be spent gainfully and he conducted a musical half-hour from 12.30 to 1.00 p.m. with amplifiers, so that the whole school could listen to music.
It was called ‘request time’ and a request for playing a musical record carried the payment of 5 cents. These requests times, evolved into ‘Our Own Musical Shows,’ with students of St Benedict’s performing as vocalists and musicians.
In 1967, Bro Edward went to the Philippines to read for his MBA and Masters in Religious Education. Back at St Benedict’s in 1972, he was appointed director of the school and proved to be one of the great directors, the school produced.
St Benedict’s lost their genial teacher, when in 1979 he was ordained a Catholic priest in Oklahoma City, USA, taking the name Fr. Joe Vas.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.