Albert Silva

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Albert de Silva

Member of the Sri Lankan Parliament
for Galle
In office
Personal details
Born15 June 1915
Galle, British Ceylon
Died11 April 2009(2009-04-11) (aged 93)
Karapitiya, Sri Lanka
NationalitySri Lankan
Political partyUnited National Party
ChildrenChandani, Harshani and Viraj
Alma materMahinda College, Galle

D. G. Albert de Silva (15 June 1915 – 11 April 2009), commonly known as Albert Silva, was a Sri Lankan politician.[1] Elected to the parliament from Galle electorate in 1977, Albert de Silva was a legislator in the J. R. Jayawardene government.[2] He was born on June 15, 1915, and was educated at Mahinda College in Galle. Albert de Silva defeated the former Prime Minister Dr. Wijayananda Dahanayake at the 1977 general election, contesting for the Galle seat. He made a great effort to develop the city of Galle, until he was unseated on an election petition filed by Wijayananda Dahanayake. A by-election was held on December 20, 1979, where Dahanayake won as a United National Party candidate for Galle.[3] Later the government appointed Albert Silva as the member of the parliament for Kamburupitiya electorate in Matara District. He served as the MP for Kamburupitiya until his resignation on February 10, 1983.[4]

The first proper bus stand in Galle was erected in 1978 on the instructions and efforts of Albert Silva, then the Member of the parliament for Galle.[5] The Galle Police station, Post Office and the main Bus Terminus were built when he was the MP in the area. He rendered yeoman service to uplift electricity, health and education facilities among the people of Galle. As a politician, he also played a pioneer role in religious and social activities in the area and spent his personal wealth for the well-being of the poor people.[1] He was married to Ratna Kottegoda, and had two daughters Chandani, Harshani and a son Viraj. Albert de Silva died on April 11, 2009, at the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital after a brief illness, and was 93 at the time of his death.[6]