|The Right Reverend
|Anglican Bishop of Kurunegala|
|Church||Anglican Church of Ceylon|
|In office||1962 – 1983|
|Predecessor||Lakdasa De Mel|
by Lakdasa De Mel
|Born||25 March 1927|
|Died||23 October 1983
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Early life and education
Educated at Royal College, Colombo and S Thomas' Gurutalawa, he achieved the best First in political science from the University of Ceylon, then went to Keble College, Oxford but did not finish his Master's. He then went to theological college at Ely. Following his ordination in 1952 he worked at All Saints Church, Poplar, in the East End of London.
In 1958 he returned to Sri Lanka, where he undertook parish work in Mutuwal for a few years before he became the Chaplain at Peradeniya University. Wickremasinghe was consecrated as Bishop of Kurunegala in the Church of Ceylon at the end of 1962, when he was just 35, the youngest in the Anglican Communion. He was the successor to Lakdasa De Mel who had become Anglican Metropolitan of all four former British colonies, India, Burma, Pakistan (then including East Pakistan, the future Bangladesh), and Ceylon.
He was much involved in human rights activities from 1971 onwards, and became Chairman of the Civil Rights Movement, protesting against the authoritarianism of J.R. Jayawardene's government and in particular its attacks on Tamils. He suffered a heart attack in 1981 and was advised to take things slow and had a year in England, where he was in July 1983 when Black July took place. He returned to Sri Lanka, and was one of the first leaders to go up to Jaffna, but all this caused another heart attack and he died in October that year.
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|Church of England titles|
Lakdasa De Mel
|Bishop of Kurunegala
1962 – 1983