Richmond through the years had excellent teachers on her staff. It is not possible to write about all the teachers as it would bloat the site. However there are several teachers who gave much to the College and made her proud. We will add as we progress several others and any whom you think deserve special mention. Please send us an e-mail and let us know about them and they would be certainly added to these pages. (The following and the next few pages are from College Magazines and personal knowledge).
Mr. R. O. Eade
Mr. R. O. Eade was Richmond’s first Vice Principal. Mr. Small met him at a Student Conference in July, 1914, in England, while he was a student at Reading University, and he came out to Richmond the following year after completing a course of Teacher Training. He resided in the Hostel, and took a very active part in the life of the College and the Church, where he acted as the organist. He specialised in History.
He was a good footballer, and coached the 1917 team which won the Leefe Shield. He also became Captain in the Cadet Battalion. He left for War Service in January, 1918, and served in India and settled in his native Cornwall after the war was over. He passed away at the age of sixty following a heart attack.
Mr. R. J. Seal, B. Sc (1925—1937)
Mr. Seal came to Ceylon in 1925 just before the Golden Jubilee. He was a Science Graduate and took a leading part in designing and equipping the laboratories which were a part of the extensions made possible by the generous gifts of old boys of the College.
Mr. Sneath has said of him: “During the twelve years that have passed since he came to Ceylon, Mr. Seal has served this College with rare devotion and unstinted zeal. He has placed unreservedly at its disposal his gifts as a teacher and has interested himself in all its activities. Mrs Seal has been a true helpmate to her husband and especially in her work with the cubs has enriched and brightened our College life.”
Mr. & Mrs. Seal left Richmond in 1937 for East Africa, where he was engaged for some years, first in missionary educational work and later under the Government. They settled down Exmouth in the South-West of England after retirement.
Mr. A. S Wirasinha, B. A. (1947—1957)
Was appointed Vice-Principal in September 1947 and held the post until 1957 in which year he was promoted as the Principal.
He had his entire training from the Kindergarten to the London Inter Arts at Richmond and became the Senior Prefect. After leaving Richmond he graduated from the then University College offering English, History and Latin for his Degree. In addition to the heavy administrative duties brought about by the needs of a rapidly growing School and to the full time teaching work, he took a keen interest in the activities of the School especially Sports, Music and Drama. He was promoted as Principal in 1957.
Mr. C. I. de Silva, B. A. (1957—1965)
Mr. Claude Ivor de Silva was appointed Vice-Principal in September 1957 and held the post until 1965.
Mr. Ivor as most called him is an old boy of Richmond having studied from Form I to London Matriculation class. During his student days he was a member of the Swimming Club which was affiliated to the Royal Life Saving Society of England and has been awarded the Bronze and Silver Medals for life saving. He was also an active member of the ‘Apollo Club’ and took part in drama, choral singing. After joining Richmond staff he renewed his interest in the Apollo Club and was for many years the choir master. He was a fine singer and those of his pupils would recall his singing prowess.
He taught for two years after leaving Richmond in 1947 and then joined the University of Ceylon, Colombo and graduated with a BA degree. As a teacher, and for many years was the Secretary of the Christian Teachers’ Guild. He was teaching at Wesley and in 1957 came to Richmond when Mr. A. S. Wirasinghe succeeded Mr. E. R. de Silva as Principal. He specialised in Geography, was strong in English and fond of classical Western Music. When Mr. Wirasinha became Principal of Wesley in January, 1962, he acted as Principal till the end of July 1962 , and retired as a teacher with effect from August 1962.
He then secured a teaching post in Massachusetts, U.S.A. and has been teaching there since.
Mr. J. H. Gunasekera (1957—1962)
Mr. Jayasena Haputtantri Gunasekera affectionately known as “JH” was an old Mahindian who served Richmond with distinction for a long time under Mr. E. R. de Silva and then under Mr. A. S. Wirasinha. He was a Geography teacher.
He first acted as Vice Principal from 1952 to 1954 during the absence of Mr. A. S. Wirasinghe who was on Study leave in England. He is affectionately remembered by generations of Richmondites, strode the corridors of Richmond as the Master of Geography. He was a devoted teacher and none could have missed him because he would always carry an umbrella come rain or sunshine and would walk down the hill smoking a cigar. After a long and an illustrious career he left Richmond in 1962 to take up the post of Principal, Mahinda College, Galle with the take over of the schools in 1962. He was the Principal of Mahinda until his retirement in 1974. He passed away at the age of 82 in 2004.
Mr. H. D. A. Gunasekera (1962—1968)
Mr. Gunasekera is a product of Richmond during 1920’s to 1930’s. He left the College in 1936 and took up teaching. In 1951 he joined the Staff of his alma mater and continued until his retirement. He never married and more than half of his teaching life he gave all what he had to Richmond. In 1962 he was made the Vice Principal during the time of Mr. D. G. Welikala. He could be seen in the premises even after school hours into late evenings doing something or the other for the school. He was respected by all and was a strict disciplinarian whether it was matters concerning the boys or the staff. He imposed his discipline even on Mr. Welikala who was the Principal although he was his boss, for he feared none.
He was also a keen Scout Master and organised the successful Jamboree held in 1965 in commemoration of the Jubilee celebrations. He retired in 1968 due to ill health but continued to work for the progress of the college not withstanding his failing health. On 3rd November 1971 he passed away.