By the sad demise of Saeed Suliman at the age of 85, the sporting community and Muslim fraternity has lost a distinguished elder. He celebrated his birthday on 2nd and said good bye on 9th of June, and his Janaza took place on the same day, and the crowd that attended his funeral was ample testimony to his popularity.
A product of Kingswood College, he was a fine all-round sportsman, excelled in cricket, football and hockey for the school and also led the school hockey team in 1948, the year he became the senior prefect. He also played hockey for Kandy schools and Kandy district. He was an excellent cricketer and footballer, later he played all three sports for clubs.
He as an undergraduate played cricket, hockey and football for the university, and also took part in lawn tennis, his teammates at the university were Prof. Kingsley de Silva and late minister Lakshman Kadirgamar, all three did well in sports.
Saeed Suliman was also a top class cueist and played the game for Moors Sports Club, and has won many club championships in billiards. His young brother Rashid Suliman, an ex-DIG, was also a sportsman.
Late Saeed Suliman was a Chemical Engineer by profession in Petroleum for a long spell in Sri Lanka and overseas. He was a person who discharged his duties with efficiency. He held several portfolios during his working period. During his days he was a well known social and religious worker and was the Patron of the Kandy YMMA at one time. A social and religious worker by nature, he was the Vice Patron of YMMA Kandy and was involved with many other social organizations.
On June 2nd 2015 to celebrate his 85th birthday, a grand dinner was organized by his youngest brother Basheer and his wife Dhushty from Malaysia to the family members numbering over 80 to celebrate his birthday and he was taken by surprise to the dinner. They were present at the occasion. He greeted everyone with his smile on his face and moved freely with the family members. He passed away exactly a week later on June 9, 2015.
He leaves his wife, Marina, two sons Reza and Reaz, daughter Shaha and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Safraz Junid and Shafraz Haminudeen are well known motor racers married to his granddaughters