Dilmah Merrill founder Jay Fernando dies aged 93 surrounded by family
The founder of the tea brand died in Sri Lanka on Thursday
Dilmah, the founder of Sri Lanka’s popular tea company, has died at the age of 93.
Meryl J Fernando was surrounded by her son and grandchildren while visiting Colombo, Sri Lanka on Thursday.
He is known for his iconic slogan ‘Do Try It’.
The tea company announced Mr Fernando’s death saying ‘his greatness was his unwavering faith, his integrity and his love for tea and family’.
‘With devotion and urgency he pursued his passion for integrity and quality with humility and kindness,’ the company said.
Meryl J. Fernando was surrounded by her family when she passed away on Thursday
The founder helped create the brand’s first single origin tea in 1988 and worked until the age of 91.
Mr. Fernando Merrill J. Fernando also founded the Charitable Foundation, which supports youth, entrepreneurs, community organizations, imprisoned persons and war widows in Sri Lanka.
His son Malik Jay Fernando paid a heartfelt tribute to his father on LinkedIn.
‘He was such a huge figure in our lives; We never thought he would leave us,’ she wrote.
‘He must be in the Lord’s arms today. My brother and I and our children pledge to strengthen his legacy and strengthen his mission. Rip Darling Thathi (Father).’
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