With sincere and deepest sympathy

We are mourning the sudden death of our highly honored Lord Mayor of Neuwied and founding member Mr. Nikolaus Roth, a good friend, dynamic and active initiator and supporter of our Neuwied-Matara Friendship Association.

He had just started his well-deserved holidays in Greece, together with his dear wife. On board of a sailing ship he suffered from a break-down and passed away abruptly against any expectation. He was only 59 years old and leaves his wife, two children, children in law and his first very young grandchild and, also departs from a very dedicated and active professional life.

As the Lord Mayor of Neuwied he was highly appreciated because of his social conscience and commitment, his cosmopolitan attitude, facing his fellow humans with deep respect and understanding.

After the terrible tsunami on December 26th, 2004, he took the initiative together with our manager, Mr. Sagara Abegunewardene, and representatives of schools and economy, which finally led to the foundation of Neuwied-Matara-Friendship Association in September 2005.

He started his first journey to Matara in July 2005 to visit the building activities of Rahula Hostel, meet the Mayor of Matara, school principal, teachers and students. His second journey to Sri Lanka took place in January 2010 to open the new buildings with classrooms and school hall at Rohana Special School and visited and initiated further projects. Throughout the years from 2005 till last Sunday, he had always been a association member, a sponsor of a scholarship student and never stopped supporting our projects.

We think of Mr. Nikolaus Roth with great respect and appreciation. We wish his family members strength and comfort. May they remember him with love and thankfulness!

We will keep him in honored memory, full of gratefulness and best wishes for eternal peace.

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