Then & NOW .
Our office has remained at the same premises ever since we started our business. This location was chosen for its proximity to the infectious disease hospital (which was where the Arcade Shopping complex is now), the mental asylum (which was where BMICH is now) and of course the cemetery which is next door to our office building.
AF Raymonds was registered as a business in 1885, the Raymond family had been in Sri Lanka since the 17th century. Their family history can be traced back to a Dutch mercenary who fought during the many great wars at that time & then later settled down in Sri Lanka. The Founder AF Raymond won a tender to bury corpses from the infectious dieses hospital & mental asylum in Colombo. Leslie Lionel Raymond was the first from South-East Asia to qualify as a Member of the British Institute of Embalmers in 1935
Sydney Rutherford Raymond
Arthur Francis Raymond
Leslie Lionel Raymond
Over the years we have served Prime Ministers as well as families from all walks of life. This is how AFR conducted the funeral of the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, His Excellency the late Mr Dudley Senananayake
AFR prides itself as being a multi-religious company. Over the years we have served many Maha Nayakas, including Ven. Sorata Maha Nayaka Thero, for whom we built a 7 storied “saya ”. To date, this is the tallest “saaya” ever built.
For the past 45 years, AF Raymonds has also helped the catholic church organized the service on all souls day at the Borella Cemetery.