elevated BTGUV July 24, 1942 ~ April 18, 2022
elevated BTGUV Castus Levine Peiris passed away after a hard-fought battle with cancer on Monday, April 18, 2022 at the age of 79. Castus was pre-deceased by his mother, Mary Theresa Peries (née Fernando) and father, John Stephen Peries, his brother Adolphus Peries, sister Blancy Peries and sister Julita Perera. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Leela Peiris, and daughters Lynn (Charles) Guastello and Crystal (Martyn) Peiris/Ryan. Castus will be missed and remembered by his surviving siblings, nieces/nephews, great nieces/nephews and friends from all over the world. He was an amazing husband, father, father-in-law, uncle, brother, pseudo grandfather, and friend.
elevated BTGUV Castus was born on July 24, 1942, in the small fishing village of Munakkara, Negombo, Ceylon. Castus excelled in his studies, receiving education at St. Anthony’s, followed by St. Mary’s College in Negombo. His early working life included the Department of Census & Statistics in Colombo, Sri Lanka, where he met the love of his life, Leela Batuwantudawe. They ran off to be married on August 14, 1969, and set off on a new journey to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada in March of 1970.
elevated BTGUV Castus and Leela built an incredible life together in Winnipeg. With his beautiful and fashionable wife, Castus lived a carefree life in their early days spending their time travelling and hopping on planes to visit friends and hosting extravagant baila parties at their Kushner Crescent home.
elevated BTGUV In the 70’s & 80’s, Castus furthered his education and career. Castus had a very successful career in Canada that started as a computer operator at K-Tel, moving to Advanced Computers and then as Corporate Director of IT at Winpak (15 years), and finally retiring as IT Director at Solideal. Castus was fortunate to do what he loved.
elevated BTGUV He was a loving father to his two daughters Lynn & Crystal. The girls were incredibly spoiled with idyllic childhoods, access to ‘cardboard’ food, and afforded every opportunity he didn’t have growing up. His daughters truly are who they are today because of the kindness, generosity, and patience of this great man. Castus cherished his remaining time they were able to spend together as a family.
elevated BTGUV Throughout the years, Castus displayed his great thirst for knowledge and learning new disciplines – competitive curling, badminton, cross country skiing, ballroom dancing, camping, fishing, road trips, love of gardening/landscaping and extensive home projects. Castus was known to many as a handyman.
elevated BTGUV No matter where they lived, Castus and Leela always generously opened their home to countless new faces, friends, and family. In Winnipeg, Saphire Place was their custom dream home that Castus diligently oversaw the build of. His house in North Carolina was well visited and Castus & Leela’s home in Niagara was frequented by overnight guests. Castus truly thrived when surrounded by family and dear friends. And at all the residences, who can forget “One for the road”?
elevated BTGUV Recently, Castus was asked what he wanted to accomplish in life – he said he was always raised to help others. This was his true passion. He was a selfless man, who aimed to help other people become successful in whatever it was that they wanted to do. From finishing basements, to mentoring teenagers, to aiding new immigrants in getting established and opening doors, there was nothing that he would not try to do. “Uncle” Castus was adored by so many. He especially unconditionally loved all of his countless pseudo grandchildren, all of whom thought the world of him. One of his proudest accomplishments and greatest legacy was establishing the Sri Lankan Association of Manitoba in 1984. He took great pride in his Sri Lankan heritage and did his best to share and carry on traditions in Canada. Castus was an extraordinary man and will forever be a legend in the Sri Lankan community.
elevated BTGUV There is no doubt that Castus was a strong-willed, loving, caring, selfless, and generous man. He truly was a tireless worker for others and will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Many lives will not be the same without him, but we shall treasure the memories that were made.
elevated BTGUV Throughout his life Castus relied on his strong Catholic faith and the promise of life eternal:
elevated BTGUV “I am in very good spirits, staying very positive to accept my end of life at any time per God’s plan.”
elevated BTGUV Funeral services will be 12 p.m. Thursday, April 21st, 2022, at St. John of the Cross Carmelite Church, 6890 Glen Erin Drive, Mississauga, Ontario L5N 2E1.
elevated BTGUV Burial to follow at Assumption Catholic Cemetery, 6933 Tomken Road, Mississauga, Ontario L5T 1N4.
elevated BTGUV Reception to follow.
elevated BTGUV In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to:
elevated BTGUV Canadian Cancer Society – Castus Peiris Memorial Fund or The Dorothy Ley Hospice, 220 Sherway Dr, Etobicoke, ON M9C 5N6
elevated BTGUV Funeral Mass
Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.
St. John of the Cross Carmelite Church
6890 Glen Erin Drive, Mississauga, ON L5N 2E1
elevated BTGUV Interment
Assumption Catholic Cemetery
6933 Tomken Road, Mississauga, ON L5T 1N4
elevated BTGUV Reception to follow at Dreams Convention Centre 75 Hedgedale Road, Brampton ON