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Wife shares Motu’s last rugby reminder

December 31
13:11 2012

Tamari Rawaqa Motu, wife of late Paula Motu with their grandchild Taina Wati, daughters Tupou Gucake, Sinu Burt and grandchild Elenoa Burt at their home in Nadera, Nasinu yesterday. Photo: RAMA

By SITERI NAVUTOVUTO

Retired school teacher Tamari Rawaqa Motu said her last moments with her late husband Paula Motu was a sad one as he kept reminding her about keeping all his rugby and teaching documents together.
The former Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby Union (FSSRU) president died on Friday after a short illness.
“His passing came as a shock to all of us because he was not even sick,” Tamari said.
“He had returned from a teachers meeting in the Western Division last week when he started complaining of earache and this got worse after a few days so I had to take him to the hospital where he was admitted.
“He died peacefully after an operation was carried out on his ear.”
She said the former principal of John Wesley College was always into rugby and had always ensured that his FSSRU documents were updated and that he kept in touch with his committee members at all times.
Union secretary Waisake Tuicakau said Motu had done a lot for the development of secondary schools rugby in the country and he has left behind great ideas that many of the present executives will learn from.
“Motu has been with us for the past nine years and he has instigated many ideas which helped in the development of the sport at secondary schools level,” Tuicakau said.
“He will be sadly missed because of the many great ideas he has been sharing with us from these past years as president of the association.
The Nasaqalau, Lakeba, Lau native was also part of the group that initiated the Tier Two grade in the Coke Zero Deans competition.
He was an executive member of the union since 2003 before rising up the ranks to be the president.
He was also the JWC principal when the Raiwaqa based school played its first ever Coke Zero Deans quarterfinal against Ratu Kadavulevu School in 2010.
Tuicakau said the committee members and representatives from zones around the country will be presenting their traditional presentation (reguregu) to the family on Thursday.
His church service will be held at the Raiwai Methodist Church on Saturday morning before he will be laid to rest at the Vatuwaqa Cemetery in Suva.

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