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Goodbye Paul

Goodbye Paul
The late Paul Vaurasi Mathewsell’s daughter Rita (right), as wife Maca Fong (middle), is comforted by a relative at Bethany Methodist Church in Nadi, yesterday. Photo: Varanisese Nasilasila
January 04
10:40 2015

Many gathered to farewell the late Paul Vaurasi Mathewsell during his funeral at the Bethany Methodist Church in Nadi, yesterday.

Mr Mathewsell was famously known for his musical talents and sporting skills, especially in rugby.

Members of the Western Musician Entertainers Association paid their last tribute to their former member during the funeral service.

Association treasurer Rusiate Ralulu said they were going to miss having Mr Mathewsell around.

“Paul was someone that anyone could rely on, even in the band. He would always go the extra mile for us, Mr Ralulu said.

“If we are broke and we need money, he would give even if it was the last cent left in his wallet. That was Paul.”

Mr Ralulu said they first discovered Mr Mathewsell’s musical talents at school in Tailevu.

“When I first met Paul at Ratu Kadavulevu School, he was very funny and outgoing. He would carry his guitar with him everywhere.

“We decided to form a band at school that would usually perform at socials with other schools like Adi Cakobau School. I admit he was a very good musician,” he said.

Also known for his talents in rugby, Mr Mathewsell had a very athletic personality.

“He was known for this one incident when he played for the Nadi Gaunavou rugby team where he was carrying the ball and got tackled.

“When he landed on the ground, they found out that it was punctured,” Association president, Gilman Lasaisuva said.

Mr Lasaisuva described the late Mr Mathewsell as a very punctual man.

“His discipline on the field was also seen during his time when he was in the band. He was never late.

“We will surely miss Paul and our greatest condolence goes to his family,” he said.

Mr Mathewsell died at his home at Martintar, Nadi, on December 29, 2014, after a short illness.

He is survived by his wife Maca Fong Mathewsell, two children, daughter, Rita, 26, and son, Samson Mathewsell, 18 and two granchildren. The bass player was buried at the Enamanu Cemetery at Kennedy in Nadi.



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