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Chute, One Of Labasa’s Best, Laid To Rest

Chute, One Of Labasa’s Best, Laid To Rest
Pall bearers with the casket on their way to the FSC burial site in Labasa where George Chute was laid to rest. Photo: Josaia Ralago
July 13
11:25 2017

Friends, family and well-wishers gathered at the Wasavulu Methodist Church in Labasa yesterday to farewell one of the area’s respected residents, George Alick Chute.

Mr Chute,  79, died at the Labasa Hospital on July 6.

He was one of the first Fijian soldiers to be recruited by the British Army in 1961. Mr Chute climbed through the ranks and was awarded the Guard of Honour for the Queen Mother by Queen Elizabeth twice.

The history that surrounds this kind and caring man began from the Chute‘s estate close to Udu Point in Macuata where he was born and raised.

The unavailability of schools in the area then, saw him being brought to Labasa by his parents as their family’s ray of hope. Mr Chute did not disappoint the high expectations from his parents when he was enrolled at the Labasa Primary School. He was named the first headboy of this prominent school.

He then became one of the first students’ in Macuata to be sent to New Zealand to pursue further studies in New Zealand in the 1950’s.

During his time of study, Mr Chute displayed a passion for rugby accompanied with skill which saw him play alongside some top players then like Karl Tenana’s father, Rua.  Karl Tenana, a former NZ 7s rugby great, is now a commentator.

Returning to his homeland in 1959, Mr Chute was summoned for an interview to be one of the first to join the British Army.

Mr Chute started his contract with the British Government in 1961 and was known for his daring and loyal nature. He was also Princess Margaret’s driver before he resigned from the British Army in 1978 to return to Fiji.

People from all works of life gathered at one location to pay tribute to the life of a man most described as a straight-forward and kind man.

He is survived by his wife Mere Chute, four children, 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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