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‘A Great, Humble Leader’

WATI TALEBULA Suva Hundreds of people, dressed in full white and black and white jammed the Centenary Church to pay their last respects to the late Sakiasi Waqanivavalagi yesterday. The
06 Jul 2014 09:51

St John members pay their last respects to their former chairman, Sakiasi Waqanivavalagi, at his funeral service at the Centenary Church in Suva yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

WATI TALEBULA
Suva

Hundreds of people, dressed in full white and black and white jammed the Centenary Church to pay their last respects to the late Sakiasi Waqanivavalagi yesterday.
The funeral service was attended by people from all walks of life including the First Lady, Adi Koila Nailatikau, cabinet ministers, former Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase and heads of the various religious groups in the country.
During the church service, he was described as a great and humble leader; a man of great vision; a faithful, honest, a hard worker and a devoted family man.
Condolence messages from his grandchildren from around the world were read during the service by his eldest granddaughter Lanieta Waqanivavalagi
Delivering his eulogy Fiji’s Ambassador to Russia Sikeli Mataitoga said he was blessed to have been brought up by the late Mr Waqanivavalagi.
“He always taught me to be honest and to follow the right path no matter what,” Mr Mataitoga said.
“I was not the only one who was fortunate to have been brought up by this great man who instilled values in us.”
His eldest son Wame Waqanivavalagi said he was blessed to have a father who was always there for his family.
“God gave me a good father who taught me about discipline and to love everyone,” he said.
“My father always told me that he will work till the day he is called to rest and today I have a smile on my face because we will meet again in the New Jerusalem.”
Saint John general secretary Ema Bavoro thanked his wife, Loata Waqanivavalagi for supporting him in his work for the Order of St John Fiji for the last 42 years.
The late Mr Waqanivavalagi was later laid to rest at Lovonilase Cemetery in Suva yesterday.
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