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Gatty Tributes Flow

Philanthropist Ronald Gatty’s death was a huge loss to the country, says French Ambassador, Michel Djokovic. Mr Djokovic was among those that gathered at the Dignified Cremations in Nasinu yesterday
03 Jan 2015 10:37
Gatty Tributes Flow

Philanthropist Ronald Gatty’s death was a huge loss to the country, says French Ambassador, Michel Djokovic.

Mr Djokovic was among those that gathered at the Dignified Cremations in Nasinu yesterday to pay their last respects to Mr Gatty.

Mr Gatty, 85, passed away at his home in Wainadoi last Sunday after a short illness.

He is better known in Fiji as the father of Fiji’s spice industry, setting up the Fiji Spice Gardens at his home in Wainadoi, outside Suva. His family connections to Fiji go back longer, being the son of the famous aviator Harold Gatty. The senior Gatty was the first man to fly an aeroplane around the world, in 1931, with the American Wiley Post, in a Lockheed Vega. He later came to Fiji and set up the original Fiji Airways, later to become Air Pacific, then reverting to its original name in 2013.

Mr Djokovic hailed Mr Gatty’s contribution to the promotion of French culture in Fiji.

“Mr Gatty was a well-known businessman, philanthropist and author and was also part of the Fiji French family,” Mr Djokovic said.

“Today, we pay tribute not only to a successful businessman but also to a man of culture and a philanthropist.”

Mr Gatty contributed to the establishment of the Alliance Française de Suva in the 1980s.

In 2012, Mr Gatty made a generous donation that enabled the Alliance Francaise to move to its new spacious and central headquarters at Nasese, Suva.

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