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Organisations Shocked Over Expatriate’s Death

The death of an American expatriate, allegedly hit by a vehicle while cycling along the Drasa flat in Lautoka on Monday, has left many shocked. Reuben Summerlin was the regional
08 Jul 2015 14:19
Organisations Shocked Over Expatriate’s Death
The late Reuben Summerlin. He was the regional technical advisor for the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and manager of the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme Team.

The death of an American expatriate, allegedly hit by a vehicle while cycling along the Drasa flat in Lautoka on Monday, has left many shocked.

Reuben Summerlin was the regional technical advisor for the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and manager of the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme Team.

The Alliance Finance Inclusion’s head of policy programmes and regional initiatives, Eliki Boletawa said Mr Summerlin’s death was a huge loss to the organisation.

“Reuben was an important and charismatic advocate of financial inclusion, particularly in the Pacific Islands region. He played an instrumental role in the launch of AFI’s Pacific Islands Regional Initiative (PIRI) in May 2015 in Timor-Leste,” Mr Boletawa said.

“He was a great friend to a lot of us here in the AFI Network and one who worked relentlessly on behalf of the people of the Pacific Islands

“Reuben was an outgoing, warm and thoughtful person who touched the lives of many. He was truly one of a kind.”

He said Mr Summerlin would be remembered for his passion and advocacy for the poor and his work on the global financial inclusion agenda.

Cycling Fiji president Adrienne Ali said the cycling community in Fiji was deeply saddened by the news of Mr Summerlin’s death.

“I cannot put into words how shocked and upset we are and how sad all of the members of Cycling Fiji are for his family. The gentleman involved was a fun loving, happy go lucky man who absolutely loved cycling. Cycling Fiji has offered its support and assistance to his family and we have expressed our condolences and sorrow.”

Mr Summerlin is survived by his wife Diana, and two children, daughter Leah, 11, and son Ike, 9.

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