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We Will Celebrate Our Dad’s Life

The family of the late veteran journalist Malakai Fredrick Veisamasama has chosen to celebrate his life over the usual mourning before the funeral on Saturday. His wife Selaima Kalouniviti Veisamasama
06 Jun 2016 11:41
We Will Celebrate Our Dad’s Life
Celebrating his life. The late Malakai Veisamasama’s family at their home in Namadi. From left: Jone, Salote, wife Selaima, Malakai Junior, Litti Veisamasama Delaimoala and Waseroma Veisamasama. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

The family of the late veteran journalist Malakai Fredrick Veisamasama has chosen to celebrate his life over the usual mourning before the funeral on Saturday.

His wife Selaima Kalouniviti Veisamasama said they wanted to be true to the life and philosophies her husband practised in life.

“It’s strictly a celebration about his life. We are asking people to come and celebrate,” she said.

“The most important thing for us is that we’re keeping it as a celebration. We want to be joyful, just as he used to make everyone happy.”

Mrs Veisamasama described her husband as ‘fun’ and ‘one of a kind’.

“Malakai is special. This is absolutely one of the kindest man ever.

“If you look at his cross section of friends it’s almost of every race. There are men, there are women and there are boys and girls. He never disregarded anyone because of their age, race or socio-economic background,” she said.

The former Adi Cakobau School headgirl reminisced on how Mr Veisamasama sent her roses every Valentine’s Day.

“Just last Mother’s Day, even though he was visually impaired, he planned for them to go buy me roses. It was so special and so beautiful,” Mrs Veisamasama said.

“They kept this as their little secret and they surprised me. Those are the kind of things he does,” she smiled.

Mrs Veisamasama said one the values her husband instilled in their children was to value people.

She said they were ready to accept his passing as he had been sick for more than a year.

“My children and I held what was good for him over what we felt. We wanted him to go with dignity.”

Mrs Veisamasama recalled his husband’s last request which was for their children to sit for their exams despite what would happen.

His son, Jone who will be sitting for exams at the University of the South Pacific this week, said he won’t use his father’s death as an excuse to not sit for his finals.

“You could never ask for a better dad. In growing up I was the more introvert kind than everyone in the family. But my dad taught me that there was the whole world out there to explore,” he said.

Mr Veisamasama, 53, passed away at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital last Thursday afternoon.

He had worked for Communications Fiji Limited (CFL) for more than 20 years as a programmes director for VitiFM while holding other posts as acting chairman of the Boxing Commission of Fiji and a board member of the Fiji Sports Council.

The funeral service for Mr Veisamasama will be held at 9:00am on Saturday at Calvary Temple in Samabula followed by the burial service at the Nasinu Cemetery.

 

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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