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So Long, Mr Whippy

“ I do not have the words to describe the feeling of losing a loved one,” said the grandson and namesake of the late Tailevu Rugby Union president, John Whippy.
10 Mar 2018 11:00
So Long, Mr Whippy
Members of the late John Whippys family gather during the funeral reception in Nausori on the 9th of March,2018.Photo: Peni Komaisavai.

“ I do not have the words to describe the feeling of losing a loved one,” said the grandson and namesake of the late Tailevu Rugby Union president, John Whippy.

Whippy Jnr who is a member of the British Army, flew from the United Kingdom to attend his grandfather’s funer­al in Nausori yesterday.

“He was a hard-working man, a good role model who taught us a lot of things like never to back down and to al­ways work hard,” he said.

The late Whippy’s (Snr) legacy was shared by his family members, ex-serviceman of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) and officials of the Tailevu Rugby Union.

“He stood for what he believed in and never complained about anything, even when he was sick, he never com­plained and told us nothing at all. Seeing all our relatives and friends here with us is very overwhelming.”

Whippy (Snr) was 72-years-old during the time of his death. He was fondly known as Mr Whippy and was a senior civil servant. He once held the position of Commissioner Central and also was the acting Commissioner Eastern. He was the Tailevu Rugby Referees Association president.

In his last interview with SUNsports earlier this year, Whippy (Snr) expressed his desire to develop the club com­petition and ensure that Tailevu regain their position in next year’s Skipper Cup competition.

Edited by Leone cabenatabua

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