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Life Worth Living For JT

It’s an undeniable fact that we all live to die. But some make life worth living than some as they believe there is more to life than just living. Some
05 Oct 2018 12:01
Life Worth Living For JT
From left; Eroni Tuivanuavou, Ezekiel Lino,Jope Tuivanuavou Jnr, Siilika Tuivanuavou, Wiliame Tuivanuavou, Ana Tuivanuavou and William Tuivanuavou at their home in Nabua, Suva on October 4,2018.Photo; Nikolau Ravai

It’s an undeniable fact that we all live to die.

But some make life worth living than some as they believe there is more to life than just living.

Some make a difference in their lifetime, set the bar and leave behind an indelible mark for the next generation to surpass.

A case in point is Jope Tuivanuavou, 65, who died last Saturday at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital.

The Vutuna, Nairai, Lomaiviti native made a positive impact as a player and a sports administrator.

He always played a prominent role and ended being the leader due to his commitment and passion for sports.

A former student of Queen Victoria School, the man affectionately known as JT helped in the formation of the Lelean Old Boys Rugby Club with Vueti Maraiwai, Mosese Nailumu, Tomasi Latianara and Epi Bolawaqatabu which was one of the top teams in the Suva Rugby Union competition in the 80s.

But the hardworking loose-man, who also played for the Fiji Colts, was more influential when he quit playing and took up refereeing.

One striking characteristic of JT was he never gave an inch, stood his ground when he was the man in the middle.

Despite copping a lot of flak from the sidelines, he always maintained he’s the sole authority and arbiter of the game.

A few times he was assaulted in club, Minor Union and Farebrother Trophy challenge matches.

But the very next week he turns up for duty either at Albert Park, Naluwai, Lawaqa Park or Prince Charles Park in Nadi.

Apart from making a difference, he believed in the way forward was to contribute positively.

The insurance consultant and a building and civil engineer later managed the Fijian sevens team which was coached by Waisale Serevi and Iliesa Tanivula.

He switched to golf and later became the captain and president of the Fiji Golf Club.

FGC Vidhya Lakhan said club members would miss Tuivanuavou.

“Always a jovial and we’re all sad to learn of his demise,”Lakhan said.

“Dedicated, active and always supports club activities and a good man.”

He was the president of the Golden Oldies Rugby Association and a strong advocate for prostate cancer in Fiji.

He’s survived by his wife and five children.

The funeral service will be held at St Agnes Parish in Nabua today and will be buried at the Nasinu Cemetery. Rest in peace JT, life’s indeed worth living.

FACTBOX

Village: Vutuna, Nairai, Lomaiviti

School: Sawani Primary School, Queen Victoria School, Ratu Sukuna Memorial School, Fiji National University (diploma in building and civil engineering).

Occupation: Public Works Department; Morris Hedstrom property manager, BSP insurance consultant.

Sports: Rugby, Golf

Admin Roles: Suva Rugby Referees, Fiji 7s team manager, Golden Oldies Rugby president, Fiji Golf Club captain/president.

– Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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