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Father Of Special Education Laid To Rest

Father Of Special Education Laid To Rest
The casket of the late Frank Hilton being taken to the Sacred Heart Cathedral from the Hilton Special School on January 10, 2019. Photos: Simione Haravanua
January 11
10:00 2019


The Father of Special Education in Fiji, Frank Hilton, will always be remembered for his commitment and unwavering support towards serving children with disabilities.

This was part of an eulogy by grandson, Brendan Hilton, during Mr Hilton’s requiem mass at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Suva yesterday.

“My grandfather served the physically disadvantaged children with passion,” he said.

Archbishop Peter Loy Chong said the eulogies presented were a testament of true love towards Mr Hilton.

“He was one of the most generous people who found satisfaction and joy by devoting himself towards service towards children with physical disabilities,” Archbishop Loy Chong said.

“Refusing to love is to die before we truly pass on.”

Former Hilton Special School teacher Nareish Kumar said Mr Hilton was a man of integrity, upright and honest in character.

“He was a devoted man to his passion for service to people and especially children with disabilities,” he said.

“His philosophy was one where he saw special needs children as people first rather than their disability,

“In our attitude towards people with disabilities we have to look at these people with the unlimited abilities they have that matters.”

The mass was attended by more than 200 people and mourners paying their last respects including the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa, Permanent Secretary Dr Josefa Koroivueta and Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services Veena Bhatnagar.

Mr Hilton, who was born on September 26, 1920 and died on January 2nd, 2019, was 98 years old and is survived by his three children, 17 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

He was buried at the Old Suva Cemetery yesterday.

Edited by Percy Kean


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