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Late Colonel (Ret’d) Kacisolomone Described As Good-Natured Man

Mr Rabuka said Colonel (Ret’d) Kacisolome was an inspirational individual.
03 Mar 2019 10:10
Late Colonel (Ret’d) Kacisolomone Described As Good-Natured Man
Pallbearers from the Republic of Fiji Military Forces carrying the casket of the late Colonel (Ret’d) Ilaisa Kacisolomone at the Centenary Methodist church in Suva on March 2, 2019. Photo: Simione Haravanua

The late Colonel (Ret’d) Ilaisa Kacisolomone was described as a kind hearted person by Opposition Leader and former military commander Sitiveni Rabuka, during the homecoming service yesterday.

Mr Rabuka said Colonel (Ret’d) Kacisolome was an inspirational individual.

“When prominent Indo-Fijian citizens did not want to talk to me in 1987 and the years after that, Kaci made us become friends,” Mr Rabuka said.

“He always has that ability to bring people together, even now that he has passed on.”

Mr Rabuka added that they had been friends most of their lives starting from their high school days at Queen Victoria School.

Opposition leader Sitiveni Rabuka giving his eulogy during the funeral of the late Colonel (Ret’d) Ilaisa Kacisolomone at the Centenary Methodist Church in Suva on March 2, 2019. Photo: Simione Haravanua

Opposition leader Sitiveni Rabuka giving his eulogy during the funeral of the late Colonel (Ret’d) Ilaisa Kacisolomone at the Centenary Methodist Church in Suva on March 2, 2019. Photo: Simione Haravanua

“He was a great friend and later became a great soldier,” he said.

Mr Rabuka spoke on behalf of their circle of friends.

Niece Sera Vosarogo described her uncle as a family man and a gentleman to everyone.

From left: Speaker of Parliament Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at the funeral of Colonel (Ret’d) Ilaisa Kacisolomone in Suva on March 2, 2019. Photo: Simione Haravanua

From left: Speaker of Parliament Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at the funeral of Colonel (Ret’d) Ilaisa Kacisolomone in Suva on March 2, 2019. Photo: Simione Haravanua

“He was a soft spoken man, a loving husband to his wife and great father to his children,” Ms Vosarogo said. She added that he would be sadly missed by everyone.

Colonel (Ret’d) Kacisolomone’s died at 71 years old. Present at the service was the former military commanders Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Speaker of the House Ratu Epeli Nailatikau with Government Ministers, families and friends.

The Late Colonel (Ret’d) Kacisolomone joined the then Royal Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) on July 1, 1969 and retired on August 1994 after 35 years of service.

His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, General Service Medal, the RFMF Medal and UNIFIL/MFO Medal.

The late Colonel Kacisolomone was chairman of Cricket Fiji since 2004. In his playing days he was a member of the Fijian National Team.

Edited by Percy Kean

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