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Devastated Petero Vunidilo Tells, Kathleen Was A “Real Humble Girl”

When Ms Canavan was here last month, she didn’t want to go back. “I hugged her and told her ‘I will be there soon, don’t worry.’”
10 Jun 2019 18:32
Devastated Petero Vunidilo Tells, Kathleen Was A “Real Humble Girl”
Petero Vunidilo holds up a photo of himself and his late fiance, Kathleen Canavan in Suva on June 10, 2019. Photo: Sydnee Gonzalez

In between tears Petero Vunidilo talked about his late fiancé Kathleen Canavan.

They had planned to marry and settle in Australia.

Last Saturday, 23-year-old Ms Canavan died in an ultra-light aircraft crash in Victoria Australia.

She was one month pregnant with their child.

Ms Canavan had been traveling in the plane flown by her uncle, Danny Canavan, when it crashed into Lake Eildon. Her uncle was rescued by a nearby fishing boat, but Ms Canavan’s body wasn’t recovered until hours after the crash.

The pair met 2 years ago when Ms Canvan visited Namosi village with a friend.

She indicated her interest in Mr Vunidilo and “that’s when our relationship started,” Mr Vunidio recalled.

Ms Canvan returned to Australia but was back in Fiji last December to spend Christmas with Mr Vunidilo.

In happier times.... Petero Vunidilo and his late fiancé Kathleen Canavan.

In happier times…. Petero Vunidilo and his late fiancé Kathleen Canavan.

“We stayed in the village for 2 weeks. She’s a real humble girl and cared about people.”

He described their year-and-half relationship fondly, including their engagement last December and their plans to marry next year.

The couple maintained their long-distance relationship in between Ms Canavan’s visits to Fiji.

They planned to live in Australia but were waiting for Mr Vunidilo to obtain a visa. He had applied last month but was rejected.

The last time they saw each other in person was late last month at the Nadi Airport before Ms Canavan flew back to Australia.

“She didn’t want to go, but I told her ‘you have to,’” said Mr Vunidilo.
“I hugged her and told her ‘I will be there soon, don’t worry.’”

He could barely describe the loss he feels and was unable to hold back tears.

“I really miss her so much, and I still love her so much,” he said.

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