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Wahleys Butchery Director, Edward Harm Nam Laid To Rest

Edward was forthright in his business management and principles and his business success was reflected in how he treated and respected his customers on a face to face basis.
03 Nov 2019 15:45
Wahleys Butchery  Director, Edward Harm Nam Laid To Rest
The late Edward Harm Nam.

Edward was a brother, friend, uncle to a diverse number of people, who were fortunate to have met and shared his life, his acquaintance and counsel.

These were the words used by John Grey to describe Edward Harm Nam, the former director of Wahleys Butchery and managing director of Penguin Ice Cream.

Edward, as he is commonly known, was laid to rest at the Suva Chinese Cemetery, Reservoir Road yesterday.

Mr Grey was a close friend of Edward.

Gregory Harm Nam, nephew of Edward said his uncle was a friend to many.

“My uncle was a diligent hard worker. He was a family man. He loved his family undeniably and selflessly.

“He was famous for lunchtime grog meeting or what we call “liquid lunch”.

“Something special about him was his sense of humour, he was a man who loved to make people laugh, filled with witty jokes. He was the fun uncle,” he said.

From left: Edward Harm Nam’s family,  Nathaniel, Felicia, wife Cathy and Glynis on November 2, 2019.

From left: Edward Harm Nam’s family, Nathaniel, Felicia, wife Cathy and Glynis on November 2, 2019.

What John Grey said:

Edward was endowed with the Wahley’s Harm Narm Pedigree that was reflected in his physicality and stature.

A larger than life man with a serious business demeanour and acumen that was reflected in his daily life.

And for those that didn’t know him well, were intimidated by this persona.

Edward was forthright in his business management and principles and his business success was reflected in how he treated and respected his customers on a face to face basis.

Even more was his care for his staff and workers, whom he treated like his own family – a wonderful trait and tradition of the Wahleys family.

Behind this larger than life, stoic façade of a man was a humble, compassionate, and fun-loving person.

A heart of gold that was larger than his stature and buckets full of humility that he used to break down barriers and to open doors of friendship.

Being a member of the Harm Nam Dynasty that elevated him to social and political status.

Edward, a JP and recognised philanthropist was always at his best when he was with his group of friends, that included diplomats, government ministers, institutional executives, business managers his customers, his nephews and workers.

In his presence all were equal and  were treated the same especially around the humble basin of kava, which was a daily occurrence.

His group of friends included Ratu Edward Tuivanuavou, Sakeasi Waqanivavalagi, George Reade, Hae Rigamoto, Roger Kutti, Tomasi Canuwale, Lui Miller, all who have gone before him. Together with John Smith and I and a few more friends who are here today, and can attest to this wonderful life and true friend that we have come to farewell.

Edward had a typical response when one would ask him, why do you give as

much as you do? His typical answer would be – That’s what friends are for – If you have it give it – make someone happy. Penguin Ice Cream at Vatuwaqa was Edward’s fortress for many years and his factory was a meeting point for his friends and friends of friends and was a melting pot for egos.

Moving to New Zealand

I recall the time when Edward and Cathy were considering the big move to New Zealand.

Edward was hesitant and uncomfortable and initially resisted this notion, knowing that it would remove him from his comfort zone and area of influence – like a fish out of water – and that it would change his whole life, especially in the twilight years of his being.

Edward spent many months contemplating the life-changing move to NZ and given the person that he was and in his usual selfless constitution, he decided that he needed to make the ultimate sacrifice and to give to the family their wishes and an opportunity to invest in their future in a new country.

Over the years I have had the pleasure of visiting Edward in Auckland on many occasions and shared a few bowls and talanoa sessions with him.

His failing health and constant medical treatment restricted him from travel and it was obvious that he missed Fiji and had a longing desire to come home.

He, unfortunately, was unable to do so and was confined to spend the rest of his life in NZ.

One could see that although he was in his adopted country and new environment with his family – his heart was still longing to be in Fiji.

When I heard of my friend’s demise, I thanked God for Edward’s life and the moments and friendship we shared.

Thank you, Cathy and children, for bringing Edward back home and for your love and care in the recent past.

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