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Prominent Ba Businessman, Daniel Elisha Laid To Rest

Prominent and respected Ba businessman, Daniel Elisha was laid to rest yesterday in a moving funeral service attended by the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Government ministers and a large number of business and ordinary people.
06 Nov 2019 10:46
Prominent Ba Businessman, Daniel Elisha Laid To Rest
A packed Christ the King Catholic Parish in Ba during the during the Mass of the Resurrection for the late Daniel Elisha on November 5, 2019. Photo: Charles Chambers

Prominent and respected Ba businessman, Daniel Elisha was laid to rest yesterday in a moving funeral service attended by the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Government ministers and a large number of business and ordinary people.

Eulogies delivered during the Mass of the Resurrection at Christ the King Catholic Parish in Ba, described Mr Elisha as a person who strived from scratch to attain the business empire he had before he died.

Minister for Youth and Sport, Parveen Bala, who is also from Ba, described Mr Elisha as a person who gave his time, labour and talent and took back very little in return for himself.

“Dan was a well-known figure not only in Ba, but across Fiji. He was not only well known but was well liked and highly respected member of the wider community,” Mr Bala said in his eulogy.

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About Mr Elisha

Mr Elisha was nurtured by former Ba businessmen while starting up Elisha Engineering Company, a steel company that is now well known for major works around the country.

He was Mayor of Ba in 1993, at a time his late mother-in-law was a councillor.

Mr Bala said Mr Elisha, in his 75th anniversary celebration message said – “to serve a great town like Ba and its wonderful people is what I wanted to do and I hope I did it well.”

From left: Vodafone Fiji Limited Regional chief executive officer Pradeep Lal and Minister for Youth and Sport, Parveen Bala during the late Daniel Elisha’s funeral in Ba on November 5, 2019. Photo: Charles Chambers

From left: Vodafone Fiji Limited Regional chief executive officer Pradeep Lal and Minister for Youth and Sport, Parveen Bala during the late Daniel Elisha’s funeral in Ba on November 5, 2019. Photo: Charles Chambers

“Dan was quite clear about his public role and went about it with guts and great energy during his mayoral term.”

Mr Elisha led a community strike in 1993, after Cyclone Kina to bring attention to the of the local authorities the plight of the people of Ba, who were left without the main bridge which was washed away in flood waters.

“His determination and fight against injustice came to light as he did not want to see the people of Ba suffer.

“Yet he remained humble, whether it was his business achievements or his community high points.He did not discriminate in the service to the people, be they rich or poor, powerful or oppressed.”

From left: Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with R. C. Manubhai & Co. Pte. Ltd directors Rajesh Patel and Pravesh Patel after the funeral service for Daniel Elisha in Ba on on November 5, 2019 . hoto: Charles Chambers

From left: Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with R. C. Manubhai & Co. Pte. Ltd directors Rajesh Patel and Pravesh Patel after the funeral service for Daniel Elisha in Ba on on November 5, 2019 . hoto: Charles Chambers

R. C. Manubhai & Co. Pte. Ltd managing director Dinesh Patel described Mr Elisha as a brother and he was never ready to accept that his death came so soon.

“My family’s association with Dan goes back five generations,” Mr Patel said.

“Dan was an uncle, a mentor and a great friend and very much part of our family.”

Mr Patel said he became very close to Mr Elisha after 1990 when the head of the RC Manubhai Group, the late Chandrakant Patel commonly known as Bachu, passed away and he had to take over.

From left: Ba businessman, Hari Raniga and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum arriving for the late Daniel Elisha’s funeral in Ba on November 5, 2019. Photo: Charles Chambers

From left: Ba businessman, Hari Raniga and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum arriving for the late Daniel Elisha’s funeral in Ba on November 5, 2019. Photo: Charles Chambers

“In my early days, I remember going to see Dan every day after work to seek his help, advice and guidance in my role.

“He always found time to help me.

“Dan was a true citizen of Fiji.”

Mr Patel highlighted the different institutions, organisations and statutory bodies Mr Elisha was appointed to, thus showing his immense contribution to Fiji.

He was buried at the same cemetery as his mother, Mary, both of whom were the first shareholders of Elisha Engineering when it started. He is survived by his wife, Margaret, five children, 18 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Margaret Elisha, centre, holding grandson Amani Jan and flanked by her daughters Bernadine, left and Davina at the funeral of her late husband Daniel Elisha in Ba on November 5, 2019. Photo: Charles Chambers

Margaret Elisha, centre, holding grandson Amani Jan and flanked by her daughters Bernadine, left and Davina at the funeral of her late husband Daniel Elisha in Ba on November 5, 2019. Photo: Charles Chambers

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