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Rodan: Rosa Was Behind My Success

Rodan delivered a moving eulogy during his wife Rosalain’s Resurrection Mass at the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lami yesterday. She died at the age of 66.
19 Jan 2020 15:36
Rodan: Rosa Was Behind My Success
Joe Rodan (Snr) leads his grandchlidren out of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lami on January 18,2019. Photo: Simione Haravanua

Former Olympian and Pacific Games champion Joe Rodan (Snr) farewelled the woman who was behind his sporting and business success.

Rodan delivered a moving eulogy during his wife Rosalain’s Resurrection Mass at the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Lami yesterday. She died at the age of 66.

“They say behind every successful man is a strong woman and Rosa is a strong woman,” Rodan said.

“Sometimes we say that we give more power to woman. I’ve always said that women have the power; they have the power because they are the ones that bring us together.

“Rosa was a very strong woman that put us on a narrow road to success not only me and my kids but all the other people and children that have gone through our house.”

Rodan said his wife died in his arms on Monday morning.

“We were asleep when she woke up and she wanted to sit up. She asked me ‘Joe can you put me up’ so I made her sit properly after a while she just fell backwards on to my chest and died in my arms.

“For me I thank the Lord for giving me that opportunity that my wife died in my arms, I travel a lot I could have been somewhere when she died.

“For Rosa it gave her that sense of comfort knowing that the person  she loved for the last 45 years was there with her.”

Rodan urged married couples to always value each other.

“Husbands, wife please value what you have. Value your wife, value your husband it’s very important because when they go you will be lost. That’s what life is all about. Rosa grew up in this church, we met and got married in this church and what a way to farewell her in the same church.”

The Rodans have five children and 14 grandchildren.

“Rosa my beloved wife has done her duties. She raised four boys and a girl. We have 12 grandsons and two granddaughters.”

Fighting hard to hold back his tears, the Athletics Fiji president turned to his wife’s casket to deliver his farewell speech.

“Rosa, thank you for the 45 years. Thank you for the 55 years plus that we’ve known you. You were God sent to me and my family you have done more than enough for my family.

“We will surely miss you, I will surely miss you. Coming to church here we normally walk in together but now it will be quite strange walking in alone to church.”

The Resurrection Mass was attended by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, representatives from Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASNOC), Fiji Sports Council and the Marist Old Boys.  families and friends.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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