HUNDREDS from all walks of life crowded the Vatuwaqa cemetery to pay their last respects to well known and popular Suva character, Pelasio Seru, known to one and all as Seru.
"People came from all over, from businessmen to street boys and we're just humbled by their presence," daughter, Lavenia Cocker said.
Mrs Cocker said her father chose to live his life "the way he wanted because he said his friends on the streets needed him."
The 65-year-old man of Naselesele, Taveuni passed away on April 22 and left behind a wife, seven children, 21 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Eulogies were given by family members, friends and others who had the chance to meet the famous Seru. The mass was at the Sacred Heart Cathedral.
"We had business owners and all kinds of people come to the funeral proceedings in Toorak and I also take this time to acknowledge the gifts they brought," Mrs Cocker said.
President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau's entourage was also at the funeral and Mrs Cocker acknowledged their presence.
Seru was a well-known figure in the capital and his humorous comments were always welcomed around the grog bowl.
"We were all just smiling and laughing away as we reminisced about his antics with the people in town."
Mrs Cocker said her father was much loved and the family would miss him.