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Family salutes humble hero

Avinesh Gopal
Saturday, March 30, 2013

KAUATA Vamarasi Marafono alias Fred spoke less of his soldiering work, his relatives revealed yesterday.

To some extent, he told his relatives about the work he did when he was with the British 22 Special Air Service regiment.

But he never went into the finer details because of the secrecy of the work that he was engaged in with the elite force.

The 72-year-old former SAS soldier, who was commonly known as Fred, passed away at his home in the United Kingdom on Thursday (Fiji time).

His nephew and namesake, Kauata Vamarasi Marafono told The Fiji Times yesterday that his uncle was a very humble person.

Mr Marafono said he last met his uncle when he came to Fiji for a visit about two years ago.

Asked if he ever told relatives about his work with the SAS, he said, "To some extent he told us about his work but I can't give you the finer details because of the secretive work."

He said he got a call from the United Kingdom on Thursday and he was shocked to hear that his uncle had died.

"I was told that he died in his sleep."

Mr Marafono said he was not aware of his uncle being sick prior to his demise.

Mr Marafono is survived by his wife, three sons and a daughter.

They all live in the United Kingdom.

The former SAS soldier's funeral arrangements are yet to be finalised.