ASSISTING the less fortunate was something that Tunitoga, Ratu Sakiusa Veiwilitamata Komaitai strongly believed in.
Ratu Sakiusa, who passed away after an illness, was a man who was committed in helping the less fortunate because it was something that he held dearly in his heart.
Bilo Levu Club vice president Sakenasa Varea, who spoke at Ratu Sakiusa's funeral, said the late Tunitoga was a man who would go the extra mile to assist the needy, even using up his resources.
Mr Varea said Ratu Sakiusa, who was the herald to the Vunivalu of Bau, was an old member of the social club and he was one of the dedicated members who made the difference in the lives of so many people in Fiji.
"Our club would always assist families in school materials, housing materials and other important things and Ratu Sakiusa played an important role in meeting people's needs," Mr Varea said.
"We were a small organisation but we were able to look after a wide area because of the hard work and dedication of members like Ratu Sakiusa.
"He even provided a home to a few families who needed assistance and he offered them food and even paid for the bills, which surely showed how caring Ratu Sakiusa truly was."
Atunaisa Kaloumaira said Ratu Sakiusa was a custodian who knew of the close ties that the people of Kubuna had with each other.
"Ratu Sakiusa carried out this responsibility even when he was ill and he did it with honour," he said.
"In making wise decisions, he made sure to get all the information right and he had a strong religious foundation.
"Working with Ratu Sakiusa, we would feel that the workload was always light because he was always happy to share the workload," said Mr Kaloumaira.
Ratu Sakiusa was laid to rest at the Lovonilase Cemetery in Suva yesterday.