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Family, friends farewell cartoonist

Nanise Loanakadavu
Sunday, January 26, 2014

FIJI'S well-known cartoonist Laisiasa Naulumatua was laid to rest at the Vatuwaqa Cemetery yesterday.

During his funeral service at the Centenary Church in Suva yesterday, Mr Naulumatua was hailed a humble man who always put a smile on the faces of those who knew him.

Mr Naulumatua, from Nakobo in Cakaudrove, was commonly known as Lai, an artist best known for his sharp intellect and political antenna which was always alerted to unfolding issues.

In his eulogy, family member Emitai Boladuadua described Mr Naulumatua as someone who would put his family first.

Mr Boladuadua said they would always look up to Mr Naulumatua because of his great sense of humour and as someone who would lighten their burden with his practical jokes.

Mr Boladuadua stood firm as he described the life of a man he called brother because of his commitment towards his family.

Former editor of The Fiji Times Vijendra Kumar said unlike some political cartoonists, Mr Naulumatua's work seldom ridiculed or scandalised his targets.

"There was no venom or savagery in his caricatures," Mr Kumar said.

"His weapon was humour.

"He made us laugh at the follies and foibles of our politicians.

"He could find a lighter side to even serious political or social problems."

Also present at the funeral service was former prime minister Laisenia Qarase and former senior government officials.

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