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A chief for his people

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Thursday, February 13, 2014

RATU Ilisoni Tulevu Covunisaqa was a chief who loved to serve his people.

These were the words of Reverend Josefa Katonibau in his eulogy delivered at the funeral service of the late Tui Namuka at the Centenary Church in Suva yesterday.

"He always made sure he engaged himself with the vanua, church and the government," Mr Katonibau said.

"He was someone who never missed the Macuata province church services in Suva. Ratu Ilisoni loved to serve his people."

Mr Katonibau shared how the late chief told him on February 4 that he was ready to go as he had already committed his life to the Lord.

He added their last time together would be a memorable one for him because the late chief had shared all his great moments at work and with his family and the vanua o Namuka.

His maternal relatives from Visama, Nakelo, Tailevu, turned up in numbers to pay their last respects.

Ratu Josefa served in the Republic of Fiji Military Forces and retired as a warrant officer class 2 (WO2) at the age of 55.

He is survived by his wife Roko Sereana Ravovo, only son Ratu Onisivoro Niumataiwalu, daughters Adi Sovaki Ravuitawake, Adi Laiseana Tikanavou and nine grandchildren.

He was laid to rest at the Lovonilase Cemetery.