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'Safe in God's arms'

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Friday, March 09, 2018

ILIESA Tawalo is safe in God's arms.

This was the message shared by Pastor Isimeli Namule of Shalom Ministry Church during a jam-packed funeral service at Funworld Plaza Hotel in Nadi yesterday.

Hundreds of people gathered to pay their final respects before Mr Tawalo was laid to rest.

He was described by his peers, students and family members as a gentle giant and a man of God.

Tears flowed as his coffin was carried out of the aircraft which flew him from Labasa to Nadi International Airport.

The Pacific Flying School came to a standstill at 9.30am as his coffin was carried by the management of the school and fellow instructors.

As a final mark of respect by the people of Macuata to the victims of the Cessna 172 crash, their coffins were draped in kuta (reeds), a traditional Macuata mat.

Mr Namule said the late Mr Tawalo was now in a place where there was no pain, no hardship and no sickness — which people living on earth encountered on a daily basis.

"Knowing him (Iliesa) he is in the hands of God," he shared.

"For those of you who knew Iliesa, you know he was someone so full of energy, encouragement and faith.

"He has shown us the way to live life and has gone ahead of us.

"We are here today (yesterday) to celebrate his life and regardless of the circumstance surrounding the accident, Ili is now safe in the arms of the Lord.

"Most of you will agree, Ili had been faithful, and living a life of faithfulness, he found favour with God."

Mr Namule said Mr Tawalo was a man who shared and loved.

He spoke at length about the airman who would go out of his way to assist anyone in need.

Mr Tawalo was laid to rest at the Enamanu cemetery in Nadi in an emotional ceremony led by former students of Queen Victoria School.

The former QVS students sang their school anthem — Na Noqu Koronivuli — to farewell a colleague and an old boy who had kept true to their school motto, Floreat Viti (Forward Fiji).

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