‘A caring, friendly gentleman’

The casket carrying the body of chief Ratu Joji Cakobau leaves the Ratu Cakobau Church for the chiefly burial grounds on Bau Island yesterday. Picture: TALEBULA KATE

RATU George Kadavulevu Cakobau was a caring, friendly and humble gentleman, says Bau chief Ratu Tu’uakitau Cokanauto.

Ratu Tu’uakitau made the statement while delivering his eulogy on behalf of the vanua o Bau during the thanksgiving service for Ratu George at Ratu Cakobau church on Bau Island yesterday.

“E tu vei ira na yalo ni veikauwaitaki vakaveiwekani (He had a caring soul for the people). E sala vata nona veikauwaitaki na yalo rakorako (His caring soul was always accompanied by his humility).”

Ratu Tu’uakitau said Ratu George was a keen sportsman just like his father and namesake the late turaga bale na Vunivalu, Ratu Sir George Kadavulevu Cakobau.

Meanwhile, Ratu George was accorded a military funeral.

He held the rank of lieutenant until his death.

Hundreds packed Ratu Cakobau church as well as the village green to pay their last respect to the Bau chief.

Present at the funeral were the President of Fiji Jioji Konrote, Adi Litia Cakobau, Ratu Epenisa Cakobau, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, Ratu Timoci Tavanavanua, Tui Macuata Ratu Wiliame Katonivere and Taukei Nailogatabua, Ratu George Kadavulevu.

He was also a former senator having being appointed to the Senate by the Great Council of Chiefs after being nominated by the Tailevu Provincial Council.

He served as a senator until 2006.

Ratu George is survived by his wife Timaima Cakobau, six children and 19 grandchildren.

He was laid to rest in the sautabu on Bau Island.