Vili laid to rest

Pallbearers carry the coffin of the late Federated Airlines Staff Association general secretary Ratu Vilikesa Naulumatua during the funeral service in Nadi. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Pallbearers carry the coffin of the late Federated Airlines Staff Association general secretary Ratu Vilikesa Naulumatua during the funeral service in Nadi. Picture: REINAL CHAND

“MY father was not only a family man but a man of the people.”

This was the message relayed by the youngest child of the late Ratu Vilikesa Naulumatua, the Federated Airlines Staff Association (FASA) national secretary, who fought for the rights of Air Terminal Service (ATS) workers, during a dispute last December and this January.

Delivering his eulogy yesterday, an emotional Ratu Vilikesa Naulumatua Rayawa Jr relayed how his father’s humility touched a lot of lives.

He said his father taught him a lot of things.

The youngest of three siblings, he said his father had taught them values and the need to fight injustice and believe in God.

According to the late unionist’s wife, Alanieta Naulumatua, her husband fought for the people.

“He was ready to fight for justice and during the ATS lockout, there were times when he lost faith but he’d come home and prayed and he kept fighting, believing that the workers would return to work one day,” she said.

He was laid to rest at the Enamanu cemetery in Nadi.

He is survived by his wife, his children Ratu Vilikesa Naulumatua Rayawa Jr, Ratu Inoke Kirikiti Jr and Adi Tagimeucia Koroivuki and granddaughter Lilani Koroivuki.

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