Sunday, May 02, 2010

Farewell Jerry Waqanisau

Fiji Sun - 02 May 2010

The late Colonel Jeremaia Mocevakaca Waqanisau, a Fijian career soldier, civil servant, diplomat and former Commissioner Western, was laid to rest in Suva yesterday.
His funeral service was held at the Centenary Methodist Church in Suva.

Prominent people who attended the service included the Marama Roko Tui Dreketi Ro Teimumu Kepa, deposed Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase and former Reserve Bank of Fiji Governor Savenaca Narube.

They were among family members, friends, relatives and work colleagues who paid their last respect one of Fiji’s respected sons.
Methodist Church minister, Reverend Tuikilakila Waqairatu conducted the service.

“God showed us what a servant Mr Waqanisau was.
“Earlier in the week he relayed to his wife that if he was to pass away that he wished it been with him praying or preaching.”
Colonel Waqanisau collapsed while preaching in this same church last week.

“We heard the qualities of this man, a servant of God whose life will echo in the lives of his children. We hear family members recount memories of a man who was humble, decisive, a straight talker, kind, compassionate and most importantly, God fearing.

“Let us not come and weep but rather rejoice at the passing away of a man to meet his Heavenly Father. Let us learn from the qualities of his life and practice them.

“I quote 2 Timothy 4:7-8; I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Henceforth, there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

Colonel Waqanisau was 63-years-old when he died and is survived by his wife Salote Lutu Karavaki and six children.

Jerry Waqanisau Passes at 63

Fiji Times - Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Sai's Comments:
  •  He will be a great loss not only to his wife, children, and grand children but also to Fiji and efforts to restore democracy. Such a humble and committed son of Fiji. Our most sincere and heartfelt condolences are with the family in this trying time. Our prayer is that God Almighty will give him everlasting peace.
  • He was a great hope to help return Fiji to democratic rule following his untimely return from China as Fiji's Ambassador there following the 2006 coup . 
  • See story  Waqanisau as Fiji's Hope back to Democracy

FORMER diplomat, civil servant and military officer Colonel Jeremaia Waqanisau has passed away.
He was 53.
Col. Waqanisau, who hails from Vunuku in Moala, collapsed and died of a heart attack while giving a sermon at Centenary Church in Suva on Sunday evening.
His fellow comrade and former prime minister, Sitiveni Rabuka, said that Col. Waqanisau was a hardworker and a dedicated man who always ensured that he gave his best to anything he was tasked with.
"He might have died young, but he lived his life to the fullest."
Mr Rabuka recalled serving with Col. Waqanisau in Lebanon and how they were shot at.
"I was decorated with the Legion D'Honneur because it was the recommendation from the French government," he said.
Mr Rabuka said Col. Waqanisau should have been awarded that same honour given that they went through the same risk together.
He said Col. Waqanisau joined the military after working at the ANZ bank in the 1970s.
Col. Waqanisau, who was Fiji's former ambassador to China, had a distinguished civil service career.
He was appointed the Commissioner Western in 1998 and was also appointed chief executive officer at Home Affairs.
He is survived by his wife Salote and his children.
In the military, he became one of the first Fijians to hold senior posts in the United Nations.
He was educated in Australia, the UK and the US, and holds a Master of Arts in Defence and Security Analysis.

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