This post contains photos of Peni Vulakoro who was among the four people tragically lost in a fire in Mead Road, Suva, Fiji. Peni is a young man with a great life in front of him. Growing up as a boy in his village of Yacata in Cakaudrove, he proved to be resourceful, obedient and talented, always highly regarded by his peers, teachers and family. He attracts friends and peers around him and displays the qualities of a young leader. He is always surrounded by friends and he will be very sorely missed by his parents, Sairusi and Mudu, whose photo is also in this post.
Gone is a young and promising life whose talents and qualities will now never be realised. Moce Peni ka me nomu na vakacegu tawa mudu mai vei ira kece sara na wekamu.
Fire victims laid to rest
www.fijitimes.com - Wednesday, March 28, 2007
INTERIM Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama took time off yesterday to attend the funeral service of the family of four who died in a fire at Nabua last week.
Edward Heffernan, 69, his 40-year-old wife Mere Vulakoro, their 16-year-old daughter Shirley Heffernan and 14-year-old nephew Peni Vulakoro were farewelled in a moving church service at Gospel High School.
The four coffins lay side by side in the school hall as mourners bid them a tearful farewell.
Major Heffernan's coffin was covered with the Fiji flag and his medals were placed on top. The other coffins were draped in masi and flowers.
About 400 attended the service conducted by Reverend Sani Matalomani, who said Edward was a man of principle.
"He was respected by many of us who knew him and carried out his duties faithfully until the day he was called home," he said.
Former PM Sitiveni Rabuka, Bau chief Ratu Tu'uakitau Cokanauto, interim ministers Dr Jona Senilagakali, Adi Laufitu Malani and former police chief Isikia Savua were at the service.
Mr Rabuka said Heffernan was a cheerful man who was always rushing.
Form Four students of Laucala Bay Secondary School recited Psalm 23 for their mate Peni and Shirley's fellow students from Suva Grammar School wore white.
The family was buried at the new Suva extension cemetery.