Funeral service

Boas tearfully remembers Ottio

Hunters Captain Ase Boas read a very touching and meaningful poem from the Hunters camp, solely dedicated to their late teammate – Kato Ottio.

Speaking at the funeral service today, Boas struggled to hold back tears, describing Ottio as a “great friend of humble character”.

An emotional Boas also relayed condolences from current Kumuls captain, David Mead, who was unable to make it to the funeral.

Boas, who is the vice captain of the Kumuls, spoke of how he knew Ottio personally, saying he was a real “mummy's boy”.

Hundreds pack Ottio’s funeral service

Hundreds of fans have packed the indoor complex to show their final respects to the 23-year-old phenomenal sports man.

Late Ottio's casket arrived at the Sir John Guise indoor stadium carried by his Kumuls and former Hunters teammates.

In attendance is Moresby South and Lands Minister Justin Tkatchenko, Vice Sports Minister Wesley Raminai and other senior statesmen.

The funeral service celebrant, Reverand Oika Gabutu, has taken the podium to deliver the sermon of the day.

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Judge to be farewelled in court sitting

The sitting will take place from 9am before the casket can proceed to the Rev. Sione Kami Memorial church for the funeral service from 11am.

The senior residential judge of the East New Britain Province will be flown back to Kokopo on Thursday.

The main funeral service will be held on Friday in Kokopo, before the late judge’s casket is repatriated to New Ireland on Saturday.

He will be laid to rest in Lelet village, New Ireland, on Sunday, August 27.

Late Karike-Huhume to be farewelled

Eldest son Philip Huhume told Loop PNG that the late PNG flag designer’s funeral service will be held on Sunday, July 16.

“Her funeral service will be held at 3pm at the St Francis of Assisi Parish at Gordon’s Police Barracks,” says Philip.

“After the funeral, her body will be returned to the Dove Funeral Home until we finalise her burial arrangements.

“The Urban Youth Employment Project, from the National Capital District Commission, have stepped in to design her tomb.

“We are currently in talks with them.”

​Late retired Justice Kawi farewelled

Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika said this when giving his tribute on behalf of the judiciary at the thanksgiving mass yesterday (May 24).

He described the late judge as a fearless lawyer in his early years of practise prior to his appointment to the bench.

He thanked the immediate family of the late judge and the people of Madang for giving a son who became a very talented lawyer and judge and for sharing him with the rest of Papua New Guinea.

“He died at a very early age. 52 years old and to die, is too young,” Sir Gibbs said.

​Retired judge’s funeral today

A funeral service will held at the St Mary’s Cathedral church downtown from 12 noon.

His casket is currently at the funeral home. It will be brought to the family home at East Boroko tonight from 7:30 to 11pm.

He will be laid to rest tomorrow (Thursday), at 3pm, at the Nine-Mile cemetery.

The late retired Justice Kawi passed away in Port Moresby on Saturday, May 13.

Late Zurenuoc’s funeral service today

A large number of dignitaries will attend the service, including the Governor General Bob Dadae and Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.

The dignitaries were scheduled to assemble at 10am for the funeral service at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, a stone's throw from the late statesman's residence at Eriku.

After the service, the body will be laid to rest at the State cemetery, which is opposite the Huon Gulf Hotel.

Late GG’s funeral held at his retirement date

The funeral of the 75-year-old vice regal will be held at St Mary’s Cathedral in Port Moresby starting at 10am, and led by Cardinal Sir John Ribat.     

Late Sir Michael died at the Government House State residence on February 19.

He assumed office on February 25, 2011.

Sir Michael is survived by his wife Lady Esmie Ogio, five children and eight grandchildren.