Rauluni, a quiet fam­ily man with a big heart

Fiji Sun - - Sport - STELLA MORSIO Edited by Leone Cabenatabua Feed­back: stella.more­sio@fi­jisun.com.fj

Meres­i­mani Rauluni wife of the late Vili Rauluni rem­i­nisced his last mo­ments and de­scribed her hus­band as a quiet man with a big heart. De­liv­er­ing her eu­logy at the Nadera Methodist Church yes­ter­day, Rauluni said look­ing back her late hus­band’s life she had learnt a lot of good qual­i­ties from the man who barely spoke in the fam­ily. “Not once will he ever re­ject some­one who comes to our house re­gard­less of who the per­son is. He would al­ways make sure our vis­i­tor is cared for first be­fore his needs,” she said. Raulini men­tioned af­ter the pass­ing of her hus­band she kept ad­vis­ing her chil­dren to be strong and fol­low in the teach­ings he had left be­hind. “An­other good qual­ity he al­ways had was in­tegrity. I know where he comes from they are de­scribed as ‘lailai na dina’ but I am thank­ful to God that in what­ever field he was put in, from rugby to golf, our house would be full of prizes he won from the com­pe­ti­tions. “This showed us what kind of man Vili Rauluni was. My hus­band was al­ways quiet, some­times I would com­plain to him to speak up and help in dis­ci­plin­ing the kids but he would al­ways stay quiet,” she said.

“I look back to the 35 years of ser­vice, and 33 years of mar­riage, he was our bread­win­ner pro­vid­ing for the fam­ily from the pay­ment of bills to our chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion bring­ing them up to the jobs they have to­day. “Although he was known to a lot of prom­i­nent peo­ple be­cause of his rugby sta­tus, my hus­band was al­ways hum­ble. I have been telling my chil­dren to fol­l­low the teach­ings he taught us even when he is not around. He al­ways live a sim­ple life and this is one of the things peo­ple liked about him,” she said.

Vili Rauluni was later laid to rest at the Vatuwaqa ceme­tery by his fam­ily, friends and for­mer na­tional reps. He is sur­vived by his wife, six chil­dren and six grand­chil­dren.

An­other good qual­ity he al­ways had was in­tegrity. I know where he comes from they are de­scribed as ‘lailai na dina’.

Meres­i­mani Rauluni wife of the late Vil­iame Rauluni

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