Bleak Fa­ther’s Day For Boteanaka­davu

RFMF soldier re­turns from Si­nai to at­tend funeral of his son, Joshua, 4, killed when their house caught fire in Lami last week

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Vil­iame Boteanaka­davu was on duty for the Multi­na­tional Force Ob­server in Si­nai when he got the call that all sol­diers on for­eign mis­sions dreaded.

His wife was on the line telling him that their son, Joshua, 4, died when their house in Vu­galei, Lami, caught fire last week. “I was far away from home and I knew I couldn’t do much and the only thing we could do was pray. He is in a bet­ter place now,” Mr Boteanaka­davu said.

He, fam­ily and friends, buried Joshua at the Suva Ceme­tery yes­ter­day.

He said for the past four years, they usu­ally cel­e­brated Fa­ther’s Day as a fam­ily, but now it would be dif­fer­ent as one of his sons would no longer be with them. “We might come and spend Fa­ther’s Day here next to Joshua. It will re­ally af­fect the fam­ily, but we pray that he will be with us and watch­ing over us.” Mr Boteanaka­davu said his son was a very happy per­son who was al­ways play­ing. He said Joshua was quite talk­a­tive.

“He al­ways loved to cheer peo­ple up. If you get mad at him, he’ll know how to make you laugh and cheer you up. He was a happy go­ing per­son like any other kid,” he said. Marisela Kalokalo, who was Joshua’s teacher at Mar­cellin An­gel’s Kinder­garten, shared sim­i­lar sen­ti­ments while de­liv­er­ing her eu­logy dur­ing the funeral ser­vice at Wes­ley City Mis­sion Church at Butt Street in Suva. “Joshua was a won­der­ful child, lov­ing, car­ing, smart and a good en­ter­tainer. He al­ways cheered us up and of­fered his time to help his friends dur­ing ac­tiv­i­ties,” Ms Kalokalo said.

“We all feel so blessed to have spent a short but a mem­o­rable time with him. “He will be missed but surely not for­got­ten.”

Photo: Filipe Naigulevu

From left: Vil­iame Boteanaka­davu, Emily Boteanaka­davu, Wes­ley City Mis­sion Church’s Aisea Rarokoliwa, a rel­a­tive and Jone Katai­wai dur­ing the funeral ser­vice of Joshua Boetanaka­davu in Suva yes­ter­day.

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