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
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.”
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.