Cap­tain Yau­voli, a man com­mit­ted to his work

Fiji Sun - - COVID-19 UPDATE - NI­CO­LETTE CHAM­BERS Late Cap­tain, Pen­i­tiko Yau­voli. Edited by Maraia Vula

The late Cap­tain, Pen­i­tiko Yau­voli, was a man who was known to have loved his job, his fam­ily and the Bi­ble. Cap­tain Yau­voli, 58 who sadly passed away in Suva on Fri­day was the Har­bour Mas­ter for the Port of Lau­toka for the past eight years. He was the for­mer As­sis­tant Har­bour Mas­ter in Suva be­fore trans­fer­ring to Lau­toka in 2013 to take on the role of Har­bour Mas­ter.

His daugh­ter-in-law, Litea Yau­voli, said the news on the pass­ing of her fa­ther-in­law was an emo­tional one for the fam­ily as Cap­tain Yau­voli had just lost his wife, Rai­jieli Yau­voli, in De­cem­ber of last year. He served at the Mar­itime Safety Au­thor­ity of Fiji and Fiji Ports for more than 30 years.

Mrs Yau­voli said he was due to re­turn home on Wed­nes­day af­ter be­ing in Suva for the last two months.

“He al­ways has his an­nual med­i­cal checkup and since he went in Fe­bru­ary, he has been there ever since and was sup­posed to go for his review next Tues­day and then fi­nally come home on Wed­nes­day,” she said.

“He loved his work. He was very com­mit­ted and even when he was sick he made an ef­fort to go to work, a gen­tle­man who was God­fear­ing.

“When mum passed away in De­cem­ber last year, one thing for sure was that he was never the same but he was for­tu­nate that he still had the kids to still look af­ter him.”

Cap­tain Yau­voli was the el­dest of six sib­lings. He is the el­der brother of out­go­ing Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral of the Me­lane­sian Spear­head Group, Amena Yau­voli. “Mother’s Day this year will never be the same, we are still in pain af­ter los­ing mum just in De­cem­ber,” she said.

“Ev­ery night dur­ing de­vo­tion he al­ways tells us ‘Love your neigh­bour and serve your God’.

“We will miss him.” Cap­tain Yau­voli will be laid to rest at the Nas­inu Ceme­tery next Satur­day. He is sur­vived by his six chil­dren.

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