Late Sir Paul Tovua’s State Funeral
A Senior statement, and the only surviving founding fathers of the Solomon Islands Sir Paul Joseph Tovua was brought to the National Parliament for a State Funeral yesterday.
Government officials, heads of regional and International deginitories, private sector, and members of the public have paid their final respect to the body of the Late Sir Paul Tovua during a funeral service which was later held at the Holy Cross Cathedral.
Sharing his sermon, Catholic Church Archbishop Christopher Cardone said the life of late Paul was a testimony of a true Christian.
Meanwhile, Speaker of the National Parliament Patterson Oti sharing Sir Paul’s Eulogy said, he is the only Surviving Statesmen who is part of the delegation which negotiated the country’s independence.
The body of the late Paul was taken up to Pao village, Central Guadalcanal to spend a night with the relatives and the people of Central Guadalcanal before burial today.
The late Sir Paul was born on November 7, 1947 at Satamailoha Village, Betilonga, Central Guadalcanal.
He was a Parliamentarian for four consecutive terms from 1976 to 1992.
He was a two-time speaker of the National Parliament in 1993 and 1998.
The late Sir Paul left an only wife for 46 years, 4 children, and 16 grandchildren.