Beloved leader dies suddenly in Fiji

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Pastor Aseri Sukanabulisau (55) died on Sunday after spending an enjoyable day at Fulton College’s end-of-year staff picnic at Beachcomber Island, west of Viti Levu. He was the director of the men’s residence at the time of his death and previously served as a local pastor and mission president in Fiji, as well as Fulton’s director of student services.

Although Pastor Sukanabulisau has had some health difficulties he said he was well enough to attend the picnic where he reportedly enjoyed the camaraderie and food, and even took a turn on a hired jetski. He collapsed as he boarded the boat back to Nadi, however, and received CPR as he was transferred to a faster boat that transported him to the closest hospital at Lautoka where he died soon afterwards.

" . . . all at the picnic affirm that he thoroughly enjoyed himself that day and have vivid mental pictures of the beaming smile."

“As we have listened to many stories, we are aware of the great influence Aseri has had,” said Fulton principal Dr Steve Currow in an email to the college’s board members. “As the faculty and staff have laughed and cried recounting these many memories, all at the picnic affirm that he thoroughly enjoyed himself that day and have vivid mental pictures of the beaming smile.”

Pastor Aseri Sukanabulisau and his wife, Kelera. (Photo: Bruce Potter)
Pastor Aseri Sukanabulisau and his wife, Kelera. (Photo: Bruce Potter)

Pastor Sukanabulisau is survived by his wife Kelera, who lectures in education at Fulton, and their three children Mitieli, Aseri Jnr and Eta.

“Fulton continues to express their condolences and support in their time of grief,” said Dr Currow. “We are so thankful that Eta, Kelera’s sister, chose to work at Fulton and is able to be here to support her younger sister. I am sure you will also join us in upholding the family in your prayers at this difficult time and eagerly await the soon return of Jesus Christ.”

Pastor Sukanabulisau’s funeral will be held at 10am on Thursday 24 November at the John I Tay Centre, Fulton College.