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Former C.C.C.S Chairman passes on

A former Chairman of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S), Reverend Elder Esekielu Situfu Kutoli Tanielu, has passed away.

He died from complicated stomach pains on Tuesday this week, his family confirmed. He was 80 years old.

The wife of the late church leader, Atolua Reupena Situfu, said in an interview with the Samoa Observer that her husband is now in good hands.

"God sees what a person does and I believe the same goes for all the Ministers of God," she said.

Rev. Situfu became the chairman of the C.C.C.S Church in 2006. He served in Nofoalii village from 1977 to 2010 where they retired from active service.

The father of five, who was born May 25, 1939 is the son of the late Rev. Oilani Tanielu from Saleaula and Safotu in Savaii and Sara Tauemua Mano’o Tuilagi from Fatausi in Savaii and Samatau.

He also resided in Tufutafoe in Savai'i.

According to Mrs. Situfu, they moved to their home in Lelata after their retirement from service in Nofoalii and begun to serve as members of the congregation in the C.C.C.S church in Vaivase-Tai.

As a family man, Rev. Situfu was a great leader and head of the family, added Mrs. Situfu.

He loved his family and served the church to the best of his abilities.

"He's a loving man and he will always be remembered."

Funeral arrangements are being finalised.


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