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Senior lawyer Te'o Richard Fa'ai'uaso passes away

A prominent senior lawyer, Te'o Richard Faai'uaso, has passed away.

The husband, father and grandfather of five children and seven grandchildren passed away on Wednesday morning. He was 62.

Various family members, including his 21-year-old son, Laban Fa'aiuaso, confirmed Te'o's passing. He had been battling liver cancer.

Te'o ran his own firm, Richard's Law Firm, from Mama Eti's Building in Fa'atoia.

He was also on the Board of the Accident Compensation Corporation under the Ministry of Public Enterprises.

The President of the Samoa Law Society, Leiataualesa Komisi Koria, paid tribute to Te'o and his work in the legal fraternity. 

"The Law Society loses one of its most senior and most well respected members," he said.

"This loss will no doubt be felt throughout our membership, because Mr. Faaiuaso, with his unforgettable personality, wit and humour, was well known to all of our members. 

"In addition to his professional contribution to the practice of law in Samoa, Mr. Faaiuaso will be remembered fondly for the warmth and laughter that he brought to our fraternity."

Te'o served on the Law Society's Executive Council for several years.

"He argued several landmark cases in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, and through his advocacy, he helped to develop Samoan jurisprudence," said Leiataualesa.

"He is also one of the few lawyers who were elevated from the bar to serve on the Judiciary as an Interim Judge of the District Court in the early 2000's."

Te'o was also recognised for his input in the development of rugby talent in the country.

The Marist Brother's alumni was a flying winger who continued to shine on rugby fields when attending Victoria University.  

Manu Samoa Assistant manager, Salesa Seiuli, commemorated his friend's passing on Facebook saying Te'o will be sorely missed in tournaments both in and out of the country.

"Forever grateful of the wisdom you shared and the passion you had for not only rugby but also life," he said.

"We lose another Good Man with a Good Heart."

He was married to Tia Faai'uaso.

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