Wesley College Principal dies from heart attack

Wesley College Principal Reverend Pasetto Eteuati has died after suffering a heart attack while driving a vehicle at Piula Theological College on Saturday.

The late Reverend Eteuati is also a church minister at the Faleula Methodist compound.

His eldest daughter, Sunema Pasetto, confirmed the passing of her father in a telephone interview with the Samoa Observer on Sunday.

She said a doctor had advised that her father died from a heart attack he sustained while driving. 

“He was driving within the Piula Theological College when he had a heart attack and crashed towards a house wall inside the campus,” she said. “We just don’t know how to handle everything that’s been happening. Everything is just so hard to accept but I have to be strong for my siblings.”

His death comes six months after his wife Siniva Eteuati died on Christmas eve last year.

The late Reverend Eteuati, who has served as a Methodist Church Minister for over 20 years, is survived by his four children. One of his son’s and a younger brother to Ms. Pasetto is currently in New Zealand and hopes to return home for their father’s funeral.

Ms. Pasetto said her father had a strong conviction in God and his work for the church and encouraged his children to take after him.

“The most painful thing that I always think of is how he always talks about the church and how he’s very obedient of the church and supportive in everything the church does. He always encourages us to follow his footsteps and seek God for strength and in everything we do.”

Looking back and remembering his words of encouragement, Ms. Pasetto said she will not forget her father encouraging her to stand up for her siblings.

“He was our life and our everything, he was the one who made everything happen in our family. We’re not a rich family but my dad made sure we receive the most expensive stuff.”

Ms. Pasetto, who is currently a student at the National University of Samoa (N.U.S.), said the future looks uncertain for her and her siblings but her father would want her to be strong for her siblings.

The late Reverend Eteuati had been the Wesley College Principal since 2018 and prior to that was the Principal at the Uesiliana College.

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