Family mourns loss of "right-hand man" son

A family in Aele-Fou is mourning the death of their son a fortnight ago and will spend their first Christmas without their “right-hand man.”

The distraught mother of the deceased, Lise Misipati, told the Samoa Observer that her son’s loss brought dark clouds over their family.

“It won’t be the same anymore and his loss has taken away the spirit of Christmas in this family, even though everyone in this family was yearning for Christmas,” she said, while trying to fight back tears.

The late 30-year-old Poasa Misipati was the son of Lise and Misipati Poasa and a partner to Niva Tikeri and was the family’s sole breadwinner.

“He was our everything, our right-hand man at everything and our go to person and now that he has disappeared, we’re just at loss with words and thoughts, don’t know what to do,” Mrs. Misipati said.

“He was a lovable person not only in his family but also in his village, he's known for treating the girls respectfully and I always admired him for that as a mother.”

The deceased was the eldest of seven children and an inspirational older brother, according to his mother. 

She said when she heard about her son’s passing from Police officers, a few hours after he passed on two weeks ago, it almost literally took her breath away.

Last month Aele-Fou village ran a Christmas decoration competition between its families.

And the Misipati family came second in the competition, thanks to the deceased whom his mother said was the decorator in their family.

“He decorated all the Christmas lights and the bikes decorated with colourful lights, he was our man,” Mrs. Misipati added.

The wife of the deceased, Ms. Tikeri added that in their relationship her partner never laid a hand on her until his untimely passing.

“He was such a humble person, will sorely miss him, a husband any girl will ever dream of having,” she said. "On the day he passed away, before he passed, that was his first time drinking and he has never drank before.

“But their company Christmas party was the first time he was ever released to drink and have fun. It's a really big loss for our family especially his parents."

The couple had been together for two years before his death.

A 24-year-old man has been charged in connection with the death at the golf course.

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