Thousands turned up at state funeral
BY JERRY SEFE
SIR Manasupe Zurenuoc was finally laid to rest at the Lae State Cemetery in his home province of Morobe on Saturday.
Sir Manasupe’s funeral service was held at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lae attended by dignitaries, friends and family friends including Governor-General Bob Dadae, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and Morobe Governor Kelly Naru.
The city also came to a standstill as thousands marched to join the funeral service to pay their respects, tributes and witness the burial.
A moment of reflection and tribute was given by Mr Naru, followed by Mr O’Neill and Mr Dadae on behalf of the people of Morobe, Papua New Guinea and the Parliament.
The tributes spoke of an outstanding national visionary leader, a man of courage and inspiration, an icon devoted and dedicated to his duties and an irreplaceable icon of his calibre.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said PNG had laid to rest a most respected and cherished national leader.
“It is a time for sad reflection and we must also take the opportunity to look back on the achievements of a great leader who has done so much for our nation that began on a humble beginning,” Mr O’Neill said.
He said Sir Manasupe was an outstanding leader of public services, particularly during many challenging times and has served his family, people, province and country well.
“Sir Manasupe was an inspiration and a guiding-light for so many and now we mourn together and recognise the loss that has befallen our country and take the opportunity to look back on the achievements of this great leader,” Mr O’Neill said.
He said the contribution that Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc made would never be forgotten “as you go in peace”.