Sir Manasupe laid to rest

Former chief secretary late Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc was finally laid to rest on Saturday afternoon (March 11).

Army chaplain Major Karibo conducted a full military burial with Engineering Battalion Commander Lieutenant Colonel Ricky Tawapery handed over the folded PNG flag to widow Lady Josephine Manasupe.

This was followed by a 36 gun salute before the dignitaries including the Governor General Bob Dadae and Prime Minister Peter O'Neill giving their final respect,  followed by Morobe Governor Kasiga Kelly Naru and other distinguished guests including local businessmen.

The cemetery was plainly simple straight forward according to the late top public servant's wish.

It was simple that the earth was removed six metres deep and then lowering of the casket, followed by the covering of the earth.

The funeral flowers were placed on top and it was over.

He was truly a down to heart and simple servant who dedicated most of his life to his humble profession as a public servant.

When giving his eulogy during the funeral service, his son Zure Zurenuoc Jr said his dad always give priority to his job than them.

"He prioritize his work ahead of everything. Time, dedication and fashion are front runners in his life," he said.

He also had a strong heart for his beloved province, Morobe.

And he managed to at least identify Morobeans by their features and travelled far and wide by helicopter, vehicle, boat or even walk.

Sir Manasupe spent 24 years as a public servant in Morobe Province and another eight years at the top post as Secretary of Province and Local Government before as the Chief Secretary.

He retired in 2016 after diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and succumb to the illness early last week.

Bustin Anzu