“He was a great and humble man. He never gave up on his dreams,” said cousin, Siosi Opao.
“Kato always told us ‘I will one day make it and play rugby league like those ones we see on TV.
We love you so much and we will never forget what you did for us and the country,” said big sister, Marie Ottio.
“He was the complete all-rounder. He was naturally and divinely talented. He surpassed all expectations and was bound for greatness. Kato always put his mother and family first while on a silent mission of living his dream.
“He leaves behind a legacy of humbleness and respect,” said Chairman of the Motu Koitabu Rugby League, Dae Boe.
“Kato Ottio was a shining light for everyone. He proved that there is hope in sports because sports unites everyone.
“Thank you Joyce Ottio and family for sharing your son with us,” said CEO of the PNG Rugby Football League,” said Reatau Rau.
Ottio will be laid to rest after lunch.