** Initially, this special recording was only accessible to my close family members as I especially launched it for them on Dad's birthday date - 31st Dec. But as my Dad was and is still a HUGE part of my life and a big reason I continue standing strong - I've decided to keep this on a timeline for everyone's listening. I'm sure you appreciate that this is very dear and special to me, and the intro / recording is not as 'sharp' as previous Podcasts. ** This showcases a deep love a daughter has for her Dad and keeping his spirit alive, forever. RIL Dad, we all love you so so much and Happy Birthday. *Palaivete Private Pasisi* was born on Friday 31st December 1948, a New Year’s eve baby. Dad was born in Papuaka, Mutalau, Niue Island. Dad told us his Mum Sialemata remembered the firecrackers going off while she was in labor with him. So, effectively Dad started his life off with a big bang and was a celebration of life right from the very beginning - no wonder he liked to party so much (and so hard too) ;).
Subsequently, Dad’s life ended with a bigger bang when diagnosed with pancreatic cancer on Friday 5th February 2021, the cause of his sudden death at Waikato Hospital, Hamilton NZ almost 5 weeks later, on the night of 11th March.
As a baby, Dad was adopted by his Uncle Tau and Aunty Moka (now deceased), and they named him Private after their friend’s rank in the army who had returned from World War II, the reason behind his beautiful and unique name - which he proudly carried in his persona.
I was privileged and blessed to have recorded these conversational snippets during the last 2 days of Dad's life, alongside my beautiful mum Mata and sisters Noeline and Ahi (Justin & little JJ). Don't ask me why I hit record on my phone, a lot of things are unexplainable during that time, but here it is, mixed in with some meaningful Niuean and praising songs from during the honouring services prior to and on the day of Dad's funeral 17-3-21 - a very special tribute for a very special man - our Dad and a father figure/good friend to everyone he met along the way. All, by the grace of God - thank you Lord.
Happy New Year everyone. May it be extra special for you and your loved ones. Love, Marie (Dad's fave middle :) daughter). 💗Xx