late Desmond WHITESIDE. (photo
courtesy of Neville Wheatcroft, NZ)
It is often said that life is but a heartbeat. Never
has this been so graphically illustrated than in my short association with Des
Last November 3, 2008, Des in his capacity as a civic
minded citizen sent out an urgent e-mail calling for help in the situation in
regard to Fiji's political turmoil. His call roused in me not only respect for
his tenacity, but a feeling of immediate soul mate kinship. Des was a fighter.
I responded to his call, by e-mail and received an
immediate slap on the back and a simple 'thanks mate'. We continued to
correspond until one evening I decided to ring the man in question. The call
lasted nearly an hour. It ended with an invite to visit him after Christmas; an
invitation that my wife and I agreed to undertake. It never happened. A few days
later Des had passed away at the age of 56. I deeply feel his passing.
Des was a thinking man, a humble man. He was a man
with a highly suppressed sense of fun, but he was also a fighter for his people.
His people are the poorer for his passing with so much work to be done and so
few willing to pick up the fallen baton.
Vale Des Whiteside, you bore the name and carried it
The following is the Family tree passed on by Andra
Excerpt from the Fiji Times
Whiteside passes on
Friday, December 12, 2008
Update: 2:02PM The president of Fiji Manufactures Association, Desmond Whiteside
has passed away.
Whiteside was also a member of the National Council for Building a Better Fiji.
United Peoples Party acting president, Mick Beddoes paid a tribute to Mr
Whiteside today, saying "Desmond's untimely passing was a sad loss for Fiji as I
was certain Desmond still had a lot more to contribute to Fijis development and
Beddoes, who was a school mate of Mr Whiteside in the mid to late 60s, said
although in recent years he and Mr Whiteside found themselves on the opposite
divide with Mr Whitesides membership of the NCBBF, he never once doubted Mr
Whitesides sincere belief of doing the right thing for Fiji.
Whiteside passed away on Tuesday.
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