Family and friends gathered yesterday afternoon to farewell 86-year-old Dr Koekoe Mokotupu, at his home in Tupapa.
A man described by his family as simple and humble, yet so intelligent and wise, he was committed to the Catholic faith and a well-respected catechist of the Matavera Sacred Heart parish.
The Matavera Sacred Heart lay prayer leaders Tamari‘i Tutangata, Tuakana Makara and Taua Elisa assisted the burial service, which was conducted by Father Fred Kaina with Bishop Paul Donoghue.
Dr Mokotupu is also remembered for his loyalty to health, welfare advice on Aitutaki, visiting and providing voluntary health and pastoral services at the Arorangi prison.
Born on December 21, 1933, he passed away in Auckland on May 28 this year.
Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, after many weeks, his casket returned home from New Zealand with close family, on Friday afternoon last week.
He was fascinated with the written word and loved learning and always had the daily newspaper or a book close by.
Dr Mokotupu is survived by his wife Moana, his four children Michael, John, Agnes and Keith, his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his youngest daughter Essie passed away in 2018.