Fri 26 Oct 2018

Remembering Shamuel

He was a young man of determination, drive and compassion.

He had depth of character and pride in himself. He was a leader. He did his research and gave his friends support. He had warmth and support for the people around him.

Those were some of the tributes paid to Shamuel BK whose eulogy was read by Taranaki orthodontist Julian Haszard at a memorial service held today at WITT.

Shamuel, who liked to be known as Samuel - was a student studying for a Diploma in Professional Cookery at WITT and arrived at the start of this year.

He died in a car crash on SH3 between New Plymouth and Waitara almost two weeks ago.

His body was arriving back in Pokhara, Nepal, as Julian Haszard read a eulogy to a large gathering of staff and students following a welcome by WITT chaplain Tuari Reweti.

Mr Haszard, who has close links to the Nepalese community and hired Samuel to work part-time in his dental practice, noted how much New Zealand and Nepal had in common.

 The service was held on WITT CE Barbara George’s final day at the polytech before she heads south to take on the CE role of The Court Theatre in Christchurch.

“I have the humble privilege of standing here today and paying tribute to Samuel, his family, his friends, and our staff who cared for him and continue to care for you all,” she said. “Thank you Julian for helping us understand this amazing young man.”

She said Nepal was a wonderful country, full of richness, culture and history, and wonderful people

“We are so very sorry that this terrible accident and tragedy happened. On behalf of WITT, our sincere condolences to Samuel’s wife, mother, sisters and brother, and all his family. Our love and sympathy to all of you who knew and loved Samuel, who supported him. We will remain here for you. Arohanui. Era I roto i te rangimarie Samuel.

WITT chairman Robin Brockie, who referred to the way international students added to the richness of learning at a Witt, and tutor Andrew Brooking also spoke.

WITT’s International Manager Carol Allen said the young man from Pokhara in the shadow of the Annapuna mountains had a beautiful smile and he made a number of friends at Witt. He was sincere, big hearted and hardworking. He liked to write poetry.

“Samuel’s memory is a gift we will all cherish. The memory of a good person is a blessing”.

Students also spoke of their pain at losing Samuel, someone they admired and was kind-hearted.

Samuel was a Christian and Tuari closed with a prayer thanking God for the life of Samuel.