Nuku’alofa – Health and medical professional, Dr Malakai ‘Ake, 63, was laid to rest Tuesday 8 in Kolomotu’a.
He served the government of Tonga’s ministry of health for more than 30 years in which he became the Ministry's Chief Medical Officer before it was revealed he had cancer.
Born on 28 May 1951, ‘Ake was the fourth in seven siblings.
His parents Taniela and Matelita ‘Ake of Kolomotu’a resided in Fiji.
‘Ake was adopted by his paternal aunt, ‘Aulola who married his adoptive father Vili Molofaha of Talau, Neiafu, Vava’u.
They named him as Sione Pusiaki a name 'Ake was widely known with to most Tongans.
He went to Tonga High School and also educated overseas including Singapore where he was awarded with his Masters.
Ake is specially remembered as a person who welcome anyone who sought his medical assistance anytime whether in hospital, his residence or even in public places.
“He was a man of honour,” a tribute read during his funeral service says.
Yesterday his funeral service at Saione Church was led by FWC President Dr ‘Ahio, attended by His Royal Highness Prince Tupouto’a and members of the Royal Family.
The Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano also attended with senior members from government.
‘Ake is survived by his wife Nanuma Finau of Houma, Tongatapu with their seven children.
Featured image by Paula Moimoi Latu