42 year old Janesh Prasad was remembered as a “kind and loving man” by several friends and family members who paid the last tribute at his funeral that was held a short while ago at Ann’s Funeral in South Auckland.
Hundreds of members of the community have come together this afternoon to pay their last respect to Janesh Prasad – a migrant worker from Fiji whose life was cut short when he was picked up by the tornado on Saturday, June 19 that has left havoc in many parts of South Auckland.
Janesh was working at the South Auckland Freight Hub in Wiri when the tornado hit the South Auckland region.
Janesh worked as a diesel mechanic for the forklift business Stellar Machinery and was repairing equipment when the tragedy struck.
Several speakers at Janesh’s funeral earlier this afternoon, including Stellar Machinery’s senior manager, close family members, close friend Vishal Kumar, and community leaders including President, Fiji Girmit Foundation NZ, Krish Naidu, remembered Janesh as a kind-hearted noble soul who would go miles to help others.
Janesh Prasad was in New Zealand on a work visa along with his wife Mala Archana Devi and two children, Ashley, 13, and Jesh, 10.
Originally, he was from Labasa in Fiji and had migrated to New Zealand about five years ago for a better life.
It was earlier reported that Janesh was planning to skip the work owing to the bad weather on Saturday but only turned up at the insistence of his wife, for keeping up with values of good work ethics.
A speaker at the funeral speaking on behalf of his Mala said, “My marriage was perfectly made in heaven, as we never had an argument and our thoughts mostly aligned on everything.”
“My childhood was not a pleasant one, but my life after marriage was absolutely perfect as Janesh always put our kids and me ahead of everything,” Mala said.
Mala also said that she never planned to be in New Zealand five years ago, but they followed Janesh’s dream of a Kiwi life.
Speaking on occasion, Stellar machinery’s manager assured that they would be keeping in touch with Janesh’s family to ensure their general well-being – a gesture duly noted and acknowledged by Krish Naidu, President Fiji Girmit Foundation NZ.
The tragic incident has brought together the Fiji Indian community, with many acts of kindness and support shown to assist Janesh Prasad’s family during this ill-fated hour.
Ann’s Funeral director Sam Achary has earlier announced a free of charge funeral for Janesh Prasad. Waitakere Hindi School’s Saten Sharma has also been supporting the deceased’s family almost every day since the tragic incident on Saturday, June 19.
( Sandeep Singh)