BY GEORGINA KEKEA
THE Director of Engineering in the Ministry of Infrastructure Development (MID), known to most as Harry Rini, was bade farewell in a funeral service held at the Maranatha Hall on Monday.
The late Ralph Rini Lilo Harry joined the Government’s MID in 2005 and had been with the Ministry up to the time of his passing away.
Born on May 9, 1977, late Rini was described as a quiet spoken person but one knowledgeable in the field of civil engineering. These words were alluded by his relative Hon Danny Philip who spoke on behalf of the late Rini’s family. Philip said Rini is a tall quiet spoken fellow but one with authority. He revealed that Rini is the youngest of seven children.
Also speaking in the eulogy to the more than the 500 people present, an emotional permanent secretary says, ‘the public service has lost a great man and late Rini’s loss will be greatly felt by the government ministry’.
PS Maesiola said Rini has done a lot for the MID and he has left a void in the infrastructure ministry.
Also speaking in the eulogy, Mike Qaqara, Central Project Implementation Unit (CPIU) Director spoke of late Rini’s working life in the Ministry. He described late Rini as someone who is always there for his staff.
“Even as a Director, his door is always open to his staff,” Qaqara said.
The late Rini had been instrumental in his role as Director of Engineering and from time to time had often taken his time to clarify issues of national interest in the media.
His body was taken home in a chartered flight yesterday to his home in the Western province. The late Harry Rini is survived by his wife Ellen and children.