Many Papua New Guineas are saddened bythe news ofthe passing of Sir Berry Holloway.
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill paid tribute to pioneer Kiap and Politician, Sir Berry Holloway, who apparently dlied after an illness in Australia last week.
Sir Berry came tothethen Territory of Papua and New Guineain 1953, aged 18 and lived all his life here.
He became a politician, took up citizenship atIndependence, and was one of a few overseas born MP’sto support Sir Michael Somare to become Chief Minister and founding Prime Minister.
Mr O’Neill said Sir Berry was passionate about rural development and education in PNG
He paid tribute on behalf ofthe people for Sir Berry’s long and distinguished service tothe country.
Governor General Sir Michael Ogio has also expressed his profound sadness atthe news ofthe passing of senior Statesman,the late Sir Berry Holloway.
Grand Chief Sir Michael described Sir Berry as a true Papua New Guinea who genuinely loverd Papua New Guineaand its people.
For his outstanding services, Sir Berry Holloway was awardedthe Most Excellent Order ofthe British Empire in 1975.
He was bestowed Knight Commander inthe Queen’s New Year’s Honours in 1984.
Sir Michael Ogio said, Sir Berry leaves behind a legacy that is unique and unmatched.
And former Governor General Sir Paulus Matane has expressed his heartfelt condolence for this great leader who had contributed to drawing upthe country’s Constitution.
He saidthe country lost someone who had setthe foundation inthe country’s development as a former parliamentarian and a former Speaker ofthe National Parliament.
Sir Paulus conveyed this on behalf of his family andthe people of East New Beitain.
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