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Sir Andrew Trawen’s Work Honoured at Funeral Service

The funeral of Former Electoral Commissioner Sir Andrew Trawen was held at the St Joseph Parish in Port Moresby.

Sir Trawen was known as a faithful Catholic that hardly missed a service, it was a fitting farewell at the funeral service.

Sir Andrew Trawen is one of the longest serving public servants, he was Electoral Commissioner from 2004 to 2012.

At 62, Sir Andrew died on the 2nd of August ironically the same day of the first meeting of the 10th National Parliament following the 2017 National General Elections.

In attendance were families, friends, staff of the Electoral Commission, politicians, and former associates.

Among the dignitaries were Opposition leader Patrick Pruaitch, Minister for National Planning Richard Maru, Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato, Political Parties registrar Alphonse Gelu among others.

His eulogy captured his childhood where he lost his mother and only brother at the age of 9. Later it chronicled his joining the Electoral Commission,straight out of high school-that would begin his 41-year career with the Commission. It then outlined his marriage to Lady Anna, the birth of their three children and adopting three more children.

His eulogy also covered contributions he made to our country to uphold our democracy.

The Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato also highlighted Sir Andrew’s work with the Commission, whilst his eldest daughter gave a moving tribute of her father who she said had a legacy that will live on in every person her father had touch.

Late Sir Andrew Trawen is survived by his wife Lady Anna, daughter Alicinda, Son Brendan, Charlene and two granddaughters.

He will be laid to rest here in the Nation’s Capital at the 9 mile cemetery.

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