Ovuru Ndiki by bobfoto

Ovuru Ndiki

Chapter 92.

Vale.

I have posted this shot before, but late yesterday, I received a text message to say that at 8am, Ovuru Ndiki had passed away. His family tell me that he was the last of the Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels that formed an indentured labour force to assist the Australian soldiers during World War Two and in particular, along the Kokoda Track. His family suggest to me that he died at the age of 107.

May you rest in peace Ovuru, it was a pleasure and a honour to have met and conversed with you.
What a beautiful, colorful portrait and tribute to your friend. 107 is a ripe old age. Thanks for sharing, Jason.
November 15th, 2013  
I remember this photo! One to remember for always!
November 15th, 2013  
RIP, how awesome to have the chance to meet such a unique individual.
November 15th, 2013  
@amandal @maggiemae @acloserlookpbd - Thank you ladies, Ovuru was a charming man, a gentle soul with a very warm personality. We need more people like this.
November 15th, 2013  
Lovely shot of an amazing fellow
November 15th, 2013  
@jo365 - Thank you and yes.
November 15th, 2013  
Wow, he looks so impressive. Must heave been so sad to hear that he died... Strength!
November 15th, 2013  
Thank you for sharing, touching story.
November 15th, 2013  
Hi
November 15th, 2013  
He looks and sounds like he was a great character who will be missed by his family and friends. Wonderful portrait!!
November 15th, 2013  
Wonderful portrait of an obviously wonderful man
November 15th, 2013  
Rip and condolences to his family.What a wonderful portrait to remember this gentleman
November 15th, 2013  
He looks like real character and this is a very touching tribute.
November 15th, 2013  
Mac
May he rest in peace. My sympathies to his family and friends. What a life!
November 15th, 2013  
a beautiful portrait... my condolences...
November 16th, 2013  
A great portrait and a fitting tribute
November 16th, 2013  
Great capture.what a farewell pic.:( rest in peace.
November 16th, 2013  
I remember this photo and how much I enjoyed it the first time. His passing is a milestone, and I'm glad you are commemorating it here.
November 16th, 2013  
WOW! That is impressive! Fabulous portrait! I acknowledge you for this amazing tribute! I hope his family has this portrait.
November 16th, 2013  
@stimuloog - It was a sad day :(

@maaikel - You're welcome.

@houdiniem - and sadly goodbye.

@pamknowler - he will be missed :(

@windridge - he was a lovely guy.

@mzzhope - thank you Hope.

@dh - I'm so glad I walked to his village and met him.

@riverlandphotos - thanks.

@northy - thank you Northy.

@swilde - thanks Sue.

@snowflakes86 :(

@rvwalker - Cheers Ross.

@sunraye - He was more than likely the most photographed man on the Kokoda Track.
November 16th, 2013  
Bless him.. May he rest in peace and in honour
November 16th, 2013  
may he rest in peace; this is a great way to honour this gentleman.
November 16th, 2013  
Just saw another shot of him with a friend of my daughter on f/book
November 16th, 2013  
@michelleyoung @summerfield - Thanks ladies :)

@swilde - is the word out about his passing?
November 16th, 2013  
@bobfoto Very definitely
November 16th, 2013  
Oh I'm so sorry. I saw the shot and thought 'oh good that chap is still going strong' .. then read the news.. I guess his days of having to be strong were over, may he rest in peace and his legend & example endure
November 17th, 2013  
@filsie65 - I think they will.
November 17th, 2013  
My sympathies to you and to his family - the loss of a national treasure.
November 18th, 2013  
107?? Wow!! That´s impressive! Great tribute my friend!
November 18th, 2013  
@kittikat - indeed he was.

@agentzuckerguss - I've always been a little sceptical... 107 would have made him 36 when the war was at his village and he tells the story of being a young man during the war.
November 18th, 2013  
Rest in Peace Ovuru.
December 4th, 2013  
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