Former Minister of Education, To’omata Alapati To’omata, has passed away.
He was 64.
According to his wife, Matalena To’omata, he passed away peacefully at the Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital at 5:30am on Easter Sunday from lung cancer.
He was diagnosed in January with the disease and in February was flown to New Zealand for treatment.
To’omata was informed by the medical specialist there that there would be no use in having either an operation or chemotherapy. But having terminal cancer did nothing to change him being himself, said Mrs. To’omata.