Prominent Apia businessman, Norman S. Paul passes away

The death on Sunday morning of prominent Apia businessman, Norman S. Paul marks the end of a chapter in the commercial life of Samoa.

His daughter, Papali’i Carol Ah Chong, said her father passed away peacefully on Sunday morning after being admitted to the national hospital on the previous day.

Second son of the founder of the Gold Star group, Hon Eugene F Paul, Norman, 84, played important roles not only in Gold Star, but also in the founding and early years of Polynesian Airlines, and as a director of the Samoa National Provident Fund.

He also served as Samoa’s Honorary French Consul until the year 2000.

A keen golfer for many years, Norman won the senior championship of the Apia (later Royal Samoa) Golf Club a number of times, as well as serving as its handicapper, club captain and president before being elected a life member.


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