MORE than 600 people, including Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare, attended the funeral of slain businessman Sir George Constantinou in
There was standing room only at the Greek Orthodox
Hundreds, many bearing flowers, signed condolence books outside the church, below both Greek and Australian flags, before moving into the ornately-painted church. After the funeral ceremony, conducted in Greek, Sir George’s family and other mourners filed past the coffin.
A large funeral cortege followed the hearse to the Mt Gravatt cemetery for the burial, then returned to
Sir Michael, who attended with his whole family, said he and the nation had lost a wonderful friend. “I’ve known him for more than 33 years,” Sir Michael said.
“He’s been a great man, very visionary, (an) innovator, and all his investment was in PNG.
“He expanded, done his business, employed a lot of Papua New Guineans and I think everyone of us will miss him.
“This tragic incident had ended his life, but for those of us who remember him, he was a great man.
“He’ll be really honoured and I think he’ll have a special place in our record books in
“We lost a great man in George Constantinou.”
“If ever a guy was more impassioned about PNG, you’d be hard-pressed to find one,” Mr Dempsey said.
He said one of Sir George’s main concerns was to ensure employment for his PNG workforce.
Apart from PNG, Sir George also had business interests in the
He established Papuan Welders in 1954 and proceeded to build a business empire in PNG that employed thousands of Papua New Guineans, until his murder last Tuesday near Tete settlement at Gerehu. – AAP