Death – The Fiji Times » Professor Brij Vilash Lal passes away

Death – Obituary

Professor Brij Vilash Lal passed away at his home in Brisbane, Australia yesterday.

“It is with great sadness we advise of the passing of Professor Brij Vilash Lal. Husband to Dr Padma Lal, father of Yogi and Niraj and grandfather to Jayan, Maya, Ash, Ella and Miles, Dr Lal passed away peacefully on the morning of the 25th December at his home in Brisbane,” said the Lal family in a statement.

Colleague, mentor and friend to many across the world, Prof Lal, proud son of a girmitiya, was born in Tabia, on the island of Vanua Levu, Fiji.

“Prof Lal was an accomplished Pacific historian and author, and a passionate pro-democracy activist for most of his life, and remained so until the end.”

Funeral details are expected to be shared in due course.

 

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What Is An Obituary

In national newspapers an obituary (obit for short) is a news article that reports the recent death of a prominent person. Although it tends to focus on positive aspects of the subject’s life this is not always the case. According to Nigel Farndale, the Obituaries Editor of The Times: “Obits should be life affirming rather than gloomy, but they should also be opinionated, leaving the reader with a strong sense of whether the subject lived a good life or bad; whether they were right or wrong in the handling of their public affairs.”

In local newspapers, an obituary may be published for any local resident upon death. A necrology is a register or list of records of the deaths of people related to a particular organization, group or field, which may only contain the sparsest details, or small obituaries. Historical necrologies can be important sources of information.