French Embassy pays tribute to Mr Ronald Gatty.

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French Embassy pays tribute to Mr Ronald Gatty

It is with great sadness that we learnt about the passing away of Mr Ronald Gatty last Sunday, December 28th at his Wainadoi home.

Mr Gatty was a well-known businessman, philanthropist and author and was also part of the Fiji French family.

He was one of those who contributed to the establishment of the Alliance Française de Suva in the 1980’s.

Ambassador of France to Fiji, Michel Djokovic said “Today, we pay tribute not only to a successful businessman but also to a man of culture and a philanthropist”.

“I wish to say a few words today in order to recall Mr Gatty’s outstanding generosity and commitment to the promotion of French language and culture in Suva, together with his wife Mrs Janette Gatty,” Mr Djokovic said.

A trustee of the Alliance Française de Suva, Mr Gatty was always keen on promoting French culture and language and in 2012, he made a generous donation, a gift that would enable the Alliance to move to its new spacious and central headquarter, where it will be more convenient for its activities.

The new Alliance Française de Suva headquarters now called “Alliance Française de Suva -Janette Gatty Centre” after Mr. Gatty’s French wife, a former literature professor, is expected to be in its new Desvoeux Road location from June this new year.

“This FJD800,000 donation, was also a tribute to his wife, a former French academic and literature lecturer at Cornell University, New York, USA.

“As such, Mrs Janette Gatty was made Knight of the French “Order of Academic Palms” by the President of the French Republic last July. Moreover she has always been a staunch advocate of French language and literature in Fiji and a devoted supporter of the Alliance Française,” Mr Djokovic said.

These activities consist of French, Fijian and Hindi language teaching, as well as the promotion of French and local arts.

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H.E. Ambassador Djokovic’s speech at Mr Ronald Gatty’s funeral service.

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Published on 02/01/2015

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