Funeral Tribute

Poona Sami Gounder


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Family and Friends are respectfully invited to attend a service of farewell for Poona, which is to be held in the Hemmant Crematorium Chapel, 500 Hemmant-Tingalpa Road Hemmant, on Saturday 26th August 2023, the specific details are as follows: –



Viewing will begin approximately: Β  10:30am

Service will commence at: Β  11:10am

Service will conclude at: Β  12:30pm


CELEBRATION OF LIFE (Following the Service)

From: Β  1:30pm to Late, Tingalpa

You are invited to join with the family following the service for stories, food, drinks and music. The Tingalpa address for the afternoon will be provided at the service. If you wish to meet the family in the afternoon, but you are not able to attend the service, please make contact with Academy Funerals and we will pass your contact details to the family.


The service within the chapel will be live streamed – To view, please click the STREAM link on this page and make note of the 4 digit access code.


Hemmant Crematorium Chapel


Saturday 26th August 2023


11:10 am


500 Hemmant-Tingalpa Road Hemmant



Messages from Friends & Family

I have known Poona since our days at Mehodist Mission Primary School in Namosau, Ba. We went on to Xavier College, Ba for four years and then to Natabua HighSchool where we passed our NZ University Entrance, next to Suva Grammar School, Suva for our our Upper Sixth Form class, preparatory class for University. We lived at the hostel at the Nasinu Training College for the year. We then proceeded to University. Poona and I shared a flat for two years. Hence I know Poona very well and our kinship grew over the years to almost a brotherly relationship. Poona was an A Grade student. He had an exceptional character and was a most worthy friend. He cared enormously for social justice. I moan his death immensely. Sorry Poona that I cannot be there this day because of circumstances but I will visit your dear wife and family soon to pay my enormous respect for you.
Ravindran Robin Nair
Friendship transcends death. The memories Jeet and I made with Poona bhai will never be forgotten and they have created a lasting impression on those he left behind. Everyone became a better person for having such a wonderful friend. To you akka, we send our love, stay strong and take care.
Jeet and Kamla Prasad
We can in our minds recollect the sweet smile that endeared him to people around him. We enjoyed his company. He had a way with children specially the grand kids who adored him absolutely.
Ranjini, Rishi and Riddhika Ram
A good friend. A good conversationalist. An intellectual. Listened to opposite point of view. I had some delightful time with him. Someone I will miss. May his soul march on to greatness beyond the earthly life. Good bye my friend.
Narendra Kumar
Our deepest and sincerest condolences to you all as you say goodbye to a much loved friend of my parents, Ratna and Purushottam Krishnan. It was always a pleasure to see their very special friendship whenever they were together. A kind warm soul. God Bless. My love to Aunty . Kind regards Naleen & Shri Mudaliar (Auckland, NZ)
Naleen Mudaliar

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