A funeral mass will be held at St Peters Church at Erima in Port Moresby today for popular television journalist Jerry Ginua who died last week.
Mr Ginua was born in Baliau village on Manam Island and attended St Mary’s Primary School in Bieng, completing Grade 10 at Malala High School.
He spent three years studying for the priesthood at Kap Minor Seminary in Madang (1985-87) before continuing his studies with the Dominican Order in Bomana.
After undertaking a pastoral year at the Catholic Communication Centre in Goroka in 1993 he left the Dominican Order, joining EMTV News in 1995 and transferring to Kundu 2 TV in 2009 as news producer.
Colleagues said that Jerry Ginua contributed greatly to the development of Papua New Guinea through his hard work and fearless reporting.
During his reporting days he critically reported on politics and was well known for his investigative journalism.
Kundu 2 executive director Demas Keta described him as a fearless and articulate journalist.
The cause of Mr Ginua’s death is yet to be made known but EMTV News said he had been ill for a long time.
His wife died last year and he leaves behind four children, Sharon, Lucas, Catherine and Francis.
The mass will be held this afternoon at 2pm with the celebrants being Bereina Bishop Rochus Tatamai MSC and Solomon Islands Bishop Deputy for Social Communications Fr Zdzislaw Mlak SVD.