I heard his voice from time to time over the phone while he was working with the Ok Tedi Development Foundation in 2007.
He was born, raised and educated and attended Rosary High School in the 1970s with my stepfather, Raphael Witne.
After school, he went to study for the priesthood and later agriculture, after which he joined the Department of Primary Industry in the Simbu Provincial Government. He also had other work experiences before joining the Foundation.
Dina-nem Norbert Bomai knew my name and would address me in his usual soft voice as, “Dina nem” (namesake) and I would also respond in the same way.
From time to time we would spend long hours on the phone and he would share with me his plans for his daughters. I knew he had educated his four daughters to Grade 12 and was planning to assist them pursue studies at tertiary institutions.