IT was in June 2007 that Justin Kili brought me the sad news that Papua New Guinea has lost eminent journalist Luke Sela. Another commanding media figure in PNG, Sam Piniau, had died just a few months before.
Now Justin - who served splendidly in television, radio and newspapers and held other senior positions in the media industry - has joined them. He would have been aged about 61.
I had recruited JK to his first job in the media at Radio Bougainville in 1972. He was a natural broadcaster who quickly mastered the technical skills which were married to his effervescent and embracing personality.
Justin showed early signs of becoming a great talent in PNG broadcasting and his career soared like an eagle. He was a wonderful presenter and a highly creative and capable manager.
The year 2008 was a mixed one for Justin, who by then was executive director of the PNG Media Council.