Caption: The late Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc knighted by former Governor General late Sir Michael Ogio at Government House in 2013.
GOVERNOR General Bob Dadae expressed sadness at the news of the passing of Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc, former chief secretary to government and provincial administrator of Morobe Province.
The late Sir Manasupe had been battling Parkinsons Disease for some time which led to his retirement from the public service as chief secretary in 2015.
“It saddens me to learn of the late Sir Manasupe’s passing yesterday morning. Although we knew the late Sir Manasupe had been ill for some time his passing still comes as a shock to all who knew him,” Mr Dadae said.
“A distinguished public servant, Sir Manasupe was well liked for his down to earth demeanor and got along well with all he came into contact with.
“His positive outlook combined with a strong sense of work ethic earned him top jobs in the public service as provincial administrator for Morobe Province, provincial administrator, secretary for Provincial Affairs and Chief Secretary.
“In my observation, as a provincial member from 1999 to 2002, I have found the late Sir Manasupe a man of few words but quick in execution of tasks given him as provincial administrator of Morobe.”
He said the country has lost a great son.
“I extend on behalf of my wife Hannah, my condolences and sympathies to Lady Josephine Zurenuoc, children, and family of the late Sir Manasupe,” he said.
“I extend also my condolences to Speaker of Parliament Theodore Zurenuoc and brother of the late Sir Manasupe and his family.
“We pray that God’s grace and comfort be upon you all during this difficult time.”
In 2013, the late Sir Manasupe was awarded Knight Bachelor (Kt) for distinguished public services especially as Chief Secretary to Government.