Le Afioga Galea’i Moaali’itele Tu’ufuli
Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has ordered that all flags in American Samoa be flown at half staff for two-days in remembrance of late Senator, Le Afioga Galea’i Moaali’itele Tu’ufuli, who passed away Oct. 24th at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward, California. He was 81 years old at the time of his passing. Governor Lolo ordered that flags lowered in remembrance of the Senators “years of public service and dedication to our territory”.
“I ask the people of American Samoa to join me in honoring the passing of Afioga Galea’i Moaali’itele Tu’ufuli,” said the governor, who noted that Galea’i’s service to his family and his church, to both the Executive and Legislative branches of government and to the people of American Samoa, “will long be remembered”. “His good will and generosity of spirit, his commitment and leadership, shall stand as shining examples for us all to follow,” the governor continued.
At the time of his passing, Senator Galea’i was serving his second consecutive four-year term in the senate. He is one of the two senators representing Manu’a #1, the senatorial district that he had previously represented in previous legislative sessions.
Senator Galea’i also served as Manu’a District Governor and sat on various ASG boards and commissions over the years. His government service began in 1960 when he was sworn in as a police officer. He served in various government posts, and was an instructor at the American Samoa Community College between 1976 and 1982. He also served as a Special Assistant to Governor A.P. Lutali in 1985, and was Commissioner of Police from 1985 to 1992.
A State service was held on the morning of November 20th at the Lee Auditorium led by Reverend Elder Faamao Asalele of the Congregational Church of Jesus in Samoa in Fagatogo. After the state and family service, a funeral procession proceeded to the guesthouse of Governor Lolo Moliga in Iliili for traditional presentations and wake services.
On the morning of November 21st, a final funeral service was held at the CCJS in Fagatogo with his burial after at the family plot in Fogagogo. Ia manuia le malaga Senator Galea'i Moaali'itele Tu'ufuli.