Talaiasi Teu

Jul 3, 1933 - Apr 30, 2021

Obituary


TEU, Talaiasi born July 3, 1933 in Kolofo’ou, Nuku’alofa, Tonga to the late Viliami and Ilaisaane Teuila Taumoepeau Teu passed away from natural causes on April 30, 2021 in Sacramento, California. Dearly beloved husband of Aiona Teu nee Fakalata. Treasured father/father-in-law of Fatafehi Ongoalupe and Lisiate Fineanganofo, Ilaisaane Tupoutu’a and Aaron Cocker, Christopher Taimani and Nina Uluilakepa Teu, and Monte- Christo Alo-ki-Hakau Teu. Cherished brother/brother-in-law of the late Atelaite Nina and Nikolasi Fonua, the late Elisapeti and Siosiua Kuea-Mafile’o, Paula Taumoepeau and Sela Teu, the late Elisiva Uafu and Tavake Tohi, the late Mele Taumoepeau and Uasi Musika. Treasured grandfather of Sisilia Mapa Lokelani Fineanganofo, Samiuela Lisiate Fineanganofo, Dallas Christopher Fineanganofo, and the late Sione Sinisa Fineanganofo, Erin Ane Malia and Haloti Aholelei, and their son Vaitaki Vaiola Huelo mei Langi ‘ihe Lotu Aholelei, Viliami David Jershon Cocker, Genesis Teu-ki-Sia Cocker, James Manamou’i Cocker, Frank Richard Tuitui’ohu Cocker. Talaiasi is survived by his brother Paula Taumoepeau Teu and beloved wife Aiona Maungakelesi Fakalata Teu, children, grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Talaiasi was a proud alumni of Tonga College ‘Atele. He had a talent and great love for music playing a number of brass instruments in the Tonga College Old Boys Band in the 1960’s. He was well known in the Tongan community as a star rugby player for the undefeated Fasi Rugby Team (1950-1960). Talaiasi migrated to the United States in the early 1970’s with his wife Aiona and eldest daughter. He retired working for the State of California for over 20 years. Talaiasi was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints holding various callings in service to the church. He spent most of his last days studying the scriptures, journaling family history, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Talaiasi was a loving father and grandfather, and loyal husband. He will be greatly missed. Memorial Service in his honor and Interment will be held Friday, May 14th at 9:00Am. at East Lawn Elk Grove Mortuary, 9189 East Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove, CA. Live stream link provided at https://vimeo.com/eastlawn

Guestbook

  • O’Ruby says:

    Love you Dad!

  • O’Ruby says:

    Will miss you dad♥️

  • Kalo Toroca says:

    Uncle Talaiasi, you have lived an incredible life and have included us all in your spectacular life. We hold close all the wonderful memories we share with you, and keep you forever in our hearts. We love you *f o r e v e r* Uncle Talaiasi.

    Kalo si’i 🌺

  • lisa says:

    Love you Uncle!

  • Syddall Family says:

    We love you, Uncle Talaiasi! We will miss your smile and kind spirit. Please give Grandma Peti and all the aunties a big hug from us all.

  • Frances Hala'unga Ma'asi says:

    Rest in love Grandpa Talaiasi Teu. My late Papa, Samiuela Fetu’ulele Hala’unga, your first cousin, would always reminisce of your day’s with him on the rugby field and growing up with you and your siblings. Sadly I did not get to meet you. You look and remind me so much of him. Say hi to my Papa for me in Heaven. My sincere condolences to your beautiful wife Aiona, children and grandchildren. ‘Ofa lahi atu, Falanisesi Hala’unga Ma’asi and family from Auckland, NZ.

  • Lavinia says:

    Dear Uncle Talaiasi, We will surely miss you at family events. Your smiling face, along with your cool, calm and loving demeanor that you would always greet everyone with is something I will never forget about you. There must be a grand reunion on the other side, although my thoughts and my heart aches for Aunty Aiona and my cousins. Sending our deepest condolences to you during this difficult time. Rest in eternal peace and love. ‘Ofa lahi atu ♥️

  • MC says:

    I love you Dad.

  • Luisa Lavulo says:

    You guys have been a staple in my memories of Sacramento all the way to the 80s. Your dad has always been a welcoming father figure to us. And when I got married he made it a point to make Loni feel welcomed by making the family connection and always making sure to ask me about him. I’ll miss his stern voice and laugh. Love you Uncle Talaiasi!! Love you Teus😘

  • Teuila, Erya, Sione Tu’ihalangingie and Siosiua Kuea SuniaMafile’o says:

    We will miss you uncle Dallas! Your smile and sense of humor! Amusia Koe teke fe’iloaki atu moe toenga famili! I’m sure you will update your sisters with all the latest news ! ‘Ofa lahi atu until we meet again!

  • Luisa Tone says:

    Toka a Talaiasi Teu i he nonga moe fiemalie ae Tamai Hevani. Oku ou fakamalo atu he ‘ofa kotoa naa ke fai kia kimautolu mo emau fa’e ka koho tuofefine lahi taha ia he taimi na’a mau ‘uluaki tu’uta ai he fonua ni..Tauange kihe Eiki kene foaki aipe ene nonga moe fiemalie ki si’i Aiona moe fanau..oku mau ‘Ofa lahi atu pea tala atu homau ‘ofa.
    Luisa mo Vainga Tone .mei New York..

  • Richard H. says:

    Sending Monte and his familia love during this time.

  • Leihua Katoa-McMiller says:

    Love you Uncle! Thank you for being my Dads best friend I know he is excited to greet you! Love you Leihua and Damion McMiller

  • Sosaia Taufa says:

    RIP Unk! Ofa lahi atu!

  • Lolianne Taufa-Pullman says:

    Rest in sweet heavenly peace, Uncle! Please give my dad a hug for me when you see him. ‘Ofa lahi atu!

  • Lesi Vaea says:

    Choir practices in the Liahona Ward will NEVER be the same.
    Love you Uncle Talaiasi!!! The only man brave enough to come to my moms (his cousin) and check on her and do missionary work at the same time… knowing how much she hated the church.

  • Silongo says:

    ‘Ofa lahi atu ‘aupito kiho fofonga uncle Talaiasi and you will be greatly missed with all that you are in our lives and in our hearts. ‘Oku ongo ‘aupito ho’o puli as you’re Mum’s youngest brother, our dearest uncle but heaven’s awaiting you with its joy and glory… Love you uncle and MAY YOU REST in HIS LOVE!

  • Nina sii says:

    Ofa lahi atu sii Talaiasi ki ho fofonga. Kou fiefia pe he ne i ai e taimi ne tau feiloaki ai pea nae fakafiefia ae kii taimi ko ia heeku manatu ki ai. Toka a pea oku mau ofa lahi atu kiate koe pea mei he fakaTonga ❤️ Our handsome Dallas Teu!

  • Anna Hettig says:

    Love you Uncle Talaiasi ❤️ Forever in our hearts and always appreciate the love you have shown us through all my years❤️We miss you Uncle and I know parents and my brother are happy to be reunited again❤️

  • Paea Tohi De Souza says:

    May you R.I.P. and rise into glory Uncle Talaiasi, you are missed already not only by Villiers and I but also the rest of our family, my brothers and their families, please give our parents and Fine a big hug and kiss from all of us..we love you always until we all meet again in glory..ofa lahi atu Aunty Aiona, Oungalupe, Poutu’a, Christopher and Monty and your families from the De Souza’s and Tohi’s xxx May God’s peace, strength and comfort be with you all 💞💞💞

  • Nina Teu-Harrison says:

    I love and miss you Gpa/Uncle Dallas. My childhood is filled with so many great memories that I’ll forever cherish. #WoodbineDayz from the house to the park to the elementary. ♥️🙏🏾♥️🙏🏾♥️

    Rest in eternity and thank you for loving me like your own. You’ve made a huge impact on my life. I highly esteem you, always. #KissesToTheSky

  • Lucy Fakalata says:

    Toka ihe melino moe feofofani Uncle Talaiasi. You were a great Man. You made sure everyone got to class and that the Liahona choir was A-1.. Ofa lahi atu Kia koe moe uitou kae ma’a Si’i fanau paea especially to Monte….

  • Luisa Tuiileila says:

    R.I.P. Talaiasi Teu.. Ofa atu 🙏😍❤️

  • O’lupe says:

    It’s been an entire year without your presence here on earth but I feel your spirit here with me always❤️‍🩹
    Dad you were hard on us growing up but looking back you were preparing us to be the better versions of you and for that I will forever be grateful🙏🏽
    Thank you for everything Dad! Big hugs n kisses to you in the heavens 🤍🕊till we meet again 😘

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