State Funeral

“The Late Grand Chief Rt. Hon. Sir Michael Thomas Somare”

A great man is born for higher purpose. A generation will see him. But generations more will talk about him and read about him. His children and his grandchildren will rise in awe of his accomplishments and the enormous foresight of his dreams. They will marvel at how far reaching it all was.  Read more….

Late Grand Chief Sir. Michael Thomas Somare Funeral Service/Burial_ East Sepik Wewak day 3.

Funeral Program

  • Monday 1st March 2021 – Public Holiday
  • Wednesday 10th March 2021 – Funeral Service : National Event.
  • Thursday 11th March 2021 – Signing of Condolences Book.
  • Friday 12th March 2021 – Public Holiday.
  • Saturday 13th March 2021 – Casket Resting at Family Home.
  • Sunday 14th March 2021 – Casket Departs Port Moresby For Wewak, East Sepik.
  • Monday 15th March 2021 – Casket Arrives Kreer Hill for Final Resting Place.

Livestreamed videos during the Funeral for the Late Grand Chief Sir Michael Thomas Somare

"I believe in people. People have the confidence in their country. People believe in what they can achieve for their country. That's the way we go."
Grand Chief Sir Micheal Thomas Somare


9 April 1936 – 26 February 2021

Sir Michael Somare was born in Rabaul, East New Britain Province, on 9 April 1936 and grew up in Karau village, Murik Lakes, in the East Sepik Province. He is a traditional Chief (Sana) of his clan in Karau Village. He attended school during World War II from 1942 to 1944 and in 1946 went to Boram Primary School. He then attended Dregerhafen Education Center and Sogeri High School, where he graduated with a Victorian Leaving Certificate in 1957. He then taught in various primary and secondary schools including Utu High School in New Ireland Province and Tusbab High School in Madang. In 1962, Sir Michael Somare returned to Sogeri High School for further training and resumed teaching in 1963. He left teaching and took up radio broadcasting and was based in Wewak, East Sepik Province, and did further training at the Administrative College, Waigani in 1965. He left broadcasting and decided to go into politics. Read more

Audio Tributes for the Late Grand Chief Sir Michael Thomas Somare

Video Tributes for the Late Grand Chief Sir Michael Thomas Somare