Tom Tupito, senior pastor of Aurora First Adventist Church, passed away June 19 after suffering a heart attack while attending the North American Division ministerial CALLED convention.

“This is a huge loss for Tom’s family, the Aurora First Seventh-day Adventist Church, and all of the workers in the Rocky Mountain Conference who loved and appreciated Tom,” said Mickey Mallory, RMC ministerial director. “We are eternally grateful for the wonderful impact Tom made on his family and church. He will be missed greatly. His friendly demeanor always made interacting with him enjoyable.”

Born in Taputimu, American Samoa, Pastor Tupito had been with Aurora First since Jan. 1, 2017.

Commenting on this tragic news, Aurora church head elder Boima Sonii said, “Our hearts are broken by the sudden passing of our dear pastor. Words alone can’t express how much we are going to miss him. Our prayers and thoughts are with his sons, Esmond and Evron, and the entire Tupito family.”

Tupito endured the loss of his wife, Fuiono Gingerlei (pictured with him), in August of 2019, and just last month, lost his sister in California.

“Our sincere gratitude to all who have reached out to express their love and condolences,” said the couple’s son, Esmond.