El in the summer of 2011.
El Msuya
  • 72 years old
  • Date of birth: Sep 26, 1939
  • Date of passing: Jan 8, 2012
Let the memory of El be with us forever

The MSUYA family is inviting you to a MEMORIAL and celebration of his life.

MARCH 10, 2012      
Visitation: 1 pm   Service: 1:45 pm

St. Matthews Lutheran Church Auditorium

356 9th Street Hanover, Ontario

El Passes away at KCMC hospital in Moshi Tanzania, East Africa on January 8, 2012 after a short illness. The funeral and burial were held January 11th in Moshi.

El is survived by his wife, Martha, his sister Mrs Mary Harris Morgan of Dar es Salaam, his 3 children, Rebekah 7 Joe Collison of Wingham, Sebastian & Doreen Msuya of Kitchener and Moses & Lisa Msuya of Kitchener. he will be missed by 7 grandchildren - Kasey Kosikar, Charlotte and Jacob Collison, Justine and Emmett msuya and Elizabeth and Marcus Msuya.

Predeceased by his mother and father and his brother, Isaac of Tanzania.

Sadly missed by the Lions of A-9 District, his many friends in the Walkerton area, his many relatives from California, Minnesota, Montana, Oregon, Manitoba and Ontario plus many friends and relatives in Tanzania. 

Donations will be accepted for the Msandaka Deaf Centre located in Moshi, Tanzania.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Peggy Vincent on 11th March 2015

"Martha and family, it's now 2 1/2 yrs El left and i still think of you and him, in the younger years we shared, lots of giggles and little children. He would be so proud of you all. Much love forever friend"

This tribute was added by velda vuo on 8th January 2015

"Martha and family:

Although my dear friend, and Uncle El, is no longer with us in body, his spirit is forever present among us.

Fondly and forever missed by the Vuo family."

This tribute was added by Moses Msuya on 8th January 2015

"Thanks Dad for always taking me to campsite on the back of the pikipiki with you. I would always be so excited on Friday, waiting for school to finish to race home and get ready. I would lean my helmet on your back and almost fall asleep back there. Once we would get to campsite we would start fishing. Best times ever.  I always miss those days."

This tribute was added by Donna Spitzig on 8th January 2013

"Hi Martha & Family

Thinking of everyone today and I said a prayer in El's memory."

This tribute was added by Carol Spitzig on 8th January 2013

"Thinking of you today Martha and family."

This tribute was added by Linda Scott on 26th September 2012

"Such a great man was El; Yet practical and frugal,too.I recall him teaching me how to treat sunburn with cold soggy tea bags.It works very well.Martha ,Becka, Seb and Mose: We all share your loss.Hope you are doing well."

This tribute was added by Barb Kerry on 24th February 2012

"Martha, Becka, Seb and Moses, I was so shocked to hear of the passing of El. Even though it was a very long time ago that I babysat for you, I always remember a friendly and gentle man. Cherish your memories of him!  Barb Kaufman Kerry, Walkerton"

This tribute was added by Justine Msuya on 22nd February 2012

"El Msuya is my grandpa.He's kind loving and always there for his whole family.But this time people had to look after him. I didn't actually see this but my mom said that before he died Martha Msuya[his wife] said,I love you but I know you're in pain so just let go and unfortunatly he did so I would just like to say bye grandpa I love you."

This tribute was added by Carol Spitzig on 19th January 2012

"To "My Dear Friend" Martha & family:  We are so sorry to hear that El has passed away.   Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.   El was a wonderful, kind man.  His smile - I will never forget.
Love you Martha.♥
Your friends, forever, Carol & Norbert Spitzig  (Mildmay, Ontario)"

This tribute was added by Chantelle Vuo on 15th January 2012

"Auntie Martha, Becka, Seb and Mose, take pride and solace in knowing that Uncle El touched so many people's hearts with his warm smile and gentle spirit.

Love you all !!  xo  xo  xo"

This tribute was added by Val McNeish on 14th January 2012

"As you bid El adieu,
Our hearts reach out to you,
El's body is gone,
But his spirit lives on.

May your soul be strong,
Full of beauty and song,"

This tribute was added by Ummu Shamte on 12th January 2012

"Dear Martha, Kids & the rest of the family,
My condolences for the loss of your husband, father and brother.  El was a great brother to the Tanzania community and it was a pleasue to work with him when we started the Tanzanian Canadian Association.  He was a warm, cheerful and kind person with a very positive outlook towards life.  We will miss him.  God bless you all....Ummu"

This tribute was added by Jenni-Rebecca Roberge on 11th January 2012

"Aunt Martha, Rebeka, Seb, Moses, and families,
My heart and thoughts go out to you. I have wonderful memories of uncle El from my childhood.
Sending my love,
Jenni-Rebecca Roberge (née Baer)"

This tribute was added by L Munro on 11th January 2012

"Martha, Becka, Seb, Moses and families. We are very sadened with this news.  Know that we are thinking of you all and sending much love and sincere hugs your way.  El was a great story teller and friend and will be sadly missed. - Larry & Linda"

This tribute was added by Alicia Baer on 11th January 2012

"We were very sad to hear of El's passing. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. I (Alicia) only met El 2 or 3 times, but I remember him as a very happy man, who wanted to make everyone else smile too.
Jona and Alicia"

This tribute was added by Debbie Baer on 11th January 2012

"Martha and Family:
Our condolences go out to all of you. I remember El well in many ways.  I respected El for sharing his culture with ours. He could join both cultures in a way that respected everyone.

This tribute was added by Margaret Birky on 11th January 2012

"Aunt Martha, Sorry,  I remember El as one having self-control, given by God.  I remember Seb, Moses, Rebecca at Grandma Baers funeral, Jan '88. Good memories.  Edwin & Margaret Birky  Vaughn, MT."

This tribute was added by Deb Monkman on 10th January 2012

"Martha, our deepest sympathies to you at this time. Love to you, Moses, Seb & Becka and families.
Cousin Deb & Gord"

This tribute was added by Judith James on 10th January 2012

"Our sincerest condolences go out to you Martha and your family.  El was a good friend, mentor, and guide to the intricacies of life in Tanzania.  Andreas has fond memories of meals at Melindi's and their adventure at the Mererani Tanzanite mines. Sometimes a person comes into your life to illuminate the caring and kindness there is in the world; and that is what El did.  Andreas and Judith"

This tribute was added by Elizabeth Birky on 10th January 2012

"Vernon and I were  saddened to hear of the passing of your loved one, Martha, Rebekah, Seb and Mose. We will remember El as a steady, quiet, influence in your home, and always appreciated his dignity and poise. We have special memories of being at the campsite in Ontario with you in the summer of '09.  May God's love and grace surround you. Our sympathies to you, Vernon and Elizabeth Birky"

This tribute was added by karl birky on 10th January 2012

"Aunt Martha,and cousins. Seb,Moses,Rebecca.
  God Bless you real good. I am sorry to hear about the death of your husband and father. We will pray for you all.  I have good memories of Uncle El a nice kind man.  Karl Birky- Montana USA"

This tribute was added by charmaine duffield on 10th January 2012

"Really going to miss El,Marth
Will always remember the times we spent together
My heart is with you, Becca,Mose,and Seb and your families.
Thinking of you all.
Charles and Charmaine"

This tribute was added by Zenon Szewczyk on 10th January 2012

"Dear Martha, Moses, Seb & Becka.
We are very sad to hear the news of El's passing and send our love and prayers to all of you.  
Cousin Lois and Zen"

This tribute was added by zenas baer on 10th January 2012

"Martha, Seb, Mo and Becka such a loss.  It was just a few weeks ago I visited with El on the front porch solving the world's problems and particularly the problems of TZ.  Will there be a funeral, I have already checked flights.  El told me about the history of his family and the several homes in Moshi and that in TZ the property flows to the youngest child to assist in caring of parents."

This tribute was added by Dina Mrango on 10th January 2012

"My family and I are so sad to hear about Msuya's passing. We knew him as a family man, full of respect to others and a gentleman. When I came to Canada I was proud to call him a brother(coming from the same area in Tanzania) We pray for Martha, the kids and friends at this difficult time. Msuya, Rest in Peace."

This tribute was added by Glen Birky on 9th January 2012

"My memory of Uncle El is with him sitting on his front porch in Moshi telling us of TZ history and eating cashews.  I very much enjoyed my time spent with Uncle El, Aunt Martha and cousin Casey last spring.  My sympathies to all the family.  -Glen Birky"

This tribute was added by Liane Spong on 9th January 2012

"So sorry for your loss.  Keeping the Msuya family in our thoughts and prayers.  Liane Spong and family"

This tribute was added by Daniel Baer on 9th January 2012

"Martha and Family, our Love and Sympathies to you and your family. May God Bless EI as he is now in His Hands.May you and your family also be Blessed. Love Dan and Jin Mei"

This tribute was added by Amos Baer on 9th January 2012

"Dear Martha and family.  We are very saddened to hear of your loss.  Please know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal"
Love from cousin Amos and Christel"

This tribute was added by Rod McKenzie on 9th January 2012

"Martha and Family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Cousin Rod 14.1 and Judy"

This tribute was added by kerwin vuo on 9th January 2012

"Auntie Martha, Seb, Rebbeca and Moses, I looked up Saturday night into falling snow and felt something. When I got the sudden news the next morning, I knew who it was.  As like so many times in the past, Uncle El touched me again that night. for me he will be ever present, ever comforting, like nature. Warmest condolences from My wife and kids, my mother, and Father. We love you all."

This tribute was added by Rachel Miller on 9th January 2012

"Pole Sana, my dear sister Martha, neice Rebekah, nephews Seb and Moses...I cried when I got word of El's death. My sympathy to you in the loss of your dear husband and father.  He was such a kind, sweet, wise gentleman.  I remember how he and dad used to talk and laugh together while butchering a pig or cow at the Bluevale farm... Love and many prayers, Aunt/Sister- Rachel Baer Miller"

This tribute was added by Bob Baer on 9th January 2012

"Martha, Rebecca, Seb, & Moses
Love and sympathies from Cindy, Benjamin & I to you and your families at this devastating time of sorrow and loss. Words are insufficient, but I just wanted you to know how much I grieve with
you.  I am off this week and had planned on doing something today
but this took the wind out of my sails."

This tribute was added by Rehema Vuo on 9th January 2012

"My heart is heavy with the news and still in a state of shock. My sis and I shared memories over tears and smiles of the good times with Uncle El. Mo, Seb and Becka- your Dad was like a father figure to me and I will always hold that close to my heart. Auntie Martha - the love and respect you and Uncle El shared for one another is a true display of TRUE LOVE and something I aspire to have"

This tribute was added by Barry McGonigle on 9th January 2012

"Martha, Rebekah, Seb, Mo and extended family we are sad to learn of El's passing. We are thinking of you and send wishes.  I am grateful to have spent time in Moshi and TZ last winter and will always remember his smile, wit and humour. He was a special man that has left his legacy in his children and grandchildren. It is our my honour to have known your husband, father and grandfather."

This tribute was added by Jean (Virginia) Klassen on 9th January 2012

"Dear Martha,  Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and yours. May God hold you very close during this difficult time and may all the wonderful friends and beautiful memories you have of your life with El bring you much support and comfort.  Love and blessings, Jean & Cliff"

This tribute was added by Joanna Wiebe on 9th January 2012

"El lived his life out loud, and was an example to all of us. He carved out his own path, including an unconventional marriage, which was an inspiration to us as we began our own life together. Our family will miss him deeply, but let's all carry on his zesty spirit.  - Tim, Joanna and Zach Baer"

This tribute was added by Maria Morrison on 8th January 2012

"Becka, Seb & Mo: Your dad lived a long and rewarding life and accomplished so much in his lifetime. He will long be remembered as the hardworking, intelligent and loving man that he was.
Aunt Martha: The love you two shared was an inspiration. May your memories bring you comfort.  Sending hugs across the miles!!"

This tribute was added by Cindy Petkau on 8th January 2012

"My love and sympathies go across the miles to my Aunt Martha, and my cousins; Mo, Seb, Becka and all the grandchildren. I cried when I got the BBM from my sister this morning. I am so glad last summer that I showed up unannounced at the campsite to visit with Uncle El and Aunt Martha. Good memories for me and my daughter, Rachel. Pole Sana to all the Msuya's."

This tribute was added by Esther Etchells on 8th January 2012

"My heart is heavy, Martha, Sebastian, Rebekah and Moses.  What a warm heart El had;  cherish those fond memories together...both in
Ontario and in Tanzania.
Thank you Maria for making this special tribute site available for all of

This tribute was added by Miriam Baer on 8th January 2012

"So very sad to hear my Uncle El is gone. I hold you all in my heart and hope you can comfort each other in your loss. You have all affected my life more than you probably know and I love you all."

This tribute was added by kathie baer on 8th January 2012

"Martha and family -- I am so sorry for your loss and I wish we could be there to help celebrate El's life. I am grateful for the time I was able to spend talking with El at the reunion this year but regret not following through with a trip to Tanzania. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.  - Kathie"

This tribute was added by Ben Baer on 8th January 2012

"El was always a pleasure to be around.   I wish i had spent more time with him"

This tribute was added by Dave (Sr) Baer on 8th January 2012

"El said  to me, "I  don't  think  it's  wise  for  me to be  in there  with the  family  just  yet " I had  felt  likewise  &was  thankful  for  his  lead  . He  & I had  a thoughtful,  comforting  time  together. He  will be  greatly  missed!
(From Marjorie)"

This tribute was added by Dave (Sr) Baer on 8th January 2012

"Martha, Sebastian,Rebekah, Moses &all your  precious  family  members ;Our  heart & prayers  go out to you  ! I remember  El with so much  love  & respect. He  was always  a joy  to be  with. His insight  was appreciated. I remember  at Selema's passing ; children & spouses  were at the  home  choosing  keepsakes.  I didn't  know  what  to do with  myself, El said  to me, (continued)"

This tribute was added by Mary Irwin on 8th January 2012

"Oh sister Martha!!  Moses & Seb & Becka.  God bless you all.  I cried for you all while I was in church this morning as I had just heard from Maria.  I was awake for 2 hours last night and was restless from 3-5 am (BC time)  Just couldn't figure out what was going on.  Something was.  I love you all,  Sister Mary"

This tribute was added by Dave (Sr) Baer on 8th January 2012

We're praying
Dave & Marj"

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