Jean Paul Yana
  • 53 years old
  • Date of birth: Jun 12, 1961
  • Place of birth:
  • Date of passing: Jul 14, 2014
  • Place of passing:
    Yaounde, Cameroon
Let the memory of Jean Paul be with us forever and may his gentle Soul rest in Perfect Peace with the Lord. Jean Paul, May flights of Angels sing thee to thy rest. RIP

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Jean Paul Yana, 53, born on June 12, 1961 and passed away on July 14, 2014. We will remember him forever.

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free.
I’m following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call.
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
I found that peace at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah, yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow.
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I savored much.
Good friends, good times,
a loved one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me.
God wanted me now. He set me free.

From JP Yana


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Sylvie Ngoube on 14th July 2016

"tonton Jean Paul ca fait deja presque deux ans que tu nous a quitte de facon inattendu.  j'ai toujours mal et tres mal.  mais que pouvons nous quand le Tres Haut decide.  Il est souverain.  Ton depart a cree beaucoup de divisions dans la famille, mais le diable est vaincu au nom de Jesus Christ.  Ton epouse et la petite Gaelle se portent bien, mais le vide que tu as laisse est vraiment.  Nous prions que le Seigneur Jesus Christ le comble.  Que ton Ame repose en Paix.

ta niece Sylvie."

This tribute was added by Sylvie Ngoube on 21st December 2015

"Tonton Jean Paul,

Quand tu faisais le temoignage aux obseques de maman en Decembre 2013, je ne pouvais pas imaginer que tu la suivra quelque mois plus tard.  Ta mort soudaine et inattendue me fait vraiment mal et  je n'arrive toujours pas a l'accepter.  Mais que puis je faire quand le Tres Haut a decide. Je dis merci a Dieu pour l'oncle, le pere, le mentor,  le conseiller que tu as ete pour moi. Tu  m'as appris a avoir confiance au Seigneur malgre les difficultes que je peux traverser. je vais continuer a soutenir ton epouse que tu as laissee.  Que ton ame repose en paix."

This tribute was added by Linda Cruz on 7th October 2014

"JP, you have been a father at some point in my life and, i always remember your advices and your good moon. May your soul rest in peace! Linda Fride"

This tribute was added by Lisa Ehabe on 8th August 2014

"Jean Paul, Jean Paul! I left you in Yaoundé healthy and strong.  I never even heard you had taken ill.  How? Why?!  You asked me to buy a product for you.  Full of plans, full of ideas, full of LIFE! Jean Paul... I can't write for weeping..."

This tribute was added by Petra Mbuyongha on 7th August 2014

"While grieving over your unexpected journey, at the same time I am consoled that your where so prepared for it when the Lord called.

JP, Your philosophy of life was so holistic. You understood your purpose  and you lived it. Your life exemplary and your fragrance everywhere. I secretly admired your God-centered nature and your yearning to improve the welfare of all. How else can life be lived? You knew the secret and you lived it one day at a time.

I miss your smiles, our chats in the corridor, and the impromptu brain teasing jokes and lessons.

The vacuum you left can never be filled.

You will always remain in our hearts till we meet again."

This tribute was added by ET ENCI on 7th August 2014

"Yaounde Colleagues and Friends,

I returned from annual leave to learn of Jean Paul’s passing last month.  I was so saddened to hear this.  It is hard to imagine someone so dynamic--full of life, ideas, and good humor—to be gone.  We’ll all miss him greatly and no one more so than you, who will feel his absence daily.  I just wanted to convey my condolences to you and his family.  In many respects you were his second family.

With best wishes and fond memories,

Mikael Cleverley"

This tribute was added by ET ENCI on 6th August 2014

"The blow was hard, the shock severe;
We never dreamed your death so near.
But only those who love can tell
the pain of parting without farewell.
God, give us strength to face this blow,
What it meant losing you, no one will know.
To hear your voice, to see your smile,
To sit and talk with you awhile;
To be together in the same old way
Would be our dearest wish today.
But loving memories never die
As years roll on and days go by;
In our hearts a memory is kept
Of the one we greatly admire  and will never forget."

This tribute was added by Olivier Dakayi Tchamake on 6th August 2014


You unexpectedly took a french leave without turning your out of life assistant on. And all you left us was... alone. They say you ain't coming back, but you and I beleive we'll meet again someday."

This tribute was added by Christopher Ngum on 6th August 2014

"JP! JP! Why did you go so soon?  I must apologize for questioning the Creator.  I had to wait for a month, as everyday I went to your office to see if it was really true that you have gone like a kandle in the wind, before saying aurevoir. You had been a wonderful colleague; I will come to your office to add more flesh to ideas that you kept suggesting on how to run AMECCU, our dear financial structure.  On 2nd of July at about 5:15 pm, we talked on issues affecting AMECCU and concluded that we were to see each other the next day in the meeting.  I came and went to your office as usual and was told you were in the hospital.  Little did I know that you were on your way to wing your flight to the Kingdom above.  I wept as a baby and can't remember when I last had such wailing.  I pray God that your good deeds and actions should be accepted by God and also that what you have kept in this mortal world will prosper.  Adieu mon frere."

This tribute was added by Edwin Sah on 4th August 2014

"Jean Paul, I still could hardly believe that it is the moment to say adieu. Where ever I have worked with you be it in the embassy, AMECCU or in the parish where we have built very strong relationships, you were such a wonderful person. Your warm and cheerful attitude, your innovative spirit and openness, your gentleness and smiles just to name a few will so much be missed. May your gentle soul rest in the peace of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Adieu JP"

This tribute was added by Robert-Alain MOMNOUGUI on 1st August 2014

"Jean Paul, rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Marie-Paule Ngaleu on 31st July 2014

"P’tit Frere,

Je t’ai toujours appelé ainsi et tu t’entêtais à  m’appeler P’tite sœur… Quelle façon de s’éclipser sans crier gare !!! J’ai mal…

Till we meet again P’tit frère!!!

This tribute was added by Youhanidou Wane on 31st July 2014

"JiPé comme j'aimais t'appeler.  Tu as été un collègue un ami avec qui j'ai partagé beaucoup de joies dans le domaine professionnel. Je me rappelle notre dernier IBP a Las Vegas et à DC. Tu avais l'art de mettre l'ambiance et de trouver une solution à tout. Je n'oublierais pas ton élégance naturelle. Jipé tu vas me manquer. Repose en PAix! Youhanidou, une collègue de Dakar"

This tribute was added by Edna Enyeji on 30th July 2014

"Words are lacking, minds are shocked, still pondering... life! you have so much to teach us. JP our able AMECCU President is history wow...your ideas, deligence, simplicity, dedication, humility and team spirit are still there to emulate. Goodbye JP"

This tribute was added by Patience Njeba on 25th July 2014

"JPY, came some 53 years ago, he saw, and conquerred. He left us so abruptly, but humanly speaking he left many unfinished projects. May the Lord who knows why such a sudden exist comfort his family and fill the gape he has left within his family and the Embassy family.
Adieu JPY."

This tribute was added by Francis Vernyuy on 25th July 2014

"Yana was full of life !
It is really difficult to associate him with death!
We are all surely certain that death will come!
But not so too soon to such a very lively person!
But God has His plans!
I think we just have to improve our readiness at all times!
May his soul rest in peace!"

This tribute was added by Denis Akenpo on 24th July 2014

"To the family
Think about what life will be like under Jehovah God rule of the kingdom.
Revelation 21:,4 say the former things have passed away. Things like death will be gone forever. I am so sorry for your loss.""

This tribute was added by Carole Monkam on 24th July 2014

"Nous te cherchons partout
Nous voici aujourd'hui au bord du vide
Puisque nous cherchons partout
Ton visage que nous avons perdu..
Tu étais des nôtres
Et nous avons perdu cette part de nous-mêmes.
Tu nous questionnais
Et nous avons perdu ta question.
Nous voici seuls
Nos lèvres serrées sur nos pourquoi.
Nous sommes venus ici chercher
Chercher quelque chose
Ou quelqu'un.
Chercher cet amour plus fort que tout.
Nous te cherchons partout.
Que ton Ame Repose en Paix Papa Yana"

This tribute was added by Mirabel Fokum on 24th July 2014

"One of the most difficult thing to deal with in life is the death of a love one.It has happened to me so many times when i thought the world was  ended with me.The death of my mom, that of my childhood friend who droped death while we were walking on the road and talking, close colleagues and now a colleague-brother and friend with whom i had last joke with on wednesday July 9,2014 at the office.I thought i was use to death but I can not hold mu self.
.I do not want to believe you are 'late' dear brother because i haven't seen any 'lateness' in you since i came to know you.A young and smart president,always brining up good suggestions; coming very early to work (before 7:00am) and now you are early to fall asleep in Christ Jesus.
1Thessalonian 4:14 says "For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. Rest in peace dear brother."

This tribute was added by Nicoline Ghaila on 24th July 2014

"The tears keeps on flowing each time i see your picture. A thousand times i have asked the question why and a thousand times it bounces back on me without a satisfying answer. For the short time i knew you in the embassy, i had confidence that here is someone i could look up to as a mentor. But God had so designed that this mentorship will not be for long. I know you have gone to a better place where peace and tranquility reign for as Saint Augustine rightly said "Thou has made us all for thyself o lord and our hearts are restless until they rest in Thee". REST IN  PEACE."

This tribute was added by Sylvia Wounkep on 24th July 2014

"Gone but not forgotten!
JP was intelligent, honest, compassionate, name it- he got it.
Even though he wasn’t retired, he felt what LES retirees felt
Even though hardly sick, he felt what LES health Evacuees felt.
He didn’t only feel, but did his best to ameliorate people’s lives.
Every human life was valuable to him.
No doubt he treated his beloved wife et al. with such dignity
The usual JP smile was enough to lift up the down cast.
Oh God, how can we easily forget his great and realistic ideas?
Even on his dying bed he kept insisting to go to work and attend meetings;
Definitely for the good of others. Adieu brother!"

This tribute was added by Jeanne Yemga on 24th July 2014

"wow!....That is a shock!
I did not know him much but the few I knew about him is enough to break my heart. I want to believe he is in a better place now, in the loving arms of our Lord Jesus Christ!
May the comfort of God be sent to all his family members, colleagues and friends!"

This tribute was added by Earnest Ekokobe on 24th July 2014

"Hello brother,
I did not get to enjoy your company that long, but for the short while I will say you came across as different-in taste, style and approach. Whether in your presidential capacity or as a colleague. Whoa I will never forgetyour trademark-always smartly dressed. I remember too your smile, your warm heartedness and I can go on and on. You were simply great!
Your desire to use your skills and WISDOM for our good will forever stay with us. You left us a legacy and challenge " to be each other's keeper"
As we celebrate your departure with sorrow lead us to that place where you found meaning for your life on earth so that we too could.
Chi verdiamo."

This tribute was added by Tebe Robert N. on 24th July 2014

"From dust we were made and from dust we shall all return.
Big bro, I have benefited a lot from your ideas. We will miss you but GOD almighty loves you most.
You remain my HERO. RIP JPY."

This tribute was added by Fred Nguve on 24th July 2014

"Mr. President,

Our hearts are filled with deep sorrow as we learnt you passed away to glory. Deep sorrow indeed this shocking news brought to us! Words can't express the weight of this loss.

But, a gentle smile fills my heart after a flash back of every moment I spent with you. I knew for sure one day, I'll meet you again to share my experiences from the great inspiration you impacted in me. As it stands now, it's not going to be on earth, but in Heaven.

In the face of this grieve, we remain thankful to God for giving us an opportunity to be part of your life and to share memories which are indelibly printed our hearts.

May your gentle soul rest in Perfect Peace Jean Paul..."

This tribute was added by Ethel Wesley on 23rd July 2014

"It is just unbelievable to know that you are no more, it came so fast, as though I will still meet you around the car park asking me about your vis; as you always say, 'Je dire eeh, je peur venir prendre mon vis? that amazing joke that called for laughter from everyone. You were a wonderful colleague and a great President too. May your soul rest in perfect peace ."

This tribute was added by Lynda Bih on 23rd July 2014

"If we could have a lifetime wish,
A dream that could come true,
We would pray to God with all our hearts,
for a today with you.

you left behind our broken hearts,
And happy memories too.
But we do not only want memories,
We also want you JP Y.

RIP as we meet again. Adieu"

This tribute was added by Bouba Monglo on 23rd July 2014

Il y a des hommes qui laissent des marques sur leurs contemporains, tu étais de ceux-là
Il y a des hommes qui inspirent ceux qu'ils croisent durant leur parcours sur terre, tu étais de ceux-là
Il y a des hommes qui imposent le respect, tu étais de ceux-là
Il y a des hommes sincères, dévoués, appliqués, tu étais de ceux-là
Il y a des hommes qui font de l'humanité leur devise, tu étais de ceux-là
Les mots ne suffiront pas pour te décrire. Les mots ne suffront pas pour dire qui tu étais. Tu étais Jean-Paul Yana. Singulier.
Jovial , Energique, Affectueux, Naturel (Jean);
Perséverant, Audacieux, Unique, Lumière (Paul);
Yana, Attachant,  Net, Amour (Yana);
Que l'Eternel t'ouvre les voiles célestes."

This tribute was added by egbe agbor on 23rd July 2014

"Jean paul may your soul rest in peace,why so soon at the age of 53 i always remember every morning at the parking lot when you always say good morning pastor what social man."

This tribute was added by Gladys Viban on 23rd July 2014

"There are all kinds of trees in the world
Trees that destroy other trees
Trees that nourish other trees to grow
Tress that are parasites on other trees
And trees that simply enhance the life of other trees…
A tree once grew tall and elegant,
Blossoming and basking in God's beautiful light,
Friends and family’s love watered that tree,
But all and sundry harvested of its fruit.
Then it found a crack on the wall and meandered through its narrow space
Following a higher and brighter light
Growing taller and stronger;
It tried to lean back over to the other side,
But found the light on that side was stronger,
On the other side, other trees could not see its apex
And feared that it had died;
But little did they know
The tree was still growing…it just took another turn;
JP is on the other side
But the fruit that he left us will nourish our lives…. for a long time
And the roots of his tree
Will be firmly entrenched in our hearts…for a long, long, time


This tribute was added by Epey Mfondieb on 23rd July 2014

"Life is a gift from God. Our children, family, friends, neighbors, and strangers are all gifts to be savored. Although some days may be full of hardship and sadness, each breath, heartbeat, and thought illustrates the beautiful gift of life. Though your untimely departure is very big lost, we will try to avoid the feeling that we are being robbed and wil l keep the positive memories alive and thank God for the blessings in your past. R.I.P

Revelation 22:17 – Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.

Revelation 22:17 – Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life."

This tribute was added by Alice Azong on 23rd July 2014

"He will always be missed, he was an excellent  leader and a great motivator. A good listener and an example for many to follow. It will surely take time to replace him in the Embassy and in his community as a whole. He was committed to his job and to his God and especially to his dear wife. May God almighty console her and give her hope and joy amidst turmoil."

This tribute was added by Gladys Viban on 23rd July 2014

"His Journey's Just Begun
Don't think of him as gone away
his journey's just begun,
life holds so many facets
this earth is only one.

Just think of him as resting
from the sorrows and the tears
in a place of warmth and comfort
where there are no days and years.

Think how he must be wishing
that we could know today
how nothing but our sadness
can really pass away.

And think of him as living
in the hearts of those he touched...
for nothing loved is ever lost
and he was loved so much.

Ellen Brenneman"

This tribute was added by I Forteh on 23rd July 2014

"These are tough times, no place to hide but the presence of God. Man sometime's like we're in dreamland. Will remember the humility."

This tribute was added by Linus Akepe on 23rd July 2014

"Our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy

JPY, you were a great man


This tribute was added by FRANKLIN FAI on 23rd July 2014

"You remain a "HERO""

This tribute was added by ET ENCI on 23rd July 2014

"Monsieur le President,
We wish we could tell you that it was not yet time to let you go.
But you've already departed and our hearts are feeling so low.

We miss that great twinkle that used to light up your eyes.
And we miss the sound of your voice, your laughter and your great thoughts.

But most of all we miss the way you made us feel, like nothing could ever harm us because your concern and convictions were so strong and real.

There are others outside our community who miss you, and they’re in grief today.
Your life touched so many people, many of whom became your friends along the way.

They all want you to know they love you, though they're filled with sadness and grief.
No one really wants to say goodbye, so we'll just wish you eternal peace in the Lords bosom.
ADIEU Big Brother until we meet to part no more."

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