ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Pa Bote Joseph, 66 years old, born on August 15, 1954, and passed away on February 4, 2021. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Donatus Chi on February 23, 2021
Pa; Your were my Guiding Angel at the start of my Career. I will remain forever grateful to God for making our paths to meet. May God in His infinite Mercy show you Compassion while you present yourself to Him. Farewell Pa; till we meet again.
Posted by Walter Quelleng on February 20, 2021
Uncle, I still can’t believe I am writing a tribute because of your passing. Words cannot describe this difficult moment, but if this is the last time I get to say goodbye then I know I will do so with the knowledge that I consider myself blessed to have lived this life around you. You touched so many lives by your selfless and countless acts of kindness, always giving and never expecting any favours in return. Your dedication to a cause was what set you apart.
You have left a void in the family that will never be filled. We will miss your little jokes and dances...
While we mourn today, we also take comfort in the fact that your mission on earth have been fulfilled. We thank the Lord for your life and bid you farewell until we meet again
Posted by Diana Clara on February 20, 2021
Daddy it's really hard to come to full realisation that you are truly gone. It still seems a nightmare but truly no updates of the current situation in Cameroon has come forth from you.
I will miss you and all the little advice and corrections you gave.
You lived a life that impacted everyone around you, the jokes and little dance moves are all memories that will live on. Though you are gone you are very much alive in our hearts.
It's really hard for us because mum left 22 years ago and now you have left too.
Continue to rest in peace. Daddy forever in my heart 
Posted by Rita Osei on February 18, 2021
Daddy...so you are truly gone! I will miss your continuous updates on things happening in Cameroon, your biweekly checking up on me and the family, your many advice on life.

Your departure was so sudden and I'm yet to wrap my head around everything, and the fact that our chat on January 14th was the last. I'm so thankful that I got to see you on Christmas and the 12th of January on video call. I will hold on to the image of your smile forever.

You were a deligent, honest, loyal, funny and kind father and friend to many. You believed and thought us the value of education and the importance of upholding good work ethics. I will hold all these memories close to my heart.

Rest easy my beloved Dad, you will forever be in my heart.❤️ Goodnight till we meet again❤️.

Your daughter, Rita
Posted by Praxedes Banseka on February 18, 2021
Chief Bote, Pa Bote, Bamunka Boy!!...... You left your footprints on the sands of time. The credit union family will remember you for your stringent control ensuring that not a franc of members' hard-earned savings got misused or missing. We learned from your professional experience.

You worked hard but always found time to take a Castel.

In our last WhatsApp communication in January you told me "the boy" was doiing fine only to die in February!
You liked to crack jokes. Even when illness took away your voice you bore it bravely and would quickly write down what we couldn't hear. You still made jokes about your health situation and we all laughed.

Farewell, Pa Bote, May your soul rest in peace.
Posted by Ngufor George on February 18, 2021
Pah Ketty the last time you were hospitalized to the Mbingo Baptist Hospital I had the opportunity to visit you on your sick bed. You were quite hopeful and assured me that though your vocal cords we're to deleted you were going to do all to live your normal life. True to your words we have been communicating frequently.But this time around we could not . I would remember you for your stringency and frankness. May the heavenly gates be wide open to your soul until we can meet again. Adieu. NGUFOR.
Posted by Joshua Pwavodi on February 18, 2021
I have not seen you face to face, but have heard a lot about your greatness, exploits and lifestyle from your daughter Rose (my excellent friend). You have lived well and you will be forever alive in our hearts. Till we meet at the bossom of our Lord Jesus christ

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Posted by Donatus Chi on February 23, 2021
Pa; Your were my Guiding Angel at the start of my Career. I will remain forever grateful to God for making our paths to meet. May God in His infinite Mercy show you Compassion while you present yourself to Him. Farewell Pa; till we meet again.
Posted by Walter Quelleng on February 20, 2021
Uncle, I still can’t believe I am writing a tribute because of your passing. Words cannot describe this difficult moment, but if this is the last time I get to say goodbye then I know I will do so with the knowledge that I consider myself blessed to have lived this life around you. You touched so many lives by your selfless and countless acts of kindness, always giving and never expecting any favours in return. Your dedication to a cause was what set you apart.
You have left a void in the family that will never be filled. We will miss your little jokes and dances...
While we mourn today, we also take comfort in the fact that your mission on earth have been fulfilled. We thank the Lord for your life and bid you farewell until we meet again
Posted by Diana Clara on February 20, 2021
Daddy it's really hard to come to full realisation that you are truly gone. It still seems a nightmare but truly no updates of the current situation in Cameroon has come forth from you.
I will miss you and all the little advice and corrections you gave.
You lived a life that impacted everyone around you, the jokes and little dance moves are all memories that will live on. Though you are gone you are very much alive in our hearts.
It's really hard for us because mum left 22 years ago and now you have left too.
Continue to rest in peace. Daddy forever in my heart 
his Life

BIOGRAPHY OF PA BOTE JOSEPH

Bote Mbitanda Joseph a.k.a Daddy was born in Bamunka, Ndop on 15th August 1954 as first born in a family of 4 boys. He lost his father and little brother at a tender age and was brought up by his able mother. He worked hard from a young age to sponsor himself and his brothers. He attended Council School Ndop for his primary education and later secondary school at the St James College Ndop from 1970-1975. Upon completion in 1975, he taught accounting, commerce and arithmetic for two years. In the course of his teaching he wrote the Royal Society of Arts stage Three in Accounting and passed. As a teacher, he met his wife Grace and they got married in October 1977. He started his first job with the North West Corporative Association in 1976 and was send to Camccul on secondment in 1977. His work  ethics and brilliant performance in accounting led him to be recruited in the Camccul network in 1978.

He was assigned to the Kumbo Chapter as a Field Worker where he worked  till 1982. He had his first 2 children, Elvis and Catherine while in Kumbo. In 1982 he was transferred to the main office in Bamenda to head the newly formed project: Small Farmers production Credit in collaboration with the World Council of Credit Unions. To prepare him for this position, he got training with INADET foundation on effective agricultural techniques and poultry farming. Within this project, he got the opportunity to visit and train in the USA and Holland. He was in charge of training his colleagues during staff seminars to prepare them to train local farmers under his general supervision.

His training and love for agriculture reflected in his compound where he planted several exotic species of fruit trees. In 1982-1987, he acted in the capacity of the chief cashier whenever the cashier was on leave. He was trusted with this position due to his reputation as honest and meticulous with finances. This was how he got into finance that eventually became his core profession. In 1992, he was promoted and transferred to Limbe to head the Credit Union Fako Chapter as Field Supervisor. He was a father of 6 children then, 2 boys and 4 girls. In July 1994, he experienced the tragedy of losing his immediate younger brother Bote Ignatius.

Despite the tragedy he pushed ahead and in the same year, he travelled to the UK for a one year training program. In 1997, he was promoted and transferred back to Camccul headquarters to take charge of the Finance department as Central Finance Officer. In October 1999, tragedy hit again and this time he lost his wife Grace after a protracted illness. He was left alone to raise the children, a challenge he rose splendidly to the occasion. He met and married his second wife, Florence in 2003 and within the same year due to some internal restructuring, he was transferred to Kumbo Chapter as Field Supervisor. By 2005, he was transferred back to the head office to head the Finance Department as Finance Controller.

He was the president of Ngoketunjia Development and Cultural Association  Bamenda Branch for eight years. 2002-2004, 2004-2006, 2008- 2010, 2010-2012. He was also the national treasurer of Ngoketunjia Development and Cultural Association. In 2010, he organized the NGODECA football competition in Bamenda and the cup was worn by Baba I during the finals between Baba I and Bamessing

In 2005, he was recommended for a Triple labour Medal- Gold, Silver and Bronze for Exceptional Service. He was proudly decorated by the Governor of the North West region during the 20th May celebration. After an exceptional service, he was up for retirement in December 2014, but due to prodigious service in the finance department, he was asked to serve an extra year before retirement. He retired in December 2015.

His joy of retirement was cut short by the pangs of illness. By February 2016, he was diagnosed with throat cancer. It became an uphill battle, one he met with poise and determination. After several hospital stays and surgical procedures, he came out victorious and was declared cancer free in 2018 but without his voice cord.

He adapted to a life without speaking but kept his cheer and communicated through written words, partial sounds and signs/gestures. With most of his children abroad, he enjoyed a good time with his wife Florence until January 27th 2021 when he was taken to Big Mbingo Baptist Hospital in Kom. He got the best medical treatment available but God said it was time and he was called to be with the Lord on 04th February 2021. Daddy was an extraordinary son, husband, father, brother, colleague and friend to so many. He is survived by his mother, wife, brother, 6 children and 6 grandchildren


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