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.

Posted by Carol Spitzig on September 26, 2021
Happy "Heavenly" Birthday, El.   Miss the "good ole days"
Posted by Donna Spitzig on January 8, 2021
Thinking of you Martha and all your family today. I cherish all the good times and memories we have shared over the years.  Prayers and hugs for everyone. 
Posted by Carol Spitzig on January 8, 2021
Thinking of you today Martha.  Hard to believe El has been gone for 9 years.  I will cherish his handsome smile and cherish the friendship we had so many years ago.  xoxo
Posted by Moses Msuya on January 8, 2021
Thinking about you today Dad and think about you often. Love you and miss you. Mo
Posted by Bob Baer on January 8, 2021
Thinking of you, Martha, on the anniversary of El's passing.
Posted by Sylvia Colton on February 24, 2017
Martha, I have been trying to find you. When I found this Obituary for El, I was so saddened. El was such a good man. I remember all the fun we had at the Lions' activities especially those in Hawaii.  I am in the same situation. I too lost my Tom 4 years ago. I would like to reconnect.

Sylvia Colton
Posted by Peggy Vincent on March 11, 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
Posted by velda vuo on January 8, 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.
Posted by Moses Msuya on January 8, 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.
Posted by Donna Spitzig on January 8, 2013
Hi Martha & Family

Thinking of everyone today and I said a prayer in El's memory.
Posted by Carol Spitzig on January 8, 2013
Thinking of you today Martha and family.
Posted by Linda Scott on September 26, 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.
Posted by Barb Kerry on February 24, 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
Posted by Justine Msuya on February 22, 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.
Posted by Carol Spitzig on January 19, 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)
Posted by Chantelle Vuo on January 15, 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
Posted by Val McNeish on January 14, 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,
Posted by Ummu Shamte on January 12, 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
Posted by Jenni-Rebecca Roberge on January 11, 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)
Posted by L Munro on January 11, 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
Posted by Alicia Baer on January 11, 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
Posted by Debbie Baer on January 11, 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.
Posted by Margaret Birky on January 11, 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.
Posted by karl birky on January 10, 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
Posted by Deb Monkman on January 10, 2012
Martha, our deepest sympathies to you at this time. Love to you, Moses, Seb & Becka and families.
Cousin Deb & Gord
Posted by Judith James on January 10, 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
Posted by Elizabeth Birky on January 10, 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
Posted by charmaine duffield on January 10, 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
Posted by Zenon Szewczyk on January 10, 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
Posted by zenas baer on January 10, 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.
Posted by Dina Mrango on January 10, 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.
Posted by Rehema Vuo on January 9, 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
Posted by Joanna Wiebe on January 9, 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
Posted by Jean (Virginia) Klassen on January 9, 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
Posted by Barry McGonigle on January 9, 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.
Posted by Bob Baer on January 9, 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.
Posted by Rachel Miller on January 9, 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
Posted by kerwin vuo on January 9, 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.
Posted by Rod McKenzie on January 9, 2012
Martha and Family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Cousin Rod 14.1 and Judy
Posted by Amos Baer on January 9, 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
Posted by Daniel Baer on January 9, 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
Posted by Liane Spong on January 9, 2012
So sorry for your loss. Keeping the Msuya family in our thoughts and prayers. Liane Spong and family
Posted by Glen Birky on January 9, 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
Posted by Dave (Sr) Baer on January 8, 2012
We're praying
Dave & Marj
Posted by Maria Morrison on January 8, 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!!
Posted by Cindy Petkau on January 8, 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.
Posted by Esther Etchells on January 8, 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
Posted by Miriam Baer on January 8, 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.
Posted by kathie baer on January 8, 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
Posted by Ben Baer on January 8, 2012
El was always a pleasure to be around.  I wish i had spent more time with him
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Posted by Carol Spitzig on September 26, 2021
Happy "Heavenly" Birthday, El.   Miss the "good ole days"
Posted by Donna Spitzig on January 8, 2021
Thinking of you Martha and all your family today. I cherish all the good times and memories we have shared over the years.  Prayers and hugs for everyone. 
Posted by Carol Spitzig on January 8, 2021
Thinking of you today Martha.  Hard to believe El has been gone for 9 years.  I will cherish his handsome smile and cherish the friendship we had so many years ago.  xoxo
Recent stories

Time moves on..

Shared by Moses Msuya on January 8, 2018

Time moves on but we are always still thinking about you Dad.  I keep respecting you and appreciating you more everyday.

Love you,


Always remembered...

Shared by velda vuo on January 9, 2014

It's already 2 years since you've left us!   We often talk about you and remembered the good times we've shared for so many years. The kids birthdays when we would visit Walkerton and slaughter the mbozi (goat) in preparation for the birthday party, our annual visits to the campsite where we would camp out and share OUR many stories etc. etc..So many memories you've left can we ever forget you?  Your fond and lasting memories will always be remembered by my family.
We will continue to talk fondly about you and reflect on those everlasting memories you've left with us.

Velda and family  . 

Ice Creature

Shared by Charles Morrison on February 26, 2012

This is a story my dad told me.

Martha and El visited Fred and Mary on Lake of the Woods in winter. El was taken out onto the lake for winter First Nations's hunting and trapping. As they came to the beaver or muskrat(?) hole in the ice, and a wet icy furry creature was lifted dripping from the hole, El was purported to have exclaimed,

"What's a monkey doing under the ice!?!"

It was one of my favourite stories as a youngster, but knowing El's sense of humour as an adult, it took on new meaning.