Rodolphe Elumbat Fonkeng
  • 43 years old
  • Date of birth: Dec 29, 1972
  • Place of birth:
    Buea, Cameroon
  • Date of passing: Apr 22, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    Yaounde, Cameroon
Let the memory of Elumbat be with us forever

 The Fonkeng family would like to thank you for your support,
encouragement and 
compassion on the untimely loss of their
beloved Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Uncle, Cousin, Colleage and Friend,  

Elumbat Rodolphe Fonkeng

 Today, 14 May 2016, Rodolphe was laid to rest.  
Please continue to pray for the repose of his soul and for us, his family
as we struggle to come to terms with Rodolphe's passing. 
We take comfort from the sympathy you have extended to our family, in the
loving memories we have of Rodolphe and in our faith in God Almighty. 

Thank You.


This memorial website was created to remember our beloved Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Uncle, Cousin, Colleage and Friend, Elumbat Rudolphe Fonkeng, 43, who was born on December 29, 1972 and unexpectedly was called from this life on April 22, 2016. We will remember him forever.

Thank you very much for visiting and for all your support during these difficult time as we try to make sense of Rudolphe's passing. Please take a moment to light a candle, lay a flower or leave a note below.  By clicking on the appropriate tab above, this site also allows you to share your memories of Rudolphe by uploading photos and/or vidoes that you might have taken with him over time.  Additionally, you may also share any stories of your journey together.

While we can't stopping asking 'why him', 'why now', why, why, why? We trust that The Lord is in control and called home one of His to help prepare a better place for us all.  We believe that our Faith in God will see us through


Funeral Program

Tuesdays & Fridays:
        Mass at his Cité Verte Residence

Thursday May 12 2016:     Wake without corpse at his Cite Vert Residence

Friday May 13 2016: 

                                8 AM -   Removal of mortal remains from the Yaoundé
                                              Referral Hospital Mortuary (Hopital General Yde)

                               10 AM -  Mass at the Baptism of Christ Parish, Cité Verte
                               12 PM -  Departure for Santchou

                                 6 PM -  Arrival at Santchou

                            7:30 PM -  Mass followed by all night vigil 

Saturday May 14

                                 9 AM -  Requiem Mass 

                          11:30 AM - Burial (For Family Only)

                                          - Refreshment
                                          - Traditional Ceremony (Crie Die)

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Tchana Bruno on 29th December 2017

Happy Birthday!!!
Though you are gone, your candle still burns bright.
Please continue to RIP in the peace of the ultimate provide/decider
Adieu Bro!"

This tribute was added by Irene Alobwede on 27th April 2017

"It's a year already! Continue to RIP Bro. You'll forever remain in our hearts. Big hugs to Jean"

This tribute was added by Irene Alobwede on 30th December 2016

"Continue to rest in peace dear brother in the company of your friend Jean. You have another celebration coming, his birthday on January 05. Little princess Ruddie looks so much like you. May God keep you safe until we meet again."

This tribute was added by Immaculate Heart on 29th December 2016

"Still remembered. Rest in peace"

This tribute was added by Valery Elad on 29th December 2016

"Ooh Ruddy, what do we usually do on Dec 29? The day that never ended for you. Happy B-day in your sleep. Everyone today still awaits your call for reunion at your house. Papa Bonheur u nak we stick!"

This tribute was added by Doreen Ngwa on 3rd September 2016

"What a shock!!! RIPP my dear friend."

This tribute was added by Benjamin Elad on 14th May 2016

"‘A bright light extinguished too soon’

Bro Ruddy, ‘Director’ as I fondly referred to you,
It’s tough to fathom that you are no more.  I have spent the past two weeks incessantly asking all the ‘whys’ I could utter.  Unfortunately, I came away with no answers.  Even my most optimistic rationalization proved inadequate to placate my quest for making sense of why the good Lord would sign-off on your return this soon.  While some solace could be garnered from my faith in God’s infinite wisdom, It hurts to know that the gentle soul with a charming smile that you represented, will no longer be able exert your calming influence on us all who were blessed with your presence.   The realist in me however tells me that I have to accept that it was your appointed time to go and that your mission here on earth was accomplished.  

Ruddy, I thank God for having blessed us, your family, with you and your ‘gentillesse’.  You didn’t say much in words, but spoke volumes by just being you.  You let other do the talking and just focused on being a true ‘’Nfekungni’ with your knack of enabling togetherness. If God revoked your earthly residency this soon, I trust that He has better plans for you in Heaven.  When you get there please extend our best to the rest of our ‘Nnendap’ who had gone before you.  May you all continue to watch over us while preparing our place for it is certain that we will one day reunite in God’s Bosom.

Adieu Mom Frère

Ben Elad"

This tribute was added by Kihlah Francesca on 13th May 2016

"Sad sad Sad! Uncle Rudolphe so it is real?!! When I got the news about ur sudden death I thought it was all a joke, was expecting ur resurrection, hmmm. Not untill today that ur remains is taking out from the mutuary to be laid to eternal glory. Where do u really think u are going at this age living behind those very young kids of urs. This is not the plan u had with ur wife, ooh death why?!!! What do u think will become of ur parents? Siblings? And all those that loved  u, ur smile n candid advice? I'm so heart broken, Chantal left me on the 23rd, u did on the 22nd, she was laid to rest on the 13th n u 14th. Is too much for me to swallow! Greet Chantal for me when u meet her in the Land of the death. Forever in our hearts Uncle Rud!"

This tribute was added by Irene Alobwede on 13th May 2016

"Elumbat, our dear friend, brother, our late brother John's bossom friend, our mum's beloved husband as she famously called you, we are all in shock. In denial of the truth, I refused for a long time to share my thoughts on behalf of our family on this memorial site so you must undertstand how much courage I have summoned to do this. When John (Jean as you called him) passed away nearly 16 years ago, you remained a dear and reliable friend, a constant reminder to us of his presence. We as a family are therefore devastated, mourning two, not one. Mum felt your passing even before we broke the news to her. She said she'd been thinking about you and wondering how you were since it'd been a while. It didn't surprise us since you were a part of our family too.
So many have spoken about your gentleness, peaceful nature and infectious smile, always affording one to whoever came by. You loved life and you lived it to the full, enjoying every moment you shared with loved ones.Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this traumatic period especially your mum and dad as children should outlive their parents not the other way round, not forgetting you wife and young children. Please look down on them from above as we pray for strength, especially for your wife knowing the big task she now has in hand. Just as you didn't abandon us when Jean died, we'll remain close through your brother Alain.
With tears and a heavy heart we say Adieu to you until we meet again, taking solace from the believe that you are at peace with the Lord. May your dear friend Jean, and older brother Macarious comfort you too. Thanks for the short time you spent with us, impacting our lives.
RIP dear brother and friend"

This tribute was added by Rita Biedenharn on 8th May 2016

"I still have not brought myself to accept that this is real. That  the energetic Rodolphe Elumbat has just exited the stage forever. what about your wife, your children,  mami  and papa Cele, all your hard work? Rodolphe your death has left soo many of us speechless and brought fear as to the real meaning of life. Brother I pray he embraces you now before His Father, give your sweet soul rest and comfort your dearest and closest ones. I don't really know what happens when we die...I find solace in believing that, ‪It is well‬, if we commit all in God's hands. My sincere condolences to the entire family. ‪‎RIP‬ MuBah"

This tribute was added by Oluleke Banji on 7th May 2016

"May God grant everyone left behind the fortitude to bear the loss."

This tribute was added by Nathaniel Ngwo ebuh on 6th May 2016

"Well rodolf u were like my big brother i passed half of my life with u.i dont belive that u are gone.is only god  who knows why make ur soul rest in place."

This tribute was added by Estelle Moudourou on 6th May 2016

"Je n'ai pas les mots justes pour exprimer ma douleur. C'est dur, nous avons le coeur déchiré, nous avons du mal à l'accepter. Mais c'est irréversible, nous apprendrons à vivre avec. Tu as été à la fois un père, un grand-frère, un guide, un modèle pour moi. Dieu a donné, Dieu a repris. Qu'Il t'accueille dans son royaume."

This tribute was added by Stephen Njuafed on 3rd May 2016

"A kind and very gentle soul always willing to help wherever possible.
May God give the strength to his family to come to terms with his departure from this world.
Rest in peace Brother Rodolphe"

This tribute was added by Ernesto Fru on 2nd May 2016

"I'm still in shock. Sleep well my friend and prepare a place for the rest of us till we meet to part no more. RIP brother Rudi"

This tribute was added by Yvonne Elad Ewowe on 1st May 2016

"Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure, you are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure. RIP brother Rudolf."

This tribute was added by Elvis yem on 30th April 2016

"Grand Rudolph,
Never did I imagined we will be writing an eulogy of your  transition to Glory this soon! But I am very confident God our Father loved you to the point where He only had to put his arms around you and whispered 'Come to Me'.

Although we loved you deeply,
Your Golden Heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us He only takes the best!!!

For the precious moments I personally had the opportunity to be under your roof Grand Rudolph, your life took upon the nature of the "spectrum of light".

As a family man, Grand Rudolph  took all of the roles in his life to heart and he strove to honor, support, guide and most importantly, protect his family.
He was at his happiest when he was surrounded by his family - even during those inevitable tough times that life has a way of throwing at you. His devotion to his family was the foundation of his actions - the anchor that defined and shaped his life.

As I observed the next shade of light of his life, I see Grand Rudolph - the Grand/friend. He was a good friend to so many! He could be counted on and depended on always. Whether you needed simple advice, an empathetic ear, a shoulder to lean on; a listener if you will; - he was your man; ready, steadfast, willing and good fun.

I see Grand Rudolph, a man defiant and unwilling to settle for less. He lived a principled life underpinned by a strong sense of organization and planning; right or wrong.
Grand Rudolph was not a cruel man, his house was a sanctuary for all, he will never complained neither was he ever tired of offering his assistance. He always wanted his younger ones like myself to understand that nothing can be gained from holding a grudge or leaving any issue that was very wrong unclear. He spoke out when it really counted; We can only imagine how much more he could have accomplished in his life were it not for call of our God!

Another color of light is observed and I see Grand Rudolph as a respected citizen. He shared his expertise with anyone who would listen, he worked hard and consistently as exemplified by his achievements and contributions to the government and people of Cameroon. Grand Rudolph never stopped learning. He never sat back and became complacent. He led by example as he mentored his family, friends, colleagues in a way that anyone of them can say that he was an inspiration in their lives.

I have no doubt he was all a woman could wish for in a husband and father.

Grand Rudolph;
Even though you are gone,
For as long as there is memory, those  we love remain with us
For love itself lives on, hence you will live on in our hearts.

It's so hard to say Adieu Grand for this reason
I say So long!!!!

May the Peace of God be and keep our heart. May your parents and siblings receive strength from above as I give voice to the service of angels to minister to them. In Jesus name. Amen!!"

This tribute was added by Wilson Epanty on 28th April 2016

"Just no way I could tell that was our last meeting in December. You created a vacuum that will not be filled, a sense of desolation in our hearts.
You will be deeply missed by many.
Rest in peace brother."

This tribute was added by Elad Nfoyong on 28th April 2016

"Weh grand ,words cant explain how devasted i am ,all i can do is trust God to stretghen those u left behind and guide them through the challenges of this life with the hope to meet u in the after life. RIP"

This tribute was added by Immaculate Heart on 28th April 2016

There you are....
In the star of the night
There you are; in the gentle breeze
There to are; in your son's moves
There you are;  in your daughter's smile
There you are;  in your wife's strength
There you are, there you are, forever in our hearts and we shall see you again
Yes, surely we shall be with you again
Rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Yoti Elisabeth on 28th April 2016

"RIP Elumbat, it is very hard to swallo. My Prayer goes to your family. Rest well dear."

This tribute was added by couto asima on 27th April 2016

"i do not even know what to say, this is so painful,how are we gonna heal from this lost? from this pain? you were a gentle and good person...rest in peace dear big brother, you will be truly missed"

This tribute was added by Lisa Guay on 27th April 2016

"Quelle grosse perte pour ta famille et toutes tes relations? que Dieu te bénisse et protège tous ceux qui sont restés dans le deuil. Même si nous ne te connaissions pas, nous entendions parler en bien de toi. Ils t'appréciaient tous.
Repose en paix."

This tribute was added by Maimuna Mohammed on 27th April 2016

"I was really shocked to hear of your passing. May your soul rest in peace."

This tribute was added by sikini raissa on 27th April 2016

"Gone too soon....may your kind soul rest in peace and the Almighty God protect you,forgive you and receive you in his Kingdom...safe journey"

This tribute was added by massok asima on 27th April 2016

"Grand frere Im speechless its just too hard to swallow.may  your soul find solace in the lord."

This tribute was added by Cosette Feyeh on 27th April 2016

"RIP Mr. Elumbat."

This tribute was added by GEORGES NGU on 27th April 2016

"Waoh, Rudy. I wasn't expecting to get this kind of news from you. Though we haven't seen for a long time, i was expecting to see you one of these days. Does it mean i can only now see your lifeless body? That you can't even talk to me? I will treasure the memories of your good heart and very gentle ways. Rest in peace my fei."

This tribute was added by Dr. Leonard Elad on 26th April 2016

"Yes Rudolf u don do we ohh. I am speechless. Since i learnt of your demise i have been having sleepless nights. Yes, it is shock par excellence. Haven gone through all the why now and why you type of questions i could only find solace in my bible which tells us in Ps 116:15 that „precious in the sight of the Lord ist the death of his faithful servants“. May u find eternal rest in the Lord. untill we meet again to part no more.
Requiescat in Pace"

This tribute was added by Collins Akaragwe on 26th April 2016

"Gone too soon but we hope to meet again one day. RIP my dear brother."

This tribute was added by Brice Melat on 26th April 2016

"It is too painful for us and for your dear wife. What can I say  my brother? Too painful.....too painful !  may the Lord remember your prayer that evening you dedicated your life to him, and may he be your justice."

This tribute was added by David Ekeme on 25th April 2016

"Gone Too Soon.
Maintenant seulement je réalise combien grande est la place que tu as silencieusement prise dans nos habitudes et dans nos coeurs. La maison est juste nue sans toi. Je suis dévasté à l'idée de les voir avancer sans toi. You went FAR TOO SOON. We'll forever love and remember you."

This tribute was added by Sylvestre Numéro on 25th April 2016

"C'est vraiment douloureux d'entendre le passage de Rudolphe. Je l'avais connu par ma cousine il y a environ 25 ans.
J'étais en train de naviguer sur mon facebook comme maintenant là , et quand j'ai vu la nécrologie de fin Rudolphe , j'étais comme complètement sans voix.
je ne pouvais pas croire que c'était sa photo que j'ai vu et souhait ca n'était pas. mais qu'est-ce-que je pouvais alors faire !! C'est vraiment triste et malheureux, mais la vérité c'est que nous allons tous le suivre un jour parce que la nature l'a fait de cette façon. Mes sincères condoléances à toutes les familles concernées . Et que son âme reste en paix .Salues moi aussi mon artiste préféré de tout les temps, Papa Wemba. A Dieu Bro ."

This tribute was added by Louisa Asemot on 25th April 2016

"Rudolphe,  I am as speechless and feel dumb because I got a shock after a long time. Death has not hit me like this in a long time. I didn't talk to you for sometime but guess what? I knew I was going to reconnect when I come back home with all my brothers from another mother. You never said too much but was always welcoming advising when I came to you and expressed myself. No one knew that you inspired me cos u never said anything to them because you kept everyone's secret.  I told you alot and that why I'm hurt I cannot get these advice anymore. I love you like a brother and will never forget whatever you told me. May your soul rest in perfect peace. Forever in our hearts. You are a peaceful person and died peacefully. Rest in the Lord."

This tribute was added by Harry Beseka on 25th April 2016

"Till we meet again Elumbat!!!!! May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace."

This tribute was added by Cerezo Nkamtoh on 25th April 2016

"May your gentle soul rest in peace until we meet again."

This tribute was added by Tessy Alvdalen on 25th April 2016

"May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace."

This tribute was added by Marinus Ambe on 25th April 2016

"My hopes are still so high and I believe so. Will give you a call in a bit and please pick up your phone."

This tribute was added by Henry Okeke on 25th April 2016

"Rest in peace bro."

This tribute was added by Valery Elad on 25th April 2016

"Papa Bonheur, never saw you angry, never got you angry nor you ever make someone angry that I know of.  No matter what I did or how hard I tried. “Val, That’s Ok” was always your word. Tried to convince myself it’s not true, yet faced with the brutal reality. You left unannounced, without a word, abruptly as if in a hurry….I will forever reminisce every moment with you till we meet one day. I love and miss you Ruddy."

This tribute was added by Mfombep Gwendoline on 25th April 2016

"I am so devastated.You have gone too soon. can life be this cruel?? How is this possible?? God help us to bear this loss."

This tribute was added by Stella Nkwelle-K on 25th April 2016

"Unbelievable news! What a loss to your family, friends and all.
Smiling Rudolphe, gentle in the way of talking, walking etc.
I pray you gain a better life in God's Kingdom. Rest in Peace."

This tribute was added by Kévin Elombat on 25th April 2016

"Miss you so much"

This tribute was added by Ray Musonge on 25th April 2016

"Big brother,we will miss you so so much, you were a model to some of us especially when you were in human resources in the ministry of finance as chef de service du personnel.I feel so so bad with ties in my eyes that you are no more. RIP big brother."

This tribute was added by Biggy Ntaribo on 25th April 2016

"Miss you big bro"

This tribute was added by Bertha Ngoh on 25th April 2016

"Oh what a life!!!  A prosperous young man gone to soon. May the good Lord grant him eternal rest in his bossom kingdom."

This tribute was added by Ebuh Sylvanus on 25th April 2016

"Rudolf i still not believe you have left us,we grew up together as brothers,you visited me in the house last month,you came to Buea  for a funeral,truely i lack words,God knows why,rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Sone Chris on 25th April 2016

"Was really a shock to hear about your passing. I remember when we last met in Buea and talked about the old days in Sasse. Your smile will always remain with us. Rest in peace Rudy."

This tribute was added by Elvis Kwamu on 25th April 2016

"I am still in a state of disbelief,Ruddy you were a friend a brother and a fine gentleman,as you embark on this eternal journey,may your gentle soul rest in peace.Adieu Ruddy."

This tribute was added by Mado Njuafed on 25th April 2016


This tribute was added by Mado Njuafed on 25th April 2016


This tribute was added by Remi Elad on 25th April 2016

"We will always ask God why? But He alone knows why and we as Men cannot understand his ways. We will give U all the Glory and Pray you admit him in your Heavenly Kingdom where he will enjoy with the Angels and Saints forever. My Brother may you rest in peace till we meet again...where every tear will be wipped away."

This tribute was added by Tchana Bruno on 24th April 2016

"I still can't swallow this bitter pill Grand Frere. Death, you have pierced my heart so deep. I can't sleep but hope you are watching over the kids and Betty cause its too hard for us now."

This tribute was added by Charles Betow on 24th April 2016

"Safe journey my friend! May your gentle soul RIP"

This tribute was added by Ngole Schwarzern on 24th April 2016

"Prayers and fond memories are what we have to remember our dearly departed. My most heartfelt condolences."

This tribute was added by Nana Nancy on 24th April 2016

"God, another young beautiful soul gone soo soon. May you rest with the Lord. Lord confort and strengthen his family and friends as they go through this trial and tribulations."

This tribute was added by Stephen Njonguo on 24th April 2016

"You were a friend and a brother. I am devastated my brother  you have left a  vacuum Rudy in many hearts.. may the Almighty Lord take good care of you as you  enter his kingdom.  ."

This tribute was added by Lisette Nguekam on 24th April 2016

""Big papa " was the name I called Elumbat.  He was a friend , a brother, and above all my confidante. I am still paralyzed  by the news of your death. I wish I could beg god to bring you back.  A big part of me is gone, and l wonder who I am going to call for sincere, and non judgmental advice hence forth. "Big papa" it is the road of all, since God chose to take you away from us now, all I can say is for you to journey safe to God's house , and we will see you when he calls us. May your soul rest in perfect peace, and greed Therese and the others for me."

This tribute was added by Donald Edong on 24th April 2016

"Eèeeeh Rudy! Eèeeeh Président! That was how we greeted each other whenever we met. With whom am I going to share this mode of greeting? Sincerely I lack words. To me you were sleeping and not dead when we put you in the mortuary on Friday. Jesús!!! Mr le Directeur, my minister.... may the Almighty Lord keep you his bosom. REST IN PERFECT PEACE  my brother."

This tribute was added by Benjamin Elad on 24th April 2016

"A bright light, extinguished toooooo Soon!!!"

This tribute was added by Tchana Bruno on 23rd April 2016

"I will miss you big bro. You were part of me through every part of life. I respect your gentle heart and will forever have you in my heart. Rest in peace bro."

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