Joe Chomba
Joseph Chomba
  • 49 years old
  • Date of birth: Aug 1, 1967
  • Place of birth:
  • Date of passing: Dec 9, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    London, United Kingdom
"It is not length of life, but depth of life"

This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved, Joseph Ngoroi Chomba. 

Joe had a short period of ill health and in the early hours of Friday 9 December 2016, he passed away peacefully. 

One of the causes that was close to his heart was the education of children in particular in his home country Kenya. One of the charities that is supported by DUCKS, the Precious Sisters which supports the education of girls in various parts of Kenya greatly appealed to Joe and Janet. If you would like to learn more about the work of the Precious Sisters or if you would consider making a donation in Joe's memory to support their work, please see the attached link :

We have an assurance that Joe is only absent in body, but is present in spirit. We do not moan like those without hope.  


This was held at the Church of England St Mark's Church, Albert Road, London, SE25 4JE on Saturday, 17 December from 5.30pm. 


The funeral service was held on 21 December at his parents farm in Kabare, opposite Kabare Primary School, near Kabare Shopping Centre. 


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Alice Wachira on 9th December 2017

"Joe; it'sexactly 1 year today since you departed for heaven where you're resting and leaning on the sure, safe and everlasting arms of our father. Keep leaning till we meet you again.forever loved."

This tribute was added by Joyce Waweru on 20th November 2017


This tribute was added by Eric Mwendwa on 1st August 2017

"You are ever in my thoughts Joe!"

This tribute was added by gulam sheriff on 1st August 2017

"Always in our thoughts brother"

This tribute was added by Jamila Maloo on 12th June 2017

"Miss you my dear friend...thinking of you always xx"

This tribute was added by Jamila Maloo on 1st February 2017

"My dear friend Joe, here's a flower for you, just to let you know you're always in my thoughts."

This tribute was added by Yetunde Olowofoyeku on 5th January 2017

"Rest in peace Chomba. You will be missed ..........."

This tribute was added by George Kamarley on 4th January 2017

"I have learnt of Joe's passing with grief and sorrow. Joe was my classmate at Kagumo High Sch and the last time I saw him was the last day in School way back in 1984! Even then, i recall Joe was a happy guy and great to be around. He was always giving amusing anecdotes. He is the one guy I am sure read a great number of novels and books in secondary life and he had a passion for pulp! A very amiable friend who we shall all miss. May his soul rest in Eternal Peace. May God give peace, comfort, protection to his family and strength to carry on. So long Joe..."

This tribute was added by Jedidah Maina on 1st January 2017

"I went to church yesterday and i remembered the last place i saw you, by the doors where we would meet from picking our kids from sunday school with a smile on your face, it's sad that you're no longer here but your spirit lives on in the several people you touched and especially Janet and Chomba. It's my prayer that the Lord will strengthen your family and the memories you shared will be a source of strength in the times ahead.  Till we meet again!"

This tribute was added by R. F., on 31st December 2016

"My condolence and prayer go out to Joe's family and relatives.  The support of family and friends is essential for healing.  Ecclesiastes 7:1 states “A good name is better than oil” and the day of death, the living should take it to heart.”  Joe, though young, had made a good name for himself, as many of you know, and have written. Reminisce about all the good times together, relationships forged, and even those special private times together. Above all, let God further heal your pain and give to all lasting comfort. He promise you at Isaiah 26:19 “Your dead will live, rise up, awake and shout joyfully. The earth will let those powerless in death come to life."  What a wonderful hope you have to embrace Joe again! Please look forward to this promise, and let God navigate you through life with fond memories of Joe again."

This tribute was added by Karine Ahton on 30th December 2016

"I met Joe last year as our sons are best friends at Ducks. We met at the school gate, playdates, birthday parties, the park and school outings. I have only known Joe for a too short time. He was the kindest and most caring dad. I will always remember Joe as the best dad. He left too soon. I am very, very saddened by this news. My heartfelt thoughts are with Janet and Chomba and the rest of your family."

This tribute was added by Brenda Sparkle-Lou on 27th December 2016

"I have only just heard about your passing Joe. :'(

RIP Sir x

Psalm 23"

This tribute was added by Jean Nyambura on 20th December 2016

"Joe,  Gone too soon...Joe, I will always be remember your great sense of humor and true friendship. May the Good Lord help us come to terms with this loss and cling on to the fond memories that we all have of Joe. Rest in peace my Brother. Heart felt condolences to your dear family."

This tribute was added by Jean Nyambura on 20th December 2016

"Joe, Good old friend... Way back in High School.  I am deeply saddened by this loss. I pray for peace that passes all understanding straight from up above to calm and comfort his dear family, his beloved wife and child, Mum, Alice, Beth and Anne... Till we meet again, Amen."

This tribute was added by Julie Williams on 17th December 2016

"We really only got the know Joe slightly more last summer. Such a good laugh he was...the best way to have a memory of Joe is by this photo attached. He will always bring a smile into our life's. Love. Hugo, Julie and Anthony (Swans)"

This tribute was added by Thogo Joseph on 17th December 2016

"I have stared at this page for a couple of days not knowing what to say. Part of me is in denial that this is not true. Each time I have started typing I have found myself not being to stitch together something coherent. Each time I have found myself starting the few sentences with words and phrase that speak to Kajose’s as I knew him. Part of me has refused to accept.

You were a great friend Chomba, very friendly and approachable judging from the first time I met you through Janet. Jovial and lively from the number of times we hanged out in Nairobi (I will miss your laughter and sarcasm especially if I did ‘dumb’ stuff). I still remember January 2003 on the eve of your wedding and how apprehensive you were about what I was hatching…..the look of your face when the cat was finally out of the bag, priceless.

Your house in London was my stopover during my escapades. Thank you for opening your doors for me……and for coming to fetch a starry-eyed young African who after exploring London boarded the wrong train and ended up getting lost ‘a few meters from home’ in Croydon (I can still hear your laughter). I remember us in your kitchen in London on a Sunday ‘listening’ to one of your neighbours who often insisted on ‘sharing’ his choice of reggae music with the neighbourhood. I can still recall that conversation.

Witty, cheerful Chomba….. thank you for the lively company, thank you for the conversation, thank you for the memories, thank you for being a friend.

Beloved husband, dad, son, brother, friend……we shall miss you"

This tribute was added by Nilu Vajpeyi on 16th December 2016

"Absolutely shocked and truly saddened to read about Joes' passing in the DUCKS newsletter today. In fact, I didn't know Joe's name, our children are in different years, but we had shared a number of conversations at different events at the school. His warmth, kindness and friendliness always made an impression and it was such a pleasure to speak with him. Our deepest sympathy and love to all his family and friends. Nilu (mum to Otis, in Kingfishers Class, DUCKS) and family x"

This tribute was added by Nyambura Kung'u on 16th December 2016

"I will miss you Joe .... Rest in peace my friend"

This tribute was added by Robert Dougan on 16th December 2016

"I will always remember Joe as the most wonderful father, who spent so much time with his son, and was absolutely dedicated to him. His example with this was unforgettable, and will go on being an example to me forever.

His example will live on in the young one he loved so much, and if there was ever a place he would want to be, it would be there. As the poem says:

What candles may be held to speed them all?
Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes
Shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes.
The pallor of girls' brows shall be their pall;
Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,
And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.

I'm very grateful to be yet another who will always remember Joe."

This tribute was added by Toyin Adetunji on 16th December 2016

"Bro Joe was a dear member of our church (NWC)  a gentle man, a devoted father and husband. The picture of you holding Chomba’s hand  as you walk to your car after church service is etched in my memory. Your gentle demeanour is an inspiration to all of us.

You were always there quietly supporting Sister Janet as she serves in the Children Ministry of our church. Our thought and prayers are with Sis Janet, Chomba and the entire family. We have the assurance that you are resting in the bosom of your maker and that one day we shall meet to part no more
‘You have fought a good fight, you have finished your course, you have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for you a crown of righteousness……’

Goodnight brother Joe……."

This tribute was added by Violet Kimwele on 16th December 2016

"I will remember Uncle Joe most for his kind heart, he never failed to have a smile on his face. Always willing to give advice and constantly pushing me to achieve the best in life and in school. He never forgot a birthday and i still cherish all the birthday cards and words of encouragement sent. I am not saddened but rather joyful that he is smiling down at us in a place far beautiful than this. Rest well Uncle Joe. Love Mumbi."

This tribute was added by Sonia Salkie on 15th December 2016

"Words have failed me. Rest in perfect peace Joe. My thoughts and prayers are with Janet and the  family."

This tribute was added by Nimesh Shah on 15th December 2016

"It is with deep sadness to learn that Jo is no more with us, having known and worked with him for 6 years when he moved to the UK. He was a very meticulous in his work and worked with dedication and love for Kenya. Remember him as always with a smile and full of energy

He will be missed and we pray for this soul to rest in peace

Deepest condolences to Janet and rest of the family and friends and we will continue remember Chomba for all the laughter and fun times we have had and shared at Alpha"

This tribute was added by Alice Wachira on 15th December 2016

"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for you are with me. Your rod and your stuff, they comfort me. Psams 23:4. Joe in tears we saw you struggle and watched you fly away even though you fought so hard. Our hearts are broken.psams 139:16 Death leaves a heart ache no one can heal,  love leaves a memory no one can steal. I remember our conversation in Dec. 2013 when we met at Kiamwathi  to bid my mom or your grandma a farewell.  Little did I know that a time like this you'll pick up your wings and fly away. It's so sad to imagine I will never see you again  till we meet In heaven. Joe you've fought a good fight, you've finished your course and you've kept your faith. Still loved,  still missed n held so dear. RIP"

This tribute was added by Roseanne Mugo on 15th December 2016

"Words fail me...from the moment I met Joe through Janet, the warmth has never left. The selfless giving and ready to help with safaris and not to mention flying in from Mombasa on my wedding day to be one of our chauffeurs. The wisdom and knowledge during the dinners that we a tradition whenever the family visited from UK will always be dear to me and my family.

To Janet and Chomba, may God be with you and comfort you now and forever more. A loving and wonderful husband to Janet. What a true example of what a father is and should be. .

It is well."

This tribute was added by Edith Njage on 14th December 2016

"I have known uncle Joe for as long as I can remember. An addition to the family that seemed like the missing link we never noticed was even missing. Always able to make you laugh even when you didn't want to! Definitely a dad that loved his son with all his heart. One of the most dedicated parents I know. But more a loving husband. The thing about Joe is I always thought he was an angel who managed to pass for a human being here on earth. It was probably true. Joe couldn't walk into your life and leave you the same. He would leave laughter, a smile but more wisdom. He always knew what to say and when. You will be missed. But more your memory will be treasured. Much love."

This tribute was added by Eric Mwendwa on 14th December 2016

"A polite, witty, thoughtful and very supportive friend and colleague!

Well – that is who Chomba will always be to me.

We talked a lot.  Bounced many ideas off each other and even at times laughed at some funny moments in our past and even at times managed to surprisingly get introduced to each other.
Chomba has always had the gift of imparting his wisdom without imposing himself. He has always been that person one knows they can talk to about issues in confidence. I will miss our long phone calls, his ever infectious laughter and his obvious pride and solid commitment to his family and friends too.

May God bless and give his family and loved ones peace and strength as we all celebrate the gift of our mutual experiences and moments with Chomba."

This tribute was added by Ellie Balfe on 14th December 2016

"I met Joe in September 2015 when our children started school together. I wasn't working at the time and my days revolved around drop off and pick up, as did Joe's. So we saw each other plenty and nods of the head in the early weeks developed into much longer and funnier conversations as we got to know each other better. He was a school 'mum', one of us. At ease with both the mums and the dads and absolutely devoted to Chomba. I got to know Joe better on a parenting course which the school ran on a Monday night where we managed to escape the day and drink free red wine and talk about the trials and tribulations of parenting 3/4 year olds.

I will always remember Joe, his black gilet, beanie hat and smile.

We'll miss you Joe xx"

This tribute was added by Jenny Count on 14th December 2016

"Joe was our dear friend at the school gate, always welcoming and friendly and the voice of calm in our hectic lives. He was first at the gate to collect Chomba and it was a pleasure to see Chomba run into his arms at the end of each day. We were also lucky enough to spend time with Joe watching Chomba and Sam play rugby on a Saturday morning where Joe would always make us laugh no matter what the weather was like or how muddy the boys got.
Joe’s wonderful nature shines through in Chomba who really is the little light of the class, caring for all the other children and with a huge smile on his face at all times.
Joe was taken from us too soon and his loss has left a huge hole in in so many hearts. It was a privilege to know you Joe, we miss you deeply already but know that you are watching over us all and will always remain in our hearts."

This tribute was added by philip kimanthi on 14th December 2016

"We had fun and good times in Mombasa...will always remmember and cherish those days...RIP..."

This tribute was added by Scarlett MacEwen on 14th December 2016

"I met Joe through our children, and though I only knew him for just over a year, he had become a very special friend. We shared many a moment at the school gate or in the car park (Joe was always first to arrive and secure the best parking space). Infact I used to arrive early for school too, as I so enjoyed our time to chat and Clemmie and Chomba'a time to play hide and seek. Joe's smile always brightened my day, it sent me off to work with a positive spring in my step.

Joe was such a special man. His love of life and laughter were infectious. He was a wonderful role model and Chomba is a testament to that.

My love and prayers are with Janet and Chomba. Joe's light will always shine bright and I know he will be watching over us with a glint in his eye and a smile on his face.

Rest in peace my dear friend who was taken too soon. Xxx"

This tribute was added by gulam sheriff on 14th December 2016

"Good bye my friend
I will never forget the great moments we shared together at work and the discussions on footy after every weekend game. We discussed like pundits
You were a great friend and an asset in the office
May God Bless you
Sincere condolences to the family"

This tribute was added by Gabi Kempster on 14th December 2016

"I did not know Jo that well but i remember that he always had a smile on his face, he seemed to be so happy go lucky. cannot believe he has left this world. my condolences to all his family members."

This tribute was added by Eugene Ngugi on 14th December 2016

"Dear Joe, so saddened to learn of your sudden departure from this world, I remember fondly our time together as kids when we were neighbours near Nairobi Primary in the late 70s. Hopefully we will meet again in heaven. May God rest your soul in eternal peace and console and strengthen your wife and son during this mournful time.

This tribute was added by Anne Chomba on 14th December 2016

"In memory of a special brother, the only brother I had, you have gone too soon and only God knows why. A million times I will miss you, a million times I will cry. In my heart you hold a place, no one else can fill. You have taken a part of me with you. We will meet again someday, I know in a better place. Rest in peace dear brother."

This tribute was added by Noni Maringa on 13th December 2016

"O my - am so sad about this news. It is really a great loss. We all grew up together and Joe you will be so missed by many friends and most of all by your family! I rest in the legacy of your kid and wife and know that God will keep them. Rest in peace Joe. Love to the whole family and many prayers - Noni Maringa and Family"

This tribute was added by alice hoegerle on 13th December 2016

"No Farewell Words Were Spoken, No Time To Say Goodbye.
My Sweet, Gentle, Beautiful Brother, How Much I Miss You.
And Everyday Throughout My Life I Will Think Of You.
Your Presence Is Ever So Near Me, Till We Meet Again Dear.
God Bless You."

This tribute was added by Mariana Pereira on 13th December 2016

"Joe and I became friends through our children. Our boys are best friends at school, and I have never seen them falling out - mostly because of Chomba’s kind and peaceful nature that always finds a clever and positive way to turn difficult situations around. While sitting and observing Chomba and Nico, Joe and I shared stories, reflected on our children’s happiness, and spoke a lot about life in general - and Joe was so full of it! It did not take long for me to realise that Chomba’s approach to play was a direct reflection of Joe’s approach to life; they were very much in tune with one another.

Joe was an incredible man and father, and I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to actually express my admiration for him in person. His departure was premature, challenging our understanding of life itself. But we remain, and the people who Joe loved the most are the ones that we need to care for right now. May his legacy of kindness and love be multiplied amongst us, and directed towards his family.

God bless you all!"

This tribute was added by Alwin Hoegerle on 13th December 2016

"It has been a sad moment to see Joe passing away. I have known him for so many years dating back to 1987 and he has always been a friend and inspiration. We all pray for him and may his soul rest in peace."

This tribute was added by Rampel Kago on 13th December 2016

"Joe's been a true friend and the little brother I never had. Your hearty laughter and love will forever live in our hearts."

This tribute was added by Annette Kerr on 13th December 2016

"Generous Joe, always smiling, open, warm, thoughtful and considerate.  I have very fond memories of our many play dates together.  Joe will be sorely missed by everyone that knew him.  My deepest heartfelt condolences to Janet, Chomba and family at this very difficult time.

....."forever special Joe"......"

This tribute was added by beth kimwele on 13th December 2016

"I will wear your memory proudly. My only brother, my true friend.May my love for you reach heaven above until we meet again."

This tribute was added by Dalillah Abeid on 13th December 2016

"Chomba was my boss and he was a very kind and dedicated person. I will never forget him.  He was always there in any kind of situations. To me he was not only my boss, but a brother! You will be greatly missed and forever stuck in our hearts. My prayers go with you always... Love Dalillah"

This tribute was added by Paul Mwangi on 13th December 2016

"I knew Joe in 1981. But we didn't call him Joe.  To us he was Chomba. Chomba was my room mate in Kagumo for four years and my friend throughout secondary school. We came from totally diverse family and social backgrounds but Chomba got along with everyone and we struck a very solid friendship.   We kept in touch when he worked in Mombasa and when he went to London.  I never saw him sad one day in his life and I remember him for his never ending humour and laughter. We were  age mates, almost born the same day, my birthday being 4th August 1967. I have lost one of my oldest friends and a true brother."

This tribute was added by Wanji K on 13th December 2016

"We shall miss Joe's wit, laughter and finesse. Most of all, his love."

This tribute was added by Jamila Maloo on 13th December 2016

"Rest in my peace my dear friend. I cannot believe you're no longer with us. I will always the cherish the time we spent together, the laughs we shared and the memories made. You always had a smile on your face no matter what the situation. I know the Lord has a special place for you up in heaven.

My deepest and sincere condolences to Janet and your family. May the Lord give them strength to get through this difficult and trying time.

Rest in peace my friend. Until we meet again.

Lots of Love, Hasheem and Jamila Maloo."

This tribute was added by Dinesh Sasan on 13th December 2016

"Heartfelt condolences to all the family, friends and all the near and dear ones. May God gives you the strength to bear the loss.
Joe will be fondly remembered and missed.
Sapna, Dinesh Disha and Dishti (Kenya)"

This tribute was added by Torben Rune on 13th December 2016

"Farewell my friend. You will be sorely missed by your family at Southern Cross Safaris. We treasured our time with you and the many laughs we had together and were so sad when you left for UK. Now you have left us for good and we wish you well on your onward journey. You will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with Janet and your family at this time. Love Torben, Beth, Malachi and Jordan"

This tribute was added by Lily Kimeu on 13th December 2016

"Our hearts are saddened by this news and our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time. Shalom."

This tribute was added by Violet Maningo on 13th December 2016

"Dear Lord comfort the family during this period, dry away their tears and give them peace that surpasses all understanding.
It is well..... Comfort them Lord comfort them especially mum.
Peace. Joe till we meet again.
Violet Maningo."

This tribute was added by Ines Hoegerle on 12th December 2016

"Will forever miss you Uncle Joe! I will never forget all the happy and great memories we share and all the moments we spent together as a family. You always put a smile on my face! May you Rest In Peace. Love,Ines."

This tribute was added by Tara Hoegerle on 12th December 2016

"The most wonderful uncle anyone could ask for! Never a moment i didn't look forward to a visit, just as there was never a moment that passed without laughs and positivity when we were together. He will be greatly missed by myself and all his nieces and nephews. Grateful to have only memories that put a smile on my face. Lots of love, Tara"

This tribute was added by Teresa Skogberg on 12th December 2016

"Condolences to family - he left too soon. Will always remember his great humor and kindness.  Love Teresa,Seppo,Zakiya and Niko from Finland"

This tribute was added by Alison Burgess Jones on 12th December 2016

"We are so very saddened to hear that our dear friend from Kenya has passed and is now with the Lord.  May God bless his family and friends as we mourn our loss. You will be missed, Godspeed our friend.  Love Jerome, Alison and Brother Louie"

This tribute was added by Winnie Mbithi on 12th December 2016

"It is well."

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