ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Mr. David Kwi, 74 years old, born on December 31, 1946, and passed away on June 21, 2021. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Courage Kwi-Mancho on August 23, 2021
Ooh, my dearest papa…….what a shock! The longest dream and nightmare I have had, one that I continue to hope I will wake up from. Ooh, Papa, we have come a long, long way, just for you to leave suddenly. Papa, it was time to give back for all the sacrifices that you made, sacrifices above what you had. Oh, my dear papa, a man of integrity, a God-fearing man, God’s chorister, my mother’s advocate, our lifelong teacher, our peace lover, our dancer, our playmate.... oh papa, I remember when we went riding the children’s toil train in the mall…melted my heart and I long for more. Papa, why did I think you would always be here. I always looked forward to coming home to see you in your bedroom, in the living room, or sitting outside with your wife.
Oh, papa, who is going to call me “Ntum” again. I am shocked and still shocked.
Every night papa, I looked forward to hearing your grandchildren gather everyone for prayer/Bible study sessions in your bedroom, where they knew as the place of nightly prayer sessions, learning the Bible and reciting memory verses. Even on nights when I could not be part of the session, because I was consumed with earthly works, I still smiled as the children call out and rush to your bedroom.
Papa, I could write a book about you, but it hurts to even write, as it confirms you are no more.
Thank you papa for giving us more than what you had,
For instilling the spirit of worshiping and praising God
For instilling the importance of hard work in us “No sweat, no sweet”.
For encouraging us to achieve higher levels of Education.

Your daughter Emily Teteh Kwi stopped by the house the afternoon of your death, to deliver your medications which she had gotten from the pharmacy. She assisted you in placing your respiratory treatment machine before your nap. You asked her "When are you going to take this machine off, so I can rest? She explained that the machine does not come off for rest and that you rest with the machine. Oh papa, little did she know that you were talking of ETERNAL REST. Oh papa, a man of parables.
In the last song “The Lily of the Valley”, you taught your grandchildren a few minutes before your death, during the routine evening Prayer/Bible study session in your bedroom, you assured them of your comfort, in the lines “In sorrow, He’s my Comfort”.
Thanks for gifting us with such a powerful song, an anthem for life.
A song that guarantees us of where you are, in the lines “I’ve found a friend in Jesus, He’s everything to me” and “…..and now He keeps me by His pow’r”.
Yes papa, a friend more than us, a friend that can offer more that we can offer, a friend that loves you more than we do, and most importantly, a friend with whom you now dine in paradise.
A song that even comforts us as we grief and morn, in the line “In sorrow He’s my comfort, in trouble He’s my stay”. Oh papa, even as you knew your time was near, you prepared us, you worried about us and provided comfort and assurance to us.

Few minutes before your death, your daughter and wife asked if you were comfortable, not because they thought death was so soon, but because it was their routine, and you assured them both that you were comfortable. Your dearest daughter: Claudia Kimbong Kwi (your good Kimbong) helped you to bed and you said “I am comfortable and would not be needing your help after this”, oh papa, little did she know you were saying goodbye.
While laying down face to face with your wife, she asked if you were comfortable and you said, "I am very very comfortable" and then proceeded to take your last breath in no distress. Oh, our Papa, what a way to die, what memories!

Papa, we are comforted that you died comfortably.
Papa, we are comforted that you died in the arms of your best friend.
Papa, we are comforted by your assurance, the memories, and the legacy you left.

Papa, thank you for the contagious smile, laughter, and sense of humor. The smile on your pictures, laughter, and fun times on your videos are so alive and through them, we will continue to re-live the times spent with you on earth.
I remember when we were growing up, your laughter at a distance was our saving grace, as we would quickly put things in order and wait for you with blushing smiles like the most orderly children that existed.

Mama said you worried about her well-being during your last days on earth. Papa, we would never be able to replace the void you left in your best friend of 45 years, your partner, your advocate, your doctor…etc. Papa, we promise to do our best to be by her through her new life experiences without her best friend.

Papa, you wanted things so easy for us that you wrote an autobiography, you left notes of advice for a happy marriage “Ten Golden Secrets of Marriage”, you wrote notes of assurance and consolation, asking us to release you when you are gone and not to morn for too long, and that it was time for you to travel alone and would receive us with a smile when it’s our time.

You left a big legacy, a legacy so big that it scares me, the legacy of praise and worship, the legacy of love for one another, the legacy of Education, the legacy of humbleness, the legacy of contentment, the legacy of hard work…..etc.
I trust and pray that the Lord God continues to grant us all it takes to keep your legacy alive. Papa, your favorite Bible verse “Philippians 4:13- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” is an assurance that with Christ, we can keep your legacy alive.
Oh papa, what a great loss! But through the tears, I have no doubt that we gained an Angel. Rest well, Papa.
                 Courage Ntumla Kwi-Mancho (Your Ntum-daughter).
Posted by Karine Mojoko Agbor on July 27, 2021
Agebor as you fondly called me. You were my father back in school. You loved me so much and I didn’t know why. All my classmates could tell as you always payed more attention to me. Thank you for all the love you showed me as a kid. Thank you for teaching me how to write and for teaching me about God. You are a father and a giver. You will forever remain in my heart.
Posted by Georgette Mbua on July 26, 2021
Sleep on Pa Kwi. You were not just a teacher, you were a father to all. Thank you for teaching us how to write. My sincere condolences to family. RIP
Posted by Daniel Korondo Sr on July 20, 2021
Pa Kwi, we shared great memories together. Our time as colleagues in Saker Baptist College and as a family when you join us in the US. We will forever missed you and your smiling heart. May the Lord take you to make a better place for us all until we meet to part no more.
Rest In Peace Docta.
Posted by Ngong Gilbert Kongnyo on July 13, 2021
The family of Mr. and mrs. Ngong Gilbert kongnyo shares in the pains of the passing away of Mr. Kwi David (Paul Kwi). You have been so dear to me in particular, my family and Din people as a whole. In Din, you taught and mentored many in CBC DIN. You were admired for your jokes and laughter, making friends with everyone. I grew up and met you again in Saker Baptist College as a colleague and you held my hand through. I remember your pieces of advice to me on a number of topics. It's on such that I sail through now as a father. Your numerous African jokes on the board of the staff room in SBC kept many refreshed every morning. Pa the philosopher, Caligrapher and artist. Adieu papa.
Posted by Emilienne Kwi on July 11, 2021
The Education Department of the Cameroon Baptist Convention extends a message of condolence to the family of our departed brother and former member of staff at SBC Limbe(our much-cherished citadel of learning).The legacy that he left behind in the institution would definitely have a long-lasting impact in the lives of the students who sat at his feet over the years. May the name of the Lord be praised for the legacy left behind by our departed brother, father,colleague and friend.

Nyanganji J.I
CBC Education Secretary

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Posted by Courage Kwi-Mancho on August 23, 2021
Ooh, my dearest papa…….what a shock! The longest dream and nightmare I have had, one that I continue to hope I will wake up from. Ooh, Papa, we have come a long, long way, just for you to leave suddenly. Papa, it was time to give back for all the sacrifices that you made, sacrifices above what you had. Oh, my dear papa, a man of integrity, a God-fearing man, God’s chorister, my mother’s advocate, our lifelong teacher, our peace lover, our dancer, our playmate.... oh papa, I remember when we went riding the children’s toil train in the mall…melted my heart and I long for more. Papa, why did I think you would always be here. I always looked forward to coming home to see you in your bedroom, in the living room, or sitting outside with your wife.
Oh, papa, who is going to call me “Ntum” again. I am shocked and still shocked.
Every night papa, I looked forward to hearing your grandchildren gather everyone for prayer/Bible study sessions in your bedroom, where they knew as the place of nightly prayer sessions, learning the Bible and reciting memory verses. Even on nights when I could not be part of the session, because I was consumed with earthly works, I still smiled as the children call out and rush to your bedroom.
Papa, I could write a book about you, but it hurts to even write, as it confirms you are no more.
Thank you papa for giving us more than what you had,
For instilling the spirit of worshiping and praising God
For instilling the importance of hard work in us “No sweat, no sweet”.
For encouraging us to achieve higher levels of Education.

Your daughter Emily Teteh Kwi stopped by the house the afternoon of your death, to deliver your medications which she had gotten from the pharmacy. She assisted you in placing your respiratory treatment machine before your nap. You asked her "When are you going to take this machine off, so I can rest? She explained that the machine does not come off for rest and that you rest with the machine. Oh papa, little did she know that you were talking of ETERNAL REST. Oh papa, a man of parables.
In the last song “The Lily of the Valley”, you taught your grandchildren a few minutes before your death, during the routine evening Prayer/Bible study session in your bedroom, you assured them of your comfort, in the lines “In sorrow, He’s my Comfort”.
Thanks for gifting us with such a powerful song, an anthem for life.
A song that guarantees us of where you are, in the lines “I’ve found a friend in Jesus, He’s everything to me” and “…..and now He keeps me by His pow’r”.
Yes papa, a friend more than us, a friend that can offer more that we can offer, a friend that loves you more than we do, and most importantly, a friend with whom you now dine in paradise.
A song that even comforts us as we grief and morn, in the line “In sorrow He’s my comfort, in trouble He’s my stay”. Oh papa, even as you knew your time was near, you prepared us, you worried about us and provided comfort and assurance to us.

Few minutes before your death, your daughter and wife asked if you were comfortable, not because they thought death was so soon, but because it was their routine, and you assured them both that you were comfortable. Your dearest daughter: Claudia Kimbong Kwi (your good Kimbong) helped you to bed and you said “I am comfortable and would not be needing your help after this”, oh papa, little did she know you were saying goodbye.
While laying down face to face with your wife, she asked if you were comfortable and you said, "I am very very comfortable" and then proceeded to take your last breath in no distress. Oh, our Papa, what a way to die, what memories!

Papa, we are comforted that you died comfortably.
Papa, we are comforted that you died in the arms of your best friend.
Papa, we are comforted by your assurance, the memories, and the legacy you left.

Papa, thank you for the contagious smile, laughter, and sense of humor. The smile on your pictures, laughter, and fun times on your videos are so alive and through them, we will continue to re-live the times spent with you on earth.
I remember when we were growing up, your laughter at a distance was our saving grace, as we would quickly put things in order and wait for you with blushing smiles like the most orderly children that existed.

Mama said you worried about her well-being during your last days on earth. Papa, we would never be able to replace the void you left in your best friend of 45 years, your partner, your advocate, your doctor…etc. Papa, we promise to do our best to be by her through her new life experiences without her best friend.

Papa, you wanted things so easy for us that you wrote an autobiography, you left notes of advice for a happy marriage “Ten Golden Secrets of Marriage”, you wrote notes of assurance and consolation, asking us to release you when you are gone and not to morn for too long, and that it was time for you to travel alone and would receive us with a smile when it’s our time.

You left a big legacy, a legacy so big that it scares me, the legacy of praise and worship, the legacy of love for one another, the legacy of Education, the legacy of humbleness, the legacy of contentment, the legacy of hard work…..etc.
I trust and pray that the Lord God continues to grant us all it takes to keep your legacy alive. Papa, your favorite Bible verse “Philippians 4:13- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” is an assurance that with Christ, we can keep your legacy alive.
Oh papa, what a great loss! But through the tears, I have no doubt that we gained an Angel. Rest well, Papa.
                 Courage Ntumla Kwi-Mancho (Your Ntum-daughter).
Posted by Karine Mojoko Agbor on July 27, 2021
Agebor as you fondly called me. You were my father back in school. You loved me so much and I didn’t know why. All my classmates could tell as you always payed more attention to me. Thank you for all the love you showed me as a kid. Thank you for teaching me how to write and for teaching me about God. You are a father and a giver. You will forever remain in my heart.
Posted by Georgette Mbua on July 26, 2021
Sleep on Pa Kwi. You were not just a teacher, you were a father to all. Thank you for teaching us how to write. My sincere condolences to family. RIP
his Life

Autobiography



                                                        Mr. David Docta Kwi

                                          Sunrise:12/31/1946. Sunset 06/21/2021
Mr. David Kwi was born on Dec 31st, 1946, in Nkor-Noni, in the Northwest region of Cameroon to the family of Papa Kofon Chem and Mama Frida Kimah Teteh of Etakum-Nkor-Noni. When he was aged three, his father died, and he was raised by his late mother and his senior stepbrother, Solomon Kwi, hence the name “Kwi”.

He transitioned onto eternal glory on June 21st, 2021 in Glenn Dale, Maryland USA, after a brief illness. He transitioned peacefully and comfortably in the presence of his wife, daughter, son-in-law, and some of his grandchildren. He transitioned few minutes after teaching his grandchildren the song, “The Lily of the Valley”, with instruction for the family to sing the song in church the following Sunday on his behalf.

He leaves behind his loving wife; mama Petronila Kwi of 45 years, 7 children, 19 grandchildren, and countless relatives and friends to mourn him.

Education
He began school in 1958 and attended the following Cameroon Baptist Convention (C.B.C) Primary Schools:-
 - C.B.C Kochi - Nkor-Noni for 4 years.
 - C.B.C Fonfuka - Bum for 3 years.
 - C.B.C Wowo, Donga-Mantung for 1 year, where he wrote the First School Living Certificate (F.S.L.C) Exam but failed. 
-In 1964, his compound humanitarian brother Shey Tah, took him to C B.C Primary School Bai-Sombe in Meme Division where he studied, wrote, and passed the F.S.L.C Exam.
- In 1966, he passed the Common Entrance Exam into the Teachers Training. He then attended the Kom Baptist Teachers' College (K.B.T.C) in Belo, Kom for 5 years. He graduated in 1971 with his Teacher Grade 2 Certificate.

Career
Pa. Kwi began his teaching career as a Probationary Teacher (P.T) at the C.B.C Primary School Kochi, Nkor-Noni in 1965, while continuing his education. 

After Teacher’s Training College, he taught in the following Primary schools in the Northwest Region of Cameroon: -
- C.B.C Taku, Donga-Mantung 
- C.B.C Jiyane, Oku-Bui
- C.B.C Elak, Oku-Bui
- C.B.C Din, Noni-Bui
- C.B.C Jikyam, Oku-Bui
- C.B.C Jakiri, Bui
- C.B.C Elak again.
In the Southwest Region of Cameroon, he taught in:-
- CBC Bolifamba Buea in 1986 to 1988 

- CBC Centenary Limbe in 1988 to 1992 

- In 1992, he was transferred from C.B.C Centenary to Saker Baptist College (S.B.C), Limbe where he taught Religious Studies, Civics, History, and the famous Saker Calligraphy from 1992 until he retired in December 2006. During his retirement, he taught in a few private schools in Limbe. 
-As a retired teacher, he was recruited to teach religious studies in Lura May Buston. He later was recruited to head a lay private primary school in the Bonadikombo village Fako for two years.
-Pa Kwi was a lifelong learner and educationist at any given opportunity. In 2014, he traveled to the U.S.A. While in the U.S.A he was registered as a member of the Bowie Senior Center, where he undertook a computer course. With the attained knowledge of computer use, he was able to take a computer test based on the use of the U.S.A Highways and obtained his Driver learner's permit. 
-He never stopped being an educationist, even a few minutes before his death, he was teaching his grandchildren Christian songs and making spelling corrections.

Christian Life
- Pa Kwi-David was baptized in 1958 by late Pastor Dom in Fonfuka Bum.
- As a primary school child, he was a member of the CBC Boys Brigade. 
-As an adult, he was a CBC Boys Brigade trainer in almost all the schools he taught. 
-While in Limbe, he was a member of the Mizpah Baptist Church for several years. He was minute secretary of the Mizpah Cameroon Baptist Men's fellowship (C.B.M.F) for several years.
-He was an appointed Preacher at the Mizpah Baptist Church from 1999 to 2001 when the Pastor of the Church went abroad for further studies.
- While in Bonadikombo, he was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church.
-Pa Kwi enjoyed worshiping God by singing and teaching Bible lessons to others. He was a member of the  Bethel Baptist English choir.
-During his stay in the U.S.A, he attended the Hope Presbyterian church. Even though he considered himself a visitor at the church, he was a Sunday/Vacation Bible school teacher and a soloist on appointed Sundays.
At home with his family, he instilled the act of worshipping God by organizing nightly Prayer/Bible study sessions, in which he had his grandchildren learn/recite Bible verses, taught songs of worship,  and had group singing sessions with the family.

Certificates of Recognition
While in the Limbe Filed of the Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC), he was awarded the following certificates of recognition: - 
- Training for results 2002 to 2003. 
- Untiring commitment to the Cameroon Baptist Men's fellowship (C.B.M.F) for 22 years.
- Certificate of participation in a seminar of religious studies teachers of secondary schools in 1998.
 - Certificate of committed services to the CBC Men's Fellowship at the 40th-anniversary celebration in 2011. 
- Boys Brigade 50th anniversary in Cameroon on August 24th, 2008

Social Life
Pa. Kwi was a sociable human being. He was jovial and had a great sense of humor. His laughter/smile were unique, contagious, and enough to light up any dark room. Papa loved to be impeccably dressed and would often encourage others, especially his children and grandchildren to do the same, saying “cleanliness is next to holiness”. He believed in hard work and often instilled the spirit of hard work in others, saying “No sweat, no sweet”.
He was a man of the people and made friends everywhere he went. He had friends of all ages, sex, and race. He had friends old enough to be his parents and some young enough to be his children.
He liked the act of giving gifts to people even when he did not have enough. He liked sharing cola nuts with others.  

Before his death, Pa Kwi wrote: -

When I Am Gone

Release me when I am gone!

Do not tie yourselves to me with tears.

For it is time for me to travel alone.

It is only for a while that we must part!

Grieve for me, but for a while. 

Thank you for the love each one of you had for me. 

Anytime you follow me, I'll greet you with a smile!

The Lilly of the Valley

Papa Kwi David loved singing. He passed on to Glory few minutes after teaching the song "The Lily of the Valley" to his grandchildren.

The Lily of the Valley

I’ve found a friend in Jesus, He’s everything to me,
He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul;
The Lily of the Valley, in Him alone I see
All I need to cleanse and make me fully whole.

Chorus:

In sorrow He’s my comfort, in trouble He’s my stay;
He tells me every care on Him to roll.
He’s the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star,
He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.

He all my grief has taken, and all my sorrows borne;
In temptation He’s my strong and mighty tow’r;
I’ve all for Him forsaken, and all my idols torn
From my heart and now He keeps me by His pow’r.

He’ll never, never leave me, nor yet forsake me here,
While I live by faith and do His blessed will;
A wall of fire about me, I’ve nothing now to fear,
From His manna He my hungry soul shall fill.

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Shared by Situ BODYLAWSON on July 12, 2021
I met Pa Kwi as we called him at Saker in September 2000 when i got to form one. I loved his charisma in teaching especially the subject calligraphy. It is usually said Saker girls have one hand writing.
Being groomed in cursive joint scripts writing by my older brother, i was definitely noticed by my teacher as he taught us same and was impressed with my handwriting. I gained highest marks in that subject. I enjoyed Religious studies too. And i cherish all the fun moments we had in class.
May his gentle soul rest in peace