In Loving Memory - W.G.E TABI
  • Born on December 5, 1948 in Besongabang, Cameroon.
  • Passed away on June 14, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States.
This memorial site was created in memory of our loved one, Mr. Willy George Etchu Tabi who transitioned to eternal rest on Friday June 14th 2019 in Boston, MA after long battle with diabetes and end stage renal disease. 

Born in Besongabang, Manyu Division, he is predeceased in death by both parents, Pa Hans Tabiayukaya and Ma Lucy Enowagboraraw, his brothers, Mathias, Ivoh, Eyong; sister Rose Etaka Tabi and daughter Cornelia Tiku-enoh Tabi. He is survived by his beloved wife, Mrs. Becky Tabi, children; Stanley, Gerald, Lambert, Germaine, Noella & Cecilia and 13 grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, four brothers, an extended family and friends to celebrate his life. The brave and legendary W.G.E TABI now trails in the kingdom of our Lord and Savior. We will remember him forever.


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   FUNERAL PROGRAM - BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS 

  • VIEWING:  FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 2019 
  • Faggas Funeral Home, 553 Mt Auburn Street, Watertown, MA
  • Time: 4:00PM EST 
  • WAKE & VIRGIL: FRIDAY, AUGUST 23rd 2019
  • Hellenic Cultural Center: 41 Broadway Street, Lowell, MA 01854
  • Time: 8:00PM - 1:00AM
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      CELEBRATION OF LIFE SERVICE
      SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2019

  • Venue: Eliot Presbyterian Church; 273 Summer Street, Lowell, MA 01852
  •  Church Viewing: 2:00 PM EST    Service: 3:00PM

  • REPAST DINNER
  • Venue: Doubletree By Hilton Hotel: 123 Old River Road, Andover, MA 01810 
  • Time: 6:00 PM EST
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AIRPORT INFORMATION: Both Airports at equidistant to hotels and event sites

** Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) 

** Manchester Regional Airport (MHT)

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HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON BOSTON-ANDOVER (RECEPTION SITE)

Address: 123 Old River Rd, Andover, MA 01810

Please use reservation link to book for overnight accommodations.   http://group.doubletree.com/tabicelebration

Or call the hotel directly at 978-975-3600 to make reservations with the Front Desk.  You can use code ‘TAB’ or reference the Tabi Celebration of Life.

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COURTYARD BY MARRIOT BOSTON-ANDOVER

Address: 10 Campanelli Drive, Andover, MA 01810 

Reservations - Tel: 855-270-4661

Group Code: TABI Celebration of Life for discounted rates.

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LAQUINTA INN & SUITES

Address: 131 River Road, Andover, MA 01810

Reservation: Tel: 978-685-6200

Group Code: TABI Celebration of Life .

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SONESTA ES SUITES BOSTON-ANDOVER

Address: 4 Tech Drive, Andover, MA 01810

Reservation - Tel: 978-686-2000

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FAMILY CONTACTS:

Becky Tabi: 508-521-5677                              Pa Ngasu E.B: 770-925-5041                   

Stanley Tabi: 617-388-1260                             Kareen Tabi: 219-902-4809

Gerald Tabi: 617-276-7542                              Magdelene Tabi: 617-276-7541

Lambert Tabi: 617-785-7312                           Maggie Takang: 346-218-6587

Ruphous Takang: 617-319-8444                     Benen Takang: 617-319-8445           

Trevon Takang: 857-505-5970                        Esther Takor: 857-928-6761

Elza Tabi Etchu 857-615-5712





Posted by Ann Assam on August 16, 2019
Most people called him Mr. Tabi, W.G.E but I called him Brother Willie and he called me Sister Ann. Brother Willie was a hard-working, intelligent, caring, respectful and very thoughtful person and faithful husband. He was very close to her friends and family. I remember as we were growing up how he took care of his step brothers/sisters as if they were his kids and his step mother Mama Lucy. Brother Willie was loving and real. He was a wonderful husband to his wife and father to their children and laid a strong foundation full of values for them.
In 1987 when I heard he has come to the US and was in Ohio, I was so excited because that was the only close relative I had here at that time. Our very first reunion was unforgettable. After his undergraduate degree, in Ohio, he moved to Indiana a neighboring state to Illinois where I lived. While at Indiana State University we spent most of the holidays together in Joliet, Illinois. He taught me some things like how to balance career and family. But one of the most important thing/value he taught me was how to love and be there for your friends/family and also to give/share the little you have. With his salary as a teaching assistant at Indiana State University, he was always ready to buy new/fairly used clothes, shoes, and books for his wife, children and family. He loved his wife and children so dearly. I remember one Saturday we went to this huge open door garage sale and most of the things he bought were for his wife, Sister Becky as we call her and the kids. As we walked to another shade, there was this beautiful purse that I also liked and he bought it for his wife. I then turned to him and said, what have you bought for yourself so far? And he replied “Becky is suffering so much at home with our kids so this is the least I can do for them”. Those words brought tears in my eyes and stuck in my mind for years. Brother Willie, I can still see the boxes and bags of clothes, shoes and books in our basement as if it was yesterday.
He loved to dance and have a good time as you can see in some of the pictures we had together. I and my friends loved to have him around because of his talents, charismatic nature and contagious smile and laughter. His quest for knowledge at his age inspired me to be where I am today academically. He was always willing to give advice and share his personal experiences back home and in the US with us. I always admired how he never judged or forced his opinions on anyone, but offered valuable and truthful advice that I will surely miss.
I hope he forgives me for not being there during his last days/challenging times. I and my brother Simon planned to go visit him in April 2019, but it never materialized.
He fought a good fight with love and care from his wife, children and family. His beautiful spirit will live on through his children/grand children, and they will always know how much he loved them. He tried with all his heart to stay for them, but God called him and he had to go. His magnetic smile will be missed by all who knew him.
Brother Willie, I will miss you forever and never forget all of the time we spent together.
Sister Ann Assam.
Posted by Martin Takow on August 12, 2019
The product of a tree or plant tells a story of how good or bad the tree or plant was. Pa'a offsprings are a testament of who Pa Tabi was. A loving, caring kind-hearted and family-oriented man is the description that fits Pa Tabi as I knew him. I remember his counsel to me about the importance of education while in Cameroon. Pa admired my football playing skills but cautioned me that I will not achieve anything playing football. I learned a lot from Pa when I spent over a year with him at our home in Georgia. Pa stressed to me the importance of family and narrated stories about our families in Mkpot quarters in Besongabang. My family enjoyed Pa short stay with us in GA. Pa charming smile was something that lit a room. My entire family wishes Pa to rest in perfect. TheTabi family should stay healthy during this trying period, and be comforted by Pa's achievements because he fought a good fight. Pa rest well till we meet again.
Posted by Magdalene Tabi on August 4, 2019
Tribute to my Father-in-Law

“Pa”, as I called him was one of the warmest and kindest people I have ever known. In the 13 years that I've been his daughter-in-law, he was always warm and lovely towards me. Whether it's extending greetings or engaging in conversations, he did it with a smile. During our moments alone together from the chatter of family members, during our drives to dialysis in Weymouth, our drives to appointments in Boston, etc, he would delight in discussions about numerous topics from his grand children to his time in Jackson Mississippi. He was incredibly easy to talk to and a gifted listener.

My fondest memories in our conversation have always been about your stay in Jackson, Mississippi. He was very open-minded and inclusive. He made us, especially my late mother feel comfortable and welcome. Pa taught me to enjoy life everyday, show people you care and seek sunshine wherever I go. Pa, your grand children (Arianna, Ethan and Briella) miss you everyday. They ask after you from time to time and would often say “grandpa is in heaven with granny”. We love and miss you very much. Thank you for the love you showed my kids and I. Sleep well!

Magdalene Tabi
Daughter-in-law
Posted by Gerald Tabi on August 3, 2019
Pa,
You were a great man from the greatest generation. A father who lived his values, teacher of all things with a simple methodology. You lived and taught by example. Your character is the foundation of our consciences. You had endless teachings to us and those around you. You were strong in body, spirit and commitment. You did your best and fulfilled every obligation you undertook and you were responsible to the very end. You engaged everyone and the world as a man who would be its master. You were a man with a quiet dignity, respecting yourself the way you respected others. You were the rock of the Tabi family and shoulder we leaned on. You loved a good joke, including every imaginable kind of ethnic joke; yet, your humor was never mean-spirited nor designed to hurt or humiliate, You never treated anyone of any station with anything other than respect and kindness. A loyal and faithful father especially to important people in your world. You were a father who didn't make an enemy. Even though you most surely came across people you couldn't countenance, you had the medicine to their problems and always gave them the right dose. We feel so blessed to have you as a father and we graciously thank you for the wonderful life you gave us. Get well-rested knowing fully well that you accomplished your work on earth. Until we meet to part no more, we got nothing but love for you Pa.

It's me you son,
Gerald A. Tabi
Posted by Gilles Anjoh on August 2, 2019
Pa Willy George Tabi, your smiles, calm demeanor and gentleness always illuminate me whenever I am around you. For all the years I have known you never knew you were my namesake. I am proud to know now that I shared the same name with such a gentleman who always speaks impeccable English. Pa Willy George Tabi, we will you a peaceful repose in the bosom of the lord. Adieu Pa!!!
Posted by Kareen Tabi on July 2, 2019
Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return...Genesis 3:19
Pa as I fondly called you. you have left us with unforgettable memories. Jayden, Aiden and Braden wishes their farewell. All the little treats and time spent with them (grand children) will be greatly missed. You have fought a good fight and you are now resting peacefully in the bosom of the lord. Adieu/fare well papa/grandpa until we meet again.
Posted by Dennis Tambe on July 2, 2019
To the ETCHU TABI family at home and abroad, please accept the sympathy of the entire Besongabang community at home on the transition of your beloved father and our son, Willy George ETCHU TABI. His prolonged suffering from ill-health is now over. May he rest in peace with our Lord. We are confident that your family will continue to wax strong in perpetuation of his cherished legacy.
Posted by Agbor Egbewatt on June 29, 2019
To: The Tabis
Accept my heartfelt condolences for the loss of your dad. We will never forget that smile, that voice and conviviality of W.G's. May you find solace in the wonderful moments you enjoyed with him during his life on earth. RIP, W. G. E.
Posted by Lambert Tabi on June 29, 2019
Popsi, as I always call u,words can't express the emptiness I feel but I know you are resting in the bossom of the Lord. You have always been an inspiration to us ur children. That beautiful smile that glows and melts our hearts even when we are angry. Ur dreams to go further ur education can not be over emphasized ,one thing is for sure,where u stopped we ur children shall continue from there. I would have
never wished for a better father than you. U are one great fighter I haven't seen, u fought the good fight of faith but for the fact that no one can beat dead.I love and will for ever love and miss you. You are my super HERO.REST WITH THE LORD Dad. Adieu papa . (lots of love. Son. Lambert tabi
Posted by James Oben on June 26, 2019
Thank you for all the preliminary knowledge that you instilled in us that went a long way to make us who we are today. You were a prolific literary teacher, you treated students like your own kids. We are going to greatly miss you. May your gentle soul rest in the bosom of the good Lord . Adieu.
Posted by Wilson Ngashu on June 23, 2019
From: NGASHU/EBAI family
To:   TABI family
On behalf of the Ngashu & Ebai family, I wish to express my condolence to the Tabi family. Our hearts are deeply saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you. May peace and comfort find you during this difficult time. Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts.
Posted by Hanson Takang on June 22, 2019
Thank you for all the memories and smiles. Mr Willy was a charming and welcoming man,father,husband and grand dad and who will be sorely missed.

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