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   Obituary - Jack Asiyo


Jacob (Jack) Ochuodho Asiyo

See below for funeral arrangements
House: Grigg
Years: 1969-1972

On 22nd December 2005, Webmaster received an e-mail from Wacira Kariuki:

Dear Old Cambrians and friends,

It is with a heavy heart and a deep sense of loss that I pass on to you the sad news of the passing away of Jack Asiyo in the early hours of today, 22nd December 2005.

Jack fell sick in the Congo where he had been working, and was admitted to Nairobi Hospital for some time and discharged. He was readmitted sometime this week when his condition worsened and he succumbed in early hours of this morning. The information I have right now is scanty but will I update you as I receive more detailed news about the events surrounding Jack's death.

May the Lord rest his soul in eternal peace.

Wacira Kariuki
Chairman, Old Cambrian Society

Funeral arrangements:
Dear Old Cambrians,

Following the untimely death of Jack Asiyo, funeral arrangements have been going on with meetings going on at his residence at Lenana School and at Pots and Palms on Riverside Drive.
Arrangements are as follows:
  • Cortege will leave Lee Funeral Home on Thursday 29 Dec 2005 at 8.30am.
  • A memorial service will follow at the Nairobi School Chapel at 9.00am.
  • Cortege will then leave for Rachuonyo immediately after the service. Burial will be held on Friday 30 Dec 2005 in Rachuonyo.

    Those of you who would wish to attend the Memorial Service, Nairobi School has very graciously provided a 60 seater bus and you can let Mumo Mwendwa c/o tel.0722732769, Pots and Palms have your name.

    There will be a fund raising at Pots and Palms on Riverside Drive today, Tuesday 27 Dec 2005 at 7.00pm and you are all requested to attend and donate generously. It is intended to be a one hour affair; please be punctual.
    Wacira Kariuki
    Chairman, Old Cambrian Society
    (Tuesday, 27 Dec 2005)

    Webmaster welcomes contributions from Old Cambrians who remember Jack from school days and after:

  • Webmaster received an e-mail from Abdallah Jamal (Grigg 1969-1972) on 25th December 2005:

    Dear Steve

    I was deeply saddened to read of the sudden passing of Jack Asiyo. I had had been fortunate through your website to be reconnected to him after many years distance and, in fact, had been in communication with him while he was in the Congo. I was hoping very much to meet up again with Jack once we had finalized our plans to visit Kenya in the near future, but alas, this will not come to pass.

    It is unfortunate that the most caring of us seem to be taken so swiftly, and we must take solace in the fact that their friendship did indeed have an affect on our own lives.

    My heart and prayers reach out to Jack's family in this time of grief.
    May they take strength from knowing that Jack's friendship has had a positive effect on so many people in the world, many of whom they do not know (myself included), but through Jack do care for their well-being.
    I pray that they stay strong in this knowledge.

    Jack Asiyo, I will miss you. May your soul rest in Peace.

    Abdallah Jamal
    Vancouver, BC Canada

  • Webmaster received an e-mail from Tom Aruwa on 26th December 2005:

    Dear friends,

    I am not an Old Cambrian but I went to school with Jack Asiyo @ the Nairobi International School (aka International School of Kenya) after he left Patch and we became good friends. I too must share my shock and sadness at the untimely passing of Jack Asiyo. Please pass my heartfelt wishes to his family and friends at this very difficult time.
    I thank you for allowing me to use this forum to share my grief.

    Tom Aruwa

  • Webmaster received an e-mail from Peter Agwa (Grigg 1969-72) on 12th January 2006:

    Dear Old Cambrians,

    I just learned with shock and deep sadness about the death of Jack.
    Jack and I were in Grigg House (1969-72) and I remember Jack as one of the most friendly guys at Nairobi School.....his love for sports and music also comes to mind at this time.
    I was able to see Jack once in 2004 and again 2005 and he was the same old friendly Jack, exuding great enthusiasm about the Old Cambrian Society.
    My heartfelt condolences to Jack's family and all his friends.

    Peter Agwa
    Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

  • Webmaster received an e-mail from Ben Opembe (Nicholson 1969-72) on 11th May 2007:

    Dear Steve,

    I have just read the obituary of one of my best childhood friends, Jack O. Asiyo. I am greatly saddened by the news, may his soul rest in peace. Nobody during our era 1969-1972 will ever forget the memories of Jack. He is by far the most influential Patch Alumni of my time. He was a hero. A great rubgy player, mentioned amongst the best goalkeepers Patch ever produced in both Soccer and Field Hockey, a musician, a lover and a friend ...... the best friend one could ask for.

    In 1972 Jack and I went to the International School of Kenya, here we had a chance to once again champion ISK into the archives of high school sports. Jack and I made it into the Combined Schools First Team Rugby two years in a row.

    Ever with a laugh, love to all and always talking about the Old Cambrian Society, I will miss Jack. I last visited with Jack at his house in Nairobi in 1998. He cooked the dinner, good cook, we had a blast ......... he represented us at all times. I could write a book about Jack ....... May God rest his soul in peace.

    To his beloved family, my sincere condolences. I will see you in Kenya sometime this year.

    Ben Opembe
    Houston, Texas, USA

    The following was Jack's entry in the Alumni section of this web site prior to his death:

    House: Grigg
    Year: 1969-1972
    Currently working with World Vision International as Relief/Commodity Manager, World Vision Pakistan. I am a relief worker. I have been with World Vision for the last four years. Prior to that I worked for CARE Canada.

    I was Honorary Secretary of the Old Cambrian Society Kenya Chapter from 1988 to 1998.

    Jack Asiyo speaking at the Old Cambrian Society Dinner at the Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi on 1st Oct 2004
    Jack Asiyo speaking at the Old Cambrian Society Dinner
    at the Norfolk Hotel, Nairobi on 1st Oct 2004

    (Registered 15 Feb 2003)