Godfrey Karume Macharia
Sunrise: 31/12/1946 — Sunset: 31/01/2023
It is with humble acceptance of God’s will that we announce the passing on of a patriarch, Bw Godfrey Karume Macharia, of Malindi that occurred on 31/01/2023.
Son to the late Wilson Macharia and the late Gladys Gathoni.
Beloved husband to Mary Wanjiku Karume. Father to Anthony and Teresia Macharia, Robert and Mary Mutua, Edward and Evelyn Wambugu, Conrad and Joyce Githiga.
Brother to Mary Mwaura, the late Geoffery Wambugu, Eunice Wanjiku Maina, James Maina and Faith Njeri Njoroge.
Brother-in-law to Peter Maina, Joseph Njoroge, Catherine Maina, Jacinta Wanjiru, Timothy Githiga, Mary Wambugu, George Chiira, the late David Kaumbutha, Ejidiah Wang’ondu, Jane Muturi, the late James Wachira, the late Julius Macharia and Lucy Njeri.
Grandfather to Michelle, Jeremy, Natasha, Britney, Raphael, Samantha, Natalia, Emmanuel, Joshua, Wakiuru, Karume and Naila. He was an uncle, grandfather and great grandfather to many.
Family and Friends are meeting at All Saints Cathedral from 5.00pm in Nairobi, Openview Restaurant Malindi from 7.00pm and at the rural home in Kiambuthia Kaharo Village, and Kagio-ini Village in Kiria-ini of Muranga County.
There will be a memorial service at ACK St. Andrew’s Church in Malindi on Wednesday, 8/2/2023.
The cortege leaves KU Referral Hospital on Friday, 10/02/2023 at 8.00am. Burial ceremony will be held at ACK St John’s Church Kiru in Kiria-ini.
I met Godfrey, my African brother, only once, but within moments I knew that I was in the presence of an especially fine man–a charming, intelligent, gentleman who cared deeply for others. This was a few years after my father, Bob Gowdy, died. Godfrey had come to Toronto, and my sisters, Beth and Mary, and our brother, John, arranged to meet him for supper in a restaurant. Godfrey had with him a box–it was wooden, I think–containing all the letters our father had written him over the decades of their relationship. Godfrey encouraged us to read some of the letters, while politely asking us to treat them carefully. And so we did read, and in so doing discovered just how close the relationship between the two of them had been. Godfrey knew a great deal about us, having learned from these letters all about our various interests, ambitions and trials throughout the years. We–my brother, sisters and I–were profoundly moved to discover that our father had seen us more clearly than we had ever realized. We were moved by his obvious love for Godfrey, and Godfrey’s obvious love and respect for him. It was a wonderful, unforgettable supper. (And it even had some drama, when a candle at a neighboring table fell over and set the tablecloth on fire. While the rest of us gasped, Godfrey jumped to his feet and put the fire out!) May the memory of this good man be a comfort and a guiding light to all his descendants.
My family and I had the pleasure of meeting Godfrey in September 2019, when our clan of six finally was able to make the journey to Malindi. Meeting Godfrey, Mary, his children (and their spouses) and his grandchildren will forever be one of my most treasured experiences. The three days we spent together will forever be some of my most cherished, beloved memories (I have never laughed so hard or truly felt like I was with family after such a short period of time). The unique relationship and bond he had with my grandfather (Bob Gowdy) and in turn with my immediate family (the Ngai’s) was truly one of a kind and I feel forever lucky our paths crossed in such a remarkable, special and beautiful way. While I am deeply saddened by Godfrey’s passing, I find solace in knowing after many, many years of trying to meet on earth, Godfrey and Bob are finally together at last.
Forever keeping Godfrey and his clan in our hearts. Sending all of our love from Canada.