Greater than 700 individuals attended a memorial service on Saturday for Derick Lwugi, a Calgary man who died within the Ethiopian Airways crash on March 10.
Family and friends joined members of the native Kenyan neighborhood at a southwest Calgary church to pay their respects to a neighborhood chief who devoted his life to his circle of relatives and to his church household.
“He made an individual really feel particular and wished and wanted,” stated longtime good friend Stephen Amadala in a tribute. “Derick was very outgoing and he was in a position to join with individuals and to deliver them collectively round a shared goal. He was blessed with the reward of making communities.”
Lwugi, a Metropolis of Calgary accountant, was remembered as a religious Christian who served his metropolis, church and neighborhood — in Calgary and in Kenya.
“Derick was an ideal man and an expensive good friend and an expensive brother. I’ll miss him terribly,” Amadala stated. “He was a person of the individuals, a person who had a servant’s coronary heart and a person who served others and went out of his approach to make it possible for these he met have been OK.”
Kenya’s excessive commissioner to Canada provided condolences to the household. Final week, John Lanyasunya was on the memorial service for a household from Hamilton who died within the aircraft crash.
“How did this occur? Why was it not foreseen? Essentially the most dependable mode of transport on the planet is an plane,” Lanyasunya stated. “We need to know what was flawed with this plane and why was it flying. Why did Derick need to die in such a way along with the opposite  individuals?”
Lwugi’s sister recalled the agonizing moments hoping to get a message from her brother after listening to that the Ethiopian Airways aircraft had gone down. She had hoped he missed the flight.
“I despatched him a textual content and I used to be somewhat bit aggravated,” stated Rose Ingnasian, who travelled from her dwelling within the Netherlands to attend the Calgary service.
“I instructed him, ‘You realize, with the information that is occurring and you’ll’t even verify to us that you simply have been OK?’ When the passengers’ names on the aircraft have been launched, it was breathtaking to see Derick’s identify on the listing.”
Lwugi’s spouse and three kids plan to journey to Ethiopia this week to go to the crash website. Buddies hope their journey will assist them work by their grief.
“Your husband and your father was beloved by all people he knew,” Ingasian stated. “He was heat, he was welcoming and he cared for a lot of. We’ll all the time bear in mind him and cherish his recollections.”
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