PEWEE, Kesselly Ziggida - 95 years old, went home to be with his Lord on March 5, 2018 in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.
He is survived by his five children, Victor Pewee (Yama Duyan), Yassa (Karsor), Dongo Pewee (Lisa)), John Pewee (Martha), James, Pewee (Mauren), 39 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife Mary Ann Konah Pewee, his son Robert Pewee, his daughter Alice Pewee Brownell.
Kesselly was born in the town of Ziggida, Lofa County, in northern Liberia.In his early youth, he migrated south and was hired by U.S. Army during World War II as support worker in building the Monrovia – Gbarnga highway in preparation to stop the German advance and the building of Robert International Airport in 1944.
After the war, he worked at Firestone Rubber Plantation from 1945 to 1950. Poor working condition marked by gross exploitation of employees at the plantation forced him to change professions. In 1951, he join the Liberian Frontier Force (the country first militia founded in 1908), which was later renamed Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).
His career in the military spans over many decades. Notable in his military career was providing security to the Sanniquellie Summit in 1959, the first African summit ever to discuss de-colonialization and the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), now the African Union (AU); serving as honor guard when transformative African leaders visited Liberia such as the visit of Patrice Lumumba, of the Congo, and serving as support staff in facilitating the deployment of Liberian troops during the Congo Crisis in the 1960s.
His military service made him a pioneer. He was the first officer sent by the government to clear bushes at the site of what is known today as Edward B. Kesselly Barrack (formerly known as Camp Schiefflin), the nation’s premier military base. His pioneer spirit led President Tolbert to assign him to open farms at St. Paul River, Painta, and Garmu, all in Bong County northern Liberia.
His public service was marked by integrity and his remarkable ability to endure hardship with grace. He survived military coup de-tat, civil war and massacre, yet he continued to have positive attitude toward his country and fellow countrymen, even to those who were responsible for the nation’s troubles.
Kesselly was also known as a family man. He and his wife, Mary Ann raised 7 children on meager income, and supplemented his income through farming. He was an avid reader of Scripture in the Lorma language, with the Gospel of Mark being the subject of his study.
Funeral Service will be held on March 17th at 10:00 am at Covenant Christian Reformed Church, 278
Parnell Rd., St. Catharines, Ontario; interment at Pleasantview Memorial Gardens in Fonthill, Ontario.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Covenant Christian Reformed Church.