Kenya’s music icon John DeMathew has been laid to rest today at his Gatanga home,in an event attended by thousands of Kenyans from all walks of life.
He died in a tragic road accident on August 18 when his car rammed into the back of a lorry along Thika Road.
De Mathew is survived by two widows; Sarafina Wairimu John and Caroline Waithira John and his seven children; Jane Waithira, Everlyne Wanjiku, Chrissp Kamau, Stacy Wanjiku, Lenny Ng’ang’a, Tyresse Thiiru and Wayne Mathew Ng’ang’a Junior.
Today during the burial service, they paid tribute to their dad, whom they view as a superhero.
They said in their tribute, “Dads are someone to look up to, someone to follow, someone to admire, someone to be proud of and someone to brag about, someone to hold, someone to learn from and someone to respect, someone to listen to and someone to talk to, someone to try and impress and, someone, most of all, with whom to share everything this wonderful life has to offer.
We are incredibly grateful and happy that we can stand here today and tell you that we have had all this and much, much more with our Dad. We have been blessed to have had the great De- Mathew as our Dad.
Dad, we love you for an infinite number of reasons.
We feel so blessed to have you as our father and we are thankful for the wonderful life you have given us.
We celebrate you: a magnificent man, a loyal, loving husband, a devoted father, and a true friend.
Please know that our list of gratitude is endless and will continue to grow with each passing day.
Despite not being there the kids praised the late for being a good provider,and a source of security for them.
Thank you for providing us with a never-ending sense of physical safety and emotional security whenever we are with you.
Thank you for showing us what is means to be a good man, a great Musician, an extraordinary husband, and an outstanding father.
To say we loved my Dad would be an understatement – and to say we are going to miss him would be an even greater understatement.
We love him and we will miss him – especially when his music is played – but I’m so thankful for the years God graciously gave us with him and for the knowledge that one day, because we serve the same Lord, we will see him again.
In conclusion, they signed off with a meek, “Dad has overcome. He has finished the race. We love you dad.”