Once again, death has struck at the very center in Kenya Stockholm. For the second time in less than 2 weeks, the entire family of the Arokas has once again been plunged into deep mourning. With great sorrow and deep sadness, the Aroka family announces the passing of Mzee John Odhiambo Aroka who passed away yesterday in hospital after a long illness. The Mzee’s demise follows the passing of Isdora Ngere, his sister, who was laid to rest last Sunday, January 25th 2015.
Mzee John was the father of Kenya-Stockholmers: Patrick Odhiambo, Dan Odhiambo, Lenza Odhiambo, Diana Odhiambo, Victor Odhiambo among other siblings resident in Kenya. Mzee John was also uncle to Jared Aroka (resident in Stockholm) and Ken Aroka who relocated to Kenya from Stockholm a few years ago. Family members are preparing to travel to Kenya to attend the funeral.
Following the sad news, an “Open House” has been set up at Dan’s residence every evening at Granbacken 13 in Huddinge where relatives, friends, well-wishers and sympathizers continue to pour in to condole with the bereaved family and to help them cope with this difficult and very trying moment.
The Aroka family has not only lost a father, grandfather and uncle. It has lost a guardian, teacher, wise-man and, most importantly, a humble and central pillar of the family who led by example. Without an overstatement, the gap Mzee John has left will truly never be filled.
As the family grapples with the tragedy that has struck suddenly, a “Family Support Committee” led by Mr. Frank Odhiambo, has been set up to help the family cope with great grief the Arokas are undergoing following two subsequent deaths within a short spun of time.
Consequently, the Committee has scheduled a Prayer Meeting/Funds-drive on Saturday 31st January 2015 at Dan’s residence located at Granbacken 13 in Huddinge. Speaking to KSB, Committee Chairman Frank appealed to Kenyans, friends, well-wishers and all people of good will to come together in Prayer on Saturday to show solidarity with the Aroka family which is well known in Stockholm for showing solidarity during difficult moments. What is more? The emotional burden on the Arokas this season has been heavy to say the least.
Having met Mzee John Odhiambo Aroka way back in Kenya, I personally take this opportunity to send deep condolences to the entire Aroka family and hope that they will find the courage and strength to go through these uncertain and sad moments of mourning. Mzee John was a great father who brought up very brilliant and successful children who will, no doubt, continue with his legacy.
For messages of condolences, directions, or for further information, please, contact Frank Odhiambo, Committee Chairman, at 0737643866. May God rest the soul of Mzee John Odhiambo Aroka in Eternal Peace.