JUSTIN K. KATOTOKA
After going into a coma for more than 15 hours, Justin K. Katotoka born on August 9, 1965 died on July 27, 2021, just about 2 weeks before his 56th birthday.
Justin was born to Emmanuel Katotoka (RIP), and Marie Pascaline Balikwisha. He was the fourth of 10 children. After secondary school, Justin studied mechanical engineering at ITFM Bukavu for a few years. He graduated and was hired as a mechanic and later on as a pharmaceutical engineer.
Justin was married to Scolastique Issa for 32 years and he’s left behind 9 children and 10 grandchildren. Justin was born into a Christian family and he’s lived with these principles throughout his life time and passing them on to his children. His humbleness granted him the opportunity to be the heir to his late father.
Justin was a dietitian for more than 9 years. This career enabled him to help and meet with a lot of people who were suffering from different kinds of sickness like diabetes, hypertension, heart attack, obesity, etc. He always believed in natural medicine and one thing that was significant is that he had a whole cabinet full of his natural medicine made out of plants like cactus, moringa etc.
During leisure, Justin was a soccer player in his childhood and he became a fan of it since then, supporting teams such as MUUNGANO FC in Congo, Bukavu, and Manchester United. He always loved listening to political affairs in the Congo and around the world. A memory he often shared was that in his childhood, when Mobutu, the former president of the Congo came to visit his home town of Bukavu, he bought a lots of gifts to everyone who was born in 1965.
Because of a soccer injury Justin sustained, it was required of him to receive treatment outside of the Congo. This was perhaps a blessing in disguise because Justin was able to move to different countries together with his family. Most significantly, Justin’s faith in Jesus Christ was strengthened even more. In Tanzania, Justin attended an evangelical Bible School for a couple months, once he was done, he started doing evangelical work by going door to door, moving to different parts of Tanzania, witnessing the Word of God to those who had not received Jesus in their lives. It is vital to say that this faith was passed on to his children and has stuck with us (his children) since then. Since arriving in Canada in 2016, Justin’s children have been involved in children’s ministry at church and Bible camps every summer.
Justin was heavily involved in community outreach through his organization, World Peasant Org. that he started while living in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2007. The organization’s purpose was to help and support women and children affected by domestic violence, child abuse, rape, inability to acquire clean drinking water, and those ill from cancer, hypertension, HIV/AIDS, malaria etc. He would use his education as a dietitian and the skills he acquired as a reflexologist to help support them in any way. To a lesser extent, he would improve fully the conditions of people affected by malaria, fever, cough etc. When Justin arrived in Canada with his family in 2016, he stayed in contact with his students, and friends he had acquired over time.
Justin was a peace-making person, slow to anger and quick to forgive. He was ready to fail trying, he could not give up on what he believed was right. He was truly a man of faith and hope. He was very close to his family and would respond ASAP to any calls and texts from anyone close to him. We shall truly miss such an amazing member of our family; we are very proud for all the lives he has impacted through his organizations, most importantly how he prepared and shaped us into respectful, humble, self-motivated, God-fearing family.
Funeral Service will be held Saturday, August 7, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at the Hespeler Cemetery, Niverville.
Please bring a lawn chair and umbrella.
Public viewing will take place at Friends Funeral Service, 2146 Main Street on Friday, August 6, beginning at 6:30, please call the office for an viewing appointment time at 204-339-5555.
Nos plus sincères sympathies à la famille et aux amis de Justin Kalumba Katotoka Tuesday July 27th 2021..
Décès pour la Ville: Winnipeg, Province: Manitoba