Bernard Aza Fombo
(0 - 2014)

Bernard Aza Fombo


August 3, 2014

Education, Catholic Faith, Development, Peace Making
Pa Bernard Aza Fombo was a son of the Great Palace of Njindom. Born to His Royal Highness, the late Chief Tah Fombo of Njindom and Mama Angela Ngwei Fombo, Pa had two siblings from the same womb, a sister and a brother, and several half-siblings. He completed primary education in Njindom and Tiko under the then “standard” system. He would later on complete secondary and high school education at the Cameroon College of Arts, Science and Technology (CCAST) Bambili. After graduating from high school, he attended the Teacher’s Training College and graduated as a Grade I. He then took up a job as a primary school teacher, teaching in Bafut and Njindom. His leadership in education began with his appointment as the headmaster of Catholic School, Njindom. His strong desire to remain an educator motivated him to attend and complete École Normale Supérieure (ENS) Bambili. This paved the way for him to attend the University of Yaoundé I, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree. After graduating from the university, Pa Fombo taught Geography, History and Economics in various schools around the country. His fluent bilingualism in the French and English Languages facilitated his service as a teacher in both French and English speaking parts of Cameroon. His areas of service included schools in Mbengwi, Kaélé, Guider, Yaoundé, Douala, Wum, Nkambe, Tatum, Kom, etc. Some of the schools he taught in include St. Bede’s College – Ashing-Kom, Lycée Deido – Douala, Lycée Général Leclerc – Yaoundé, Government High School Wum, Government High School Nkambe, Government High School Mbengwi and Government Secondary School Tatum. As a “Professeur du Lycée”, Pa Fombo’s relentlessness in providing a solid foundational education to secondary and high school students was recognized through several promotions to the positions of Discipline Master, Vice Principal and Principal. His tireless efforts to keep his students on the right track and path to success earned him nicknames like “Pa Ra” and “Zeal.” Satisfied with his contribution in service to the government and student population of Cameroon, pa took an early retirement from his last service as pioneer principal of Government Secondary School, Tatum. This allowed him to spend more time with his family and to spearhead various development initiatives in his village, Njindom.

As a community developer, pa engaged in seeing to it that his beloved village of Njindom had pipe borne water, electricity, telephone and a catholic health centre. In addition to supporting the opening of a Government Technical High School in Njindom, Pa donated land for the raising of the initial building for the school. He was also actively engaged with his local church parish activities. He studied the Bible and participated actively in its translation into the Meta language. He participated in leading church organizations and training those that would succeed him. At the diocesan level, Pa was a core member of CAP, a group of Catholic Professionals that serves the purpose of special advisors to the Archbishop of Bamenda. His efforts and contributions to the church were recognized through his papal appointment as a Knight of the Order of St. Sylvester. He was later decorated as a Knight by the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Bamenda. At the village level, he diligently fulfilled his role as a son of the palace, ensuring that peace and tranquility reigned. Though strict and firm, his trustworthiness made him believable.

Pa leaves behind his wife, Mami Rose Fombo, six children, seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren, three daughters in-law, several nieces and nephews, many godchildren and countless friends and sympathizers to remember him. He touched and impacted the lives of several people in so many positive ways. While our hearts are heavy with pain from this great and irreplaceable loss, we rest assured that he has gone to continue mentoring Cyprien and Fosah. Above all, we know that we have a saint in heaven whose constant intercession we can count on. St. Bernard, pray for us!

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A message from Uncle Ben to all of his Loved Ones:

To my dearest family, some things I’d like to say,
but first of all, to let you know that I arrived okay.
I’m writing this from Heaven where I dwell with God above.
Where there’s no more tears, or sadness, there is just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy just because I’m out of sight.
Remember that I’m with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, I welcome you.
It’s good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they’ll be here later on.
I need you here so badly; you’re part of My big plan.
There’s so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.
God gave me a list of things He wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, is to watch and care for you.
I will always be beside you, every day and week and year.
And when you’re sad, I’m standing there to wipe away the tear.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day’s chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you in the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years,
because you're only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry, it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.
I wish that I could tell you of all that God has planned,
but if I were to tell you, you wouldn’t understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is over.
I’m closer to you now than I ever was before.
And to my very many friends, trust God knows what is best.
I’m still not far away from you, I’m just beyond the crest.
There are rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I’d like it for you, too,
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.
If you can help somebody who’s in sorrow or in pain,
then you can say to God at day was not in vain.
And now I am contented that my was worthwhile.
Knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.
So if you meet somebody who is down and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you’re walking down the street, and I am on your mind,
I’m walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.
And when you feel the gentle breeze as the wind upon your face,
That’s me giving you a great big hug, or just a soft embrace.
And when it’s time for you to go, from that body to be free,
remember you’re not’re coming here to me.
~Author Anonymous

To my dearest family, I will always love and cherish each and every one of you.
Fabian and Kimberly Tata
September 19th, 2014
Pa Aza Fombo
You finish in this way?
I became close to the Fombo family because of our teacher Peter Teba Fombo (late) and classmate Isidore Fombo(late).
Late “Teba boy” as we called him, taught me in Standard 5 in Big Mankon in 1953. I passed number 3 in the competitive examination to finish in Standard 6 in R.C.M Big Mankon.
Pa John Ngu Foncha(late) told the incoming H/M to admit us in Standard 6 following the order we passed from Standard 5 as he was getting involved in politics.
Unfortunately the person who replaced him did not follow the order. He told me to go elsewhere and I almost abandoned school in Standard 5. My late friend Stephen Balayo called me back as I was on my way home to end my schooling. He said we go to St. Joseph’s school Bafut. I reluctantly agreed.
I knew Pa Vincent Domatob(late) and Teba boy gave me your name.
When we arrived, Pa Vincent Domatob admitted us. I asked for you and was directed to you. You very willingly accepted and housed me. But for the three of you; Teba boy, Pa Domatob and my friend Balayo my studies would have ended in Standard 5. I remained all my life close to you.
Late teens of August 2014 our daughter Dr. Madam Nka called from the USA to say you had died. She was very small when she knew you through late ‘CY’.
What makes me sad is that I was not available on that Sunday August 3rd for you to die in my hands. Mum told me when I met her that you asked for me as you shouted Peter Chateh.
Papa, you were straight in life. You put all your might in God’s hands and his church. You received all the last annointings. You are now in heaven and will continue to watch us from there. You are my first parent in heaven. Ask God to lead us to His heavenly kingdom also. May my tears cease.
See you,
Peter N. Chateh
September 11th, 2014
Pa Ben,

Your spiritual pieces of advice to us since the formation of CMA in Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Njindom were very enriching. These are still ringing in our minds and we would have loved to continue listening to them and seeing you. But God has called you; we leave you in the hands of Our Lord Jesus Christ. May your soul rest in perfect peace.
From Catholic Men Association, Njindom Branch
September 7th, 2014
Lord Jesus, kindly grant Pa Ben a resting place in your Heavenly Kingdom, Amen.
From the Parish Pastoral formation Team; Our Lady
September 7th, 2014
Papa! Is true that you are no more? Shall I not see you again? Who shall call Otto to come and go to Nso? Who shall advise me again? I lack words to say about you for what I am now is because of you. You stood behind me to be what I am now. I shall never forget you. Remember me in your prayers as you are now with our heavenly father. You have done it, pray for the Meta readers and the translators. Good bye.
September 7th, 2014
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"Although you lived a very fulfilled life and left us with all the lessons we would ever need, to live by your example, you will still be greatly missed. Fare thee well, dad. Your memory will remain evergreen. RIP"
Divine Anjeh
August 29th, 2014
"RIP Papa. Keep watching and praying for this of us still on the journey. Sincere condolence to the entire family"
Maureen Nkwenti
August 26th, 2014
"Papa, You will be greatly missed. Rest in perfect peace."
Barbara & Bihnwi AWA
August 25th, 2014
"I love you grandpa,I will always pray for you.RIP"
Cyril Aza
August 20th, 2014
"My dear husband,my dear grandpa how could you just leave your little wife Ijang like that.who is going to sing and dance Abu Abu Abu pa Ben with me again?Daddy left me with you and you left again so soon.However I love you and miss you.RIP grandpa."
Carrie Aza
August 20th, 2014
"Grandpa used to ask me to put CNN for him to watch.Grand pa would ask me to wash plates in the sink,do home work with me and pray with me.Grandpa would wake me up to go to school.I use to go out for exercise with Grandpa.I miss Grandpa so much.RIP"
Ciara Aza
August 20th, 2014
"We will all miss Pa. His memory will always be in our hearts. May your soul rest in perfect peace with God."
Gwen Kuvinyu
August 18th, 2014
"I'll miss you Grand Pa. Rest in peace."
Ethan Aza
August 18th, 2014
"Rest in peace Grand Pa. I am sorry you died. I will miss you."
Bryan Aza
August 18th, 2014
"You will forever live in my heart. RIP Papa"
Akwa Bern
August 15th, 2014

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