September 10, 1961 – February 23, 2013
Thursday March 7th, 2013
68 Church Street
Montclair, NJ 07042
Rev. Ronald Gonzalez
Order of Service
Greeting - Rev. Ron Gonzalez
Prayer of Comfort - Rev. Ron Gonzalez
Selection: “For All The Saints” - Church Choir
Scripture Readings: Reese Marie & Jesse Kwabi
Psalm 23, Luke 12:22-32
Personal Reflections/Remarks - Open to All
Acknowledgements - Kappa Omega
Reading of the Obituary - Chris Kwabi
Selection: “His Eye Is On the Sparrow” - Jared Cotter
Eulogy/ Message - Rev. D. L. Johnson
Benediction - Rev. Ron Gonzalez
Recessional: “Amazing Grace”
Repast to follow at the Europe/Kwabi Home
21 Redwood Avenue
West Orange, NJ 07052
Dean Kwesi Osie Kwabi was born on September 10th, 1961 in Accra, Ghana to Dorothy Louise Taylor Kwabi and Augustus Kwabena Ntow Kwabi. He grew up in Accra where he went to grade school at Christ The King International School, and to high school at Mfantsipim Secondary School in Cape Coast. During his childhood Dean and his brother Chris often visited their mother’s family in Mount Vernon, New York and in fact, lived there for a year in 1972 when their father was transferred to the US for work.
Dean graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics. While at Morehouse, he pledged Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and became a proud initiate of the Pi Chapter in 1980.
After graduation, Dean moved to northern California and worked for Lawrence Livermore National Labs. Later he moved to Los Angeles where he met and married Catherine Likimani. They became proud parents of two sons, Kwesi and Michael. While in Los Angeles he worked in the defense industry, in various high-security clearance roles at Northrup Grumman and Rockwell. Along the way, Dean obtained a graduate degree in Information Systems Management from Devry University, Keller Graduate School of Management. He worked for technology companies designing and supporting networking infrastructure and information systems. After his father passed away in 2006, he moved back to Accra and spent the last years of his life between Accra and Los Angeles, where his family remained. At the time of his passing, Dean was the Director of the Multi-Media Teaching and Learning Resource Center at the Methodist University College in Accra where he lead efforts to transform the university into the premier distance learning university in the area.
Dean was a life-long member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (Pi Chapter) and cherished the relationships he maintained with his fraternity brothers. He was never at a loss for friends, cultivating and maintaining them wherever he went. Dean loved life and lived it to the fullest - Taking flying lessons, jet skiing, and spending endless time at the beach. He loved to philosophize and was a great conversationalist with a quick wit and humor.
He is survived by his wife, Catherine Likimani and two sons, Michael Kwame Kwabi and Lee Kwesi Kwabi in Los Angeles, mother Dorothy Kwabi, brother Chris Kwabi and his wife Terrie Europe-Kwabi, their two children, Jesse and ReeseMarie in West Orange, NJ, and a host of family and friends.
Look For Me in Rainbows
Time for me to go now, I won’t say goodbye.
Look for me in rainbows way up in the sky.
In the morning sunrise when all the world is new
Look for me and love me, as you know I loved you.
Time for me to leave you, I won’t say goodbye.
Look for me in rainbows way up in the sky.
In the evening sunset when all the world is through
Just look for me and love me and I’ll be close to you.
It won’t be forever, the day will come and then
My loving arms will hold you, when we meet again.
Time for us to part now, we won’t say goodbye.
Look for me in rainbows shining in the sky.
In every waking moment and all our life through
Just look for me and love me, as you know I loved you.
B y Conn Bernard and Vickie Brown
Just in case you didn’t see it when we smiled at you,
Just in case you didn’t feel it in our touch,
Just in case you didn’t hear it when we spoke your name
We want to say we loved you very much.
The family would like to thank all of our many family, friends and neighbors who through their prayers, calls, gifts and visits have helped support us during this period of grieving. Every prayer, card, gift and call has been greatly appreciated. May the grace of God be with you each and every one of you.