Ngabuen Nshom

Ngabuen J. Nshom

March 15, 1955 - January 13, 2019
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Ngabuen Johnson (Ngong) Nshom, 63, passed away peacefully on January 13, 2019 in Lowell, MA.

Ngabuen was born March 15, 1955 in the Village of Babanki-Tungo in the Northwest region of Cameroon. He was the seventh of ten children born to father Nshom and mother Mangwi, both of late. He won a scholarship to study in the United States and graduated from Tennessee State University with Honors with a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1978. He obtained his MSEE from Cornell University in 1982. He started his career at the Xerox Corporation in Rochester, NY and went on to have a long career working for wireless and mobile telecommunications companies in Massachusetts and Washington State.

He appreciated good company and food, and liked to keep physically fit with soccer, swimming, and racquet sports. He was always quick with a smile and enjoyed visits from family and friends. He was an active member of his community, attending Calvary Baptist Church of Lowell, and sitting on the board of Cameroonians of Lowell Association (CAMOLA). With his former wife, Donna (Cooper), he raised and is survived by five adult children: Montsine, Vimombi, Yufanyi, Aseh and Nayah. He is also survived by three sisters: Abeseh, Anuh and Gejung. His loved ones also include close friends and extended family, many nieces and nephews, including his nephew Vighoti Tifah (wife Juniah) of Lowell, MA. He will be missed by all that knew him. The family would like to thank Northwood Rehabilitation & Care Center for their dedicated care and support of Ngabuen.

Visiting hours will be held from 4-7 PM on Friday, January 25, 2019 at the BLAKE CHELMSFORD FUNERAL HOME, 24 Worthen St., CHELMSFORD. A funeral service will be held at Calvary Baptist Church, 60 Hastings St., LOWELL on Saturday January 26th at 1:00 PM. KINDLY MEET AT CHURCH. Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CAMOLA or Calvary Baptist church.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    January 25, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    January 25, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Blake Chelmsford Funeral Home
    24 Worthen Street
    Chelmsford, MA 01824
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  • Funeral Service

    January 26, 2019 | 1:00pm
    January 26, 2019 1:00pm
    Calvary Baptist Church
    60 Hastings Street
    Lowell, MA 01851
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    Reverend Atula Jamir


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Private Condolence

Emmanuel Sanyi

Posted at 11:18am
In memory of Ngabuen Johnson Nshom by Emmanuel Sanyi old friend and classmate from Cameroon Protestant College CPC Bali

CPC Bali was such amping time ago. But as I think of Ngabuen, it’s like yesterday. After our five years together in Bali we separated as we pursued education and careees in different directions. But Nsom was always in my mind as one of the smartest kids I had known but he handled that difference with grace and humility. Always willing to help and work with other students and not to Lord it over others. I miss those good old days. I thank God that you went ahead t maximize your abilities and went ahead to become such a successful professional. and family man. We will all miss you. We love you but God loves you even more. You are finally resting from the stresses of human life. God bless you. I know we shall meet again in the blessed name of Jesus.

Emmanuel N Sanyi
New Jersey

Heartfelt Sympathies

Posted at 09:00am
In Memory of Ngabuen Johnson Nshom
Dr. Gemuh Akuchu
Atlanta, GA
January 20, 2019
I am deeply saddened by Ngabuen’s premature and untimely demise and it pains me greatly writing this
eulogy instead of him doing so for me. In the thinking and wish of my people, it should be the young
burying the old and not the other way around. But unfortunately, God does not see things that way. He
has a plan for everybody, both the young and the old, and when each person’s time comes, He calls the
one home to rest from his/her earthly chores. And so, Ngabuen’s time came and He called him home.
As the Good Book instructs us, we should give thanks to God under all circumstances. So, even as we
mourn, we thank Him for Ngabuen’s life and for the time he shared with us. He is gone but will never be
forgotten for we have indelible memories of him, and he has bequeathed the world with an everlasting
rich legacy in the form of five young dynamic children, four beautiful lovely ladies and a handsome
My memories of Ngabuen stretch back to the time when he was still a toddler. He was born in the Tuoloh
Quarter or neighborhood in Kidjom Ketinguh where our compounds were within an earshot. We grew
very close and he became more of a kid brother than just a friend to me and our lives have entwined
ever since. After primary school, he went to the Cameroon Protestant College [CPC] Bali, a secondary,
and now high, school that I attended many years before him.
For university studies, he contacted me in the United States in 1973 to help him gain admission into a
university to study engineering. I sought admission for him at Tennessee State University [TSU] in
Nashville, Tennessee, where I was living and teaching at Fisk University. The TSU engineering department
determined from his transcripts that he was a very brilliant student and granted him not only admission
but also a partial scholarship. I procured a plane ticket for him and he came over.
It was a moment of great joy in 1974 when he arrived in Nashville and we reunited. He lived with my
family for a year while attending the University and when I moved to Delaware State College at Dover,
Delaware, he came to visit from time to time. Since then, we have kept track of each other both in the
US and in Cameroon. So, it was that after I returned to Cameroon, he came with his wife, Donna, and
baby Montsine, to visit me in Yaoundé.
When my family moved back to the US in 2001, he flew from Seattle, Washington, to welcome us in
Lafayette, Indiana. When we moved to Atlanta, Georgia, he used to stay with us when he came to do
short-term work for his company. On moving from Seattle, he spent some months with us before going
to Lowell, Massachusetts, from where he went to meet his God.
In all the long years that I knew Ngabuen, I found him to be very trustworthy and reliable. He was
boisterous, smart and hard-working. He enjoyed talking and his conversations were usually punctuated

with very infectious hearty laughter. He also liked debating and would get so excited that he stuttered
when trying to speak fast to make his point.
Ngabuen was a kind-hearted and sympathetic Christian who cared immensely about people and sort to
do good for them. His generosity was not limited to his extended family members only but extended to
friends in need whom he assisted while expecting nothing in return from them. Imbued with a
philanthropic spirit, he reached out and assisted students at his alma meter, CPC, Bali, where for some
years he provided a scholarship to supplement tuition for the best science student in the school.
He has gone to join his dear parents and four siblings who preceded him to the other world. It will be a
big relief for him to meet his mother whom he loved very dearly but was not able to go and bury her
when she passed away. This weighed down so heavily on his heart that he talked often to me about it
and looked forward to going to visit her grave site. But at last, that will not matter anymore since he has
gone to meet her.
I extend to his immediate and extended families the heart-felt condolences of the Akuchu family. At this
very painful moment, we pray the Good Lord to comfort and grant them the peace that passes all
understanding as well as fill the void in their hearts with His holy spirit.
Due to circumstances beyond my control, I regret deeply that I will not be physically present at his
funeral and to accompany him to his last resting place, but I will certainly be there in spirit.
Adios and farewell my bosom friend till we meet again to part no more. May your gentle soul rest in
perfect peace in the bosom of the Almighty God.

Heartfelt Sympathies

Posted at 08:38am
To Ngabuen, my best friend.
Yes Ngabuen, you beat me to it
But we never were competing
We were only living and working
Struggling Hoping, and praying
For the better day
Perhaps it never comes our way
Bur It comes Afterall
The Day that we can say ‘All is Well’
Greet our parents that we cherish so much
Greet our brothers and sisters gone before
Look down upon your family and mine
Continue the good work you began
Keep your candles of prayer and Hope burning
For reconciliation in mind body and soul
To see the Better Day together.
When we can together say ‘All is well’
Farewell my dear Friend
You worked so hard, I know you did
Not just because you told me so
But also, because I have seen it.
You raised a good family
You touched the limits of the sky
May our Good God be Gracious unto Your Soul
‘All is well with your Soul’.
Rest in Perfect Peace.
Achu Mbanga Robert
& the Achu Family

Khien Awasom-Nkimbeng

Posted at 06:12pm
Uncle Nchom, May your soul rest in perfect peace. You will be greatly missed.

Wallace Divine

Posted at 09:03pm
Tribute to Ngabuen from Wallace Divine

I first met Johnson Ngabuen Nshom at CPC Bali in 1966 during his first year in Form 1, while I was in Form 2. The last time I saw him was on February 4th, 2018, at the Northwood Nursing Home and Rehabilitation facility in Lowell Massachusetts, along with Ba Victor Fonkem. We therefore knew each other and grew up as friends for a very long time, some 52 years!

It is normal that over such a long span of time, we would go for years without seeing each other and we even lost contact for long periods. This was so, mainly because we lived in different parts of the world for educational and career pursuits. Yet, it was always exciting to reconnect occasionally, to rekindle our friendship, exchange stories about our life experiences, and to reminisce over our trials and tribulations of the past. Ah, these were fantastic times together, full of laughter. He always had a loud and infectious laughter, which was characteristic him, as all who knew him would agree. He was a fun and great guy.

The best of these special moments happened in the 1980s when he and his very kind, warm and friendly wife Donna, with daughters Montsine, Mombi and Yufanyi lived in Townsend Massachusetts, while I also lived in Massachusetts. During this period, we saw each other frequently with other friends in Massachusetts. He later moved to Seattle and I would serve abroad for some 20 years. As a result, we would not see each other so frequently and I did not even have the pleasure of seeing his 2 youngest children, Aseh and Nayah. Ngabuen was very much blessed with such a big and good family.

Throughout his later years in Massachusetts, he was not in fine health. Ni Kingsley Ndi became the main liaison who would facilitate contacts with Ngabuen during these most difficult years in the twilight of his life. He also provided us with periodic updates of Ngabuen’s condition, which was mostly difficult to accept. The visible deterioration of his faculties became increasingly apparent and heartrending of a friend who was so renowned for his very admirable intellect and record of being amongst the best students in CPC, often topping his class and obtaining a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Cornell University in New York. Life is harsh! But our good Lord knows best.

In the end, I am particularly grateful to have had the opportunity to see him on February 4th, 2018, not knowing that this would be the last time I would enjoy laughter with him, albeit without any utterance of a spoken word. The photograph included in the photo gallery captured the emotions and spirit of the moment that I will cherish forever.
May his soul rest in perfect peace until we reunite in the house of our Heavenly Father. Amen.


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Photo taken with Wallace Divine, our last interaction on February 4th 2018. He was still able to smile happily. I was highly elated but never thought this would be "Adieu".
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