Bro. Theophilus Aloysius Teah Kpae Nimneh, 81 years of age, of Kpekor, VOA Road, Monrovia, Liberia and Sherwood Street, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, passed away on 16 November 2020 at 7:30pm EST after losing the battle to Covid-19.
Bro. Nimneh was born on March 12, 1939 to the union of Mr. Thomas Nimneh and Madam Jarpnoh Gbee (both deceased) in Gborken Village, Lower Virginia, Montserrado County, Liberia. He was the 7th of ten (10) siblings, eight (8) of whom had pre-deceased him. At age six (6), Theophilus and two (2) of his siblings, Seth and Martha, were taken to Freetown, Sierra Leone, by his late aunt Madam Joe Nimneh.
Bro. Nimneh attended Kru Primary and St. Anthony Primary Schools, Freetown, Sierra Leone, and completed his secondary school education at the St. Edwards Secondary School, Freetown, Sierra Leone, from where he graduated in 1960 with a West African Exams Council Certificate. After graduating from secondary school, Bro. Nimneh joined the Sierra Leone Prison Department in 1961 after a three (3) months brief spell at the Custom Department. He rose from Cadet rank to Deputy Director and retired in 1979. During his career, Bro. Nimneh attended several overseas training courses in Prison Management at the Prison Staff College, Wakefield, Yorkshire and Manchester University, England.
At the invitation of the late President William R. Tolbert of Liberia, Bro. Nimneh returned to Liberia and joined the Corrections Bureau, Ministry of Justice, Republic of Liberia, with assignment to restructure the Liberia Prisons systems. He worked with the Corrections Bureau for few years.
Bro. Theophilus Nimneh was an all-round sports man serving in various capacities and had deep passion for Soccer. He was Team Manager of his Alma Mater soccer team, St. Edwards 1st Division Soccer Team, and won lauds for many years. His impressive record at the team level resulted in the National Body overwhelmingly voting him as National Team Manager, a position he held with flying colors to the admiration of the sporting public and consequently earned him the nick name “TM Nimneh”. TM Nimneh travelled
extensively with the team at home and abroad. Many of TM Nimneh squad members are currently residing in the USA and elsewhere worldwide.
Bro. Nimneh professed the Catholic faith and was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Monrovia, Liberia and St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Providence, Rhode Island. Bro. Nimneh was a Chartered member of St. Patrick’s Commandery No. 448, Knights of St. John International.
Anyone who knew Papa Nimneh knew he was a loving father and family man anyone could ask for. Papa Nimneh is pre-deceased by Madam Gladys Kpeh Memeh Johnson (wife of 1st marriage) and Madam Albertha Stokes (wife of 2nd marriage). Papa Nimneh is survived by his children: Bernadette T. Nimneh (USA); Aloysius Nimneh (Liberia); Florence Nimneh (Liberia); Doreen Nimneh-Togba (USA); Helen Nimneh-Nyanti (USA); Donald T. Nimneh (USA); Ponsford T. Nimneh (Sierra Leone); Collin Nimneh (UK) and Michael Nimneh (Liberia). He was also father to Victoria Lawson (Sierra Leone); Josephine Lawson-Smith (United Kingdom) and Tien Lawson (Sierra Leone).
Also mourning his loss are his:
- Surviving sisters: Nimneh Koffa (Liberia) and Theresa Juah Davies (USA)
- Grandchildren; Great grandchildren; Great, great grandchildren
- Sons-in-law: Michael Toe Togba (Nigeria); Aloysius Blay Jerbo (USA)
- Daughter-in-law: Mariama Nimneh
- Nephews: Francis Jugbeh (Liberia); Richard Jugbeh (Liberia); Borbor Jugbeh (Liberia); Jared Munter Wruor (Sweden); Mayangar Logan Wruor (Liberia); Jimmey C. Fahngon (Liberia); Sebestine Seidu Kemokai (Liberia); Kpe Shaw (Liberia); Rev. Sando Ballah (Liberia); Christopher Teah (USA); Dominic Edwin Momoh (USA); Stephen Fahngon (Liberia); Oldpa (Liberia); etc.
- Nieces: Jartu Konbah; Agnes Jugbeh; Zoe; Martha; Ayer; Mammie (all of Liberia)
- Cousins and a host of other relatives, close associates and friends: Sento Johnson (USA); Reynold Weeks (USA); Achim Tah (USA).
Signed: The family
a. Due to the alarming increase in Covid-19 cases across the United States and the related restrictions of very minimum number of persons in public gatherings, and out of abundance of caution for the safety and wellbeing of the family and well-wishers, the family regrets to inform that the removal and burial ceremonies will be STRICTLY PRIVATE.
b. For virtual participation in the ceremony, please use the following zoom pass codes: Theophilus Nimneh Funeral, Personal Meeting ID: 920 800 7446, Passcode: 060220
c. Friends and associates desiring to reach the family can do so via phone call, sms/text, WhatsApp, Instagram, FB Messenger, and other social media platforms.
Bernadette: 401-516-0220; Doreen: 401-359-2805; Helen: 401-215-0896; Donald: 515-441-1908
Aloysius: 231-777-483-490; Florence: 231-888-816-509
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