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Esther Passaris Mourns Father Who Built Kenya’s First Ship

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Nairobi Woman Representative Esther Passaris is mourning the death of her father, a Kenyan of Greek origin.

She penned an emotional tribute to him across her social media platforms on Friday evening, January 21 while sharing a photo of her by his side.

Passaris celebrated him as a great architect who had a wealth of milestones during his 79 years on Earth. He built the MV Mwewe, Kenya’s first ship which sailed across the coast of East Africa.

A photo of Nairobi Woman Representative Esther Passaris with her late father. /TWITTER.ESTHER PASSARIS

He also was a coach and mentor of the youth at Ngome Football Club in Mombasa County.

“A part of me has died today. The heavens opened and ended my father’s suffering.

“A naval architect by profession, my dad achieved a lot in his 79 years. From building the first ship in Kenya – the ‘MV Mwewe’ that sailed across the East African coast – to coaching and mentoring the young men of Ngome Football Club in Mombasa,” her condolence message read in part.

Her late father had worked for Southern Engineering Company Limited, COMARCO, before incorporating HELMACO, which he led until retirement.

“Looking back, none of his achievements compare to the family man that he was; a loving husband to my mother, an incredible dad to his five children and a doting Papou (grandfather) to his nine grand children.

“God was his anchor; gratitude his motto, protection over his family and country his prayer. Though heartbroken, it is well with my soul,” she concluded.

Many netizens, politicians and Kenyans in general came together to offer their condolences to Passaris following her loss.

“We condole with our Secretary for Foreign Affairs Hon. Esther Passaris following the loss of her dear father today. We pray that God will grant her and the entire family the fortitude to overcome the grief,” tweeted the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party.

“My heartfelt condolences to Hon. Esther Passaris  following the death of her beloved dad. May God grant her and her family fortitude and comfort during this trying moment.

“May his soul rest in eternal peace,” added Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya.

On Father’s Day in 2021, Passaris shared a photo celebrating her father who apparently was still lifting weights at the age of 79.

“#HappyFathersDay2021 to my dad. At 79, still making efforts to lift weights/ cycle with the help of family around you when I can’t be there,” she wrote on June 20, 2021.

A portrait of Nairobi Woman Representative Esther Passaris’ late father. /TWITTER.ESTHER PASSARIS

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