When you want to celebrate such a glorious life that is Ian Kumwenda – Daile, all vocabulary fails to describe him. Indeed the myriad emotions I felt at his funeral cannot be described in understandable words.
His was love, humility and respect that he demonstrated to all.
Ian was unquestionably committed to his wife Wona and his children. A respecter of the elderly. With the help of his beloved wife Wona, he provided for his children and gave mentorship support. As a family, Ian and Wona have been exemplary in projecting an ideal family, creating a strong Christian home for the successful nurturing of his children. They mentored many young couples and helped heal broken families.
Ian did charity work out of a genuine love for others. And although he had achieved much, he never allowed success to get to his head. He is departing this world having been an MD of one of the most successful insurance companies and yet, success never went to his head. Even in his season of sickness, Ian never lost his zest for charm and charity. What a man!
Above all, Ian’s love for God was not a secret! He loved Jesus Christ and served Him dearly to the end.
To Wona, Daile still lives. To Gome, Marumbo, Wongani & Ian Jr, dad lives inside your laughter and crystallised in every tear drop. Yes, he lives through every life touched by his selflessness. No – he is not gone, he is here! He taught you to be strong, expects you to carry on and so you will. You will be okay. Not time, nor space, even death …. will ever separate you from your loved one – you carry him inside of your heart and memory. You can literally say ‘O Death, where is thy sting?’
Daile, your death is hard to bear, but your legacy will remain forever. Indeed although you would be missed by us all, your life will continue to speak through your favourite verse – Phillipians 3:10 – ‘I want to know Christ – yes, to know the power of His resurrection and participation in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death’.
We will forever continue to salute and appreciate God as we see you through the lives of those you touched.
Fare thee well, my dearest brother …..