All the days of our youth, Caleb P. Gartei was an absolute joy to be around. He made sure to call each of his siblings daily, just to check in. Uncle Caleb always had a joke for the nieces, and a brand new nick-name for the nephews, based on nothing at all but his urge to see us smile. He was soft-spoken, kind-hearted, comedic, jovial, witty, and ever-loyal. He was a peacemaker, and a gentle giant. He adored his immediate and extended family, and he showed it by remaining very close. As you can imagine, we are heartbroken to have lost him so suddenly.
Uncle Caleb's unexpected end, is devastating to his children, who depended on him for subsistence, tragic for his brothers and sisters, who have been committed to caring for his daily needs, from the day of his hospital discharge, to the day of his death, and agonizing for his one ailing parent, my grandfather, who, at nearly 100 tears old, is nearing the end of his own days.
Uncle Caleb came to this country with nothing at all, but in 20 years, he was able to build a modest life that allowed him to do more for his children that he would have otherwise, guiding them toward opportunities his previously impoverished mind could never have imagined.
He passed away with plans to return to his home, Liberia, West Africa, to reunite with his 5 eldest children, whom he has not seen since his emigration to the United States, 21 years ago.
While that plan is now null and void, we do hope to achieve the ability to bring his Liberian children to the U.S. in order to attend their father's funeral.
The round trip ticket costs for each of his 5, Liberian-born children, would be a tad overwhelming for the family, given looming funeral costs, and continued contributions to the subsistence of his surviving, underage children.
We beseech anyone who feels so inclined, to help our family reunite Uncle Caleb with the children he left long ago, so that they may help to give their father a proper burial. The goal, $6000, would greatly help with this, his mortal wish.
Our family is eternally grateful for your time and consideration.
- Eric Hansen
- Jay Reynolds
- Jennifer Tanner
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