Late Mr. Johnson Woolo Doerue
(He was a Humanitarian)
Mankind, down through the ages has come the cry for knowledge and more knowledge. Around us, everything is changing and nothing seems permanent and fixed. The mountains crumble away, the rivers dry up in the Sahara Desert, and cease to flow, islands sink and new seas are formed. The great oaks, in all their majesty must succumb to transition, to change, or death. Man goes on his way and crosses the borderline into the unknown and seems to end his existence in the twinkling of an eye. Is there any part of man, therefore, or any part of nature, that is immortal, unchanging permanent and conditional? Still, there was always the quest for knowledge and the desire for answers to problems unsolved. Why are we here? Who are we? Whence have we come? And where do we go? Is this personality of ours, this individuality which we strive to build up through idealism and the elimination of undesirable traits, merely a temporary or imaginary creation of us ?
According to the police within the Washington, D.C. area, Mr. Johnson Doerue was killed on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at the intersection of North Capitol Street and Channing Street, around 9:30pm. He was reportedly crossing from the east side to the west side of North Capitol Street, when the vehicle fatally struck him. He was 67 years old.
I met late Johnson Doerue in January, 1982, when I enrolled at the Howard University in Washington, D.C., to pursue my graduate studies. He was kind to accept me to reside in his apartment for 6 months. When he realized that I had no scholarship from the Liberian Government, he was sympathetic and asked me to only cover the payments of utilities, which were less than $100.00 monthly at that time.
Brother Johnson, was a good and kind man, he will be greatly missed.
Late Mr. Johnson Doerue and his wife, Mrs. Mbowolee O. Doerue
Let me close with the following eulogy verse:
"Nature it seems stands on its head
When you mourn the loss of a great man
Today we remember his life with us
The years of laughter and fun ,
We’re thinking of all the times that we shared
And though we are bowed with grief
Today we celebrate the great man we once had
Because it is our firm belief
That his life enriched us in so many ways
Brought sunshine and happiness into our days
And though we are heartbroken and very sad
Today we admit that we’re also glad
That we had him, if only for too short a while
Not yet but sometimes we’ll remember and smile."
MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PERFECT PEACE.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Mr. Bargblor is a graduate of Cuttington University, Liberia; Howard University, Washington, D. C, and Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. He is a trained administrator in the field of Education and public service. He is former President of the African Catholic Community of Rhode Island, former vice President of the Liberian Community Association of Rhode Island, former Chairman of the Board of Directors of Grand Gedeh Association in the Americas, Inc., Administrative Certification from the Rhode Island Department of Education. He served as Chairman of the Department of Mathematics at the Bong Town High School, Bong Mines, Liberia. He has been an Instructor of Mathematics, with the Washington D.C. School, 4 years and the Providence School Department for over 25 years. Mr. Bargblor is a former Deputy Managing Director of the National Port Authority of Liberia, NPA.