- November 10, 1944 - January 16, 2011
- Albuquerque, New Mexico
of Sokombe's Passing
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“The Dance (GARTH BROOKS)
Looking back on the memory of
The dance we shared beneath the stars above
For a moment all the world was right
How...Read More »
1 of 29 | Posted by: Angela - Albuquerque, NM
“They say that time heals all wounds, time goes by and the pain lingers.... I can only hope that you are happy and at peace where you are. I miss you...Read More »
2 of 29 | Posted by: Delphia - Honolulu, HI - Daughter
“On this 2nd anniversary of your going home, I can hear you whisper "If You Could See Me Now..."
With...Read More »
3 of 29 | Posted by: Angela Ekofo - Albuquerque, NM
Today I remember you in a very special way.
As tears flow down my face, I can hear you whisper into my ear this Andrea Bocelli’s...Read More »
5 of 29 | Posted by: Angela Ekofo - Albuquerque, NM
“My dear Ekofo, is is only now that I am able to think about our life together in a peaceful, loving and positive way. I am avoiding the horrible...Read More »
6 of 29 | Posted by: Daphne Ekofo - wife
“Professor Ekofo made a huge impact on my life; by encouraging me to pursue a degree in economic or accounting. I chose accounting. He was one of my...Read More »
7 of 29 | Posted by: Tasha Harper - Albuquerque, NM
“Happy Father's Day to my One And Only Daddy Ekofo Sokombe Louis.
Thinking of you and cherishing your memories on this special Day!
Looking...Read More »
8 of 29 | Posted by: Angela Ekofo - Albuquerque, NM
“Father, i can't begin to tell you how much more i miss you as the days go by. My pain has turned into anger. I keep asking myself why you left us so...Read More »
10 of 29 | Posted by: Eric L. Ekofo - Albuquerque, NM
You have left us way too early. I am here to let you know that I have a son, Liam and I cannot accept the fact that my little man will...Read More »
11 of 29 | Posted by: Delphia - Honolulu, HI - daughter
“The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord! Job 1:21
Blessed Be The...Read More »
12 of 29 | Posted by: Angela Ekofo - Daughter
“Au Sang et la Chair de Papa Ekofo Sokombe Louis,
Que le Seigneur Jésus-Christ, le Dieu de notre cher Papa nous garde tous dans sa paix par sa...Read More »
13 of 29 | Posted by: Angela Ekofo - Daughter
“I can't stop thinking about you, your love, your kindness, your soft heart dad. Be blessed by me !
Much love from me.
The one you use to call...Read More »
14 of 29 | Posted by: Rachelle Ekofo - Albuquerque, NM
“Hello there, sometimes i can't believe that i have lost my dad once again and now for good...i wonder how could i be any stronger or without thinking...Read More »
15 of 29 | Posted by: Rachelle Ekofo - Albuquerque, NM
“Merci Seigneur, toi qui a reçu dans Ton Royaume, pour le repos éternel, celui qui nous a été si chers.
16 of 29 | Posted by: Lofembe Benkenya Beke - My Uncle
“Goodbye Papa Ekofo Sokombe Louis
I have finally gained the strength to accept that you have left me for good,
that I can no longer hear you...Read More »
17 of 29 | Posted by: Angela Ekofo - Albuquerque, NM
“Sokombe was a dynamic educator. I am blessed that he was a colleague and a friend to me. I will miss his smile and laughter. May God bless and keep...Read More »
18 of 29 | Posted by: Xeturah Woodley
“Father, not a day goes by without me thinking of you. All the sweet memories that we shared, debates, and laughs are engraved on my mind. But, I don...Read More »
19 of 29 | Posted by: Eric sokombe-lofembe Ekofo - NM
“I miss you terribly. I love you!
20 of 29 | Posted by: maduda - daughter
“I'm saddened to learn of Sokombe's passing; he added so much warmth and intellectual excitement to my years at CNM. The world is better because he...Read More »
21 of 29 | Posted by: Jeanne Elmhorst - Albuquerque, NM
“Sokombe and I shared a cubicle at Montoya campus for many years. I will miss his dedication and his laughter. It's hard to believe that he won't be...Read More »
22 of 29 | Posted by: Ashleigh McLean - Albuquerque, NM
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of my best friend, my partner in life and my sweetheart. /this illness took him so fast we still cant believe its...Read More »
23 of 29 | Posted by: Daphne Ekofo - Albuquerque, NM
“The world was better off with a man like Sokombe Ekofo in it. He shared so much with so many people. His passion for his people in the Congo and for...Read More »
24 of 29 | Posted by: Kate Parker - Albuquerque, NM
“I am so sorry to hear of this loss. Sokombe had a sense of fairness that I admired and an openness to trying new things. The world is a poorer...Read More »
25 of 29 | Posted by: Geri Rhodes - Tome, NM
“I am sad beyond belief by the loss of Sokombe. I feel like a library has burned down. Rest easy my brother, and may your family and friends be...Read More »
26 of 29 | Posted by: Dodici Azpadu - Albuquerque, NM
“Sokombe-I didn't know you for long but for the short time I knew you, you impacted my life and for that i feel blessed. I remember you sitting at my...Read More »
27 of 29 | Posted by: Amanda Vital - Albuquerque, NM
“I always enjoyed Ekofo's company. He could be funny, serious, entertaining, interesting, and if you had a problem he had an educated answer for you. ...Read More »
28 of 29 | Posted by: Susan Hahn - Albuquerque, NM
“On behalf of the French Family of Companies we express our deepest condolence.
29 of 29 | Posted by: Trinity Montoya and Staff - NM
Sokombe L. Ekofo, 66, resident of Albuquerque, loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend to many, passed away surrounded by his family on January 16, 2011. Ekofo was born on November 10, 1944 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He began his studies in a Catholic Mission of Bokote where he excelled in every subject. The Catholic nuns who taught him knew he had a great gift. In the native African language he was thought of as a genius. Because of his great mind he was on track to become a priest and sent to seminary. He left the priesthood and attended the University of Kinshasa also known as Luvanium. From the European Union he received a scholarship to study in Parma, Italy. He spent five years in Italy before returning to his country and working for the government in many leadership capacities. After several years he received another scholarship from USAID to come to the United States to work on his PhD. in Economics at the University of New Mexico. After completing his masters in economics and achieving a Ph.D. "ABD" status he returned to his country for two years and worked as the chief scientific researcher and university professor. He returned to New Mexico and worked as professor of Economics at Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) and was later able to bring five of his 15 children to the U.S to live. Truly a citizen of the world, he spoke several languages including Latin, Greek, French, Italian, English and many African languages. He is survived by children and grandchildren of different nationalities residing in Belgium, Democratic Republic of Congo, Spain, South Africa, and America. His children are Angela Ekofo, Isabelle Ekofo, Yves Ekofo, Sonia Ekofo, Yvonne Ekofo, Patrick Ekofo, Virginie Ekofo, Emmanuel Ekofo, Huguette Ekofo, Reize Ekofo, Maurice Ekofo, Eric Ekofo, Joseph Ekofo, Delphia Wilson and husband Brent, and Rachelle Ekofo. He is also survived by his loving wife Daphne; the mother of his children, Marie-Josee Ekofo, and 23 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents Ekofo Benkenya and Bombula Marie and his loving sisters Albertine Nkoso and Monitrice Lokoku. Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. on Friday January 21, 2011 at Shrine of St. Bernadette Catholic Church 11401 Indian School Rd NE with viewing to begin at 6:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the Shrine of St. Bernadette on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. with burial following at Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery (the corner of Wyoming and Paseo del Norte).