In Memory of Stephen Kaduuli

Stephen Kaduuli

It is with profound sadness that we share news of the sudden passing of Stephen Kaduuli, CPJ's refugee rights policy analyst, on April 15, 2021.

Stephen was an invaluable member of our CPJ family. As our first full-time Refugee Rights Policy Analyst, Stephen brought a depth of compassion, insight, and expertise to cultivating our policy research and advocacy.

Stephen leveraged his background as a social worker and demographer to bring together a passion for data and for people, grounded in his experiences working with displaced persons in his home country of Uganda. He was passionate in his commitment to justice. He built strong collaborative networks, where he will be missed greatly.

Here at CPJ, we will miss his broad smile and deep chuckle. We will miss going out for shawarma together. We will miss the understated and thoughtful way in which he shared his perspectives.

We are grateful for the outpouring of love and support in the wake of Stephen’s passing. Below is a list of ways you can support Stephen’s family and CPJ at this time:

  • Stephen’s family is raising funds to pay for travel to Uganda where they will be laying his body to rest. You can send an e-transfer directly (no password required) to Stephen’s brother-in-law, Patrick Kimumwe, at moc.oohay@umikap.
  • Whether you live in Toronto or elsewhere, there are a few ways you can help provide meals, groceries and care packages. Please contact Natalie Appleyard for more information.
  • CPJ, along with Stephen’s family, wish to honour his dedication and passion for refugee rights by establishing a permanent fund to help enhance and deepen CPJ’s refugee work. You can find more information here.

We invite you to share your condolences and remembrances of Stephen in our guest book below. These will also be shared with Stephen's family.

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Michael Igulu

Kampala

Posted onThursday, April 22, 2021

May his soul rest in peace.

Eric Hans

Portsmouth

Posted onThursday, April 22, 2021

You stood for the right cause and had the perfect values. Rest in Glory

Senorita Nabafu

Kampala

Posted onThursday, April 22, 2021

May God strengthen and comfort his family in this trying time. He will be missed dearly. Rest in Peace Papa.

Sedona Dee

England

Posted onThursday, April 22, 2021

Sincere condolences to you all. Stephen left us in shock but we all pray that he rests well & peacefully.

Michael Mutamba

Uganda

Posted onThursday, April 22, 2021

This sudden news is very heartbreaking i pray to God to give comfort and protection to the rest of the family May your dad rest in peace

Daniel Kibedi

Uganda

Posted onWednesday, April 21, 2021

All this time I have tried to process the news I got on the passing of Mr. Steven Kaduuli. But till now can't believe it. To all the Kaduulis, Elle, Sam, San, Jo, Su..u r always at ❤️. We all have 1 place to meet after here. And so Till we all meet wth Steven again. Amen

Marion Pardy

St. John's

Posted onWednesday, April 21, 2021

Blessings of comfort and courage to the 'significant others' of Stephen and to his CPJ family.

Diane Marshall

Posted onTuesday, April 20, 2021

With gratitude for the contribution he made to CPJ’s work with Refugees.
My condolences for you all as a team in losing such a valuable colleague.

Ciru Kimani

Toronto

Posted onTuesday, April 20, 2021

Steve..Stevoooo....My good good friend of my heart. I have been fighting back tears for days because if i dare let them flow i am afraid they will not stop. The news of your passing left me trembling as i stood there listening to the voice on the other side of the line. I keep staring at your phone contact hoping that you would call one last time.... It doesn't make sense why you are not here, We had plans for this week..., We had such a good network of friends. I am soo hurt and broken for his immediate family, this is a hard pill to swallow.
Until we meet again Steve, Me and the gang love you soo soo much and are lost without your warmth and humility.
RIP

Joanne Vandergrift

Lacombe

Posted onTuesday, April 20, 2021

I met Stephen at the NADC 2019...I never got to know him well but I was moved by his passion for his work and the information that he shared in the workshop that I attended. Blessings and God's comfort for those who are deeply affected by his passing and strength to CPJ as they mourn his loss.

Nambi Oliver

Kamuli

Posted onTuesday, April 20, 2021

We will miss you so much! RIP

Khwaka Kukubo

Toronto

Posted onMonday, April 19, 2021

My sincere condolences to Stephen’s family.

I was shocked and saddened to learn of Stephen’s death. We were part of a team working on creating a platform for the Canadian chapter for advocacy action focused on forced migration. The first time I met Stephen was at a meeting in Toronto and coincidentally, on the same day COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. May God comfort Stephen’s family and friends during this difficult time.

Kaliro Michael

Uganda

Posted onMonday, April 19, 2021

My his soul rest in eternal peace, he will really be missed by his family especially the mom

Karen Pascal

Henri Nouwen Society

Posted onMonday, April 19, 2021

I am so very sorry for your loss - for Stephen's family and for the wonderful team at CPJ.
Stephen sounds like a man who served our world well and who opened not only doors but attitudes in Canadians' minds toward refugees.
On behalf of the Henri Nouwen Society, we grieve with you.
May you all know God's comfort and strength in the midst of this great loss.
Karen Pascal

David Pollock

Ottawa

Posted onMonday, April 19, 2021

Stephen

Frost is gone, daffodils push forward
Into this Covid Spring
Streaming sunlight,
New life all around.
Stephen you should be here!
Somewhere drought lingers
Parched by the sun
Grasses fried
Why God, why Stephen has died?
His smile was wide
Like his African Nile
Thoughtful, gentle,
Passionate. Urgent patience
Required in the long-distance refugee justice fight
He knew and showed
He knew.
Stephen you should be here!
I knew him as colleague
Others as my husband, my dad…
Closing of offices,
“See you again soon?”
“See you again?”
“See you?”
“No! I don’t see!
Stephen you should be here!”
Rest in peace my brother.
But Stephen – You should be here!

Written by David Pollock, colleague and friend: April 19, 2021

Kimberly Lajoie

London

Posted onMonday, April 19, 2021

On behalf of the London Ontario chaplains we send our condolences to family and friends. God welcomed home a good and faithful servant.

Arlene Borg

Ottawa

Posted onMonday, April 19, 2021

Dear Stephen's family and the CPJ staff,

On behalf on One Way Ministries, I want to tell you that we grieved with you when we heard of the passing on of your beloved father and husband for the CPJ staff, a dear team member.

We pray the Lord's comfort and strength for you. May He who is the God of Hope surround you with His love.

We will be praying for you.

In Christ's love,

Arlene

Richard Olowo

Hanoi

Posted onSunday, April 18, 2021

I am extremely saddened by the news of the passing of Stephen Kaduuli. Stephen welcomed us to his home and his hospitality was unmatched. He was extremely engaging, and his love for numbers didn't diminish his compassion and love for his family and for us his relatives. He will be dearly missed. May he rest in peace.
My thoughts and prayers are with Susan and the children for comfort, provision, strength and wisdom at this extremely trying time of loss in the time of a global pandemic. Stephen's sudden passing is a big loss not only to his immediate family but to the many, many relatives, in-laws and friends who have experienced Stephen's generosity and warmth.

Erinah Olowo

Asia

Posted onSunday, April 18, 2021

Stephen, you will always be remembered and dearly missed RIP!
Our condolences, thoughts and prayers to Suzan, Children and your loved ones.
Psalm 46 ????????
Erinah Olowo

Edwin Olowo

USA

Posted onSunday, April 18, 2021

God bless Uncle Steven’s Soul. May he Rest In Peace

Christine Sepuya

Brampton

Posted onSunday, April 18, 2021

Rest in peace. May God protect and provide for you family..

Ali Balunywa

Amsterdam

Posted onSunday, April 18, 2021

Nga kitalo inho ekya Stevo. Omukama amuse ekiwumulo ekyemirembe, amusonhiwe ebyamusobaku ku dunia agumye neizare rye!

Hope Kavuya

USA

Posted onSunday, April 18, 2021

Steven was a wonderful and loving Individual beyond Borders.He was a school/ classmate and above all a dear friend till his sudden death.I will miss his smile and big heart.May he RIP.My fondest Prayers to the his Wife Susan. The children and his entire family

Dorah K K

Uganda

Posted onSunday, April 18, 2021

Heartfelt condolences to the family. May Steven Rest In Peace.

FREDERICK GEOFFREY KAWANGUZI

LONDON UK

Posted onSunday, April 18, 2021

It was with shock that I learnt of the passing on of Stephen Kaduuli. You will be greatly missed by many and pray that God rests your soul in eternal peace.

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