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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Dan Beru

Bukoto Kampala

Posted onSaturday, April 17, 2021

I will greatly miss my baddi Steve . We had great time when he was living in Kampala . I remember the spree at Mawanda road container. A few paints going down our throats. RIP

Gilbert Kabuzire

Kampala

Posted onSaturday, April 17, 2021

A good heart has stopped beating, a good soul ascended to heaven. We part with our beloved Steven, a man of profound love and humility. I was privileged to serve Uganda Immigration Directorate with him and I must say I learnt alot from him. May he rest in eternity.

Valerie Kagoro

London

Posted onSaturday, April 17, 2021

Stephen was part of our friendship group growing up in Jinja and at Makerere University. I remember his sense of humour and wit. Thinking of his family at this difficult time.
RIP dear Stephen

Anthony Kagoro

Uganda

Posted onSaturday, April 17, 2021

I grew up with Stephen and indeed he was jolly person and always someone to look up to we shall miss him deeply

Cissy Kimumwe

London

Posted onSaturday, April 17, 2021

Ohh Steven what a shock that u a no longer with us,A week ago I spoke to him and Sue ,I pray God comforts Sue and de kids in this trying time,MHSRIP!!!

Ivan Irumba

Kampala, Uganda

Posted onSaturday, April 17, 2021

It's with profound shock that I hear of the death of this very amiable friend. I pray for comfort and good health to the family. Rest in peace Stephen.

Charles Akoyo

Kampala, Uganda.

Posted onSaturday, April 17, 2021

I learnt of Stephen’s passing with profound shock. Stephen and I first met in Namasagali College in Senior One. Since then we have been very close friends and brothers. We chatted every week; joked and laughed! He was such a warm person, full of humor.

I will greatly miss Stephen.

My deepest sympathies to Susan, Sandra, Stella, Samantha and Jonathan.

May Stephen’s Soul rest in eternal peace.

Robert Muwazi

Uganda

Posted onSaturday, April 17, 2021

I worked with Stephen as a junior officer and he was my Supervisor during late 1990s. I vividly remember his sense of humour and he would always interact with us with that deep smile. Rest well Stephen.

Charles Cowards Okello

Kampala, Uganda

Posted onSaturday, April 17, 2021

Steven was my supervisor at passport office way back in 2001, or thereabout. I remember him as a tough but very admirable and jovial character with focus on results at all times.

I remember his reference to money as 'Bullion' in trying to discourage transgressions among his officers. We shall ever miss him.

May the Lord comfort his family during this trying moment.
RIP

Musumba Steven

East London RSA

Posted onSaturday, April 17, 2021

It is with great sadness and shock that I learn of the passing of Stephen. May the Almighty strengthen and protect the rest of the family during this trying period.
RIP Stephen.

Nyanga James

Posted onSaturday, April 17, 2021

We are gonna miss u Stephen,God gives and takes RIP.

Peter Ibembe

Kampala Uganda

Posted onSaturday, April 17, 2021

Stephen was a friend from my university days. He was versatile, dynamic and ambitious. My thoughts go out to his family and many friends. May his soul rest in eternal peace

Joe Kyambadde

New York

Posted onSaturday, April 17, 2021

Steve was a good man and a great friend. Let’s pray for Susan, the kids, his mum, sibling(s), relatives and friends. May God comfort them and give him peaceful rest in his eternal home. Amen.

Yanguya Freddie Doe

South Africa - Johannesburg

Posted onSaturday, April 17, 2021

Stephen, will dearly be missed by all of us, who new him.
I was his classmate at Namasagali college in Uganda from 1974-1979
He was full of humor, friendly and helpful. I will miss the chats we had when, He was in Uganda and Canada. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Nabeta Alfred

New York

Posted onSaturday, April 17, 2021

It was deeply shocking to hear of Steve’s death. My family and I are struggling to get to terms with the loss of a life long friend. He will be greatly missed. May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Elizabeth Kyazze

Uganda

Posted onFriday, April 16, 2021

You will be dearly missed and remembered for your great smile, welcoming and warm heart. May The Lord comfort the family and Rest you in Eternal peace.

Elin Goulden

Toronto

Posted onFriday, April 16, 2021

I am so very sorry to hear of Stephen's passing. I only met him once but was struck by his personal warmth and passion for his work. I always appreciated his analysis of refugee issues and policy in The Catalyst. My deepest condolences to Stephen's family, friends and colleagues - he will be greatly missed. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Will Postma

Georgetown

Posted onFriday, April 16, 2021

I am so sorry for Stephen's passing. Such a shock. A passionate advocate for justice, for the rights of refugees. He did CPJ proud and made the work of refugee advocacy all the more important. A few weeks earlier I had shared Stephen's very recent article from the Hill Times... "it is possible for Canada to both contain the virus and to continue resettling refugees." Blessings and strength to Stephen's family.

Lillie Kimumwe

Seattle, Washington

Posted onFriday, April 16, 2021

I am speechless. I feel the pain for Sue and the children. May God Almighty receive Stephen with mercy and favour. May his soul rest in everlasting peace. Sleep well my dearest friend and confidant. Blessings.

Masa Kateb

Vancouver

Posted onFriday, April 16, 2021

My condolences to Stephen's family and loved ones. May his soul rest in peace and may his family be granted patience and strength to carry on in this life without his physical presence... May his remembrance stay in your hearts...

I briefly got to work with Stephen as part of the Canadian Council for Refugees' Overseas Protection and Resettlement Working Group's Steering Committee. What a graceful man he was with all of his interactions...

May his good deeds be spoken about, and may everything else evaporate into the fabric of the universe...

With peace,
Masa

Gustavo Carvalho

Toronto, ON

Posted onFriday, April 16, 2021

I never met Stephen, but followed his work from afar. He fought the good fight. May God comfort his family, friends and colleagues, and raise others to continue his work.

Kyangabo Joseph

Uganda

Posted onFriday, April 16, 2021

A great person in every aspect, will miss the humorous jokes, scrabble enemy,....RIP.

Peace Mpandu

Kampala, Uganda

Posted onFriday, April 16, 2021

We shall greatly miss u Uncle steven, Rest with the angels????

Hakim Kasasa

Kampala Uganda

Posted onFriday, April 16, 2021

You will dearly be missed for your welcoming heart. But I pray God comforts family in such a trying time.

Cheryl Mahaffy

Edmonton

Posted onFriday, April 16, 2021

So sorry to learn of Stephen's passing! What a loss for everyone who knew him, and for so many who benefited from the combination of expertise and passion he offered through CPJ--and in many other ways, I'm sure. Strength to everyone there as you celebrate his life and mourn his death.

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