Saturday, May 22, 2010

Ambrose Bashiru Sidique Lamin

Lamin, Ambrose Bashiru Sidique Born 04 September 1947 in Kandor, Sierra Leone, West Africa, died unexpectedly but peacefully on 25 March 2010 at the age of 62 in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Preceded in death by his beloved parents, Alhaji Sidique Lamin and Mommy Musu and Alfred Joseph Lamin and Mama Nancy. Survived by his wife and best friend, Kathy Herman-Lamin; daughter, Amanda Musu Lamin, and son, Sidique Bashiru Lamin; many brothers and sisters; and countless other relatives and friends. Ambrose came to Minneapolis in 1973 to complete his higher education; he received his bachelors and masters degrees in history and education at the University of Minnesota. His intentions were always to go back home to share his extensive knowledge in the Sierra Leone he loved so much, but unfortunately, war in the country kept him from fully achieving that dream. He was a resident of Minneapolis for 37 years. Ambrose taught for 20 years in the Minneapolis Public Schools as both a Social Studies and Special Education teacher, retiring in June 2007. Since his retirement, Ambrose spent part of his time in Sierra Leone, working on a retirement home by the sea for him and his wife Kathy. He was truly one of a kind; a most generous, thoughtful, fun loving, and dedicated man; his family, friends and students always came first. Teaching was his passion (not just his job), and he never missed an opportunity to share a bit of history with anyone he met. He loved music and dancing and could light up a room by his presence. If you met him once, you were a friend forever. Somewhere he is dancing and telling those who miss him so, in a voice like no other, "everything will be alright". The funeral and burial will be on 24 April 2010 at Jaiama Bongor Secondary School, Koribondo, Sierra Leone, a school he co-founded with his father and mentor A.J. Lamin and where he served as its first principal before coming to the U.S. A celebration of Ambrose's life is planned for 12 June 2010 (7pm-2am) at the Miracle Empowerment Center, 5801 John Martin Dr., Brooklyn Center.

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