In Memoriam Peter Serry


On 28 January 2009 the Nakumatt fire tragedy at the Kenya’s Capital City of Nairobi has been a sad incident. The fire disaster claimed the Innocent life of KISE Co-Founder, Peter Serry.  This is heart rendering for his wife Sarah and his 3 young children.

Kenya’s football fraternity, the Kenyan Coaches, the leaders and youths that Peter Serry worked with at the Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA), the Kenya Premier League, his recently formed Football for Peace Foundation and a huge circle of International organizations have lost a good Friend and remarkable person, who spent most of his life helping, others.

I have known the late Peter Serry for a long time and we worked together through MYSA between 1987-2008 in organizing young boys and girls who live in Mathare slums to use their sports talents constructively and profitably. Peter Serry has also been trained as a Football instructor by the Royal Netherlands Football Association (KNVB).

He was at the forefront of developing young soccer talents in Kenya and on many occasions travelled around the globe to share his experience from Dutch Coaching, Youth and Community Development with coaches in many countries from Suriname in the Caribbean to Vietnam and India in Asia.

We invite Kenyans and friends of Peter around the globe to use this page to send their condolences to honor our good friend Peter Serry for all the Good he did to our community and around the world.

MAY GOD REST HIM IN PEACE

Francis Kimanzi, Co-Founder of KISE.

Comments

  1. Pius Obala on February 15th, 2009

    Peter Serry Odera Hwenys
    Eulogizing a True Change Maker and Star of Hope
    A darling to Slum Kids of Kenya by Pius Obala
    Serry had lived an amazing life even though it was rather short. Serry was a great friend; he was the kind of friend that stands by you when you need somebody to be there. He was Husband and a father. We were both young and age mates, he was my friend, he was not only my boss at MYSA, he was my mentor and my Hero.

    What is it that we remember when we think of Serry? I think everyone who knows him very well would agree with me on this. It was his sense of humor. He was the kind of person that would make everyone laugh so hard that they’d end up crying. Who could forget about his happy joke? How about all his encouraging words and Jokes? Goodness! Just thinking about those jokes still makes me laugh. He was so out there when he starts those jokes. That is what I will truly miss about Serry. He could make me laugh when I am really sad. He always cheered me up when he knew I just had a bad day. That’s the trademark of serry. He always wanted to make people happy.

    Serry’s death was sudden. I remember when I heard the news I simply could not believe it. I waited for miracle to come, but lord denied us one and then I said ‘Eli Eli Lama sabachthani’

    Serry was too young but as it slowly occurred to me I have realized that Serry indeed lived his life wonderfully. Serry was well-loved and he had done so many things on earth and I’m sure he’ll do much more in heaven. I will forever be grateful to have known Worked with Serry. I will forever be grateful that Serry was there at the right place and at the right time to save lives Mathare Slums, in Kakuma Refugee camps, he was in Vietnam to teach soccer to the youth and mentor new brand of young leaders. He was a compass leader, he was to the North and to the South, He was to the East and to the West.

    In Mathare he designed and modeled a brand of young talented leaders on the field and off the field. As pioneer player in Mathare United Serry, helped develop a team of leaders. I am a living examples of the people Serry helped shaped their live. He was my star of hope.

    I will forever be grateful for spending 25 years of my life with a friend like him. I first met him at Kariobangi Catholic Church, he was a staunch catholic and believer of faith. All the memories I have shared with him will forever be cherished and remembered. Serry will forever live in my heart… In our hearts. In dholuo I do say “osiepna iwewa nang’o to podi waheri” R.I.P. Serry.

    Serry is in heaven now. This is not the time for us to grieve his death but it’s our time to celebrate his life. Don’t ever forget Serry. He never wanted to see people cry. He wanted to make everyone happy. So at this moment when we are about to lay his body to rest, let’s all think back and remember how Serry touched our lives. How he made us laugh and how good Serry was as a person. This is not the moment for us to shed our tears but we should all be thankful that we were given the chance to have known a man named Peter Serry Odera Hwenys.

    Serry will forever be missed but I know in the right time, I will meet Serry again. We will all meet Serry again and he’ll make us laugh in tears again.

    I commiserate, and I salute and congratulate you brother. Rest Serry Rest in Peace.

  2. FRANCI KIMANZI on February 18th, 2009

    OF PETER SERRY,

    GOD BROKE OUR HEARTS TO PROVE THAT HE ONLY TAKES THE BEST…….REST IN PEACE BROTHER..

  3. MARTIN MWIBANDA on February 19th, 2009

    As we celebrate the magnificent life and unmatched passion for football of our friend Serry, it is my prayer that we will see the opening of a Peter Serry soccer school and an annual Peter Serry soccer challenge cup for the juniors he tirelessly dedicated his efforts to nature and see them through in development of soccer skills.

  4. Pierre and Steffi on February 19th, 2009

    Dear family and friends of Peter,

    It is with great shock and sadness that we take cognizance of the passing of Peter. In the months that we were in Kenya, Peter became a very good friend. He kept on impressing us with his kindness, enthusiasm, energy, brightness and humor. Having interesting conversations with Peter over dinner during the times he invited us to his family are and will always stay one of the best memories we have of Kenya. We will miss this moments with our great friend a lot.

    We pass on our sincere condolences to all of you who were close to him and could enjoy even more his wonderful character.

    Pierre Bataille and Steffi de Jong

  5. MARTIN MWIBANDA on February 19th, 2009

    MAY SERRY’S FAMILY DERIVE STRENGTH FROM THE ALMIGHTY AND REMEBER THAT ONLY GOOD THINGS ARE PLUCKED AWAY FROM US TO BE USED BY GOD. MAY HIS WILL BE GRANTED. AMEN

  6. JOHAN VAN GEIJN on February 22nd, 2009

    ‘HEY’
    That word first comes to my mind when thinking of Peter and the Decade we spent together on the Development of Young people in Football from the Mathare slums to the provinces of Mozambique, India or Vietnam are enormous. Peter conducted Football for Development courses for the KNVB since the year 2003 and has a huge international track record as KNVB-Instructor.

    Hundreds of young men and women had training from Peter in various countries:
    2003: Basic Coaching Course for Score in Zambia for the Kalusha Foundation
    2004-2005: Football for Development Coaching Courses (2x) in Mozambique
    2004-2005: Basic Coaching Course in Zambia (2x) for the Kalusha Foundation
    2005: Basic Coaching Course for Rumbek Youth SA in Rumbek/South Sudan
    2006: UEFA-B License in The Netherlands,
    2006: Basic Courses at KYFA, Kisumu/Kenya
    2006: Basic Coaching Courses (2x) at Diambars in Saly/Senegal
    2007: Football for Development Course at NGO Magic Bus in Mumbai/India
    2008: Football for Development Coaching Course in Hue/Vietnam
    2008: KNVB-NIKE Women Coaching Courses (2x) in Mozambique
    2008: KNVB-Stars in their Eyes Community Coaches Course in Stellenbosch/South Africa
    2008: KNVB-NIKE Women Coaching Course Moving the Goalposts, Kilifi/Kenya

    For our Football for Development Program he leaves a gap that can be filled in due time, but this unique person can never be replaced. His times in Holland were great, our times together in Kenya fantastic. Without Peter I would never have learned so much about African Music, with specialisation of the Congolese band Rumba Japan which he and Sarah enjoyed so much. Our few travels together were by times hilarious, specially the one to Mumbai in 2007.

    When his times at MYSA came to an end, mainly due to his straight attitude as a leader and his sense of what is fair and what is definitely not, we took all his steps towards ‘independence’ together. In these days he turned into that younger brother that I never had before. Three to four times a week a short sms: ‘HEY’, knowing that I needed to call him for the daily affairs we had to deal with or for some inspiring discussion on the way forward in the ‘ever challenging but never dull landscape of Kenyan Football’.
    Luckily Francis Kimanzi joined him in founding the Kenyan Institute of Soccer Education (KISE, also KImanzi-SErry), an organisation that can really start making a difference in Kenyan Football. From the Netherlands we assisted this fantastic initiative. We created this website together. Peter was the one to start KISE, position it and he lived to see it coming up. In his Spirit Kimanzi will have to continue it, knowing that Peter’s inspiration to make it work is looking over his shoulders.
    I have promised Sarah we will continue KISE with Kimanzi and with other good young instructors who want follow in the footsteps of Peter Serry. My thoughts are with her and with the children, who will miss the inspiring father in the important moments of growing up.

    ‘HEY’. I miss you, brother.
    Johan.

  7. Maria Bobenrieth on behalf of Nike on February 23rd, 2009

    Dear Sarah, family and friends of Peter,

    Our hearts go out to all, especially to Sarah and the children, our deepest condolences. Peter was an inspiration for us one and all. With a quick and brilliant smile and his trademark can do attitude, his commitment to young people across the world will be one of his greatest legacies. Peter touched so many of us; we will miss him deeply and honor his memory by continuing his good work.

    Maria Bobenrieth and the entire Nike team

  8. Piet Hubers on February 23rd, 2009

    I was privileged to know Peter.
    Sevaral times he was in Wijchen during the Exchange Programme between the MYSA under 13 teams and my Footballclub s.v. A.W.C. in Wijchen, the Netherlands.
    Also on behalf of my KNVB job I met Peter and together we managed a coaching course in Rumbek (South Sudan) in december 2005, see pictures on this webpage.
    My family and the Board and Members of AWC Wijchen pass on our deepest condolences to Sarah and their Children and the whole Footballfamily in Kenya
    Piet Hubers, KNVB / AWC

  9. Fred Coalter on February 23rd, 2009

    I am deeply shocked about the death of Peter. He was the first African sport-for-development practitioner that I spent time with and his humility and humanity had (and continues to have) a deep impact on my thinking about sport. In many ways Peter personified the values, ethics and aspirations which underpin much sport-for-development work. A tragic loss.

  10. OTIENO ALUOKA on February 23rd, 2009

    Peter Serry and I met in the course of formal duties. Him appearing for MYSA and myself doing duty for Dutch Embassy, Nairobi. He wanted to play above board and he wanted to keep it non-controversial. His tragic death has left alot of rancour on our throats but am happy Peter left alot of true friends around the world. I should say (and kenyans hear me out), he was tribeless. Can we?

    God rest his soul in eternal peace.

  11. Jelte van Wieren on February 23rd, 2009

    With Peter I have lost a very dear friend. A friend that I have come to admire over the many years we worked together in Kenya and through the regular contacts we had after I left for the Netherlands. It has been several weeks now since the tragic accident and still I refuse to accept that Peter will no longer answer his cell phone; that we can never again have a beer or watch a soccer game together, whenever I am passing through Nairobi. No more story telling about our project in Kakuma; no more jokes about the funny English our Sudanese friends spoke. No more . . Peter’s death has punched a hole in my sole that will always be there.
    His life had just started. He was so proud of his family; never stopped talking about them. My deepest condolences to his wife Sarah and their three children. I will always remember Peter and when I do, I will be angry all over again about his premature death. But I will also be happy for all the people he has inspired, in Mathare slums, in Kakuma, in the Netherlands and all the other places he has travelled to. I am one of those people. Peter, thank you for that!

  12. Edu Jansing (on behalf of More than Football) on feb 23 on February 23rd, 2009

    Dear Sarah, family and friends of Peter,

    “Football is a part of I, when I play the world wakes up around me”. (Bob Marley)

    Our hearts go out to all, especially to Sarah and the children, our deepest condolences. Peter was of big inspiration for you, for us, for MYSA, for Kenia, for football and many more people around the globe. I will remember his sklills a a coach ans manager, his commitment to his work and friends and his humor and friendship to he worked and lived with. We will miss him very much and will honor his memory by continuing his good work.

    Edu Jansing and team

  13. HONOUR JANZA on February 23rd, 2009

    Dear Sarah,family and football lovers,

    Indeed on behalf of my fellow zambian coaches and indeed on my on behalf, i wish to pass my deepest condolences over the untimely death of Peter.He was an inspiration to not only me but to many other zambian coaches who had their opportunity to go through his footbal hands full of care,love and kindness to develop others.His commitment to duty made me be were iam today with his friend Kimanz. Always remember him saying honour remember to play “DEEP” a Dutch vision in football.
    May God almight take care of you and the children. God knows were he takes his own.
    M . H . S . R . I . P.

    Honour Janza and Zambian Coaches.

  14. Ad Derksen on February 24th, 2009

    In memoriam.

    I met Peter for the first time in 1998, during an advanced coaching course for Kenian footballcoaches. At that time Peter was very busy with MYSA and more specifique with the people “living” in Mathare Valley.

    On that occasion Peter took me into the slums and showed me the way of surviving of the inhabitans. It impressed me very much and also his dedecation to the people. Living and breathing for the community.

    What a great lost for his family and the community of Mathare Valley.

    I am privileged to have known such a great man.

    Ad Derksen KNVB Academy

  15. John Muiruri on February 24th, 2009

    I met Serry and instantly I saw a leader, a young person he demonstrated qualities not seen before in the Kenyan public arena, working within a team where his best always came out, humility including when doing very well(Serry would always take congratulations with simplicity and humility characteristic of the Monks of yesteryear, with lots of energy and dedication to whatever he did big or small, the will to assist others and to serve.

    Over the years as a player in the MYSA league, for the senior team as Director of MYSA an organization which helped is starting while working as social workers for Undugu Society of Kenya an NGO Founded in the 70′s by Fr. Arnold Grol a Dutch missionary, Serry remained a Man, committed to improving the lives of the disadvantaged communities living in hardship areas working through sports.
    I am a believer of life after and am sure we will certainly meet again, in the meantime on behalf of my family and friends we continue to pray for his young family,

    We loved and respected you Serry for all that you represented which lis what lacks in the running of public in our Country, am sure we will see this carried forward through the KISE as a living testimony of the what you were as this is being seen through your closest friends.

    Rest In Peace

  16. Rob Klein on February 24th, 2009

    Dear Sarah, family, Kimanzi en other friends,
    The first time I worked together with Peter was november 2006 in Saly, Senegal.We had a very good time together. So when I heard that we should work together again last november2008 in Stellenbosch South Africa , I really was looking forward. Peter was very good and serious in his job as an instructor. But more than that he was a wonderfull person and we had so much fun together, joking the whole day. People said your are a wonderfull team together and so we were.
    How is it possible that our “all the best man,see you!” at that last thursday 20th november was a farewell for ever? Peter you have a place in my heart.
    I wish you all the energy to go on. With kindness and respect,
    Rob Klein, instructor KNVB Academy, Holland

  17. Nguyen Thanh Tung on February 25th, 2009

    Dear Peter’s family members and friends,

    We were all shocked to get the bad news a couple of weeks ago, and until now we are still so sad to accept the fact that we have lost such a good friend.

    We met and worked with Peter in April 2008. It was a 10-day training on “football and development” facilitated by Peter and two of his colleagues, Roger Schouwenaar from KNVB and Ajay Shetty from Magic Bus. Within such a short period of time, Peter and his co-trainers strongly inspired the participants, especially in the way they could use football as a tool for development, with his brilliant ideas, profound insight and convincing voice. After the training, many youth football clubs have been established and are now functioning well in Quang Tri province.

    We have learnt a lot from Serry – not only in terms of knowledge and skills, but also in the most professional and energetic attitude and contribution he always gave to the work.

    We just want to say “Thank you so much, Peter!” for what he has done for us.

    Nguyen Thanh Tung
    Project Officer
    Medical Committee Netherlands – Vietnam
    (writing on behalf of MCNV and 31 youth football coaches and sport teachers in Quang Tri province, Vietnam.)

  18. Martin van Straaten on February 25th, 2009

    Dear Sarah

    We were shocked, hearing that one of our dearest friends of Mysa, Peter Serry, died in a fire accident. The last 3 weeks, every day, our thoughts were with him and his family and all the friends Peter had, during his life. In all the years Peter visit Union, our football club in Nijmegen, Holland, we had a very enjoyable time talking about soccer of course, but also about raising his kids, He had a remarkable drive to develope himself and others around him. We hope that one day, his kidds will follow the way their father showed to many to reach the aims he had in life. We wish Sarah all the strenght she needs to rais her kids and manage all the things she is facing in the future. We will support you all in the comming years. Peter for always in our hearts and minds,

    On behalf of the summer camp staff, the “Union more than soccer” foundation,

    Martin van straaten, chairman.

  19. Roger Schouwenaar on February 25th, 2009

    Dear Sarah,family, Francis and other friends,

    First , my deepest condoleances.

    I was priviliged to work with Peter. First in Kenia and recently in Vietnam april 2008 .
    The development coaching course in Vietnam was a great one . He became and award from the government because of his great drive to inspire the local coaches. The time we spent together was great and enjoyable. Ajay from Magic Bus , Tung and Phuong from MCNV and I will never forget this time. His explanation of the Dutch vision, play “Deep and Wide” made us every time smile . We laughed most of the time of the course. Without fun no learning.
    He was not only a professional and good coach but also a great human being. He was my friend , we stil kept regular contact and we talked a lot about family and Kise . I will miss him a lot but I am sure that Peter is still coaching us.

    Roger Schouwenaar, Instructor KNVB Academy

  20. Kalusha Bwalya on February 25th, 2009

    Dear Sarah, Kimanzi, family and Friends,
    With heavy hearts we offer our heartfelt condolences on this tragic loss of our friend and brother Peter Swere. When I met Peter and Francis Kimanzi a few years ago, our relationship developed very quickly. We laughed and worked together in different times whether in Kenya, Zambia, Mozambique, South Africa or Holland. Peter was dedicated in all he did. Just a few days ago Peter was shouting ‘ hey mr chibwabwa’ (local vegetable relish in zambia) to me in Uganda for the CECAFA tournament when we met. How difficult it is to imagine, that we wont be sharing those moments again any time soon. So unreal. To say we will miss Peter and his wonderful service to the game may be an understatement because even in death he remains a great player, a dear friend, a family man who clearly epitomised the ‘good of the game’. Our hearts go out to his memory and our prayers to his beloved family.
    On behalf of the Football Associasion of Zambia, The Kalusha Foundation and the fooball fraternity in Zambia, go well my friend.
    Till we meet again.

    Kalusha Bwalya.

  21. aron winter on February 25th, 2009

    Dear Sarah, family and friends

    It was a great shock for me, the moment when I heard about the bad news.
    I was privileged to have known Peter, such a friend and inspiration for MYSA and KISE
    I met him in 2003 in Kenya for a Football for Development course and from that moment we became friends.
    My deepest condolences to you Sarah and the children.

    Aron Winter

  22. Niels Thijssen on February 26th, 2009

    It was about a year ago when I met Peter in the Netherlands, at KNVB. I was planning a trip to Kenia/Zambia/Mozambique and he took the time to help me preparing well. After half an hour I had the feeling we knew each other for years!
    That’s how I’ll remember you, you opened your heart for everyone.

    During my visit last summer we met again in Kenia and Mozambique. You showed me your love for the game, the kids, the coaches and there development. Passion and humor were there all the time when you were around. I learned a lot, and we laughed a lot.

    Family and friends, be proud on who he was and always will be.

    Peter, si si si Obrigado!!

    Niels Thijssen

  23. Peter Koopman on February 27th, 2009

    I am deeply shocked by the news of the death of Peter Serry. I had the honour of working with him twice during our refereeing courses for MYSA. Peter had the ability to bring people together and the moment you met him you knew you were meeting a new friend.
    My deepest sympathy for Sarah and the children and for all the people who have to go on without his presence. May his inspiration, optimism and humour live on in the many good things he has established.
    The world has lost a wonderful person.

    Peter Koopman

  24. Jasper Odhiambo Ongara.Mombasa-Kenya on February 28th, 2009

    To Sarah,Lewis,Lissa & Fabian.Its a sad moment that has cut short a life of an industrious gentle life.Serry will sure remain in our minds and for Sarah n the kids:GOD WILL SEE YOU THROUGH AND WILL ALWAYS BE BY YOUR SIDE.Peter REST IN PEACE IN HUMBLE RESIDENCE OF GOD ALMIGHTY.

  25. Fay Njeri on February 28th, 2009

    Its not time we should ask God why He had to take Serry but its time we should thank Him for giving us enough time to be with Him and to pray for his loved ones to lead a straight life for the time that God will keep them.R.I.P PETER

  26. Evans MACHERA on March 2nd, 2009

    We have the duty to forge ahead and achieve his ambition by inspiring the young to emulate Serry and achieve more.

    Rest in peace serry.

    To family,friends,and well wishers,pole sana and read Revelation 21 4-5.

  27. Sandra Awondatu on March 2nd, 2009

    Dear family and friends of Peter,

    ….Always a big smile on his face. There was never a dull moment when he was around. Peter Serry.
    I met him on my first trip giving a coaching course (football) for women in Mozambique in the summer of 2008. Peter was an inspiring person, very clever and above all…Peter disliked injustice. Got angry when things went wrong because off the dishonesty concerning men’s actions.
    I am glad that I have met him and feel very sorry that it was only for that moment in the summer of 2008. See you Peter.

  28. Maarten Ebbers on March 2nd, 2009

    I am shocked by the news that Peter died in the supermarket tragedy. Peter was an inspiring person who taught me several life leasons during my stay in Kenya in 2007/2008.

    His smile, his positive energy and his admirable dedication to help everyone around him whenever he could will never be forgotten. Dear Peter, your life is taken, but the good memories never will. You were a true friend and I will always remember you like that.

    Sarah, the kids, family, and friends, my deepest condoleances.

    Maarten ‘Marto’ Ebbers (Holland).

  29. Chris Schuthof on March 4th, 2009

    I was shocked when I heard the sad news of Peter dying in this teribble fire.
    As a Dutch coach at the course in Stellenbosch SA november 2008 , taking part in The Stars in their Eyes project I met Peter for the first time.
    He was a dedicated instructor, but always with a laugh and a joke. He inspired people all over the world and was a great ambassador for MYSA.

    The world will miss this great personality and nice guy.
    My condolences to Sarah, his children, family and friends .

    Chris Schuthof
    Hoofddorp, Holland.

  30. Hesterine de Reus on March 6th, 2009

    Hey Peter,

    Still can not believe that I will not see you next time in Kenya or somewhere else.
    Doing things for our common interest: teaching football.

    The moments we shared were great ones.
    Moments with good energy, with jokes and laughter.
    Inspiring moments also, because we could exchanged our views.

    I remember these moments as beautiful pictures.

    Bye Peter.

  31. edwin petersen on March 9th, 2009

    Peet,
    I remeber a great – hungrey – but for all a happy man in Kakuma who loves to play en teach Football. These thoughts will never leave…
    All the best now Peter,

    Edwin Petersen

  32. maureen atieno opiyo on March 10th, 2009

    dear sarah,familly ,and friends…….i first met peter in 1997,he was our instructor at a mysa hiv/aids seminar…………he was a very humble,likeable person,quite joyful,always humourous and down to earth,that he died young and left a young family is so devastating,i wish the watch can be turned back,he died so sadly due to negligence,but again,,,,,,death where is your sting?hades where is your victory….we have lost a leader,an industrial young man………..but his legacy lives on………personally am honouring peter by never ever going to shop in nakumatt again its the only way we can honour this victims truthfully and fight th e culture of impunity in kenya………….rest in peace pedro……

  33. Piet de Jong on March 11th, 2009

    Dear Sarah, family, Kimanzi and other friends,

    Once again, my deepest condolences with your loss.

    I was privileged to work with Peter Serry since 2000. The first time we met each other at the KNVB office I invited Peter Serry and Francis Kimanzi to teach the students at my school about their way of living in the slums of Nairobi.
    Aterwards we organised the football match Mathare United versus the students of the Beatrix College.
    From that time on we had a lot of great experiences. Later on, we continued our cooperation in Zambia and and worked together with MYSA in Nairobi and KYFA in Kisumu. We conducted all kind of courses. During his education of TC II in the Netherlands, Peter felt as a member of my family. I will never forget his way of thinking, his laughing and his efforts to play “deep”. We were talking with optimism and humour about new ideas we were planning to work out. ‘’Go for development”, was his slogan. Not only to improve the standard of football but also the development of the talents of each individual.. Peter is a timeless role model for the youth and adults in- and outside the slums. Development of leadership is one of the objectives of MYSA. He showed us how to do it and to achieve this goal.

    Peter, I want to thank you for supporting my daughter Steffi and her boyfriend Pierre with the implementation of their project for kids with disabilities.

    I had the honour to represent the KNVB at the funeral of Peter. I saw sadness, but also pride in the eyes of Sarah, his kids and all his relatives and friends.
    We were together with the same thoughts in our minds. We very much enjoyed his approach, based upon principles of living e.g. dignity, respect,… I hope that Sarah finds the similar strength as Peter used to have to go on with Lewis, Lizza and Fabian.
    Peter, you will never leave my mind.
    With Kindness and respect. Piet de Jong, instructor KNVB academy, the Netherlands.

  34. Piet de Jong on March 11th, 2009

    Dear Sarah, family, Kimanzi and other friends,

    Once again, my deepest condolences with your loss.

    I was privileged to work with Peter Serry since 2000. The first time we met each other at the KNVB office I invited Peter Serry and Francis Kimanzi to teach the students at my school about their way of living in the slums of Nairobi.
    Afterwards we organised the football match Mathare United versus the students of the Beatrix College.
    From that time on we had a lot of great experiences. Later on, we continued our cooperation in Zambia and worked together with MYSA in Nairobi and KYFA in Kisumu. We conducted all kind of courses. During his education of TC II in the Netherlands, Peter felt as a member of my family. I will never forget his way of thinking, his laughing and his efforts to play “deep”. We were talking with optimism and humour about new ideas we were planning to work out. ‘’Go for development”, was his slogan. Not only to improve the standard of football but also the development of the talents of each individual.. Peter is a timeless role model for the youth and adults in- and outside the slums. Development of leadership is one of the objectives of MYSA. He showed us how to do it and to achieve this goal.

    Peter, I want to thank you for supporting my daughter Steffi and her boyfriend Pierre with the implementation of their project for kids with disabilities.

    I had the honour to represent the KNVB at the funeral of Peter. I saw sadness, but also pride in the eyes of Sarah, his kids and all his relatives and friends.
    We were together with the same thoughts in our minds. We very much enjoyed his approach, based upon principles of living e.g. dignity, respect,… I hope that Sarah finds the similar strength as Peter used to have to go on with Lewis, Lizza and Fabian.
    Peter, you will never leave my mind.
    With Kindness and respect. Piet de Jong, instructor KNVB academy, the Netherlands

  35. john ngugi on March 16th, 2009

    To all football loving people

    In Serry s death ,we have not just lost a hero but also an inspiration for many young peple especially in kenya and beyond.
    I personaly met him as a MYSA youth while he was at the helm of MYSA top leadership-The Director…………a humble,outgoing and inteligent man he was…………..we miss his sence of humour and jokes……….

    Coach Serry …..REST IN PEACE

  36. Edward van Cuilenborg on March 16th, 2009

    What a tragedy!

    My condolences go to all Peter’s friends and family. I am sure they will remember him as a very gentle, bright, modest and hard working guy. A good human for all.
    It is so strange when a young man you have seen in his prime is suddenly gone.
    The warm and special memories (Peter guided me through Mathare and I took Peter to a dartstournament in Holland) stay though. As does his spirit.

  37. Ken Odero on March 18th, 2009

    My heartfelt condolences to Sarah and the kids,Serry was like a younger brother to me having grown up together in Huruma Flats.I saw Serry make major strides in life and he did alot of good things in the name of soccer. Serry will be surely missed but his work must continue cos I know he will be keeping an eye from up there.In the name of Serry’s works,I can only say “AWESOME” . R.I.P. Brother.

    Ken Odero
    Boston,Masachusetts
    USA.

  38. Henry Majale on April 1st, 2009

    Dear Sarah and Family

    In SERRY we have lost a great leader, friend and sports lover. Thanks to God for his life, the time we spent together not only at MYSA but in general life.

    Wherever you are Peter remember April 8th 2002 in Norway, when you told me…. Am sure you can do it during our presentation at SUNDFOLK school.

    May your soul rest In Peace

    Majale

  39. Ajay Shetty on April 3rd, 2009

    Dear Sarah family and friends

    I have known Serry for a relatively short time but the time that I got to spend with him will stay with me forever. A good teacher, friend and above all a good human being. He was humble inspite of his immense talent and skill and was always eager to help others and share his knowledge, definitely a rare quality. He had an excellent sense of humour and the trainings I did with him were surely the most enjoyable ones.
    His association with Magic Bus was for just eight days when he trained the staff.
    It has been a long time since then but the staff still remembers him fondly and continues to apply his teachings.
    Though he is no more with us, his inspiration and legacy lives on with all the lives he touched during his life.

    Ajay

  40. Kabanda Mwansa on April 7th, 2009

    Death as yet again robbed us of a great leader who understood what it means working with people and especially young people and particulary young people in disadvantaged situations. You gave hope to many and we shall surely remember you for that. Having met you in different parts of the world in the name of sport for development and peace, I know from the bottom of my heart that the sport for development and peace fraternity shall surely miss your ever effective contributions and the peace and development ideas you ever preached. May your soul and the souls of all the departed rest in eternal peace. At EduSport Foundation we join the rest of the world in remembering you sir.
    Kabanda Mwansa

  41. ALI HASSAN on June 15th, 2009

    Indeed we lost agreat person but GOD has plan for all of us,My rest in peace.

  42. umuhoza carine on June 17th, 2009

    even if he was died we never forget you God be with u in yr rest

  43. Ismail Hussein on September 17th, 2009

    Serry was a great leader that always gave other people the opportunity to explore whatever small ideas they have. We will miss you big serry.

  44. Paul Otieno on October 22nd, 2009

    Dear Sarah and Coach Kimanzi!

    How wonderful it was to work under you all, in MYSA. It’s a lot i learned, especially, how communities are developed through Sports, alongside developing Sports in communities…..

    I treasure those moments… when i was also working under the leadership of Peter Serry as the Director of MYSA.

    On behalf of CHRISC Rwanda, Many blessings and God’s care to Sarah and her beloved children..

  45. Anne Opana on October 28th, 2009

    In Serry we have lost more than a Leader but also any Inspiration to some of us. I would like to send my condolence to Sarah, Lewis, Lissa, Fabian and the Family may the almighty God be with you always. REST IN PEACE AND YOU ARE MISSED.

  46. Grisha.Muhin on February 4th, 2010

    Щтличный блог, тематика та что и нужна да и качество не храмает.

  47. Phuong Nguyen on February 8th, 2010

    Peter,I miss you so much. Till now, i can’t believe you died. You are really a good friend, a special man…
    You will never leave my mind

    A friend from Viet Nam

  48. Peter Mbuthia on March 21st, 2010

    I first met Peter when MYSA had been sub-contracted to set up a sports programme for refugees in Kakuma camp in the hot semi-arid area of Turkana, he discovered i was about the only staunch supporter of Mathare United in the whole of Turkana, we had a lot in common, having grown up in Nairobi and knowing very well what institutions like MYSA, Starehe Boys, Undugu etc.., can do in restoring hope to the Youth of this great nation.
    I was then working for UNHCR in Kakuma but transferred to Nairobi in 2006 up to date and we kept on communicating and we would meet occasionally whenever Mathare United was playing.

    REST IN PEACE BROTHER UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN, COS WE SHALL MEET AGAIN

  49. Kageko_wa_P on September 12th, 2010

    Kwanza wacha nistart kwa kumpa Nlsn na family yote pole zangu. I wish ningekua na email yao. Lakini nitasema venye Serry alipenda kusema tukiwa majunior, “hio ni ngeli ya ninge-”

    Anyway, nimepata kujua hii saga juzi tu. Na kusema ukweli, bado sijaelewa venye the best striker nishawahi cheza game naye amepass. Serry, kuna vitu kwa life yangu zenye mimi huzifanya juu nilizitoa kwa Serry.

    Jokes zenye nilitoa kwa Serry ni mob jo. Mtu wa 1st mwenye niliwahimwambia “wacha niende home.” akanijibu “nimewacha” alikuwa ni Serry. Sijawahi choka kaa siku hiyo. Serry kuna siku walipanga kucheza ball na Omosh, Omo akasema “wacha nikachange” kidogo Serry akamuuliza “ugeuke spiderman nini?”

    Na sio jokes alone, ni venye mtu huwa na sauti ya beste fulani au odijo tuseme, ukiwa unawaza. Kaa venye Serry aliwahi ni-tell “wacha kuwa fan wa team, kuwa fan wa ball” Hio kitu mpaka wa leo karibu miaka mbao later sijawahi sahau.

    Zile mara niliwahi checki kwa window nione ka Serry alikua ametokea kwa bunge zilikuwa ni kaa daily jioni, sababu hizo ndizo zilikua session za story best. Aah mazee Serry hakufaa kupass,

    Yaani Serry tukiwa majunior, venye wasee wengi wa Easich waligeuka ma_cargolist, yeye alizidi kutry kichuo, Alidandia KBS number 28 daily mpaka akapass 4th. Halafu after 4th form akaanza kushugulikia MYSA, Siku hizo MYSA bado ilikua dot, lakini Serry alikuwa aki-train every day saa tatu za morning hata akiwa alone nyuma ya flat P. Mi nilithink alikuwa chizi juu enyewe siku za Ngoro, ball ilikua ni hobby, sio kitu serious. Kumbe Serry alikuaashaona mbele.

    Alafu kitu yenye hufanya abaki kwa head yangu hata after kutomuona zaidi ya miaka 10, ni venye Serry alikua mdeadly kwa ball. Serry alikuwa msee mwenye kwa kawaida alichenga wasee wote kwa uwanjo, goalie plus. Wote bwana. Aaah jo. Kwa mind yangu mi hucheki mtu ka Etoo, na-think mazee, Serry huwa mdeadly zaidi. Lakini Ngoro na ugondi ya Kenya ya siku hizo walikill talent za wasee ka Serry. Lakini ni best eti Serry aliamua kutafuta na kusaidia majunior wenye wana talent. Hio ni poa sana.

    ai nimeshindwa kuandika zaidi. Poleni nyote wenye mlikuwa kwa life yake, Serry alikuwa wetu, na mkiweza tafadhalini anzeni tournament iitwe “Serry Cup”, ndio mwishoe foresight yake iwe ni ukweli.

  50. Richard oduor okoth on December 9th, 2010

    its so unfortunate that i came too late but better late than never, whats come to my mind its when we were playing football in the same team at st Benedicts football club in nairobi division one and during practice he broke his leg and we took him to kenyatta national hospital and we stayed waiting for our time to see the doctor that peter forgot that his leg was fractured and started his jokes everyone including patients were really thrilled because he was full of life and he brought life to everyone who leaved around him.God had reason to call him that early.Death is just a surrender of human body its going home i beleive that one day will meet again and share alot brother rest in peace .

  51. Eddie Mwangi on January 28th, 2011

    You guys are doing a great job and would greatly appreciatte to work with you in any capacity.

    cheers

    Eddie

  52. Ben KOgendi Mireri on February 27th, 2012

    Days have turned to weeks, to months and now to years since Peter left to be with his Creator.
    I still remember his kind words, humble approach to issues and more so how he motivated his trainee.
    What you did, serving the needy wont be forgotten,it will inspire us to continue with the Good work.
    We thank God for bringing you to OUR LIVES.

  53. Eugene N. masbayi on November 16th, 2012

    keep up the good work. we at Umeme Sports Club work would like to work with you (KISE) at any capacity in the near future. it is sad that the institution lost Mr Peter Serry .i was fortunate enough to meet him in his playing days (Timsales or Coke cola). he was a speedy striker nicknamed after an Italian called Massaro. he legacy still remains has players who he managed at Harambee Stars, Mysa and Tusker still talk fondly of him.
    Rest in peace SERRY…

  54. Ben on November 20th, 2012

    Good job keep it up am always with KISE they are my mentors.

  55. ogola siro on May 20th, 2013

    rest in perfect peace n lets all kees his dream alive.

  56. Steven Kasamba on October 18th, 2014

    Whenever I remember Serry, I imagine I just been with him a few seconds past. I can’t envisage how I’l forever live without his charming ways. We really lost a true change maker, a great loss to the ever challenging Kenyan football land scape. May he always Rest In Peace.

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