Dr. Kossi Mateo Sedzro
1946 – 2021
"Fierce Advocate & Activist for Truth and Righteousness"
Dr. Kossi Mateo Sedzro, an icon of the Presbyterian Immigrants Coalition (PICAM), has gone home.
Dr. Sedzro has had ongoing health issues for the past few years and unexpectedly, his creator called him into eternal peace. He transited peacefully in his sleep on December 2, 2021, in Togo. He kept his Christian faith until his last breath. Following his wishes, his body will be laid to rest on January 8, 2022, in Kovie, his hometown.
Dr. Sedzro, a man of countless virtues, left us a rare legacy on which we will build our actions. Integrity, truthfulness, bravery, and passion are some of his characters. We believe he is wrapped at this moment in the arms of his maker.
A Celebration of Life
Mateo Kossi Sedzro
We thank God for all that he accomplishes through PICAM in America and in our dear native country, Togo.
We also thank God for the gift of Dr. Sedzro Kossi Mateo to humanity and in particular to his family and PICAM.
"There is ... a time for everything under heaven:
a time to be born, and a time to die ..." (Ecclesiastes 3: 1-2b).
This scripture was fulfilled on December 2, 2021. Dr. Sedzro Kossi Mateo left us in the flesh but not in the spirit. He had a positive impact on our lives, we, who had a chance to know him. His spirituality is the main legacy he leaves us.
Dr. Sedzro's faith was rooted in Presbyterian confession. His faith was not passive but proactive. Not only was his pen a channel for materializing his ideas, but he also had no problem translating them into action.
Dr. Sedzro was a wise, simple, and humble man who loved the truth. His attractive personality left the doors open to anyone who wanted to approach him. He listened with respect and recognized the value of the ideas coming from others. He did not impose his ideas but submitted them to the group's analysis and approval. He had always shown great intellectual honesty.
He has never stopped learning from others, especially the younger generation when it comes to technology. He liked to be on time, precise, and anticipative. He always took notes during the debates. Despite the fact that we migrated to the United States, he still valued African traditions.
It is a reality that:
"Life ... blossoms in the morning, and it passes away;
It is cut off in the evening, and it dries up" (Ps 90: 6).
We, members of PICAM believe that our dear member, Dr. Sedzro Kossi Mateo, is now in the arms of his creator where there is no sorrow but eternal life, joy, peace, and love.
Although death has taken one of us, the good cause that PICAM stands for will remain steadfast.
Dr. Sedzro was a good fighter who wanted the good management of the resources of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Togo, the church he loved dearly until his last breath.
Dr. Sedzro, we will miss you so much, see us again, and may your soul rest in peace.
Presbyterian Immigrants Coalition – USA (PICAM)
Wishes to express our deepest and sincere gratitude to the family and friends who have shared in our time of sadness with special acts of kindness.
May God bless you!