Community remembers Pastor Douglas Asamoa
Former pastor of Imlay City's First Congregational Church dies at 65
February 27, 2008IMLAY CITY — Friends of the Rev. Douglas Asamoa are mourning the man who devoted his life to sharing his strong faith and helping others.
Rev. Asamoa, 65, died around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday in Manchester, New Hampshire. He had reportedly been hospitalized with a serious bacterial infection.
He was with his wife, Georgina, and two children at the time of his death.
The pastor at Imlay City's First Congregational Church for eight years, Asamoa was also a member of the Imlay City Rotary Club. He retired last September and had plans to return to his native Ghana, where he was involved in AIDS education.
Doris Vrsek, church secretary at the First Congregational Church, said she considered Asamoa as not just a pastor, but also as a true friend.
"People keep talking about what a good man Douglas was," said Vrsek, who had been fielding calls from the pastor's friends all Tuesday morning. "But he really was a good person.
|Pastor Douglas Asamoa outside the church he led for eight years. Community and church members are saddened by his death early Tuesday morning.|
"He really cared about people and made friends instantly," she said. "He tended to work quietly and didn't like to bring attention to himself. He just went about doing God's work."
Vrsek believes Asamoa might have spent his retirement in Imlay City, had he not been motivated to pursue other callings.
"He wanted to connect with his church in Africa and to be involved in AIDS education," said Vrsek. "He invited all of us to come over to visit him and Georgina."
Church member Jan Betka said Asamoa's passing is being felt by the entire congregation.
"He was a true gentleman, kind and compassionate —and he felt a real calling to the ministry," said Betka. "He had a great love for the people and for the community.
"He was much loved by the congregation," she said. "We're all feeling the loss."
The Rev. Douglas Asamoa is survived by his wife, Georgina; a daughter, Adelaide; son, Erasmus; three grandchildren, William, Andrew and Althea, and a son-in-law and daughter-in-law. Further details were unavailable by press time.