Bekele Heye, former president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in
Eastern Africa, died at a clinic in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa
on December 31, 1998. He was laid to rest on Sunday January 3, 1999.
gave forty years of service in the Adventist Church before he retired
in 1992, and had worked as a teacher, dean of students at Ethiopia
Adventist College, Union Sabbath School and Publishing director,
Afro-Mideast Sabbath School director, Ethiopia Union president,
Afro-Mideast president and until his retirement president of the
Adventist Church in the Eastern Africa Division. Heye died from
complications brought about by a stroke.
Commenting on the death
of Elder Heye former Eastern Africa Division Youth director and new
General Conference Youth director, Baraka Muganda said, "I have worked
with many presidents but Bekele Heye was simply a star."
Africa Division executive secretary Bekele Biri describe Elder Heye as
"a humble giant whose skill in human relations was simply unmatched. He
was at home with the man in the palace as he was with the man on the
street. His humility and his sensitivity to human needs had endeared
him to many people inside and outside the church."
Elder Heye is survived by his wife Haregewoine Bekele and four children.