Rev. Garswa Yarmeto Laid To Rest In New Jersey – By Emmanuel Abalo, Newark, New Jersey

NEWARK, New Jersey, USA (LINA) – Reverend J. Garswa Yarmeto, former Liberian Presidential Press Attache, broadcast journalist, soldier and prelate has been laid to rest in Newark, New Jersey, USA.

Rev. Yarmeto died on August 15 at the Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey following a period of illness.  

The service on Saturday, August 30, was attended by scores of sympathizers from the Liberian community from across the U.S., friends and media colleagues at the Hopewell Baptist Church in northern New Jersey, following two days of celebration of the life of the Liberian media icon, Rev. Yarmeto.

The Government of Liberia was represented by a two-person delegation from the Liberian Embassy in Washington D.C. headed by the Minister Counselor for Public Affairs, Mr. Gabriel I.H. Williams, who read the official Government gazette issued on the passing of Rev. Yarmeto.

Minister Counselor and diplomat Mr. Williams informed the family and mourners that given the remarkable service of the late Reverend Yarmeto to his native Liberia and as a mark of respect, the flag at the Liberian Embassy in Washington was being flown at half mast on Saturday, August 30, 2014 on the orders of the Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Liberia.

A copy of the official Liberian government gazette was later presented to the Mrs. Yarmeto and family.

In his eulogy, the Rev. Phillip S. Saywrene consoled the Yatmeto family for their loss and reminded them and mourners that sin leads to death but “when we trust in the Lord and we depart this earth, we have hope that we will be resurrected.”

Rev. Saywrene urged the family and mourners to seek God’s grace and deliverance from sin and death.

Saturday’s funeral heard personal stories of interactions and fond experiences from the brothers and children of the late Reverend Yarmeto.

At the wake-keeping on Friday evening, the fallen Liberian broadcast journalist was eulogized by Africa TV1/Africa Radio One and other media colleagues who referred to him as “media giant” for how he transformed the coverage of and set the modern standard for press coverage of the office of the Liberian Presidency.

Members of the clergy, the Liberian community and lay people who were acquainted with Rev. Yarmeto also eulogized him as an “extra-ordinary” person who was kind, personable and always helping everyone to always be their best.

The late Rev. Yarmeto was born in April, 1953 in Bomi County, western Liberia.

He joined the Armed Forces of Liberia and served honorably between1973-1979 before beginning his journalism career at the Sudan Interior Mission privately operated religious radio station ELWA just outside of the Liberian capital Monrovia.

Popularly referred to as Garswa, he later joined the government-owned Liberian Broadcasting System (LBS) as a program producer, sports commentator, news anchor and television personnel.

Given his prowess and professionalism as a broadcast journalist at the national radio and television, he was assigned as the official Press Attache to the office of President Samuel K. Doe.

He also served briefly as chief spokesperson of the Charles Taylor government in the 1990′s in central Liberia before resigning his position to travel and pursue other aspirations.

The late Rev. Yarmeto traveled to the U.S. in 1999 and subsequently graduated from Concordia College of Theology in New York with a degree in Christian Education and Ministry.

He established the Locasha Ministry.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Channie, two brothers – Monger and Albert, three sisters, seven children, eight grand children, nieces and nephews, media colleagues, church members and other relatives in Liberia, the U.S. and other parts of the world.

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