DUKEFE, Michael
June 20, 2023

Pastor Michael Dukefe passed away on June 20, 2023 at the age of 57. Beloved husband of Mabel Tonwe, he also leaves to mourn his daughter Melissa and son Michael, his siblings, other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Eric Moses Dukefe and Ruth Clarke.

Rev. Michael was known and loved by many family members and friends. Rev. Michael Dukefe was also the pastor for Bibleway Pentecostal Church (BPC) in Montreal. He loved his congregation and took his role very seriously.

Michael was a gregarious and kindhearted man. He loved making new friends but made sure to nurture old and long-standing friendships and relationships. He was also playful, charismatic, and understanding. He loved playing soccer and was a big fan of the Canadian Women’s National Soccer Team.

Visitation will take place at Bible Way Pentecostal Church, 2390 Coursol, Montreal, QC H3J 1C7, on Friday, July 7th from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. and Saturday, July 8th from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., followed by the service from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Private burial at Lakeview Memorial Gardens, 701 Donegani, Pointe-Claire, Qc.

You can join the service via this Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9643585565 

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory to https://gofund.me/ae24ea6c would be greatly appreciated.

Special thanks to The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC), Bible Pentecostal Church, friends and family members for all of their assistance during this difficult time.

Funeral arrangements entrusted to Voluntas (voluntas.ca).


Bible Way Pentecostal Church

2390 Coursol, Montreal, QC H3J 1C7

Friday, July 7, 2023 from 3-5 p.m. & 7-9 p.m. & Saturday, July 8 from 10-10:45 a.m.


Bible Way Pentecostal Church

2390 Coursol, Montreal, QC H3J 1C7

Saturday, July 8, 2023 at 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

49 responses

  1. Michael Opoku

    June 23, 2023 at 5:00 pm

    Condolences to the family. He who dutifully laboured in the Lord’s vineyard has answered the call to glory.A great life has changed for the better and hasn’t necessarily ended. May he rest in peace .

    • Jeff Ude

      June 27, 2023 at 9:30 pm

      I am saddened by this news . May God continue to be with the family that he left behind, expercially the wife and children.

      • Allensgate Agbanobi

        July 7, 2023 at 3:29 am

        May God grant his soul eternal rest.

    • Ray Williams

      July 1, 2023 at 2:27 pm

      May pepertual lights shine on you Michael Dukefe. Your struggles for God’s kingdom while alive will not be in vain . Mike_ D , its really difficult addressing you in past tenses. May God comfort your family at this period of bereavement and give them succour . So its really TRUE that you have gone? All these and many others I ask in the mighty name of Jesus, amen.

    • Chinatu joe

      July 1, 2023 at 2:44 pm

      When i was preparing for my promotion to DD exam, he stood by me prayerfully and checked on me until I was through with that exam. My husband was so impressed with that gesture. Its really painful that he left this world so soon. May God grant him eternal rest

      • Judith Orogun (nee Ukoko)

        July 4, 2023 at 4:24 pm

        My sister, Chinatu, Dukefe was special to many of us. His gentle leadership style, which helped to steer our COCOSA 81/82 Set forum, will live on. God bless you, my sister


      July 4, 2023 at 3:45 pm

      You were one of a kind, a true brother in Christ who stood by the need in church. Rest in peace until we meet to part no more.

    • College of commerce warri

      July 7, 2023 at 9:11 am

      I have been directed to write this tribute on behalf of the above mentioned association.
      The platform was thrown into mourning at the announcement of the painful death of Michael. Many of us couldn’t believe it as we thought it was a prank. As days went bye , It done on us that it was a reality.
      Late Michael Dukefe was the immediate past chairman of our association. His administration was all embracing.
      He took time out of his busy schedules to check on members each time he noticed we weren’t commenting on the platform. He had pet names for most of us. This attributes of his, endeared him to many of us.
      It is therefore so difficult and sad to mention him as past. It has not been easy to comprehend the news of his demise.
      Members of 1981/82 set will surely miss him
      Nevertheless, our consolation is that he fought a good fight. He worked in the vineyard of God therefore, his works will not go unrewarded.
      We pray that God grants his family the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss. May God comfort his immediate family and we ask God to grant his soul eternal rest.

      Adieu ! the best Urhobo dancer in College of Commerce during his time

      Good night ! our Cultural Perfect (1981 )
      Farewell Chairman Emeritus

      Rest on Mike_D.

      Signed :
      Madam Chinatu
      For: 1981/82 Set ( College of Commerce ,Warri, Delta State of Nigeria )

  2. Pastor Joyce Alarms

    June 24, 2023 at 11:06 am

    Pastor Michael was a true and wonderful brother. He was a very caring and jovial man, He reproaches saddness with his joyful nature. Always wanting to make people happy. He was always happy and smiling. A beacon of joy to everyone who knew him. He will be greatly missed. May his soul rest in peace in heaven with our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ the King.

    • Mukoro aghogho happy

      July 9, 2023 at 5:33 pm

      May his soul rest in peace his brother from Nigeria

  3. Pastor Stephen Hogan

    June 24, 2023 at 12:22 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear of this news. My deepest sympathy to the entire family.

  4. Bridget Atie

    June 24, 2023 at 4:51 pm

    I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one, l’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done. I’d like to leave an echo, whispering softly down the ways Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days. I’d like the tears of those who grieve to dry before the sun Of happy memories that I leave when life is done.

    Bridget Atie

  5. Josephine Davis

    June 25, 2023 at 10:31 am

    Our deepest sympathy to the families and friends. May he rest in peace.

  6. Franca &Damian

    June 26, 2023 at 2:09 pm

    The news is so sad, my condolence to the family. I am so speechless you will all always be missed.

  7. Ike and Cynthia

    June 29, 2023 at 12:49 am

    Our condolence to the wife and kids,God will give you strength and comfort you in Jesus name.

  8. Chief & Mrs Eruore .H . Dillion

    July 1, 2023 at 11:33 am

    Uncle Mike ,
    You will be greatly missed. God receives your soul. We love you but God love you more.

  9. Pastor & Pastor (Mrs) Austine F. Dukefe

    July 1, 2023 at 12:49 pm

    Oh! my Beloved Brother Pastor Mike, you couldn’t wait to eat the good fruits of labour you sowed…hmm God understands why. But we are so glad that you Dance wonderfully for the Lord here on the day you were ordained as a Pastor to cancel every other worldly dance you participated in. God owns your soul and has gladly called you home to be with Him. Be rest assured God is in charge of your family you left behind.

  10. Comrade Fuludu Godwin Edema

    July 1, 2023 at 1:11 pm

    Really devasted to hear the sad news of Michael’s passing on. He was kindhearted and jolly good fellow. May his gentle soul rest in the peace of God Almighty.

  11. Weyinmi and Gbubemi Erikowa

    July 1, 2023 at 1:32 pm

    We will miss you, Uncle Mike. We choose to keep the amazing memories we have of you growing up. May the Lord comfort the family.

  12. Juliet Oritsebemigho Erikowa

    July 1, 2023 at 2:47 pm

    Dear Mike,
    The news of your death still remain incomprehensible. Unfortunately, nobody owes me any explanation because it’s the reality of life. Although you are no longer physically with us, you will forever remain in our hearts and your spirit will always be felt. My joy is that you came into this world crying and you departed rejoicing into eternal peace in the bosom of our Lord. The place made for only the righteous. Sleep on Mike.

  13. Maryrose Okoh

    July 1, 2023 at 3:08 pm

    It is a huge loss for us COCOSA family. We will miss you but God knows best. Rest on brother.

  14. Stella Atie-Tonwe

    July 1, 2023 at 3:38 pm

    What a beautiful soul Mike O I cannot believe I will not see you physically again . I pray your precious soul rest in perfect peace in Jesus name

  15. Victor Efayena

    July 1, 2023 at 4:43 pm

    A rare gem has passed on.
    A humble servant of God has gone to rest
    Ebullient and indefatigable Leader has gone to sleep
    My very Reverend, amiable and quintessential gentle man has moved on
    Mike am gladden that you fought a good fight like Apostle Paul and will be rewarded by the LORD with a crown of glory.
    May the LORD of Host strength your immediate family, relations, friends and members of the local Church in Jesus name amen

    • Judith OROGUN (nee Ukoko)

      July 4, 2023 at 4:27 pm

      Well said, Victor. We pray God’s comfort for his wife and children, their extended family, Church and others including COCOSA 81/82 set. God bless you, my brother

  16. Stella Arisa (Nee Ajueyitsi)

    July 1, 2023 at 9:28 pm

    I’m still finding it difficult to accept the news of your passing. Just last year you organized a zoom meeting of 1981/82 set of our great school, College of Commerce, Warri, I saw you for the first time after about 41years. Little did I know it would be the last. I’m sad but take solace in the fact that you were a servant of the most high God and have no doubt that you are resting in the Lord’s bossom. Adieu, Pastor Michael Dukefe until we meet to part no more.

    • Judith OROGUN (nee Ukoko)

      July 4, 2023 at 4:29 pm

      My sister Stella, I still recall our conversations and how Mike always leaves one more encouraged and happy at the end of a call. May we all receive strength from the good example Dukefe was to all of us

  17. Felix Utomi

    July 1, 2023 at 10:53 pm

    I am shocked and saddened to hear of the demise of a childhood friend, my college classmate (UCC), a great leader, a friend to all, problem solver and a man of God; but I am glad, because I believe that Michael has put in his best white on earth. May his soul rest in peace.

  18. Shola okiei

    July 2, 2023 at 8:21 am

    We will always remember your kindness and generosity. Rest in Peace Brother
    Brother. We will always remember your kindness and gentleness. We shall meet again.

  19. Charles Ekpei

    July 2, 2023 at 10:20 am

    Wow Miko your sudden death shock the foundation of humanity. As you were as a symbol of God creation during your life time.

    Me and family are greatly pained over your sudden death . But we are consoled that you worked in the Lord and died in the Lord.

    I joined over old school mates (Cocosa), to pray God almighty for divine grace to be with the family you left behind.

    Miko rest in perfect peace Amen!!!

    Remembered here by Charles Ojorumi Ekpei aka Chasay as you foundly call me during your life time.

    • Judith OROGUN (nee Ukoko)

      July 4, 2023 at 4:30 pm

      Charles, na wah! Dukefe is gone. But, we thank God we can remember him for the good and kind words he sowed. God bless you

  20. Tolani & Adelekan

    July 2, 2023 at 3:11 pm

    We can’t believe you departed Bro. Mike. So saddened. I recall how much time we spent together. May the good Lord comfort your family during this heartbreaking time. Rest in peace.

  21. Dcn. Robert Igene

    July 2, 2023 at 6:07 pm

    Pastor Michael Dukefe, I fondly call him my man Dukefe, was a rare gem.
    The news of his passing on was a rude shock to me, saddening & I was in denier of it.
    A friend & a college classmate, way back in College of Commerce, Warri – 81/82 set.
    I will always cherish my memories of him, very friendly, his dance steps – a good dancer both local(Urhobo) and English, his smiles never hesitate; they come on broadly, his words are calming, soothing & reassuring.
    Heaven gained you my man Dukefe. To be absent in the body is to be present with our Lord. I will surely miss you on this side of heaven.
    Sleep on my man Dukefe. I look forward to seeing you on resurrection morning.

  22. Newton

    July 3, 2023 at 5:34 am

    My childhood friend right from Olezi, where we all started. It is well with your family, the Lord will console all you have left behind. Rest in peace my friend.

  23. Sister Bisi and Sarah.

    July 3, 2023 at 1:53 pm

    Really short of words, Pastor Michael rest on!!!. Condolences to your dear wife, children and family. Rest on Pastor Michael.

  24. Jennifer Thompson

    July 3, 2023 at 8:40 pm

    I am still in disbelief. My condolences to Sister Mabel and the family. May he rest in peace.

  25. OgheneTejiri Omiragua

    July 4, 2023 at 10:08 am

    I feel so sad hearing the sad News of my Uncle, d pillar of the Dukefe’s family… May your soul Rest in the bosom of the Lord…We Miss you Uncle

  26. Judith OROGUN (nee Ukoko)

    July 4, 2023 at 4:20 pm

    Mike Dukefe as we fondly called him, was a calm, cheerful and caring friend. He was also a graceful and beautiful dancer, from way back when we were in High School. As we reconnected a few years ago, through our High School – College of Commerce Warri old students Association (COCOSA), Mike’s leadership was instrumental in joy just connecting us, but helping us to remember other people’s Nick names and peculiar characteristics. We spoke often, and were hoping for a reunion in Toronto this summer. Unfortunately, that is not to be now.

    We pray that the family he left behind, will be comforted, knowing that Mike was a good example of a Christian. Therefore, his life will continue to encourage others, even though he is no longer with us. May his family find God’s comfort and hope, in this time of their loss. God be with you, always

  27. Mrs Joan Omiragua (Nee Dukefe

    July 5, 2023 at 4:34 pm

    Mikoko my beloved brother, I will always remember you. You were very courageous,bold,honest,funny and playful,facing every situation as it comes. You have played your part in the world,and now the battle is over.
    Asister mi you always called me,I will always remember you mikoko.
    Goodbye ,goodbye.

    • Bro & Sis Joshua & Gbubemi Fregene

      July 7, 2023 at 1:48 pm

      May God thru Christ comfort and strengthen his wife, children, families and us all by His grace, Amen

  28. Ediri Udoh

    July 6, 2023 at 3:10 am

    He gives and He takes away. Thanks be to Him. May Mike’s beautifully & gentle soul rest in peace. May our comforter the Holy Spirit give great comfort to all of us left especially his wife & children & his siblings & us his friends.

  29. Mrs Monica odhura

    July 6, 2023 at 5:53 am

    My dear brother, Mike dukefe was my back bone . He was really supportive. Words cannot describe how I feel over his loss. But again, I am convinced he is resting in the bosom of the Lord. Rest on brother, Amen.

  30. Juergen Probstfeld

    July 6, 2023 at 9:38 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Since I started playing lunch soccer at Ericsson Michael was always around. He was a great guy , excellent soccer player and most of all so funny and humble. He will be dearly missed by all of us. Farewell my friend

  31. Napoleon Otiri

    July 7, 2023 at 4:14 am

    My sincere condolences to the family.

  32. Wemimo Azeez

    July 7, 2023 at 9:37 am

    Conodolences to the family. I was not privledge to know this brother before his transition to glory, but I heard many good things about him through Sister Bisi this morning. May the Lord give the family strength to bear the loss.

  33. Mrs Madagwa Ugbovoro

    July 7, 2023 at 8:27 pm

    Farewell uncle Mike, how dare question God. We miss you greatly but the joy of meeting again on resurrection day is our great comfort. Rest on my darling uncle.

  34. Akinshola Dawodu

    July 8, 2023 at 6:42 am

    Mike Dukefe your passing came as a shock to me, Mike words can not express the inner feeling.d Mike I can’t believe that you are gone, heart felt condolences to my sister Mabel, Children and the Dukefe family, Mike rest on one love brother

  35. Sis Shelley

    July 8, 2023 at 7:24 am

    I don’t have much word to say we were good friend in Christ ..Bro Micheal was kindhearted and also concern about his brothers and sisters. In Christ. We would chat sometimes and make jokes in French..He will be miss ..my condolcences to the family.. sis Mabel Micheal Jr and Melissa..God comfort you all.. in Jesus name

  36. Thaddaeus Victoria

    July 8, 2023 at 4:45 pm

    It was such a shock to me, hearing of your demise. You were such a gentle and brilliant speaker. Your words suit and relief every situation.
    We all miss you.
    Continue to rest on dearest uncle.

  37. Dr Israel

    July 9, 2023 at 1:49 am

    Dear Uncle, you felt at a time I never expected. You were cheerful and caring. I remember several discussions we had the last two times you visited Nigeria. You were so passionate about our family at large. You love God so much. You understood spiritual things.

    I will miss you greatly. Remain in the Bosom of the Lord till we meet to part no more.


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