Dr. Mwamburi A. Shake, 76, of West Warwick, Rhode Island, passed away on May 1, 2020. Born in Kwa-Weni-Mwangi, Bura, Taita-Taveta, Kenya, he was the son of the late Paul Shake Mwakai and Agripina Kalamba Shake. He leaves many dear family members, including his son Anthony R. Azersky (and Karyn Lyn Stonis) of Holliston; grandson Sawyer J. Stonis; siblings Ernest Machila, the late Christine Wazala, Gabriel Mkula, the late Esther Mcheghu, Phillip Nyambu and Yeronimi Mwakai; and Anthony’s mother Carla Anastasia Azersky. He was baptized Anthony in the Catholic Church on September 29, 1951 and through confirmation added the name Onesiphor, becoming Anthony Onesiphor Mwamburi Shake. In his community, he was always fondly known as Mwamburi. After completing his studies, Dr. Shake worked in various states in the USA as a psychiatrist, until his retirement. After his retirement, he continued working privately as a consultant. Dr. Shake had lived in the USA for many years. His distance from home notwithstanding, he left a mark back home, Taita, especially in his home area of Bura. Apart from helping several students from Taita in settling in the USA, he contributed substantially to several development endeavors. In particular, he was the brain behind the creation of the Greater Newburyport-Bura Alliance (GNBA). GNBA has contributed immensely in community health and education projects. Examples include dispensaries in Mwashuma, Saghaighu, and Mbagha, medical equipment installations in Mwatate and Bura Health Centres, computers and books to primary and high schools, and education exchanges between people from Bura and Greater Newburyport. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 12 noon at Melrose Cemetery, 88 North Pearl St., Brockton.
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