Eulogy for a Boss
Writing a eulogy
needn’t be a chore if you have a read of some of our samples. This eulogy for a
boss was written for us by Tracey Walters about an inspiring woman who was her
mentor and colleague. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for links to more
funeral speech guidelines and examples.
"Today, I stand here to pay tribute to my mentor, senior colleague and boss Mrs. Sarah Jones. Mrs. Jones was a dynamic, strong and hard working woman who invested most of her life in humanitarian works. She touched the lives of so many vulnerable and under privileged women around the world.
I have known Mrs. Jones for over thirteen years now and my
first encounter with her was a remarkable one. I was an ordinary young lady
pursuing a Master’s degree in Gender Studies at the Florida International
University. I had a keen interest in empowering vulnerable women and was
particularly interested in focusing my research on Africa. That was when my
supervisor told me about her very good friend Mrs. Sarah Jones, whom he thought
was the right person to help me with my thesis since she had first-hand
experience working with rural women in Africa. I was also told she is a
no-nonsense person who wouldn’t find time to attend to students who were not
serious. I still remember how afraid I was to call her, especially as I didn’t
know if she would be willing to assist me. Well, I eventually did and was
pleasantly surprised at how calmly she took her time to find out who I was and what
I wanted. That particular call was the beginning of a new relationship with an
extraordinary lady, who helped shaped my career in humanitarian works.
Mrs. Jones was quick to give me an opportunity to do my
internship in her nonprofit organization. She even gave me a chance as an
intern to travel to Gambia, where she was working on a project on gender based
violence. Through her supervision, I was able to write a good thesis, which
earned me an A grade. Upon my graduation, she continued mentoring me, by sending
me links to apply and participate in different seminars and conferences that
focused on making the world a better place for women. To be totally honest, I
got bored at one point and just wanted to take out time to live my life and to
explore the world. But as smart as she was, she found some of the best ways to
tell me not to give up on myself. She would encourage me and also assist me
financially. I won’t forget how she covered all my expenses to attend a seven day conference
in London in 2013. That to me was the definition of selflessness.
I remember how excited Mrs. Jones was when I landed my
first job in an international NGO, two years after graduation. As usual, she
had played a great role during the process by writing a recommendation letter
for me and also preparing me for the interview. What a wonderful thing for a
boss to do for an intern! Three years into my job, Mrs. Jones was appointed the
Country’s Director in my organization. Working in the same institution with her
again was truly rewarding as it accorded me an opportunity to learn from her
and to get to know her on a more personal level.
As I got closer to Mrs. Jones, I realized she wasn’t just a
workaholic, but also a woman who had great family values. She was a happily
married woman with two kids and four grandchildren. Her first daughter was a
medical doctor, while the second was a lawyer. She had a beautiful family
portrait hung on the wall in her office. Her grandkid’s pictures were displayed
on her working desk. It was evident that she loved her family and that they
meant everything to her.
Mrs. Jones also loved adventures. She would not miss out
any opportunity to travel to a new destination during her vacation. If she
couldn’t take her family members, she would carry along with her a few
colleagues. Looking back now, I feel fortunate and privileged to have shared a
few of such moments with her. I had an opportunity to travel with her and her
family to the Caribbean and to Greece in 2015 and 2016 respectively. During
these trips, we would explore our new environment and also try out new things,
including food. We would also relate on a more personal level. It was actually
during the Greece vacation that I officially announced to her that I was two
months pregnant and that my fiancé and I were looking forward to planning our
wedding as soon as it was possible. She was so happy and assured me that I
could always count on her for any form of support. That melted my heart.
Another thing that stood out about Mrs. Jones is the fact
she was a great philanthropist who loved giving. She wouldn’t hesitate to use
her personal resources to make people happy. A few times in a year, she would
prepare emergency packages and distribute to the homeless people in her city. I
have particularly watched her use her personal money to finance IVF treatment
for a couple who wanted kids very badly, but couldn’t afford the procedure. She
was indeed a rare human. Most of her friends can testify about her
Unfortunately, Mrs. Jones was diagnosed with stage four
breast cancer three years ago. She was forced to take time off work and attend
to her health. As devastating as the news was to me and most of her colleagues,
she was rather hopeful that she was going to make it. Whenever I visited her
while she was in treatment, she was always so full of life. She would ask about
everyone in the office and would even assure me that she was returning to work
soon. But as fate would have it, she succumbed to the battle against cancer on
July 1st 2020.
Her death has been a bitter pill for me and many others to
swallow. Most often, I wonder how my life would have turned out if I didn’t
meet a selfless boss like her. Nevertheless, I’m so grateful that she taught me
that all dreams can come true as long as we are consistent in our pursuits."
Eulogy for a Mentor
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