William Tiberius Katawazi



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Chili: Our only son William passed away unexpectedly on June 23, 2014 at age 5. Survived by his parents, Al Katawazi and Heather (Hutchurson) Katawazi; grandparents, Mohammad and Sarah Katawazi; Garry and Wendy Hutchurson; great-grandparents, Abdul and Bibi Katawazi; Richard Keirsbilck; aunts and uncles Dina Katawazi, Namat Katawazi, Jeff and Lisa (Hutchurson) Lynch, Ryan and Michelle (Hutchurson) Shafer and cousins Maya, Zendage, Jack and Savannah. William graduated from preschool this year, he earned his yellow belt in karate and his Jr. Flight Wings, was learning German, ran a 1K and once hiked 5 miles in a day. He launched rockets, was an accomplished sword fighter, super hero, rocket man and monkey climber. William loved the water and cared about everyone. William’s visitation will be held Friday, June 27th from 4-7PM at Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home, 1075 Long pond Road, Greece Chapel. His interment will be held Saturday, June 28th, 2:30 PM at Mt. Rest Cemetery, 7577 Townline Road (S.Lake St.) in Bergen, NY. William’s Memorial Service will be celebrated at 4PM at First Presbyterian Church, 38 S. Lake Ave., Bergen, NY following the interment. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent ‘In memory of William Katawazi’ to CP Rochester, the preschool he attended for children with developmental disabilities, located at 3399 Winton Road South, Rochester, NY 14623. It is the wishes of William’s parents to build in his honor an adapative zipline for kids who otherwise would not be able to fly. For more information and to sign William’s online guestbook, please visit www.MeesonFamily.com


  1. Tony Berardi on June 26, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Abdullah and Heather…We have mourned with you since learning of your loss. There are so many things that we would like to say, but we cannot find the words. God must have a grand plan for little William and must need him as his right hand. You and your family are in our prayers. Tony and Linda Berardi

  2. Karen on June 26, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Al and Heather,
    My deepest sympathy goes out to both of you and your family. I will continue to keep you in my prayers.
    Karen Mesler

  3. Jasvir on June 26, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Although no words can really help to ease the loss you bear,
    just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer.

    With thoughts of peace and courage for you….

    If tears could build a stairway And memories a lane,

    I’d walk right up to heaven And bring your son home again.

  4. Eduardo on June 26, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Dear Al and Heather, receive my deepest condolences for the unexpected loss of your son. The Lord will protect his soul.
    Eduardo Dulanto
    Blandon, PA

  5. Mary Ellen & Rick Bennett on June 26, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Dear Heather & Al,
    Your tender words so beautifully capture the essence of your precious Will. Our hearts ache with a loss too great for words to comfort. You are forever in our hearts, thoughts and prayers, and we look forward to the construction of Will’s memorial ‘Gift of Flight’.
    With much love and sorrow, Aunt Mary, Uncle Rick & fam’ily

  6. michelle magee on June 26, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Dear Wendy, Garry and Katawazi Family,
    Words cannot describe how saddened we all are to hear of the sudden loss of dear sweet William…we are grieving with you and will keep you all in our continued thoughts and prayers in the days ahead…with heartfelt sympathy, Michelle

  7. Cathy on June 26, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Dear Wendy, Garry, Heather, Al and your families,
    No words can express the sadness and heartache we are all feeling for you. Know that you are all in my prayers and I pray that the lord keeps you wrapped tightly in his arms in the days ahead. May your Angel always fly, Cathy Slocum.

  8. Shelby BC on June 26, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Heather & Al, what a beautiful and playful sentiment you have written for your sweet son’s remembrance. And your intention for the memorial contributions is a perfect way to remember such an adventurous young man. A zipline… the kids will adore that special gift!
    Know that we are praying for y’all & holding you close to our hearts here in western PA… & will continue to do so.

    Take tender care,
    Shelby Black-Couch & Russ Couch

  9. Chrissy on June 26, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Heather and Al,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Chrissy Andrews

  10. Mary Curtin Bansbach on June 26, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Heather, Al and family and friends, my heart breaks for you. Such a beautiful boy. My son and children for many years to come will fly and feel free on that zip line. They will laugh and cheer and William will be laughing with them and cheering them on.
    Mary (Curtin) Bansbach

  11. Deborah Resch on June 26, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Heather, Al, Garry, Wendy, Lisa, Michelle and all the rest of the family,
    In this time of shock and sorrow there are no words to express the sadness and heartache the whole office is feeling for you. Since I can do nothing tangible for you my thoughts and prayers are with you now and in the days to come…..
    Deborah Resch
    Pittsford, NY

  12. Cindy (Hoskins) Black on June 26, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Heather, my heart goes out to you and your family at this very difficult time. Will sounds like an amazing little guy. Those who have passed before him will welcome into heaven with open arms. He will fly with angels and always look after those he loved. Rejoice in your memories.
    Prayers, peace and hugs,

  13. Krista Hickey Latimer on June 26, 2014 at 12:00 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts & prayers are with you.
    Syracuse, NY

  14. Linda Carter on June 26, 2014 at 12:00 am

    I don’t have any words to use right now to express
    how sorry I am for the loss of your child. You are experiencing a level of pain
    and loss that most people can’t imagine. I don’t know what to say other than I
    am so sorry for your loss of such a precious angel. But please
    know that I am praying that God would bring you and your family comfort.’

  15. Roxie Auberger on June 26, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Please know that you all will be in our thoughts and prayers during this loss of young William. He sounds like an amazing little fellow!
    Sincerely, the Auberger Family

  16. David Vanslyke on June 26, 2014 at 12:00 am

    So sorry for your loss. I know first hand how it feels, my prayers are with you all.

  17. Randy Block on June 26, 2014 at 12:00 am

    There are no words. But it seems like God wanted him by His side sooner than we expected. We will feel his love and God’s forever.

  18. Sara Nuñez on June 26, 2014 at 12:00 am

    There is nothing I can say to take away the pain you must be feeling. We are so sorry for the loss of your beautiful baby boy. We are sending you all the love and prayers we have.
    Love, Sara & Bill Nunez

  19. Ronda Mwangi on June 26, 2014 at 12:00 am

    To Heather & Al and all of William’s extended family and dear friends – May God bless your celebrations of this beautiful life! Our hearts mourn with you for your loss. We continue to lift you all up in prayer knowing that only God can comfort you during this time & the coming days! We regret that we cannot attend to be there with you but know we are with you in spirit and our thoughts of you are constant. With much love, The Mwangi Family – Ronda, Jinal, Raina & Jaida

  20. Maryam Lynch-Tate on June 26, 2014 at 12:00 am

    To the Katawazi Family and my dear friend Michelle, I’m so saddened to hear of the unexpected loss of such a dear boy. Please know that my family’s thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family during this difficult and emotional time. May you find comfort in God and in one another, and know that you are not alone. Our deepest condolences…

    Robert and Maryam Tate
    DuPont, WA

  21. Ann Marie Estridge on June 26, 2014 at 12:00 am

    To William and his whole family,
    What an amazing little guy, to accomplish so much in such a short time. Our hearts ache for you, and we pray that the peace of knowing how much William loved you will eventually heal the hurt and pain you are enduring now. Your love for him radiates in his smile, his laughter and all the things he did while here with us. I never met William, but I am honored to know his mother, and I am sure I would have been honored and thrilled to have met William as well. All our thoughts and prayers- The Estridge Family Richard, Ann Marie and girls

  22. Maria Wiegand on June 26, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Wendy and Garry, Heather and Al, and All,
    Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry. Maria Wiegand

  23. Nicole Flower (Poston) on June 26, 2014 at 12:00 am

    What a beautiful little boy. There are no words. I am so sorry. You continue to be in my thoughts and prayers…whatever these sighs are because I don’t know what to say even in prayer. Just love and sympathy to you and all who loved him.

  24. Jeanelle Schug on June 26, 2014 at 12:00 am

    What an accomplished little guy – a super hero, rocket man and a monkey climber. I just love his big smile. My prayers are with you and your family.

  25. Laura on June 27, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Deepest sympathy to you Heather and Al. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. There is no consolation for such a loss. I pray and hope you will have the space and the time you need to grieve over these next months and years.

  26. Erica Mathis on June 27, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Family, I don’t know you guys but I will be keeping you in my prayers. William was a blessing as all children are and he will be missed but let his memory’s comfort you. God makes no mistakes and he called his angel home. Know that you were blessed if only for a short while! Erica Mathis

  27. dennis lesslie on June 27, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Heather Al No words can express the sorrow I feel for you. No parent should have to outlive their child. I can only hope that you will find peace in the future. Hugs Dennis more hugs

  28. Gwen Carmon on June 27, 2014 at 12:00 am

    I am praying for all of you, my deepest sympathy. Gwen Carmon, friend/colleague of Michelle Shafer

  29. Donna Kowsky Ganshaw on June 27, 2014 at 12:00 am

    I am so sorry for you Heather and Al, I can’t imagine what you going thru. I am in just tears of the thought. God bless you and your family and know I have been thinking you!! Love Donna Kowsky

  30. Barbara Robinson on June 27, 2014 at 12:00 am

    I am sorry to hear about your loss. I will keep you in my prayers.

  31. Kandice King on June 27, 2014 at 12:00 am

    I pray for your family during this difficult time of loss. May joyful memories sustain you and hope for a brighter tomorrow strengthen you.

  32. Ashlee Acomb on June 27, 2014 at 12:00 am

    William was a great student at cp Rochester . I work with Will at pre school I had a lot fun playing game playing in house keeping . he will be miss greatly I am going to miss him so much I had fun working with him love Ashlee Acomb

  33. Jill Jablonski on June 28, 2014 at 12:00 am

    I am so sorry for your loss and hope prayers and the love of friends and family will help get you through this difficult time. My sincerest condolences to the whole family.

  34. Crystal (Dries) Heimlich on June 28, 2014 at 12:00 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Words cannot express the sadness in my heart, so I cannot imagine the pain you are experiencing. As your son now flies high with the angels, always know that he is with you. He is the sunshine in your morning, the twinkle in the stars at night. He is the glisten of frost on your window pane in wintertime, the soft breeze that blows gently on your skin. He is the raindrops dancing in the storm, and the whisper you hear before you fall asleep every night. May your days get gentler as time goes by. May your memories of your sweet boy forever be held with smiles.

    Love and prayers to you and your family,

  35. Aruna & family on June 28, 2014 at 12:00 am

    I am sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  36. Frank Colquitt on June 28, 2014 at 12:00 am

    I read of the loss of your dear loved one, and would like to extend my sincere condolences. Death is an enemy that Our Creator never intended for us to ever have to deal with-even as the Bible says. Please, take comfort in knowing that soon, Our Creator, has promised to remove all causes of suffering, pain, sorrow, and even death forever! (Isaiah 25:8) The wonderful future resurrection hope is the promise found at John 5:25-29. May I assure you, I am not trying to give or change your religion. The pain of loss is felt, regardless of religion. May you be strengthened and comforted by these promises as you gain inner strength to cope with the difficult days ahead (2 Corinthians 1:3,4).

  37. Carolyn Katz on August 5, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Dearest Heather, just learned of your darling son’s recent death. Your
    obituary showed what a great mother you were to little William…your
    lives are entwined as one .My deepest condolences to you and Al and
    both of your extended families.
    Love, Carolyn Katz

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