Daniel Tolbert, Sr., Dies

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The death is announced of Deacon Daniel F. Tolbert, Sr., a Liberian businessman and younger brother of President William R. Tolbert, Jr.

This sad event occurred on Friday, March 28, 2014 at his home in Sinkor, Monrovia.  He was 80.

Daniel was born on December 17, 1934 to Zina Fahnbulleh, daughter of Momo Fahnbulleh and Konah Darblo of Grand Cape Mount County, and William R. Tolbert, Sr. of Montserrado County.

He spent his early years in Bensonville where his mother taught him the value of hard work, and his father instilled in him the importance of education.

Young Daniel visited and shared breakfast with his father every morning on his way to Bensonville Government School, where the seeds planted by his father took root. He excelled as a student learning that it was important to his parents, whom he strived to please, according to a family life sketch.

In his early years Daniel lived with several family members, which imprinted upon him the value of his extended family.  Living with his maternal uncle Urias B. Freeman in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County, Daniel learned the value of duty and hard work.

Later, he cultivated his love for God and self discipline while living with his eldest sister, Mrs. Florence Tolbert McClain, matriarch of the McClains, at Broad Street, Crown Hill in Monrovia.

Daniel later lived with his elder brother Stephen A. Tolbert in Congo Town he  became exposed to the  world of business.

He graduated from St. Patrick’s High School,  attended Prairie View University in Texas, United States of America. He later enetered Michigan State University, where he obtained a degree in Accounting.

On returning to Liberia, he worked at the Mesurado Group of Companies, a major Liberian corporation started by his brother Stephen.  Daniel later started his own tax and accounting firm, Liberia Supply Corporation (LIBSCO) on Ashmun Street, Monrovia.

He meanwhile studied law under the guidance of Councellor M. McDonald Perry at the Dukuly & Perry Law Firm and invested in real estate around Liberia. He followed that with the establishment of CAMER Shipping Lines, which still operates today in the Freeport of Monrovia.

When events of April 12, 1980 took place, Daniel, like many prosperous Liberians at the time, suffered but he survived with his faith in God intact, and moved to the United States in 1982 where he focused on providing for his family, including many who had also been displaced.

He invested in real estate in the USA and owned and operated a Baskin Robbins Ice Cream franchise, providing employment for his children and other family members.

Deacon Daniel also made successful investments in Senegal and The Gambia until he finally returned home.

One of his daughters, Annmarie Zina Tolbert,

predeceased him.

He leaves to mourn his loving and dedicated wife of 46 years, Mrs. Myrna R. Tolbert; his children, Beatrice Nuarhpa, Konah Tolbert-Karas, Daniel F. Tolbert Jr., Rosemarie S. Tolbert-Clinton, Fametta M. Tolbert- McKinney, Wilhelmina Tolbert-Banfield, and Luakena A. Tolbert; grandchildren, Myrna Aful, Zina Karas, Zaiya Karas, Aidan Banfield, Amisa Banfield, Daniel F. Tolbert III, Jayden Clinton, and Zahari Clinton; a sister, Kula Tolbert; a brother, Levi Tolbert, and a host of other relatives.

Daniel was always present at church in Bensonville on Sundays, where he served as a member of the Deacon Board, and visited as many relatives as time permitted.

The body will be removed from the Samuel A. Stryker Funeral Parlors on Thursday, April 10 at 4 o’clock p.m. and taken to  the Zion Praise Baptist Church, Bentol City, where wake keeping will take place from six to nine  o’clock p.m.

The funeral service will take place on Friday, April 11, at 11 o’clock a.m. at the same church, followed immediately by internment.  

A family spokesperson said all tributes, with the exception of the immediate  family, will be paid during the wake. 

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