2002 - 2022
Tajia Namyalo Mulindwa
August 24, 2002–January 18, 2022
It is with a heavy heart that the family announces the sudden passing of Tajia Mulindwa (pronounced "Tay-ja") in Ottawa. She was 19 years old.
Tajia is survived by her biological mother Erica Roach, her father Tim Mulindwa, her sister Acacia, her half-brothers Samuel and Olivier, as well as her stepmother Sara and her family. She also leaves behind several half-siblings on her mother's side, and grieving grandparents from both her biological and blended families.
Born in Ottawa, Tajia was a ray of sunshine who brought an abundance of joy to her parents, extended family and friends despite her short life. She was a recent graduate of l’École secondaire publique De La Salle in Ottawa (2020), where she was an accomplished touch football and basketball player, having competed on the senior girls’ touch football and basketball teams.
For six years, Tajia was also a proud and active member of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets in Ottawa (RCSCC Falkland), where she attained the rank of Chief Petty Officer 2nd class(CPO 2). She especially enjoyed cadet summer training during which time she worked as a staff cadet. Prior to that, she was a member of the Navy League of Canada for two years. Tajia had made a name for herself with her dedication and smiling personality, both within these organizations and with her employers. In fact, one of her employers awarded her in 2019 with "Best Customer Service" for her smile and polite disposition with customers.
Tajia, whose laugh was infectious, adored children and was an amazing big sister who loved to have fun with her sister Acacia and half-brothers Samuel and Olivier. A people person, Tajia loved to laugh and was well liked by her friends and peers who appreciated her listening skills and unconditional support. She dreamed of becoming famous and of being able to help and bring joy to people. Her friends will remember her as a loving and caring young woman.
For the past two years, Tajia had been dealing with mental illness with bravery and courage. This finally led her to take her own life just as it was beginning. Her devastated family members hold her dear in their hearts and hope that she rests in peace, far from what troubled her. The sorrow of her loved ones is matched only by the joy she brought to all those who had the good fortune of knowing her.
A celebration of Tajia’s life will be organized by her father, sister and stepmother this summer in Ottawa. In honour of beautiful Tajia’s memory, the family requests that any charitable donations be made to your favourite organizations.
If you or someone you know is in distress please call Crisis Services Canada @ 1-833-454-4566. Quebec residents can call 1-866-277-3553.
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