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The family of Mr. Johantz MacWillard Caine, Sr. announces his Heavenly transition, which occurred on January 10, 2019 in Monrovia, Liberia. He was 88 and a half years old. “Bor Joe,” “Borbor Joe,” or “Hantzy”, as he was affectionately called by family and friends, was a welding and construction engineer, who retired from the Ministry of Public Works where he worked from 1957 to 1985. He was a lifelong Episcopalian and longstanding member of the Trinity Episcopal Cathedral of Liberia and the St. Andrews Episcopal Church of Minneapolis, MN. He also worshipped regularly with the To God Be the Glory Ministries International when he resided in Minneapolis.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Mrs. Theresa Woods-Caine, a Retired Registered Nurse, six children including, Johantz Jr. (Laverne), Pastor Uriel, Henrique, Gloria, Albert and Harold. His eldest daughter Audrein-Tonieh pre-deceased him. He also leaves to mourn 20 grandchildren—Lydia, Tonieh, Garswa, Cyrus, Gladys, Derek, Yolanda, Johantz III, Jaelyn, Jantz, Charles, Marcia, Henrique-Konmlan, Henston-Tehpo, Hansford-Nanju, John-Wesley, Densel, Albertlyn, Charlyn, and Israel. He leaves sixteen great-grandchildren and nine great-great grandchildren.

Mr. Caine also leaves to mourn his siblings Mrs. Comfort Caine-Mathelier, Georgia Caine, Margaret Yakey Caine, Edward Freeman, Dr. Audrein James, Christina James, Lamphrey James, Julia George, and the many cousins and relatives of the Freeman, the Wiles and the Hoff families of his parents; and his many nieces and nephews. His sister Lydia Deshield-Formusa pre-deceased him.

He was truly blessed with countless friends during his life’s journey due to a jovial spirit and an absolute love for life. May his soul rest peacefully in the bosom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and amongst his many loved ones who awaited him.

Funeral Arrangements

Removal: February 8, 2019 at 5pm from the Samuel Stryker Funeral Home, Tubman Blvd-Sinkor.

Wake: Friday February 8, 2019 at 7pm. Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Broad Street.

Funeral: Saturday February 9, 2019 at 10am

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Broad Street.

Internment to follow after the Funeral at the Congatown Back Road Cementery of the First Baptist Church.


Johantz Caine, Jr:  (281)-910-6390 

Uriel Caine:  (612)-388-8507

Henrique Caine: +231-776-857538 or (929)-266-3811