By Bro. Junep Ocampo
“He has a servant’s heart.”
This was how BCBP President PV Beley described Bro. Nemecio “Boy” Elma, Jr., the Brotherhood’s Area Managing Director for Southern Mindanao, who passed away early morning of April 27, 2021 in Davao City.
In an online message, tbe BCBP President said Bro. Boy was “a tireless servant leader of the community who displayed passion and energy to help spur the growth in southern Mindanao.”
Bro. Boy served as the Chairman of the BCBP National Anniversary Celebration (NAC) 40 that was supposed to be held in his home city in 2020 but was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He was busy organizing the NAC 42 and was a member of the BCBP’s Board of Trustees (BoT) and Management Committee.
“He loved his family, Sheila, and their children. We join the Elma family in mourning Boy’s passing,” said the BCBP President.
Bro. Boy’s passing came as a shock to the BCBP as he was still present at last Saturday’s online meeting of the BCBP Board of Trustees. He was said to even played golf the day after.
Bro. Boy reportedly experienced difficulty breathing late evening of April 26 and was rushed to the Southern Philippines Medical Center for treatment. It was there that he expired.
As of the day before his passing, Bro. Boy was still sending text inquiries to BCBP leaders about the NAC 42 that he was organizing in Davao, and the tentative dates of August 12 to 13, 2022 that he was looking to book with the Davao SMX Convention Center.
Bro Boy is survived by his wife Sis. Sheila and children Kristofferson, Nemecio III, Karl Vincent,
Karleeen Joy, and Karl Benedict.
A special online Mass and tribute will be held tonight, April 27, at 7:00 pm. It is being organized by the BCBP Davao East chapter.
The Mass will also be streamed live on the BCBP Davao East Facebook page.
Another online Mass is being organized by the BCBP Board of Trustees and Management Committee. Details will be announced soon.