Calistus Onyedika Anyichie [August 20, 1999 - July 14, 2019],was born in Anambra State, Nigeria, he was the eldest son born to Gerald and Regina (Chinwa) Anyichie. He attended secondary school at the College of the Immaculate Conception in Enugu, Nigeria. As a big dreamer and scholar, he wanted to study abroad in the United States and worked diligently to make his dream come true. On April 14, 2015, he left those near and dear to him in order find his place as a young man at the tender age of fourteen. He took flight and landed at JFK airport in New York, New York on April 15, 2015, where he joined his Nigerian classmate, his friend and his brother Casmir Ikechukwu Ochiaka in Short Hills, New Jersey. The two would find themselves residing in Short Hills, New Jersey with Virginia Roriston and her four children.
Calistus completed his four years of high school education at St. Mary of the Assumption High in Elizabeth, New Jersey. At St. Mary of the Assumption, Calistus found himself among family with The Hilltoppers; there he made a lasting impression on all those with whom he came in contact. Calistus was team captain and team ambassador for St. Mary of the Assumption High School. Calistus was recognized by NJSIAA as a "scholar athlete" and received many well-deserved college scholarships.
As a diligent and conscientious scholar, he took education very serious and graduated with a 4.1 GPA. His hard work and dedication in the classroom and on and off the basketball court him in a position to receive numerous Division I scholarships offers. He ultimately chose to attend Binghamton University where “found his new home.” Calistus successfully completed his freshman year and was spending the summer at Binghamton working out and taking summer classes when he passed away this past Sunday.
He is survived by his parents Gerald and Regina (Chinwa) Anyichie of Nigeria and his siblings Jane, Charles and Christopher Anyichie.
He is also survived by his American mother, Virginia Roriston and siblings Robert Stephen, Charles and Mary Rorisron, Roriston, Casmir Ochiaka, and Abdoul Mounir Mohamadou Hima.
Calistus wanted to be a diplomat and humanitarian and will always be remembered as a young man with a big smile and an even bigger heart.
Relatives and friends are invited to the Funeral Mass at St. Rose of Lima Church, 50 Short Hills Ave, Short Hills, NJ on Friday, July 19th at 7:00 PM. Visitation will also be held at church from 2:00 to 4:00 pm followed by a celebration of life and reflections starting at 4:00 PM. Interment will take place in Nigeria.
In lieu of flowers donations to.Go Fund Me for Calistus would be appreciated.
For more information or to send condolences please visit jacobhollefuneralhome.com.