“Forever Loved, Never Forgotten”

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Ethan Eric Dumbuya left Freetown, Sierra Leone for the U.S in March 2018 and attended North Hagerstown High School in Hagerstown, Maryland where he graduated with high school diploma. 
Because of his admiration for the U.S Military, he enlisted for military duty in December 2020, at Naval Station Great Lakes, Chicago, Illinois. He was proud to enter boot camp as a seaman recruit and upon successful completion, he graduated in March, 2021.
Ethan found pleasure in helping people including his shipmates which gave him the greatest joy. 
 He was passionate about the less fortunate children in our society and had plans of establishing a foundation to help less privileged school age children reach their fullest potential through education. Unfortunately, he passed away on Sept 11, 2021 in Dam Neck, Oceana VA before he was able to accomplish his vision.
His Cheerful attitude and infectious smile will be missed by his family, friends and all those he encountered.