Clive Chakavarika

  • Died: May 17, 2019
  • Location: New Rochelle, New York

Pelham Funeral Home

64 Lincoln Ave
Pelham, NY 10803

Tel. (914) 738-1060

Tribute & Message From The Family

He touched lives, he loved, he cared, he mentored and coun

Clive T. Chakavarika of New Rochelle, NY passed away on May 17, 2019, on the eve of his graduation. He was 21years old.

Clive was born in Harare, Zimbabwe on 21 November 1997, to Emily and Mack Chakavarika. He was the eldest grandchild to Mr. and Mrs. Bote, his maternal grandparents, and the 12th grandchild to the late Mr. and Mrs. Chakavarika his paternal grandparents.

From an early age, Clive stood out as a gentleman, loving, caring, giving selflessly and mature beyond his years. He was very smart, independent and highly principled. He knew what he wanted and would go after it. He first attended Shiriyedenga Primary School where he was a Prefect by the time he moved to Denmark, Copenhagen in 2008. In Denmark, he attended Rygaards International School, excelling in his academics and discovered his passion for the outdoors and track events. He enjoyed the outdoors, sleepovers and took care of his brother Trevor.

He moved to the United States on 31 March 2010, first attending OLPH middle school from the 7th Grade. He was part of the basketball team in the middle school and made many friends. He graduated with high honors from OLPH school before heading to Iona Preparatory School for his high school. At Iona, he joined the track team, and excelling academically. He graduated from Iona Preparatory School with honors as class of 2015.

At his passing, he had just completed his Bachelor's of Science Degree in Integrated Neuroscience from Binghamton University and was set to graduate on 18 May 2019. Clive loved God, attending the JCC AFM in New Jersey with his family. He made many friends at Binghamton, all of whom shared how amazing he was. He had planned to be a Physical Therapist one day, and had laid out a plan on how he was going to make it.

Clive is survived by his parents, Mack and Emily Chakavarika, and his two brothers, Trevor and Gabriel, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.

To his family and friends, Clive is irreplaceable. He touched lives, he loved, he cared, he mentored and counselled.

Clive came into this life, and made a lasting impact in his 21 years. Our hearts are forever broken, but we know our son, brother and friend is smiling and at peace!

A celebration of Clive's life will take place at Trinity St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 311 Huguenot St., New Rochelle NY. on Saturday June 1st from 12:00 to 1PM. A service will begin at 1:00 PM. For more information or to leave a condolence please visit


Condolence & Memory Journal

I had the honor to meet Clive during the time that I was Director of Operations for AZOR Home Care. Clive volunteered there the Summer before he began his College Career. Clive mastered every task set before him. He was a part of a team. This was the beginning of his Career Goal to be a Physical Therapist.

So much has changed since then. The biggest change being, that yesterday, I was told that Clive passed away.

Here is what "will not" change: I am better for knowing a Young Man who was exceptional and brought Grace to the beginning of each day that we spent together.

Clive, you will lead the Angels with your Smile.

I pray for your Mom, your Dad, Mack (Who I hope remember's me) and your brothers.

Rest Well, Buddy,

Frank Conway

Posted by Frank Conway - New York, NY - coworker   June 06, 2019

Dear Emily & Mack,
You are in our heartfelt prayers and thoughts during this painful time. May the spirit of your gurdian angel Clive forever be with you , Trevor, Gabriel and the rest of the family in Zimbabwe, the Bote's and Chakavarika's.

Posted by Shatho Joy Robinson - New Rochelle, NY - coworker   June 04, 2019

Posted by Shatho Joy Robinson - New Rochelle, NY - friend   June 04, 2019

Dearest Emily and family
There is no words that can begin to fill the gap of your loss. My God put peace in your hearts and bless the memory of your beloved son Clive.
our thoughts are with you.
rana irshaid andersen, CPH, DK

Posted by Rana Irshaid Andersen - fredriksberg - Coworker   June 03, 2019

Emily, Please accept my deepest condolences. Rest assured that with his faith in God, he was called for a higher purpose.

Posted by Althea Downie - New York, NY - Friend   June 03, 2019

Willow Gardens Staff sends Condolences to Mack&Family.May God Bless your family always

Posted by Linda Strong - NEW ROCHELLE, NY   June 01, 2019

Trevor, I am praying for you and your family. May God's consolation be with you...Doc Carney

Posted by Martin Carney - Bronx, NY - Teacher   June 01, 2019

To Mack &family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I hope the memories you have of this amazing young man will sustain you in the coming days. May God Bless you all. Sincerely,Nurse Linda

Posted by Linda Strong - NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Coworker   June 01, 2019

I am deeply saddened by the loss of Clive. I have the foundest memories of him in my class as being such a sweet, loving, caring, and respectful young man. My deepest sympathies to you and your family during this difficult time.

Posted by Priscilla Montano (Policicchio) - Yonkers, NY - Teacher   May 31, 2019

Dear Family,

As friends of Trevor, we wish to offer our deepest condolences. We hope that the love of family and friends will comfort you in the days ahead. We are here for you during these tough times.

Posted by The Theta Tau Family - Binghamton, NY - Friend   May 31, 2019

Dear family, I cannot imagine your sorrow. I cannot imagine this starshine on earth extinguished. The world pauses for seconds when this happens. You must live on even with sorrow. I wish you great warmth and hope for your peace.

Posted by G K - Scarborough, NY   May 31, 2019

Dear Emily, my deepest condolences. I pray that God may bless you and your family and give you strength, and peace. May your beloved Clive rest in peace.

Posted by Claire Van der Vaeren - New York, NY - Coworker   May 31, 2019

Dear Emily and family, my sincere condolences. Praying for you! May the God of all comfort be with you. Treasure the memories of your dear son.

Posted by Ruth Mwathi    May 31, 2019

I was shocked and saddened to hear of this. Clive was a gentleman and a hard worker. I remember being moved by his college essay about being a boy in Zimbabwe. Clive always seemed at peace as he moved through his days at Iona Prep. He gave light to the world, and would have given much more. I am very sorry about your loss. Kevin Kavanah, AP lit teacher, Iona Preparatory School

Posted by Kevin Kavanah - Great Barrington, MA - Teacher   May 31, 2019


Dearest Emily and Family, Clive is taken from us too soon and it is so painful. However, God is good and provides everlasting peace. Our sincere condolences and deepest sympathy. May God's outpouring kindness and comfort helps you through this difficult time. May you find the courage and strength to move forward in peace and celebrate Clive's beautiful life.
Alem, Feseha and Kaleb.

Posted by Alem Girma - West Orange, NJ - Coworker   May 30, 2019

Vkma Emily , Bamkru , and all of us, may we Find Comfort in The Lord, believing that, whatever happens in our lives has a Purpose. We will Terribly Miss Clive. May His Soul Rest In Peace

Posted by Ellen Bote - New Rochelle, NY - Family   May 30, 2019

It was with deep sorrow that I learned of the passing of your son, my husband Clive so sudden and unexpectedly. Clive loved the Lord and God loves the best. I am assured that he is resting
In internal life and one day we will follow.

While I know that words cannot console you and Mkwasha, I wanted you to know that I am here for you, My prayers are with you and the family in this difficult time.

I will always hold the memory Of Clive's smile especially when I used to call him my husband, he would just smile. I thank God for the years I have known Clive, this amazing intelligent, ambitious and quiet yet strong and powerful young man.

Posted by Everjoy Gutu - Teaneck, NJ - Family   May 30, 2019


God be with you till we meet again Clive. The wound you have left your parents and family shall never heal. However, I pray that the holy spirit surrounds them and the peace that surpasses all understanding engulf them. You were truly a star and hearing her speak about you got me to understand what a marvel of a child you truly were. You will be greatly missed. Fly high beautiful angel. Till we meet at Jesus' feet.

Posted by Tsitsi Soko - Westfield, NJ - Friend   May 30, 2019


Clive you are now flying high with the angels. May you rest in peace. Heaven has gained.May the Holy Spirit come and touch the inner wounds, which no man can reach to all your loved you left behind.

Posted by nancy tancrati - Westfield, MA - Friend   May 30, 2019

Dear Emily and family
As a believer of God my message to you is to hold on to the hem of Jesus, for God makes all things beautiful in His time. God is good, God is kind. Sending you hugs during this very difficult time.
Mkoma Noni

Posted by Noni Mafabune - Malaysia - Coworker   May 30, 2019

Dear Emily, heartfelt condolences. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish you and your family strength. Sending you warm wishes and lots of love, Sitara

Posted by Sitara Syed - 52876, NY - Friend   May 30, 2019


To Emily and Mack,
Our deepest condolence to you. l pray to God to give you the needed peace that the world cannot give but only Him can. Hold on, give thanks and know God is still God. May He alone console you and your family.
May Clive smile keep hope alive in you and May his soul rest in peace.

Posted by Faustine Ekor - Queens, NY - Coworker   May 30, 2019


Dear Emily and your entire family and Clive's friends, praying for you at this time. May Sovereign Lord be your eternal solace. Rest in eternal peace prince of God, master Clive, your memory is priceless...
Shalom, Margy Otiato

Posted by Margy Otiato - South Orange, NJ - Friend   May 30, 2019

Fly high my angel. You were too pure for this world!

Posted by Emily Chakavarika - New Rochelle, NY - Mother   May 30, 2019

Please accept our heartfelt sympathies on the loss of your loved son.
We are with you in our prayers during this difficult time.

Posted by Cecilia Ncube - Johannesburg - Friend   May 29, 2019

Dear Emily and Mack, I am truly sorry for the loss of such an amazing young man Clive. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Those we love are never really gone they have a cherished place in our hearts where they will always be remembered for the kindness they showed, the love they shared, and the happiness they brought.
I pray for God to give you strength and comfort you in the coming months and years. Love you always.
Catherine Kentuha

Posted by Catherine Kentuha - East Northport, NY - Friend   May 29, 2019

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