He was born on June 15, 1965 in Lubondja/Fizi, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The son of Feston Achinda and Suzanne Walingamina. Robert graduated high school in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Class of 1983. On July 16, 1994 Robert was married in Camp Mulimbi Church in Uvira to Anna Nyassa Samuel. Reverend Achinda together with his wife Anna pastured two churches, one in Uvira, DRC and Kigoma, Tanzania.
In Tanzania, Robert was the General Secretary of the Pentecostal Evangelical Fellowship of Africa. Robert came to the USA in 2004 in pursuit of the American Dream for himself and his family. After working hard for years, his wife and their eight children joined him in January 2013 in Vermont. It was Robert’s passion to get his family here and offer them the opportunities to education and to fulfill their individual dreams. Robert had an amazing ability to make friendships and relationships wherever he went. He was known by all to have a warm heart, big smile, profoundly proud parent and to always have God as the focus of his life. Previously, Robert was employed by Fletcher Allen Health Care. Due to his illness, he had to leave the long hours. He then started his own cleaning business Alpha Green Cleaning Services.
Robert is survived by his spouse Anna, his children Fadhili and Faraja, 20, Fahari, 19, Faibe, 18, Feston, 16, Fanuel, 14, Fabien, 12 and Faida, 10, his mother Suzanne, his three brothers Richard, Kisindja and Musoshi and his sister Rebeca. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and many dear friends. Robert was preceded by his father, Feston, in 1967, his two older sisters, respectively, 1961 and 2003.
The family would like to thank Dr. Steven Ades and his staff at the hospital and the Vermont Respite House in Williston. Their support, expertise and caring during a very difficult time has been exceptional.
Funeral Services were held Saturday, Aug. 8, at The Community Bible Church in South Burlington with a burial in Hinesburg and luncheon at the United Church of Hinesburg. If you want to help the family in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to www.gofundme.com/ma6lh0.