- 84 years old
- Date of birth: Dec 10, 1928
- Place of birth:
IDERE COMPOUND, OSIELE, ABEOKUTA, OGUN state, Nigeria
- Date of passing: Oct 13, 2013
- Place of passing:
Ilaro, Ogun state, Nigeria
|Let the memory of BABATOLA be with us forever|
I am sure that you know that you did not die.
You are only resting.
The good works that you did, the God-fearing children that you trained, your service to God and humanity, your ebullient and jovial personality that always filled the room where ever you went, your industry and great achievements for which the good Lord granted you the good health and strength to acquire, your loving and lovable wife, our dear mother, that God chose for you, etc., are testament to your continued presence amongst us.
We love you.
Your family are still and will forever remain one indivisible unit.
We praise the Living God for the life that you lived.
See you on the day of resurrection and rapture in Jesus name."
"Dear daddy, it has somehow become easier to think of you more in the home in heaven than not having you here. Somehow, it is better viewing you at home resting than demanding your continual stay despite the pain of this world. Regardless of how best we know to take it, the pain is there nonetheless. Time cannot remove it. Yet, I am glad that you gave me the so many years I had with you as a daughter. Once again, I look at your pictures and marvel that you really did leave. Lord Jesus, I thank you for giving us the word to know that the grave has indeed lost its sting and the place of the dead has lost its victory. Daddy, you will always be in my heart!. I love you."
"Daddy, today marks the third anniversary of your departure from this world as we know it, to a better and more glorious abode in heaven. Resting lovingly in the bossom of our Lord Jesus Christ.
3 YEARS!!!. I KNOW THAT THOSE WE HOLD SO DEAR, NEVER LEAVE US, you live on in the wisdom, kindness, generosity, care and the love you shared and brought into our lives!
Though it's been 3 years already since you departed to be with the Lord, your sweet memory will continue to be fresh and your footprints will remain ever indelible in our hearts as your life was full of LOVING DEEDS WHOLESOMELY SPICED WITH WISDOM & OF COURSE, DISCIPLINE / DISCRETION!
YOUR LIFE WAS A BLESSING
YOUR MEMORY A TREASURE
YOU ARE LOVED BEYOND WORDS
AND MISSED BEYOND MEASURE!!!"
"Daddy, do not be surprised to find me visiting your memorial site today, what's the occasion? YOUR MEMORY!!! I often reminisce about your towering personality (which is actually humorous, considering your frame!) Daddy, I remember you again today and keep thinking I didn't do enough to keep you with me still. Thank God for Daddy 2, but nobody can take your place, You were specially blessed with wisdom and I'm yet to find another being to surpass you! You were reliable, dependable, industrious, courageous, fun to hang around, a disciplinarian, deep lover of Jesus, helper, wise and caring.......it is endless really. I still remember to date that long-sleeve silvery blouse you once bought for me- ready-made, I posed with it in a beautiful picture, the endless trips to see me at University of Ilorin, the adequate, more than adequate actually, pocket money all through my days at Government College, Ikorodu, the slap you gave me when I reported myself to you about going to a night club in Lagos (the first and last visit to a night club), your eagerness to embrace all family members, nuclear, extended and even those not related to us!!!, everyone is family! You carried the BABATOLA family name like an egg, drumming it into our ears that the name must remain honourable. Thank God, it still is!!! And the church! Oh my!!! The sacrifice, commitment, love of God, resourcefulness, sowing physically, spiritually, financially, materially... I vividly recalled how you literally broke down in tears upon heating about the demise of the first IYA IJO..... Most importantly sir I still miss your counsel and physical/spiritual support in the war, yes war being waged by evil people masquerading as family! You told ne to totally leave ALL in God's capable hands. You assured me that God who made eyes and ears can see and hear very well everything done secretly, I'm holding on to your counsel and I promise not to let you down sir. I LOVE YOU, AND MOM STILL CAN'T GET OVER YOUR DEMISE. SUN RE O BABA MI. WE SHALL DEFINITELY SEE ONE DAY IN HEAVEN LIVING ETERNALLY IN PEACE WHERE EVIL CANNOT BE FOUND!❤"
"Daddy Daddy! Not once did I forget about how old you'll have been once your birthday rolls in. With fondness unspeakable, love unparallel and always with one huge lump in my throat trying to supress my loss, I wish you a sweet rest on in the Lord. I surely miss you Sir. But with the certainty and solid assurance that you are joyfully singing Halleluyah with the heavenly host, then where you are is definitely better than here. I think of you everyday and I long to spend eternity with you as soon as Jesus comes to take us all home. I love you Dad dearest, more than words can describe! Eyin yin a tunbo dara siii in Jesus name. Amen. I'm not mourning, I'm not sad I'm PRESENTLY THANKING GOD FOR CALLING YOU HOME AT THE APPOINTED TIME. DADDY, YOU ARE FREE FROM WORRIES, MOLESTATION, OPPRESSION, DEPRESSION, SORROW, LOSS, WICKEDNESS, SICKNESS, ADVERSITY.......FREE FREE,FREEEEEEEE. LOVE YOU TOO MUCH WITH PASSION!
Daddy, I cant help but ask......How is Folorunso?"
"There is no time that I visit this page that the first thought in my mind isn't "its not fair". That you had to go just like that. I still feel the pain of it. Sometimes I wonder what I would have done if I had been there... As if anyone could have tied you down. Home had become a reality to your heart. Your soul had determined that the toil had been enough. Not that you could have done more than you have done already. Because God knows, you did so much. Now its time for your rest. Laala alagbase tan. Simi, Jacob ma simi till we see. Always remeber you with warm affection snd fondness. But now, we have our own daddy. Thank God, baba ku, baba ku."
"Happy birthday Grandpa! Thank you for providing for my father and making him the man he is today. It is because of your work and God's guidance that our lives are so blessed. Thank you Grandpa."
"FOREVER MISSED BABA SEGUN, BABA BUNMI, BABA TOSIN, BABA FUNMILAYO, BABA KEMI ati BABA FOLUSO.
"Daddy, I recall how you would respond whenever I called you on the phone; you would always say "SEGUN!" as if you were expecting the call. I can't bring myself to delete your number from the contact list of my phone. You live forever in the bosom of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
You are the best father that any child could hope to have. You sacrificed so much so that we could have good education and live better lives. Glory to God Almighty that your sacrifice was not in vain. Your children have turned out to be OLU OMOS. You showed us what parental love truly meant. But you also didn't spare the rod.
Finally, I glorify the name of the Living God that my own children are seeing me with the same "eye" with which I still see you. My joy knew no bounds when my own son confirmed to me during one of our heart-to-heart talks that he could not have wished to have a better father.
Thank you Daddy for the solid foundation that you laid for us. We promise to build solid structures on it. We further promise to bring up our own children to build an even more solid structure on the one that we are constructing.
Rest peacefully in the bosom of our Lord Jesus till we meet to part no more.
"All glory to God Most High! Baba Segun you were an enigma! No way your type can ever be forgotten. You enjoyed massive benefit of presence whenever you showed up. This actually bellied your stature!!!
Once again Daddy, I bless God for having some attributes of my darling mentor and father. Caring, disciplined, principled, family oriented, honest. Godly. Dependable and loving.....mi o gbodo puro , ORIRERE LORI MI O PE MO NI I YIN NI BABA....A O PADE DANDAN LESE JESU OLUGBALA!!!"
"Will always be amazed that you actually died daddy. My daddy-daddy!
Keep on sleeping in His Bosom till we meet to part no more.
I still wish to ask for your opinion on too many issues as usual.
Thanks for the things we learnt and that we shared while we had the time.
Thanks for all you left. Your legacies will never die.
I will always love you daddy........."
"Happy Post-humous birthday dear daddy,
I will never be able to get over your departure.
See you on the other side on the last day.
We celebrate you even in your absence.
I am happy to upload your last birthday picture as you raised your voice so resoundingly to Him whom you truly adored while you were here.
Will forever love you"
"To my dear grandpa, i cant thank you enough for your tremendous impact in the life of my mother, as a young girl your cane showed her the way, and as a woman, your words of wisdom...thank you granddad!!!"
"Well on my part Baba is someone i would have love to know better but the little i know shows that he cares somuch for those that are close to him. Maybe in another life time i would be part of his children so that that care can be more. Continue to rest in the bossom of our Lord.
We all miss u."
"My father, my son.
I feel the ease to share having carried this grief so deeply in my heart for the past almost one year. The memory of our few times of being together or speaking together on the phone last year were etched on the tablet of my heart. Had I not been told to let you go by the Lord before you died, I wondered how I would have been able to understand it all. I had the mind that I would have opportunity to care for you when you are so old you would be like a baby. But just like you, you left the world as a wonder, just the way you lived.
No word can explain the pain that still fills my heart. I have woken up only God knows the number of times thinking of the next thing I was going to share with you, only to remember that you are indeed gone for good.
Imagine, you are home at last. That place of His dwelling, that glorious heaven. Many doubt weather it is real, but I know it is. And I know that's where you are. You so loved the Lord. I remember asking you a few years ago whether you were sure if you died, you will make it to heaven and you answered with a very grave and sober tone, and said "what else am I to do?". I love you, I simply do, and I will never stop. I love the fact that I'll see you some day. We'll talk some more then. I guess you'll be pretty busy, with all the loved ones you had helped influence on the way to eternity, visiting and exchanging welcoming you.
Rest Papa. Your story lingers on.........A"
"I DO NOT NEED A SPECIAL DAY TO BRING YOU TO MIND. THE DAY I DO NOT THINK OF YOU IS VERY HARD TO FIND.
EACH MORNING, WHEN I WAKE UP, I KNOW THAT YOU ARE GONE AND NO ONE KNOWS THE HEARTACHE AS I TRY TO CARRY ON.
MY HEART STILL ACHES WITH SADNESS AND SACRED TEARS STILL FLOW. WHAT IT MEANT TO LOSE U, NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW!
MY THOUGHTS ARE ALWAYS WITH YOU, YOUR PLACE, NO ONE CAN FILL, IN LIFE I LOVE YOU DEARLY, IN DEATH I LOVE YOU STILL!!!
DEAR ANGELS, HEAR MY PRAYER, PLEASE GUARD MY DADDY WITH YOUR GENTLE WINGS AND TEND HIM WITH GREAT CARE. FOR HE WAS SOMEONE WONDERFUL AND CARING, WORDS JUST CANNOT CONVEY HOW MUCH I WISH HE WAS HERE ONCE MORE WITH US.
LOSING YOU DADDY HAS CLEARLY ALTERED MY LIFE. THE PAIN DULLS BUT THE GAP NEVER CLOSES!!!
YOU WOULD NOT LIKE TO SEE ME CRY OR SAD, SO WHAT I TRY TO DO IS LIVE A BRIGHT AND HAPPY LIFE, IN MEMORY OF YOU!, FOR THOUGH I WILL ALWAYS MISS YOU, AND IT'S DREADFUL BEING SO APART, I BELIEVE I HAVEN'T REALLY LOST YOU.... BABA FUNLAYO, YOU ARE STILL HERE IN MY HEART!!!"
"You were my best friend daddy! You virtually "poured" all your words of wisdom into my brain. There is hardly a day that I wont have reasons to say "my father said ...........".
I know that you are with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ where we will eventually meet to part no more. I will forever love you Daddy."
"MY DARLING DADDY,
IT IS SO UNREAL TO REFER TO YOU AS "DEAD". YOU WERE AN ENIGMA, A METEOR THAT LEFT DEEP IMPRINT & +VE IMPACT ON EVERYONE THAT CAME ACROSS U. DADDY, YOU WERE A "RARE BREED" FULL OF DIVINE WISDOM! I LOVE YOU FOREVER BABA SEGUN. WE SHALL SURELY MEET IN CHRIST JESUS. GOODBYE!!! FUNMI."