- 51 years old
- Date of birth: Jun 20, 1963
- Place of birth:
London, East London, United Kingdom
- Date of passing: May 5, 2015
- Place of passing:
|Let the memory of Ayodeji be with us forever|
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Ayodeji Omotoso, 51, born on June 20, 1963 and passed away on May 5, 2015. We will remember him forever.
Final Rites for Mr Ayodeji Omotoso 20 June 1963 to 5 May 2015
Burial Arrangements (UK)
Igbobi College Old Boys Association (ICOBA) SERVICE OF SONGS
Date: Wednesday 13th of May 2015
Venue: Holy Trinity Church,
Philip Lane, Tottenham, London, N15 4GZ
Burial Arrangements (Nigeria)
SERVICE OF SONGS:
Date: Thursday, 14th May 2015.
Venue: Shell Hall, Muson, Onikan.
LYING IN STATE:
Date: Friday, 15th May 2015.
Venue: Guiding Light Assembly, Parkview Estate, Ikoyi.
Date: Friday, 15th May 2015.
Venue: Guiding Light Assembly, Parkview Estate, Ikoyi.
Immediately after funeral service at Vaults and Gardens, by FRCN, Ikoyi.
Igbobi Collge Old Boys Association (ICOBA)
I guess you already know....as you would have seen heaven receive Dapo Olaitan. I could not believe that he would leave us so soon. I hadnt seen him since school resumed to pick up Kofade and his older sister. He will tell you of how we used to meet at Meadow Hall to pick our children after Learning Centre. At those times, he always reminded me of you.....so friendly and easy going. Dotting father whose love for his family was evident.
I was so sad when I learnt of his passing. I never wished that another wife and mother will be left alone to care for her children without the man with whom she had the children.
I cannot imagine how his children will process his passing when I remember Ireoluwa and how she had to deal with such an issue at such tender age.
I trust God will comfort Toju and wrap her under His everlasting arms!"
"Rest in Peace and Happy BIrthday"
"Hey Deji still missing you big time........"
As usual I always get the dates mixed up... I would have gone to your office yesterday... harassed you for small chops, you wouldn't have budged we will share a laugh, and we would move on to the course of the day.
Continue to RIP."
You are fondly remembered...Always! we love you so much!
You are fondly remembered always, your beaming smile, your ability to put one at ease even under the most trying circumstance and your selflessness.
Adieu, my friend. Rest in Perfect Peace.
"Dejii-i Baba - Didun ni iranti Olododo. Gone but not forgotten. May God Almighty to continue to grant you eternal rest, comfort Bisi (your precious jewel), your children, your Mom and Dad, your siblings plus the rest of your extended family. Continue to Sleep well my WONDERFUL buddy."
"You birth date means a lot to me; it is a few days before my dad's birthday and it is also the date I completed my graduate degree. The same degree that you fully supported and encouraged me to pursue. It is definitely a date I will never forget.
DO, you are sorely missed but you will never be forgotten. I know you are smiling down on everyone of us now and I am truly happy because I have yet another guardian angel who is watching over me.
Happy birthday, DO!!! From one of your "nonsense boys""
"It still hurts so much. Rest in peace. Bunmi."
"Woke up thinking of how colourful today would have been were you here.
Still think of your nuggets of wisdom daily, and appreciate every moment till date.
Remember when you summoned me to London when I was Cov Uni, Oh that was a fun day..
Its your birthday today, and I celebrate you today.
Live on in my heart."
May the good God grant you eternal rest....Amen"
"Deji dearest, you are always remembered with so much love in our hearts for you. Deeply missed and we remember you today on your birthday. May you continue to rest in perfect peace and harmony..."
"My dear brother,
You are so sorely missed. More than words can say. We will always celebrate you. Love you to bits"
"Still missing Ogbeni Deji Omi. Though you are not here to celebrate your birthday, it will never be forgotten."
"Adieu DO ... You will always live in our hearts..."
"Deji, my dearest friend. Your humble and kind spirit lingers on regardless of how long it's been. You are remembered consistently and it's still very hard to take in. Deeply missed... May your kind soul continue to rest in perfect peace. May God's continuous comfort be bestowed on Bisi, your children, parents, siblings, relatives and all your friends."
"There are special people in our lives who never leave us .... even after they are gone. D. Morgan
Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure. You are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure. Rest in the blossom of the Lord DO."
""While we were mourning the loss of our friend, others were rejoicing to meet him behind the veil." ~John Taylor
Sadly missed along life's way,
quietly remembered every day...
No longer in our life to share,
but in our hearts, Deji's always there.
The tide recedes but leaves behind
bright seashells on the sand.
The sun goes down, but gentle
warmth still lingers on the land.
The music stops, and yet it echoes
on in sweet refrains.....
For every joy that passes,
something beautiful remains
Life is eternal, and love is immortal,
and death is only a horizon;
and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.
Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears, but laugh
And talk of me as if I were beside you. I loved
You so—‘twas heaven here with you.
From Kofi Sagoe"
What can I say......I am still loss of words.
God saw the road was getting rough the hill too hard to climb and so He gently closed your weary eyes and whispered ‘Peace be thine’
It seems so strange that those we need and those we love the best are just the ones God calls away and takes them home to rest.
I never said goodbye dear but that was just as well as I never could have said goodbye to one I loved so well.
I think of you in silence and often speak your name. Never a day do I forget you in my heart.
God alone knows how I miss you and after this first sad year my heart still aches with sadness my secret tears still flow for what it meant to lose you no-one will never know.
A lamb too sweet and pure upon this earth an angel came and took you home.
Sweet are the memories that will never ever fade of the joy you brought to my heart when you came."
"I will not get over the shock of hearing of your sudden passing but accept that you are in a better place. Friends and family did so well at your memorial and that just shows how highly you were loved and respected. I will recall all the laughs we had especially in London in the early days of being here after Uni. I also recall my last laughs with you. Deji how you would joke with me and say “Seye O! From the plane, you called me from the plane!” I had been to Lagos on a quick visit and had been so busy I had not got round to calling you a promised so I quickly called you just before returning to the UK! I was full flow into the gist and told you I was in town and promised to see you sometime soon. Then the flight captain suddenly announced ‘will you please fasten your seat belt and switch off mobile phones, we are ready for take off”. On no my cover was blown! You said “Seye O! from the plane, you called me from the plane! It is well O!” How I wish I had seen you, I did not know this was to be the last of our laughs. To think now that we will never see again, or chat even if from the plane! Sleep well my friend, we all miss you. Rest In Perfect Peace (RIPP). Seye Aina"
"Rest in Peace Deji, I will always remember your smile. To Bisi and the girls I Pray that God will continue to give them the daily graces that they will need to be live each day as it come."
".....ill take with me a multitude of memories, even as the month comes to an end and we yet move to another phase. Time helps to heal most wounds even though never completely forgotten. Sleep on with the month of June D.O. Rest in Perfect Peace."
""#HappyFathersDay #BESteadfast! Lord BLESS your hustles*hug*
Remembering DO... Happy, Affable, Generous, Smart, SUPER Cool DAD *Angel* #HBD #RIP #GeminiPrecious"
- My current BB message with corresponding dp
DO on my mind. With his first birthday in absentia, I've been consumed with thoughts of DO leading up to and through yesterday. Narrowly a Gemini, so grateful he was. Exemplary life of making it all count. Impactful Living.
"Gemini (May 21-June 20) is the third sign of the zodiac, and those born under this sign will be quick to tell you all about it. That's because they love to talk!" - Astrology.com
Talk! This I shared in common with DO. We could go on, and on. Both laughing gregariously through our frequent, "larger than life" banters. Oh my! When we argued, the "battle" of wits (and tempers), the race to close out the discussion with the winning punch line, the subtle competitive edge in who's oration reigns king. For, we are Gemini's - dual personalities, many say; that we love to talk - unarguable.
I enjoyed my many talks with DO. About everything. About nothing. Our travel talks, (encompassing often - yet unannounced plans) to gain work "exeat" were incredible. DO and I always seemed to have a reason why we "needed" to travel, that almost always had an uncanny way of coinciding with important work schedules. But life is short, and we must live - so live. Carpe diem!
I'm glad DO lived his life to the fullest.
I was always taken by his commitment to attending important milestones and events of beloved family and friends - no matter where it was on the globe.
Never a dull moment around him. The fan of, dare I say all junior to him in the corporate hierarchy. For DO was, oh so approachable. The "feeler" of all temperatures, before I would then boldly and confidently march forth with whatever "wild" notion I wished to share with the workforce. Ability to stand tall, regardless of jittery nerves - aided by my ever-smiling, ever-supportive comrade. The budget sessions; I can not imagine without DO holding my hands all the way. He would come tease me ahead of the meetings, "Aminat, you know you're coming back anyway. So take your time and pour out all your creativity. Then you'll (we'll) go back to address your numbers..." We would both laugh. Loud and hearty. It kept my cool. The ONLY Gemini I know who loved, and knew his numbers.
We spent an unbelievable amount of time working hard, and playing harder. It has been hard, almost unfathomable to visit this site and read tributes suggesting you may really not be here anymore. But all things in its own time. By sheer coincidence I happened on these pictures (that totally epitomize you) this Father's Day AM - and with no planning nor prodding, here I am. Honoring you, remembering you, re-living the cherished moments, comforted by the fact that you are at rest, at peace; and knowing that "near at heart is never far away."
Fellow Gemini, lover of life, people, food, culture, travel, great times, and more... Colleague, friend, brother and neighbor - you are indeed FOREVER MISSED.
"The pain still lingers long after the sun has set
Not even a new dawn, and hopes for a better day yet
I search the Heavens in the stirring of early morning light
And count the stars in the throes of every darkened night
In search of any Wisdom tested and true
How to say goodbye to a brother who suddenly left you
We will ponder but may never get to know why
But to live in the hearts of those you love, is not to die."
"...rest on uncle...you are forever in our hearts...we miss you dearly!!!"
"Sir Deji. Director. We would have done the usual hailing today, discussing where we would enjoy your birthday.
You not being here doesn't stop us from discussing it. It's just that you're celebrating it in a different realm.
Eternally. Rest in peace."
"Continue to rest in the Lord dear DO. You are missed dearly"
"Deji, my dearest friend. You are remembered today on your birthday and everyday, you always took the time out to remember all your friends on their special days. You are sincerely missed, I still wish things could be different, but we can't question God. Your love and kindness you had for others consoles and inspires us to do better. Rest in peace and you are forever instilled in our hearts. God's continuous comfort to your family, friends and work family........"
"My dearest brother and friend. its still hard to accept that you are no longer with us. On today your birthday we silently celebrate with you and i know you are smiling down on us, as we fondly remember you.
Knowing you, today you would have been at work but later this evening i know you would of had a good time as you lived life to the fullest.
Even though my heart is heavy and i miss you loads, i am still able to smile as you live on in Bisi and Ireoluwa and they are a constant reminder of everything you are.
keep smiling my brother and have a fun day in the best place ever.
"We celebrate DO's post-humous birthday today. I remember how we celebrated his birthday in 2008 at his place, after a long day's work in ARM FINCON. DO lives in our hearts forever.
He left a mark in us having trained and raised all those Financial Accountants; Management Accountants; Auditors, Fund Accountants and Treasurers.
He was our mentor, brother, friend and boss.
Continue to rest in the bosom of the Lord."
"Deji it's still hard to comprehend that you have left us!! Despite this knowledge, it will not be out of place to say that your still in our minds. As today would have marked your date of birth, happy birthday!"
"Happy birthday DO.. You would probably have shown up at work today anyway, Saturday, birthday, or not! U are deeply and terribly missed. Continue to RIP.."
"I have always looked forward to your birthday. It was such a happy time for me ...i would have called you by now and we would have gone through all the drama of singing and laughing and praying etc. And then i would tease you by saying you're getting old and you would respond "it will be your turn soon"
It still feels so unreal...the past month has been weird. Am just on auto pilot mode. But i know you're turning up in heaven... I celebrate you today and always. I miss the sound of your voice and laughter. I see things that remind me of you. I fight the urge to dial your number sometimes. But God knows best and someday i will understand."
I thank God for our friendship and brotherhood. There's just so much to say that words fail me. All I know is I miss you so much. Memories too numerous to recall. You were just superb. Rest in peace my dear brother"
"Rest in peace Deji. As every day goes by I still remember the fun. the plans and friendship we shared together. You are deeply missed. Till we meet again.
"20th June evokes fond memories of your sojourn on earth. We would have been celebrating your birthday today, but as the Lord admonishes, we give thanks to him; the "unquestionable one" as we reflect on your life and time on earth. I celebrate you on your birthday D.O! Continue to rest in the bosom of our Lord.
R.I.P Deji Omotoso."
Today we celebrate what would have been your 52nd year on earth. Ireoluwa and I will mark today privately as we had planned. You left us at a time when we were longing for more of you. We believe though that Jesus will now fill that void because so far He has answered our questions regarding what seemed to us and to those who knew you an early departure from this present world.
You have left us with memories which we will cherish. God packed so much into those six years and now I understand why He did that - He knew we would not have a long time to spend together as we had hoped. In my quiet moments I would look back at each year and recount the experiences - they were simply blissful!
2009 - was the beginning. We got married.
2010 - was the reality. We were adjusting to life together and then Ireoluwa came along
2011 - brought alignment as Ireoluwa began to take baby steps and took centre stage in our life
2012 - brought stability as we grew from strength to strength
2013 - consolidation as you turned 50
2014 - was simply a blast!
2015 - the trumpet sound!. God called you home for precious in the sight of the Lord is the death (transition) of his saints and we respect and accept that.
Never will I say why you or why us because somehow I am confident that when we see the full picture we will thank God for it. Even now we would not stop praising God in the midst of the pain we feel because we know He has got us covered. He has you and He has us so why should we worry. I know God has told you we will be fine. He has told us that too and so we look forward to the future even without you.
Sleep on my love. Till we meet again."
""DO" "Big Chief" "Oga" people are using different pronoun and superlatives as they mark your departure from this world. I just clicked on Transition(in the Guardian) for the first time ever and there you were. Your face looked so familiar--where might we have met? In Nigeria growing up, London, New York may be? I don't know, but whatever the case may be, let it be said I join others who noticed profoundly your passing. May your soul rest in peace.
"I never knew you, Sir, but I met your wife. She prefaced almost every sentence with "my husband said'. It was not the words really, but the breathe of life she poured into them that made you come alive with such verve in her speech that I had hoped to meet you someday.
And I guess we will, when we all join to sing Hallelujah with the Angels before the Everlasting seat.
You'll always shine on..."
"Wiz Khalifa ft Charlie Puth: See You Again (https://youtu.be/RgKAFK5djSk)
It's been a long day without you my friend
And I'll tell you all about it when I see you again
We've come a long way from where we began
Oh I'll tell you all about it when I see you again
When I see you again....
How could we not talk about family when family's all that we got?
Everything I went through you were standing there by my side
And now you aint gonna be with me for the last ride...
what's Small turn to a friendship, a friendship
Turn into a bond and that bond will never
Be broken and the love will never get lost...
So let the light guide your way hold every memory as you go
and every road you take will always lead you home..."
"This news came as is a great shock. I got to know this easy-going man for a short but very memorable time. You don't meet him and forget his fortright yet lovable nature in a hurry.
May the Good Lord comfort each and every loved one and provide succour to the family he left behind!"
"Wiz Khalifa ft Charlie Puth: See You Again"
"Rest in peace dear sir... you will be sorely missed."
"Dear Uncle Dee!!! It's still very hard to believe. I console myself with the assurance that you are in a much better place right now though we would have loved to still have you with us and enjoy your smile your jokes and your awesomely wonderful nature for much longer. We love you, we miss you forever sir."
"A charming man. A true gentleman. News of Deji's death spread quickly amongst his friends and ex-colleagues at Amalgamated Metal Corporation in London. It reached me whilst I was abroad and therefore unable to express my regrets in person. I just want now to confirm what a nice guy he was. But it seems everyone already knows that!"
"Deji, You've just made real for me the sage saying that man does indeed propose, but God disposes as He wills. He is after all, the Master Planner. He knows best. To Him indeed is the Glory.
Who knew! Seems like eons ago when I made that introduction between you and Bisi... A beautiful match it turned out to be... I still remember where i was that night when I made that decent proposal to both of you - separately over the phone and you both took it and by the grace of God increased your Coast bountifully - resulting in 6 fantastic years of marital bliss and a lovely daughter.
Still in shock by the suddenness of it all. A clear reminder to us all of how fragile we are. Dej, it has hit me in so many ways as I see me in you not just by the coincidence of our professions and work ethic but just because it happened regardless knowing many of us walk and work in similar circumstances to you everyday.
Rest in peace my brother. Those of us you left behind shall be there as best as we can for your family. I continue remember you fondly especially that winning smile of yours!"
"I am still in shock and disbelief that "DO" is no more. Over the past 2 days, I have kept on wondering whether this is not true. However, God knows best. I pray that God will comfort his immediate family, the ARM family and ARM FINCON family.
DO will be missed greatly. I kept on remembering all his words - "ED HH", "ED Fixed Assets" "ED Receivable" "Wondaful" "Stranger" and so on and so on.
DO rest in perfect peace and may the Lord protect your children & family you left behind"
"Deji, hmmmm.... yours is a true example of someone who lived a life rich towards God. Your life and testimony should challenge us all to do better. You lived Deji! You lived! Rest easy Deji, rest in the Lord!"
"I saw you as you headed home one evening while I was at the ARM reception to see my husband. You asked me if I had been attended to and before I knew it we were 10mins into conversation. When my husband walked in, you gave him a recap of our conversation and oh my was i shocked you had so much info about me- you even knew where we planned our next vacation.
You left an impression- a warm impression; a family-man impression. Reading through your tribute i see similar trends.
I think I wouldnt be too much in a hurry to invest time in anyone i meet. To make every meeting a moment to remember.
Mr DO, Id like to say may God comfort us all. Rest in Peace; till we meet again."
"This is Tribute is left on behalf of/ by Damilola Omotoso
It is said that a parent's worst fear is of losing a child...The truth is, it is also the worst fear of a child to lose a parent. As children, we grow up believing our parents will always be there for us no matter what.
Dad, finding out that you were gone caused a pain in my heart that I am still not able to describe in words. It is almost as if a part of my physical body has ceased to exist, and in many ways this is the reality, a very big part of me is gone with you. And I cannot begin to imagine how I will go about picking up the pieces. I wake up in the morning with the hope that it is some sort of bad dream which I will wake up from and that in no time at all, the phone will ring and I will hear your deep rumbling voice asking how I am doing. I will never hear your voice again, I will never touch you again, I will never receive your awkward hugs again...you have left without giving me permission to buy my car... How I wish I had ignored all of my teenage inhibitions and cuddled into your arms every time I saw you, hold on to your hand even in front of my friends, but alas none of these will I ever get to do...If only you had warned me that you would not be around forever.
Dad, even though you were miles away most of the time, you came often and did all you could to be part of my daily life, thank you.
You and mum were the pillars in my life. Now you have left mum alone to carry this burden.
I believe that you are in a better place right now in the arms of the Lord. I believe that though you are physically gone, a part of you lives on in me and in everything you were part of during your life. I believe that even now, and for the rest of my life, you are and will be watching over me. I will not let you down dad, I will continue to make you proud.
I love you dad and always will.
Rest in peace.
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