- 59 years old
- Date of birth: Feb 27, 1955
- Date of passing: Sep 21, 2014
|Let the memory of Dr Olumide be with us forever|
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Dr Olumide Awe, 59, who was born on February 27, 1955 and sadly passed away on September 21, 2014. We will remember him forever.
'We are sincerely grateful for all who have shown us love and support, shared encouraging wods, memories and stood with us in prayer during this time. Thank you to all those who were involved with the planning, preparation and implementation of what was indeed a befitting homegoing service, burial and service of songs for our son, husband, father, brother and friend; Dr. Olumide Oluwagbolahan Awe.
May the Lord God Almightly reward you for your labour of love.
God bless you all abundantly.'
Highlights of the Thanksgiving Service and Funeral service held for Dad; http://vimeo.com/111527100
"Remembering my dear friend Olu. I know we will meet again."
"May the gentle Soul of Olumide rest in peace."
"Allum Lane Cemetery ,Elstree ,Herts UK
Dr Olumide Oluwagbolahan Awe (1955-2014)
Hymn 513(SS&S) O God Our help in ages past......
Praising the Lord in time of grieve
In times like this we are encouraged to give thanks and praise the Lord for we are told that in all things we should give thanks -Ephesians 5:20 1Thessalonians5:18,Psalms 107:1,Psalms118:1 Psalms106:1,1Chronicles16:34.
Exactly 2 years ago our friend and brother was called to be with the Lord
We sorely missed him and we thank the Lord for keeping his family and his friends.
The Lord had been a refuge and a fortress for his immediate family now headed by his wife Mrs Bola Awe.We thank the Lord for His faithfulness for He promised and assured us that He will never leave us nor forsake us -Hebrews 13:5b,Deuteronomy 31:6, 8,Joshua1:5,
Olumide did ordinary deeds and simple forms of human helpfulness, he had a generous spirit that is what endeared him to us all .
Whatever we do in word or in deed, we should do it heartily to the Lord and not to men. God takes notice and it delights our Heavenly Father .
Let us continue to support the family in our prayers and also through phone calls,text messages etc ,this goes a long way in gradually reducing the devastating impact of the loss.
May the soul of the departed continue to rest in peace Amen
"OLUMIDE IF THOSE THAT ARE SLEEPING STILL HEARS, I KNOW YOU LISTEN TO A LL THAT WE SAY, IF THOSE IN CHRIST STILL ASSIST THE LIVING I TESTIFY THAT YOU DO.IT IS 730 DAYS IN OUR EYES, BUT YOU CONTINUE TO SEE BEYOND OUR COMPREHENSION. THOSE YOU LOVE CONTINUE TO ENJOY YOUR ANGELIC PRESENCE. THIS DAY IS FOREVER WITH ME . LIFE WAS A REAL JOURNEY FOR YOU, FAITH WAS YOUR GUIDE AND GOD REMAINS YOUR COMPANION. NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN FOR YOU LIVE FOREVER IN THE HEARTS OF YOUR SPECIAL ONES AND THOSE WHO CAME ACROSS YOU.
REST ON BELOVED OLUWAGBOLAHAN AND CONTINUE TO LOOK OVER ALL OF US THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO FROM YOUR WORLD INTO THE WORLD OF THOSE LEFT BEHIND. THE RAPTURE IS GOING TO BRING ALL OF US TOGETHER BY GOD'S GRACE AT THE FEET OF JESUS. SO LONG MY CONFIDANT, MY BEST FRIEND, MY COMPANION............."
"SO, WHY DO THE GOOD DIE SO YOUNG! THE ALMIGHTY GOD RECALLED YOU TO HIS BOSOM 2 YEARS AGO, 0N SEPTEMBER 21, 2014.
THIS RHETORICAL QUESTION CAN ONLY BE ANSWERED BY THE ALMIGHTY GOD AND HIS ONLY SON UR LORD JESUS CHRIST.
SO WE MUST KEEP THE FAITH ALWAYS.
WELL MY DEAR FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, CONTINUE TO REST IN PERFECT PEACE. SO LONG FOR NOW - TILL WE MEET TO PART NO MORE."
"Two years gone my brother,
Rest with the Lord
It is well"
"It is 2years already, forever missed by us. Continue to rest in peace Uncle Olumide...."
"Olu many months have passed since your departure: your memories linger on like it was yesterday. RIP"
"A gentleman, who led by example. Your impact in numerous ways on numerous lives continue to be a testament and a legacy. We remember you on your birthday. My senior, continue to rest in perfect peace. Amen."
"Egbon your principles guide me in the work I continue to do with our alumni (ICOBA) and those you mentored in the true meaning of selfless service.
Your slight stammer echoes through life's decisions and warm smile assures me that you have left but you are not gone."
"My brother and my friend,I sorely miss you still.February 27th and September 21st have become your special dates .We praise the Lord that He had been faithful in keeping your family and making them strong"
"Thank you for remaining the guidian angel, supporter,spirit lifter of my soul. I continue to deny your absence from this sinful world of ours, for I know you live on in glory, protecting your loved ones,for that is who you forever will be remembered by those who had encounter with you. You were a peace lover, caring father, a team player among your colleagues.
faithful companion, compassionate friend of all.
Continue to do the best for everyone you held allegiance with, your body we cannot see, but your love continues in our hearts.
Thank you Oluwagbolahan Olumide omo Awe. Remain the ANGEL that you have been transformed into by your creator........So Long!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
"Toyosi and I miss you very much Uncle Olumide. Continue to rest in peace Xx"
"Forever missed, forever young, forever in our hearts.
Your legacy lives on.
I was thinking about you today so I decided to write you a tribute.
You were my favourite uncle. You were always smiling and laughing. If I ever felt sad I would think of you and it would make me happy. I miss you Uncle but you will never be forgotten. It's nearly your birthday and I wish you the best in heaven.
"Olumide, it feels like several years since you
left us. I miss the phone conversations. I miss your friendship. You are a man of many attributes, a strong man, a wise man, and a humble man.
I pray that God protect your family."
"You're a trail blazer : The light path you left behind is forever shining and glowing bright. You're surely missed. R I P. OLU."
"On this first anniversary of your being in eternity, the sweet memories of you continue to comfort us. We really missed you this summer and the children particularly your 'Little Lady' said on a number of occasions, Uncle Olumide would have been here as we missed all the good advice you would have given on Abbots Road. Anyway the remembrances we all have of you is always memorable and pleasant. Requiescat in pace good friend."
"Olumide, my brother my G. Can't believe a year has gone by, my only consolation is that you are in a better place. Continue resting in the bossom of the Lord"
"Dear Uncle. A year ago! You left a great legacy behind. May you continue to rest in peace."
"Dr, May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace"
"May your fine soul continue to rest in peace and may God give your immediate family Grace to live each day without you. Rip uncle Olumide"
How time flies, it's already one year since you left us for the great beyond. we miss you greatly particularly at our ICOB meetings. May the good Lord continue to provide, protect and perfect all the loved ones you left behind. You see us but we aren't seeing you but one day we hope to meet at the feet of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to depart no more. Blessings. Gibson"
"We specially remember our dear friend and brother, Olumide, today, with pleasant memories which have remained evergreen. We deeply miss him.
Omoruyi & OV"
"Rest in peace Doctor
Rest in peace."
"Olu, cant believe it's a year already! I will not forget the long & last discussions Kayode & I had with u that cold afternoon in March 2014. You had called to thank me for the "ewa & agbado" you had when you & Bola visited me in London on my way to the US. We had to park at a rest area on US I 95N to continue the discussion when you mentioned the challenges of the previous year! We were thanking God the worst was over but He knows best & why He decided to take you when He did. Ooooooomide, continue to rest in the bosom of Lord. To Bola & the children the divine grace to continue to stay strong will not elude you IJN."
"Can't believe it's a year! Seems like yesterday.
Olumide, you are fondly remembered by my entire family. You are resting in peace."
"A thousand years is like a day in the eyes of the Lord, your place can never be taken, in the hearts of those who love you, you are still very much around as an angel, Sleep on beloved, for there will be the day that we all will come back together and surely it will be a day of rejoicing and we will shout and sing the song of victory. Thanks for who you are Olumide Oluwagbolahan omo Awe. You remain a precious Saint Triumphant...."
"One year has gone, they say time heals the wounds but it still hurts, it still hurts. May your soul continue to rest in peace"
"Continue to rest in the bosom of the Almighty dear friend and brother. You are truly missed."
"My SP, you're out of sight, but not out of mind, rest in perfect peace till we meet again in the bosom of our maker... you are fondly remembered today."
"Rest in perfect peace."
"Continue to Rest In Peace!"
"It still all seems like a fairy tale, you went too soon! I am not sure, some of us will ever get used to the idea, that Life could be this dramatic. But you certainly made an impact, and you kept this secret to your chest. Which is where one ought give you the utmost Respect sir!"
"Very shocking that Olumide's gone for about a year now and I'm just stumbling on this now. What a shame! May his very fine Soul find eternal peace with our Creator."
"On behalf of the "67-73 Set", I pray for the prosperity and wellness of the family of Awe, our classmate, who would have been celebrating his 60th birthday today. I send this message on behalf of all members in loving and living memory:
Olumide Oluwagbolahan Awe, there are not enough words to express your passing on from among your classmates of the "67-73 Set". We all miss you but Almighty God want you most. May your redemption and salvation be assured as you rest in peace among the angels of grace. We would have loved to have your presence at every roll call of the "67-73 Set" in perpetuity. But you departed early, to go on to the place of permanent comfort to meet with other departed members of the "67-73 Set" that are waiting in the hall of the angels of peace. We are prayerful that you have transitioned into a familiar environment, still in the company of familiar faces, and still cracking jokes as if you never left. Most importantly, Awe, remain watchful over your family and loved ones from your place of peace above in the gentle grace of Almighty God's protection, and in blessed memory that Almighty God will always protect your wife and your lovely children. Rest In Peace. Amen."
"Olumide, memories of you are still so real even after all these months of your demise.
Continue to rest in the bosom of the Almighty.
You are truly missed dear brother.
"Olumide: May the sweet memories Bola and your children have of you continue to strengthen and comfort them as well as all of us your friends. You are constantly in the minds of my family as we always have cause to remember you. You were courageous. You were A GOOD MAN. Requiescat in pace."
"Olumide, you are fondly remembered today, your birthday.Even though you are resting in everlasting peace in the Lord. Your Spirit shall remain for ever. We miss you."
"FOR THOSE WE LOVE WITHIN THE VEIL, WHO ONCE WERE COMMERADES OF OUR WAYS. WE THANK YOU LORD FOR THEY ARE GONE TO CLOUDLESS RAY.
CONTINUE TO REST IN THE BOSSOM OF YOUR MAKER. WE ALL SHALL MEET BEYOND THE RIVER. YOU LOVED, AND THAT LOVE WILL FOREVER BE GIVEN BACK TO YOU. I STILL FIND IT HARD TO BELIEVE THAT YOU ARE SLEEPING FOR MEMORIES OF YOU ARE UNREMOVABLE, UNFORGETTABLE, OLUMIDE OLUWAGBOLAHAN, THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR WHO YOU REMAIN TO BE EVEN THOUGH WE CAN NOT MEET PHYSICALLY,
YOU REMAIN MY GUARDIAN ANGEL,
NO GOODNIGHT FROM ME BUT ,
SO LONG OLUMIDE OLUWAGBOLAHAN."
"Olumide, the sun set too soon; the light dimmed too early but it brings a kind of joy to remember a quintessential professional and a wonderful brother. The Lord is your light now in the land that knows no night. Rest peacefully brother."
We may have been all eating Jollof today! Our party together will continue with our Lord in Jesus name. Rest in peace."
"What a shocking news to hear about the passing of Dr. Olumide Awe!
I just couldn't believe until I read the memorial on the internet. Still in shock and doubt. It so impossible to forget Dr. Awe being our family doctor at Awe Medical Center Ebute Metta, Lagos. Very sad just recalling the several calls visits as we became family friends and the relationship transcended mere patient - doctor. This is so unreal but still true.
We pray for the repose of your soul and that God will keep the family particularly your wife and children.
Rest in perfect peace, our Doctor, Brother and Friend."
"Dr. Olums, I heard of your passing on 'by chance'; my family and I add our prayers to the warmth, love and fond memories being expressed about you. We pray specially that GOD's grace accompany you on your journey, that you fulfil your Creator's purpose for you and that you continue to glorify HIM into all eternity. Abide in HIS Love for ever: Amen! Amen!! Amen!!!"
It was very sad to here that you had passed away. I always had very hight repect for you and for all those years that we had worked for the same Trust our working relationship become even more closer when we worked in the women service in Juniper ward. I pray that your family find the strength to carry on where you had left. Rest in peace colleague."
"Olumide you will be greatly missed. You were a unique individual with time for everybody. You went out of your way to find time for everyone and you touched many lives. It is not how long but how well. Even though your life was short but it was well lived. I will miss you. My entire family will miss you. We will miss your annual visit to the USA. Nothing csn replace the joy you bring to people's lives. Sun re o"
It is unbelievable that you are gone ,the news of your passing on came as a very rude shock to the family.Uncle you were a very good man, you will be greatly missed.Oh !!! I will miss your jokes and your Yoruba translations that always come with £10.00 .I pray that the good Lord will comfort , protect and guide your family. Uncle I know your are at the feet of Jesus where there is no pain and troubles. Uncle sleep on until we meet to part no more.
"You were indeed a remarkable human being. May God bless and comfort your wife and your legacies. You will be missed."
"Uncle Olumide will be greatly missed. Rest in peace gentle uncle ...."
"May your soul rest in perfect peace, and may the Lord console and uphold your wife,children and extended family left behind."
"I first met Dr Awe as our Chemistry teacher at Igbobi College.
We were to later meet through ICOBA UK/Europe. I remember his telephone call to get some of us who had been irregular at meetings to be more active; and the one about the ICOBA Merit Award.
I still saw you at the Founder's Day Service and AGM in February - bubbly as usual; I did not realise you were going to bow out so soon.
I pray that God continues to uphold your family at this time and beyond.
May your gentle soul rest in the Lord's bosom."
"I would like to begin by thanking the Almighty God for the life of my most wonderful, incredible and amazing brother and friend, Dr. Olumide Awe.
While time and space will not permit me to share it all, I just want you to know that forty-two years ago, I became an addition to the Awe family as a result of his love and kindness. While he was studying in Canada, Dr. Olumide Awe was constantly in touch with me. During his first home visit from Canada, he brought several gifts for me and made sure that I was home with the family to receive them. On several occasions, he encouraged me to apply to go to school in the same university that he attended but he was happy to know that I had chosen to go to school in Washington D.C.
Dr. Olumide Awe represented the epitome of love and kindness in my view. He genuinely cared about his family, his fellow human beings, he was compassionate and he was always willing to give selflessly and share without desiring something in return. He introduced me to his friends the O’briens and others. He introduced me to several old Boys that I neither knew nor met and reconnected me to others that I had previously lost touch with. I will always treasure the times I spent with Dr. Olumide Awe and his family in both London and Washington, D.C.
I read the tributes that were written by friends and family members in honour of my brother and friend Dr. Olumide Awe and I could not find anything to disagree with. You said it all but most importantly, you told the truth about his life and character.
Olu, you came to the world, you gave joy to all, you shared love and kindness with all and you helped me live and see it all. Thank you, thank you and most of all, thank you for taking me as your brother and true friend. I will never forget you and your family. Rest in peace my brother and true best friend.
May you rest in peace. It was an honor and privilege to know you through my Uncle Russ. You will be deeply missed. Taken way too soon, my sincerest sympathy to your wonderful family."
"Wow!! Total shock as you were just at my place couple of months ago!! May God grant you eternal rest in peace and I pray strength for Aunty and the children. You will be missed!"
A quiet but humorous gentle big brother, what a shock! You went too soon, but we know you've gone to a better place where we will all see again some day. A place where there is no sadness, no tears, no more death! Oh death where is your sting? Rest in peace."
"Olumide knowing you was a blessing. Thank you for being a good uncle to the girls and a friend to Wole and me. I will miss the drop-ins as in 'I was in the area and decided to "drop-in" to see you. Always a pleasant "drop-in". I cannot imagine what Bola is going through,but I rest assured that JESUS is her Comfort and Succour. Your children are bearing well and are under the shadow of the Most High God.
REST YOU WELL TILL WE MEET TO PART NO MORE. Yetunde&Wole"
"A gracious man. A devoted father and husband; a committed professional and to his friends, a dependable human being. Olumide's death, like that of other good people, is untimely and painful. We thank the Almighty for his life. We also pray for the family and friends he has left behind. 'Odun a j'ina s'ira. Amin.'
Sun re o."
"I remember the last time i saw him was at the ICY Stakeholders forum at the Morehouse hotel in Lagos which my set the 73-77/79 set organised to review the report of the consultants on the conclusions of the Masterplan developed for the school. He attended all the way from the UK and also ensured that ICOBA UK contributed towards the fees charged by the consultants for the report. I attach his photograph from the day. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace."
"Olumide, you were such a selfless gentleman,very noble in nature and character .When beggars die ,there are no comets seen ,but the heavens themselves await to welcome a Prince like you .I am certain with all your good deeds ,you are certainly amongst the angels now .I wish to recount 2 great things you did for me and my family .The 1st was on 1st August 2009 ,when you had to shift the date of Icoba retreat, because of my daughter's wedding in london, more impressing was that you mobilized a lot of old boys to attend .Secondly in Nov 2010, you were the chairman of another daughter's wedding in sheffield Olumide I will remain eternally grateful for this exemplary show of love to my family .I pray and I hope ,I will be able to repay this brotherly love to yours ,God willing .Sleep on Olumide ,until we all meet on the resurrection day"
"I recall every single personal encounter I had with Dr Awe. On every occasion I was touched by his humility, courtesy and that incredible ability he had to make everyone he spoke to feel as if they mattered. I have no doubt that, along with many others, I shall never forget this incredible, honourable man. What a legacy. May he rest in eternal peace in the everlasting arms of our Heavenly Father."
"Dr Awe,I cannot get over the shock. You will be greatly missed by myself and my entire family. May your lovely soul rest in peace."
"OH GOD, WHY DO THE GOOD ONES DIE SO YOUNG!
I met and became acquainted with Dr. Olumide Awe about 5 years ago, in my capacity as Chairman of ICOBA-North America while he was the Chairman of ICOBA UK at that time. It took just a few months for our relationship to blossom into full blowm friendship. The age difference between us was not an impediment to very cordial relationship - I was in Form I at Igbobi College the year he was born. My friend and colleague can only be described simply as 'THE COMPLETE GENTLEMAN'. It is NOT how long one lives that matters, no, not at all. In the very short time the Almighty God gave him to us on this earth DR. AWE MANAGED TO LEAVE HIS INDELIBLE MARKS WHEREVER HE WAS AND TOUCHED MANY LIVES ALONG THE WAY. On behalf of ICOBA-NA
whose Annual General Meetings you NEVER MISSED, and the Bosu family I extend our deepest sympathy and sincere condolence to Mrs.(Dr.) Janet Abimbola Awe and her children. May the Almighty God, in HIS infinite mercies bless you all with the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss. Amen.
So my dear friend and colleague it is NOT goodbye, but so long until we meet to never part again.
Until then may your gentle soul rest in perfect peace.
S. K. Bosu, OI-1955-59/61
[October 16, 2014]"
"I am still speechless! This can only be a bad dream! There was no hint that mankind will loose such a humble, selfless, reliable and great person. He was such a great brother and friend. Olumide will forever live in our hearts. Sun re!!!!!!"
"As Senior Awe stint in our great alma mater, IC preceded mine by a couple of decades; I first got to meet my Egbon in 2009 at the burial service of Senior Odugbemi’s Dad in Kent. However whilst this was the first time when I first got to know him, one of my cousins who also attended IC had before the event in Kent told me about our shared Ijẹbu-Rẹmọ heritage with Dr Awe which didn’t spare him from being drilled by Senior Awe’s who was his senior and later as his teacher when Senior Awe returned briefly to teach the Sciences at IC after his 1st degree before he then returned to study medicine and became a distinguished medical practitioner in Nigeria and in the UK.
Afterwards I got to know Senior Awe as our distinguished Chair of ICOBA and as my Egbon who despite the pressures of work and his often busy stewardship of ICOBA affairs (including am told on good authority having to bail ICOBA out on numerous occasions) still found time to really care about the welfare of all Old Igbobians irrespective of sets. When my Dad passed away in 2010, my big Bros did offer me kind and warm words of encouragement when he spoke to me on the phone. Also during my Dad’s burial in Essex, he successfully marshalled a battalion of Old Igbobians (including many who I didn’t meet when I was in IC) to attend during the week (on working days), first the service of songs on a somewhat chilly Essex autumn night and then the church burial service on a rather bright sunny day. Not knowing that I wouldn’t physically see Egbon again, I still vividly recall him scolding me mildly and telling me that I should always keep in touch when I last saw him at The ICOBA Fundraising Dinner Dance held at Hilton Croydon on 16 November 2013.
During our last retreat in 15 – 17 August this year in Bucks, as it was quite not the same without the presence of Senior Awe and his absence was very conspicuous. I did ask why he about his absence. I was told by 1 or 2 of my seniors who gave no indication of Dr Awe’s health, that he was indisposed. So when I received the email announcing his transition, I was shocked and very sad. It’s very easy to say nice and superfluous things when saying and writing tributes about persons when they die but in reading the tributes of those who got to know Dr Awe one is touched by the warmth of these tributes. St Paul’s often cited epitaph is most apt for Egbon, a proud son of Ijẹbu-Rẹmo, distinguished MD, a noble Nigerian and above all a humble individual who fought the good fight, finished the race, kept the faith. I would cherish my friendship with my Egbon, for his warmest and brotherly love for all classmates and juniors and through him serving as a vehicle through which I got to meet many other distinguished seniors who though my path didn’t cross with theirs in IC, very much treat me dearly as a brother in my relationship with them.
It is indeed with a heavy heart knowing his death is irreplaceable that we are comforted that he has transited to glory to the blossom of the father thus I pray that the grace, peace, and blessings of God our father thorough Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour abide with Dr Abimbola, Dr Adedamola, Eniola and Ayobami and the entire Awe family as they mourn Egbon, now and always, Amen."
"Rest well Uncle, you will me missed greatly. You're impact on my life and many others will forever serve as a reminder to how great a man you were. A man of principle, generosity and kindness.Thank you for everything. Adieu."
"Reminiscences of My Friend, Dr. Olumide Awe
For more than 45 years we were first of all class mates at Igbobi College, old boys of the same school but most importantly, friends. For all of those years, it was my privilege to know a most magnanimous gentleman and one with whom I shared some wonderful moments. My thoughts of Olumide always revolved around his devotion to his wife, Bola, children Adedamola, Eniola and Ayobami, his commitment to friends and his alma mater, Igbobi College. A number of times I shared in his joy as I congratulated him on the honours bestowed on him, and the good fortune of a wonderful family that always surrounded him. As he was with his nuclear family, so he was with friends, and often I would ask him where he got all that energy.
My thoughts go back to our days in Igbobi College, when as little boys initially, then teenagers, we all struggled to find a foothold in life. Olumide was ever so confident, always smiling, dominant in school activities, very neat and excelled academically. I missed the High School (HSC Class) days because I went over to Kings College, but I heard a lot about the leadership qualities that propelled him almost to the No. 1 spot among the great school’s prefects. After our school days in Nigeria, we went separate ways, he to Canada and I to the UK. It was in the early eighties that we came together again to rekindle the flame of friendship, and a couple of times he visited me in Port-Harcourt where at the time I was working for Shell.
Later in the mid-eighties, I remember Olumide always challenging me for not attending ICOBA 67-71/73 monthly general meetings, and to assuage him I offered to host the ‘boys’ at a meeting in Satellite Town soon after I got married in 1986. Igbobi College and our set was always uppermost on his mind. We all thought we would miss him when in the mid-nineties he relocated to the UK to be with his family, but what surprise as he would plan his journeys to Nigeria to coincide with the first Sunday of the month to attend ICOBA 67-71/73 set meetings, and when not in Nigeria, he would call in to, as best as he could, participate in same meetings. His hospitality in the UK was legendary, with yours truly being a major beneficiary. For my visits to the UK, I became regular at the Holiday Inn at Elstree and Borehamwood. As soon as I checked in, Olumide would arrive with his Jaguar, and depending on what time of the day, we would have breakfast, lunch or dinner together. Of course, he would always arrange an evening out with our other classmates in the UK. A couple of times we would take long drives into the UK country side to places like Cambridge and Birmingham to attend wedding ceremonies and other events. During such journeys, we would share a lot of reminiscences about our school days and also discuss our children, and how they were coming along.
The last two years have been difficult, but thankfully Olumide was able to be at Adedamola’s wedding, and in his usual manner, ensured all his guests, especially those of us from outside the UK were well looked after. When he visited me soon afterwards in Lagos, I discussed his health but with a lot of optimism, he assured me that he had just one procedure to go through and he would be back in good health. Indeed, later on he confirmed to me that he was feeling much better, and then he undertook a trip to the US to attend the annual ICOBANA outing. I saw the photographs and was happy that he could travel. Alas, that was to be his last visit to the US.
It was with shock that I received the sad news on Sunday September 21 2014 that he had answered the call. It was with great difficulty, pain and immense sadness that as Chairman of the ICOBA 67-71/73 set, I had to announce his departure to the great beyond.
My friend was a devoted husband and father, Chairman of ICOBA 67-71/73 in 1996, Chairman of ICOBA UK, later Europe from 2009 to 2013, recipient of the ICOBA 67-71/73 Merit Award in 1996, the ICOBA UK/Europe Merit Award in 2011 and the ICOBA Central Body Merit Award in 2012. He set the bar very high.
In ‘As You Like It’ it was William Shakespeare who wrote: All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their entrances and their exits; and one man in his time plays many parts …
Adieu, my friend. You will be sorely missed.
October 10 2014"
It has been great privilege to know you. I will miss the wealth of life & medical experiences and words of wisdom you share any time we meet. The 'Sisi Kekere' miss you greatly. Surely you are in a better place."
"I was extremely sad to hear of the passing on of Dr. Olumide Awe. Although I did not know him very well, as the immediate past president of Igbobi College Old students association I had on occasions met him at events that concerned alumni’s in the UK. My impression of him was of someone who took his office seriously and did everything he could to further the cause of putting “something back” into his old school and certainly encouraged others to equally do so.
Whenever I met Dr. Awe socially he was always amiable and friendly. On behalf of Baptist Academy Old Boys Association I pray that the peace of our good Lord remains with his family at this most difficult time and that that he blesses and ordains the footsteps of those that he has left behind.
Baptist Academy Old Boys Association.
Please accept my condolences on behalf of the FGC Sokoto Alumni UK branch.
May his soul rest in peace, and may the good Lord comfort his family friends and colleagues.
FGC Sokoto Alumni UK
Please accept my sincere condolence on behalf of ACAOSA UK. I pray for Dr Awe’s family and ICOBA colleagues trusting God will heal the obvious pain. There’s nothing inevitable about the death of a loved one but God will strengthen his wife and children.
ACAOSA UK President.
May his soul rest in peace and may the good Lord afford his family the fortitude to bear this sad loss.
I on behalf of Agsoba express our commiserations with ICOBA
Dr Lekan Bello
"The Akiwowo Family hereby express our heartfelt sympathy to the Awe family. Olumide is resting peacefully in The Lord.
Greatly missed but fondly remember.
"Our Dr Awe , the news of your passing is still unbeleivable. We still expect that my dad would say dr Awe is coming this weekend ...... We even named a room in our house after you, "Dr Awe's room" . Who would ask me :" Yewande , no extra burnt cake crust for me " ?. You will be fondly remembered and dearly missed ."
"It was with intense pain and disbelief that I learnt of the passing of my dear friend and brother Olumide. Our friendship started way back from our days at Igbobi college Lagos throughout our training at the University of Ibadan. I still vividly remembered, Olumide had the best hand writing I have ever seen. We all wore rough khaki shorts and shirts, but Olumide's Khaki was different,a little bit silky white, well ironed and tailored for comfort. He was always impeccably dressed and commanded an air of great presence and importance yet with great humility he served selflessly the students of the great school he loved, Igbobi college. His service still continued several decades after our graduation. Olumide became the galvanizing force in the creation and sustenance of our class forum which will forever bear his signature as a conduit for interaction between our classmates.
We will greatly miss him especially his humanity and the special gift of getting people together, his laughter and quick witty sense of humor.
My two younger daughters (the "Ladylets" as Awe often addresses them) were touched by the gift of English chocolate he brought to them during our last ICOBA meeting in Vegas. They were speechless hearing the news of his passing. We will greatly miss him but the good memories he left behind will always forever linger on.
Rest in perfect peace my dear brother!"
"It is well with our soul....... we are grateful to God for your selfless service to humanity, thank God for you, you are a [Trail Blazer]. Sadly missed along life's way,quietly remembered every day...you are no longer in our life to share, but in our hearts, you're always there. The thought of your sudden departure left us grieving: we will however celebrate your life and continue to remember you for who you are. We know you are not perfect but you touched a lot of lives. Your kindness and gentility will be etched in our memory. May God give the FAMILY YOU LEFT BEHIND THE FORTITUDE TO BEAR. May the blessings of love be upon you, May its peace abide with you.May your Soul Rest in Perfect Peace, Dr. Olumide O. Awe.
Adieu... Adieu...Adieu.. we will grieve not, rather find
Strength in your legacy.""
"On behalf of members of "Igbobi College 67-73 Set" and those of us who shared dormitory at the old Townsend House, Olumide Awe will always be remembered for his rugged persistence, and ceaseless desire for life. The spirit of the collective experience in Townsend House is only for the strong willed and Olumide Awe showed in his battle that he belongs here in the company of classmates, friends and loved ones, but Almighty God knows best. Therefore, in this difficult time of loss, may it be known that we love Olumide Awe still but Almighty God loves him more. We pray that Almighty God will reserve a peaceful abode for Olumide Awe among His angels of grace, and He will comfort Olumide Awe's wife and his children during this most difficult time of loss and continue to breathe providence upon them. Olumide Awe, your name has been called in this tribute over and over in the same vein that we cheered for the "IC Rockets" in our school days. We pray that your soul will live on in eternity. Omnes Unum In Domino: UP IC forever!"
"Dr. Olumide O Awe- My Distinguished Dokita!!!
You were so brotherly to me, counseling at any opportunity.... You will remain an inspiration to those of us that respect quality, style and behavioral standards. Your departure evoked multitude of emotions, challenging my mind to recall your stammering voice with accompanying flawless logic, and to recall a number of occasion when you demonstrated generosity and self-sacrifice. I remember the times that you visited Lagos and distributed complimentary card holders and wallets to us all at the end of the ICOBA 67-73 meeting. It was unprecedented. You repeated this gesture a few more times. I also remember days in 2010 when you initiated via emails exchange of banters which eventually evolved into ICOBA 67-73 Set Yahoogroup forum. These are just a few of your legacies. Shame! Death is irreversible. You could do much more... Adieu my friend."
"The scion of Michael Ayodele Awe family, an illustrious son of an industrious father, loving husband of Janet Abimbola, proud father of Adedamola, Eniola and Ayobami. A noble Nigerian, my brother and my friend, Good Night.
E se o e Oluku mi, Omo Alare, Iwon lan we, aje ni n we ni, sun re o!!! Odi arina ko, o di oju ala,
Sun re ooo!!!
OLADIPO ABIOSE AINA"
"Dear Olumide, you will never be forgotten.
He's seen in the smiles the whole world is sharing,
He's found where there's friendship and loving and caring.
He's felt in warm handshakes when people are meeting
He's heard in the cheer of a friendly greeting.
His spirit's behind all the love we receive
He's everywhere, always to those who believe.
Treasure him Lord in your garden of rest
Because when on earth he was one of the best.
Mary & Ray O'Brien"
"Dear “Dr.”, your passing has indeed left a vacuum. The kind of person you truly were can be deduced from all that is bieng said about you, with the word “gentleman” being repeated several times indicating how much of a true gentleman you were. The value that you added to the lives of all that you associated with would forever be appreciated. I particularly admired your sense of responsibility and the degree of diligence that you demonstrated in dealing with ICOBA matters. May your soul continue to Rest In Peace, Amen.
"My Darling Uncle Olumide,
I feel so Sad to hear your sudden death! Thanks for rescuing me when I swallowed my Dad's medications when I was a child. You indeed lived a Life of Fulfilment because you are a Blessing to Humanity which was the reason why God blessed you!
In Everything, we will give thanks!!!
SLEEP ON UNCLE...... TILL WE MEET TO DEPART NO MORE!!!!!!!!!"
"I received †нε sad news of your sudden and untimely passing unto glory with deep grief. †нε last time I saw you was 2008 in sagamu. Never knew it was going †o be †нε last. Your immense generosity †o my family we continue †o speak of you in centuries †o come.
Rest in Peace, uncle"
"How do you summarize 47 years of friendship and sharing life's important events. Olumide always kept in touch with me and later when I married, Anita. He was always there when you needed him. We last saw him in late July in his home and have good memories to add to years of shared stories. Olumide was a devoted family man and we are comforted in the knowledge that he is at peace.
Love always Russ and Anita."
"He was so kind, a great giver, compassionate, great lister, selfless, always ready to help. Forever in my heart! Rest in peace my uncle Olumide"
"A TRULY NOBLE NIGERIAN GOES HOME
"DOKITA" MY FRIEND, MY BROTHER,
I consider myself lucky to have had a longtime friend like you. You were a very selfless person who gave of his time, energy, and even money to others without prompting. Even in death, you are truly valued and savoured.
It's incredible to realise that the breakfast with Dipo and yourself on July 26, 2014 would be the last we'd ever have together. God knows best though.
Olumide, you will be sorely missed by us all. You have gone home to rest on the bosom of the Lord.
ADIEU my friend."
"Senior Awe, you have been and will always will be a role model and inspiration to me. I remember back in IC as HC, your starched and pressed khaki uniform, always neat, an upright leader, always having a word of encouragement, a kind-hearted, down-to-earth gentleman. May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace in the bosom of your maker. Amen."
"You have left an endearing impression on me in the very brief encounter we had as Chairman ICOBA EUROPE. I will treasure this memory with gratitude to God for your accomplished life.
I will continue to hold your family in my prayers. May the good Lord continue to comfort your loved ones. Amen.
"Now I know why. Why some are so much in a hurry to do good, render selfless service to family, associates and environment. It is because they know they would not be around for such a long time. It is because they know it is not how long but how well. I can't help having misty eyes as I write this. My sympathy to my friend Wole and his brother Bimbo and all those you left behind. God bless you."
You were such a warm, kind hearted, true gentleman. Always encouraging and inspiring others. A great father and husband. You will be sorely missed. Rest in perfect peace."
"Olumide Oluwagbolahan where do l start, when l know l will not finish. Numbers were very important to you, thanks for leaving me with a perfect number 21. l am only human, just a being made by God, polished by you, you made me believe in what l could be and all that l am, you showed me the stairway that l had to climb when l layed crippled on the floor, you succeeded in teaching me to "Take One Day At A Time" thanks a lot Olumide, for to me you are at peace as always, we will meet again, for l strongly believe that you went ahead to prepare a place for those left behind.
"Olumide Omo Awe Nuwon, Omo Awe Niwon, Aje Ni Weni, Omo Iwon Lawe, Aje Ni Weni, SUN RE! SUN RE! Omo Ayodele Olowoori Oyinlola Baba Ayobami, Eniola, Adedamola, SUN RE. SUNRE. SUNRE.
ADIEU my confidant, my best friend, Sleep on in the bossom of uour creator. Remember with love those you left behind , l will not mourn but forever "will celebrate" Olumide Oluwagbolahan."
"Another noble Nigerian has departed this mortal world and Ijẹbu-Rẹmọ has lost a most worthy son. You and your family have been a constant presence at ICOBA Europe events that when I didn’t see you at our reunion last month, I naturally asked about you, fully expecting to see you again at a future event. You led ICOBA Europe with consummate skill, supreme dedication and self-sacrifice. I thank God that your legacy lives on.
You will be sorely missed, my dear senior. My condolences to your wife and children, who were also instrumental in your devotion to ICOBA. May your soul rest with the Lord in eternal peace, Amen."
"Rest in Peace - Wonderful gentleman. I first met you when you came back to your beloved school as a corper so many years back and again when you became chairman of ICOBA Europe,even though you had a kid brother in our class,you treated all of us back then like your kid brother and as ICOBA UK chairman you related very well to all.I am privileged to have known you both in Nigeria and UK.
Egbon Rest in peace"
"Olumide, all the way from Townsend House you have always been a very caring and dependable friend and brother. Going out of your way to to be of service to all who came in contact with you. A great leader and an intelligent human being. May your beautiful soul find solace in the bottom of the Almighty."
"Dear long life friend,
All the way from Mayflower Junior School to Igbobi College to the UK we have been part of each others lives. A great void has now been created with your passing. May the Angels keep you as your spirit lives on. May God continue to protect those that you have left behind."
"Ever smiling Uncle, the news of your death came as a rude shock. I remember seeing you at your sons wedding in Manchester so full of life. We can not question God. May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace"
I had the priviledge and pleasure of meeting you as the Chairman of the Igbobi Alumni and also hung out with your family, Jonathan and other Igbobi Alumni friends during your annual executives retreat you hosted and to which i was invited as the President then of the CMS Old Grammarians UK Alumni. I visited over that weekend a few years ago with my wife - Bisi who spoke so well on how you received us in your home and will be shocked as i am when i picked up the Igbobi college email early this afternoon.
I knew so much about you through my brother Jonathan Robson who regards you so highly on all fronts as a Leader amongst men, a mentor. Your love, consideration, generousity for your fellow men and also passion for Igbobi college alumni was without doubt throughout your term in office. I was quite impressed with the attention and love shown to me and my wife during the socials at your house having only just met us for the first time at the meeting a few hours earlier. You made sure that we were comfortable throughout the duration of our stay. I also learnt alot about how you stacked up the firewood in the diffrent sheds in your back garden to last all year round and then treated us to the warmth of your fire place.
Rest in Peace dear brother. This world has lost a great man. I cannot believe that this has happened. Bisi and i sincerely pray that God will comfort and keep your family at this time and always"
What a rude shock to me! I just cannot believe you have gone! Little did I know that we had only a short time with you when you came to felicitate with me last year. Then at your son's wedding, you ensured all guests were taken care of. You made sure I was very comfortable where I stayed. You even thanked me for coming which made me feel awkward as I was fulfilling my duties as your in-law. i just cannot but think that perhaps you were saying your 'goodbyes'.
May your soul rest in perfect peace. Amen."
"I keep saying to myself 'How is this possible?' It's hard to believe that Snr. Awe is really gone. I knew him as House captain Townsend House back in Igbobi College (4 or 5 years ahead of me I think) and we met up in London as part of ICOBA (Igbobi College Old Boys Association) I served with him during his two terms as ICOBA Chairman. He was truly a man of great purpose and integrity. Snr. Awe was much loved and respected by all. He was a good man gone too soon. We love you my dear friend and senior but Jesus loves you much more. Rest in perfect peace in the bosom of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ."
"Senior Awe", the word "Gentleman" was coined to describe you.
You are the older brother I always wanted; the mentor I always needed; the example I should have followed, and the friend who never left my side.
Egbon, I cannot describe you in the past tense. This is why it cannot be Goodbye. It is only Goodnight.
I will see you again in the everlasting Dawn that is our Lord and Saviour; Christ Jesus.
UP IC! "Omnes Unum In Domino".
Your Aburo Always, and fellow Old Igbobian - Jon"
"Rest in Peace G Awe. Your death is painful to us. The nucleus will miss you indeed. You made the best of everything you touched. You made a lot of impact during your stay. May the creator grant you rest in his bossom."
It was not just unexpected, the news came as a shock.Senior Awe was exemplary both in conduct and attitude. We met a couple of times when he was ICOBA president and i was struck by his maturity and commitment in moving ICOBA forward. He will be sorely missed. Adieu and RIP in the Lord."
"My G! My mentor!
Words can never express my sense of loss as well as that of my family. From the early 90's when I got to know you, thanks to Nucleus, till early this year, you have always displayed an impeccable sense of humility. I vividly remember how, during my regime as the G and when you were visiting Ibadan, you would stop by either at my house on Awba Dam road or at ABH just to check how I was doing.
I am grateful for the opportunity to Facetime with you over the past couple of years but I am more grateful you convinced me to attend the 50th anniversary in 2012 in Nigeria not knowing that was to be the last time I would see you. Thank you for leaving a legacy for us to emulate. I promise I will never let the torch die!
Rest in peace, Uncle Olumide!!!!!"
"Olumide, my brother from another mother, my friend and my G. Would I ever get through this, for it still feels like a bad dream. You gave me so many priveledgies , you selected me as G of the Nuclues to step into your shoes. That was not enough, out of your many brothers and friends made me the bestman at your wedding. You were always true to me and a mentor to most. I was looking forward to your 60th and not your funeral. My condolences to Bola and the children. The Lord would strengthen you to bear the loss. Rest in perfect peace my friend, my brother, my G, till we meet to part no more. Amen"
"Olumide: a man of great enthusiasm and courage. You left the world a better place!"
"My G. I feel privilege to have sat with you at Senator Ogunlewe's house for the Grand Order of the Nucleus Anniversary. I remember your contributions and the sacrifice you made to ensure the anniversary was a success. Me and my fellow nucleites both old and new would definitely miss you.
Rest in peace our Egbon, Leader and mentor."
You embodied the very spirit of Nucleus. We will miss you greatly but hold on to the belief that we shall meet again before our Lord to part no more. May your long rest be sweet."
"My G. Lived in the United Kingdom and was one of the old Gs we were opprtuned to reunite with as active chromosomes of our great club Grand Order of the Nucleus (UNIBADAN). He took the stress of sitting with the active chromosomes when he visited Nigeria. I was the active G. at the time; and we all learnt a lot such as can never be forgotten. When I visited the UK we would have seen again but he was stuck in Liverpool. 4 years after we both met at the 50th anniversary of GON. That was unknowingly the last time I would see him. He was gentle, loving, corrected our mistakes patiently, a father and friend. Sleep on my G. Sir. Long live your memories. Long live the Grand Order."
You will be missed and fondly remembered by so many people whose lives you touched with kindness and compassion. I am so honoured to have been your friend and pen pal since 1967. All the memories of our times together in Montreal, your first experience with a Canadian winter and the joyful times we have spent together with our families come flooding back to me. My mother "Aunty Irene" so loved you and your family and I am sure that she and our dear son Kyle were there to meet you as you arrived in Heaven. Until we meet again dear friend!"
"Egbon, rest in prefect peace in the bosom of our Lord. You will be greatly missed."