- 56 years old
- Date of birth: Mar 25, 1959
- Place of birth:
- Date of passing: Apr 20, 2015
- Place of passing:
Brentwood, California, United States
|Let the memory of Richard be with us forever|
This memorial website was created in memory of a comrade.
Mr. Richard Feyi SOYOMBO - Former NIDOA CHAIRMAN
When the news got to me yesterday morning, it was unbelievable. Richard how very quiet you tiptoed into our world, silently, only a moment you stayed. But what an imprint your footprints have left upon our hearts. Richard was a Good Jolly Fellow, man of high ethics and integrity. It's with sadness that we lost one of our rare gem, he was one of us that we acknowledge with desolation that he was exceptional. Richard was inimitable,easy going,gentle soul,born leader.
He was very forthright, classy and matchless.He was truly a one off,
irreplaceable in every sense. The family of NIDOA despondency and grief know no bounds because Richard was a unique gift from God to our nation that he loved so much.He was a very brave warrior who was never scared of death.
RICHARD can be proud of the obvious fact that he stood for something while here on earth with us. He was a great Nigeria patriot endowed it's nostalgic memory there in, he never shied away from any difficult national issue or task and he always exhibit uncommon and unparalleled courage in contributing his quotas and always volunteer whenever it mattered most. He so much wanted a better Nigeria for all of us.
RICHARD had a hugely successful and unblemished career in international business and he used his talent to make a huge difference wherever he found himself, giving many Nigerian and non-Nigerian a strong voice to be proud of. I know it is never about how long one lives but we'll and I do believe that while it is good to have an end to the journey, this one gone so soon.
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,love leaves a memory no one can steal, although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory of Richard help comfort us tomorrow. I commensurate with immediate family,wife and children Richard left behind and pray fervently that God in his infinitive mercy grant them fortitude and strength to carry on.
To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.And as you comprehend this profound loss, let yourself cry knowing each tear is a note of love rising to the heaven. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower, you will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind.You don't get over it, you just get through it.You don't get by it, because you can't get around it.It doesn't get better; it just gets different.
Everyday.....Grief puts on a new face. You will be missed.
Adieu Comrade !!!!
Adeiu good soldier !!!!
DEATH CANNOT KILL WHAT NEVER DIES.
"Feyisayo, continue to rest in the blossom of the lord. It is well!"
"It's already a year, may the Lord continue to shower His Grace to live on to all the loved ones left behind. May we all meet again at the feet of our Savior on that glorious day !!!!"
"WE miss you so much at Skyline College! Rest in peace joyfully! Your energy and good ideas will live forever with us."
"What a blessed day, Good Friday, to remember the birth of dearest Richard. You are missed. I can never be in San Francisco and not think of you; so bittersweet. The music that plays for your online memorial is so fitting, but I can never visit without crying. My prayers are with your family and friends."
"Feyisayo, you would have turned 57 today! Today, Dapo, Funlola, Uncle Folarani and the rest of the crew will gather in your honor for your signature Friday night hangout and raise a glass of red wine to you.
You taught me so much about living and that's that is what has been the tool in getting through losing you at this point in our lives.
You are still very much alive in me and all those who loved you unconditionally. You triumphed over death because your glory continues to shine even more.
Always and forever!"
"Very sad to hear of Richard's passing. Thank you Richard for helping to be a bridge for the diaspora."
"Feyisayo, its exactly three months ago today the clouds darkened because you left this earth. I hear it gets better with time, but everyday without you is even more difficult. Feyi, I want to call you in the middle of the day and share the events of the office with you, i want to tell you what i just saw and who did what to me. I want to share those juicy gossips i can share with only you and i keep waiting to hear you
chuckle with your quiet sexy voice. I know im supposed to find solace in the fact you're resting at the feet of Jesus Christ, but Feyi, its all cloudy and gray without you. I need you to send me a rainbow and make it all better like you always do. I love you and i miss you miserably. The rides to work and back is empty and lonely."
"Richard, as my family and I enjoyed the fabulous food at Miliki in Oakland, I asked the gracious owner if she knew you. Of course, the answer was yes, and of course she lamented the loss of such a distinguished and valuable member of her community. But you were a member of my community as well -- the community of international trade and business folks who are committed to building global business. Your smile, generous heart and spirit, your commitment, your savvy, all are missed. Your memory is for blessing and I was privileged to know you."
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Rev 21:4.
Afiyen, rest in peace. Peace and love of God be with your loved ones. Amen"
"Richard came into the leadership of NIDOA at an exceptionally trying time. The Board is greatly appreciative of his candour and maturity. The entire Board and members of NIDO Americas commiserate with his family and pray that the Lord will grant them the strength and fortitude to bear his passing into glory. As echoed in the byline of this posting...DEATH CANNOT KILL WHAT DOESN'T DIE! Richard will forever live in our hearts... ADIEU FEYI! ADIEU RICHARD OMO SOYOMBO!! "...Blessed are they who die in the Lord...for they have gone to rest from their labors..." Sleep tight dear Richard.
On behalf of the NIDO Americas Board (2013-2015)"
"Feyisayo, its exactly 71 days since God called you home to rest. I have to believe it is rest; I have to believe God has a purpose for calling you home at this point, because that is the only thing that keeps me sane and helps me cope with this great loss. The last few months have be a kaleidoscope of emotions. There has been an out pouring of love and support from the four corners of this world and I know it’s only you that can pull that off. You left your mark everywhere your feet trod, every hand you shook and every face you kissed.
We’re still getting cards, words of encouragement, proclamation and everything else only you can pull off. That is Richard, the world traveler, the business man, the social fun guy who put everyone at ease and got a smile out of the most hardened person. But there is a side of you that only very few people knew. The side of you that loved God and was confident in his love for you, the side of you that had a faith stronger than the rock of Gibraltar. The side of you that was grateful for everything. The side that prayed every morning before we left the house and the side of you that gave thanks for getting home. The side of you that did not take the value of the life God gave you for granted, but was determined to make a return on the investment God has poured out in you with your talent and gifts.
What people felt was your weakness, was probably your ministry. You had a thing for single mothers. I’ll listen to your stories about so many of them and I knew you felt you had a purpose in their lives. As is evident in the tributes, You made every woman you came across feel like she was the one, special and valuable, and you did it selflessly. You gave everyone of them a piece of you, because you felt it was what they needed at that point at that place at that time and it was important for you to do so, because you wanted to make it right and undo some wrong. Our peace came when I understood that, even though I struggled with you for many years about it.
Feyisayo, as I lay next to you and held you on that fateful morning of April 20th, I knew we had beat this, because I felt you more alive than ever. I felt the power of your life and I knew you gained that ultimately victory over death, for you had translated into full glory. In your own words, you were already at the feet of Jesus Christ, and you had no worries.
Feyisayo, our love was one that defied every human logic or reasoning, and we both knew it. It is not often you find a mate who fits the various roles in your life. We were best friends, siblings, parents before been spouse, and I think that’s what made us so complex, but as you will always tell me, as long as we knew who we were, the rest of the world can think or believe what they want. The world came against us, and we withstood the pressure of the world and came out with our hand clenched tightly together. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to love you till the last minute and to continue to love you. Just as a part of me died with you, a part of you lives in me. So I continue to do what you will want me to do, push on, keep things in order and continue where you left off. In your usual manner, you left a lot of work for me to do, but not without giving me the tools to do it.
Sweetheart, I took off my black clothes yesterday, because God said its time to stop mourning and to start doing the work He called both of us to do. As long as I’m alive, so are you. I have yours and my testimony to share; that gift of unconditional love in the face of the fiercest challenges. The love that overcomes every human attack possible, now that’s the power and victory we gained, because even death could not destroy that love! I promise to be strong and do the very best I can, so you can continue to be proud of me. But you must do your part, keep watch, teach, guide and direct as you always do. I can only imagine how beautiful your mansion is.
I’ll see you at the feet of Jesus when the time comes. Until then, keep my place and try not to charm too many of the pretty angels.
I love you. Always and Forever.
By the grace of God, you are living in peace in another existence fulfilling another destiny; another plan of God.
You have seen what we are yet to see and your message is loud and clear to those that are ready and prepared to understand it; to "Find peace with God, do good, and hold no grudge".
Thank you for your past friendship and I look forward to a hopeful reunion in the distant future. God will take care of your family.
No more earthly troubles man."
"I am still in shock and still finding it difficult to accept that you are gone so soon. God knows best. Thank you for making my cousin so happy. With your love she silently glowed. With you memories she will forever find joy. Rest in the Lord our gentle giant."
"My dear brother Feyi,
We would have love to eat our meat longer but for the throat attraction.
We would have loved to enjoy our togetherness and lovely community relation efforts but death deprived us of the opportunity.
We would have enjoyed the fruit of hardwork of creating a better community, but the Owner took you away from us prematurely;
Brother Feyi, we love you and we already missed you from our midst
We love you, but God Almighty love you more.
O di Gbere, o di arinako, o tun di oju ala
Adieu my dear brother Feyi.
Good night and God bless.
Oh God Almighty the care of beautiful children, family members and wife you left behind."
It was hard to say goodnight, yesterday, but God knows best - it is well!
Go well, & rest in the Peace of the Lord
"Richard was a great friend at work that I had met at the Universidade de Sao Paulo in Brazil when I was in my B.A. and he is his graduate studies. We met again at Skyline College and have worked together closely in many projects with Mexico, Africa and Brazil recently.
I already miss him a lot. May the Lord comfort the family members and close friends. I know his joy of living will continue in all of our hearts as the great legacy of his life. Luciana Castro, Professor of Spanish, Skyline College"
"My very dear Richard, we worked together so closely that we felt we grew up together. I cherished your gentleman's approach to issues and life. Your radiated tolerance, fairness, positive ambition, courage, friendship and strength of mind. My worst sadness is that even with the entire overwhelmingly splendid experience of working with you, I didn't see you in person. We always said we need to meet whenever I come back to the US or Nigeria. I can't blame you nor God. I know very few Nigerians like you Richard and i will miss you real bad!!
May the God of mercy and compassion receive your soul and grant you eternal comfort, in Jesus holy name, Amen.
Sleep well my friend.............. Can't stop my tears......... Why? Why? Why? I can't believe I'm writing you a tribute Richard!!
Dr John George (Ex-Chairman NIDO-Europe)"
"GONE TOO SOON RIP Our beloved Brother Richard Soyombo.
Highly respected for his patriotism ,leadership qualities,respect for others,dedication to duty, courage,confidence,candour,care,concern for others. I first met Richard in London on our trip to represent the Nigerians in Diaspora Conference in 2006 during the President Obasanjo government. Since then we had developed more passion and patriotism for better government in Nigeria. We created with other Great Nigerians Leaders in Diaspora a forum where we had regular Teleconference to promote Welfare services for our people in Nigeria.
Fantastic community champion full of inspiration and Intergrity. So compassionate was Richard that he personally travelled down with loads of Antibiotic medications to help thousands of Nigerian Cholera victims in the Northern parts of Nigeria despite all the challenges .He was equally fabulous in playing many other noble and humanitarian roles in Nigeria and other countries. He was deeply humanitarian and full of inspiration. His long lists of huge achievements surpassed his age. He was larger than life. I was hoping one day l will be able to visit him in the USA but now it will be to lay flowers at his Grave. What an irony. Here today Gone tomorrow.
As if he knew that he would not be here with us for ever ,he put excellence into every thing he did. May God comfort all members of the family left behind. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. May God wipe away all tears and continue to abide with you night and day. His positive legacies should be your joy and pride.
Richard our beloved brother from Egbaland ,Sun re ooo. O digba lkudoro,omu eni rere lo .Orun rere oo RIP Good night for ever and we bid you fare well on your eternal journey home. You have conquered death and your struggles are now over. Rest in the blossom of God until the resurrection day. .odun a jina si ara won oo Ani ri akufa oo..You will be greatly missed by all that crossed your path.
Chief Mrs Yemisi Sanusi ..former Director of Events NIDOEurope"
"“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15 (KJV)
Ah Feyisayo, your sudden departure is a colossal loss to the entire Oyindasola Descendants comprising of the Adepegbas, the Awonugas and the Soyombos.
Our growing up days were wonderful with you, Rotimi and I as a trio. Until your demise we lovingly shared our dreams and injected humour into everything we said. We will miss your humour, hearty laughter, generosity, politeness, forthrightness and warm disposition to everyone.
May the good Lord comfort mummy, the Soyombo family, the extended family, your loved ones and friends.
You will continue to live in my heart my darling cousin. Sleep on my beloved Richard Feyisayo Soyombo and rest in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen."
"Uncle Richie, This is unbelievable. May your gentle soul continue to rest in peace in Jesus name (Amen)... He was a very jolly fellow. I could recall our last business meeting in San Bruno, California, United States. Very exceptional man.
Jumoke, may thy good Lord grant you the fortitude to bear this grate loss."
"Richard was a gem of a distinguished gentleman. Elegant, articulate, passionate and a leader amongst leaders. I enjoyed and will miss our occasional run-ins and banters about how to make the global society better for all. Richard was a man for all seasons. His charm, ingenuity and compassion for others will be sorely missed.
Rest well, comrade."
"Missing you big cuz. I remember when we'd be at parties, and someone would ask Feyi why wasn't he dancing (or something). So he would stick out one of his legs, and then move his foot rapidly (like a windshied wiper) from side-to-side. Still makes me laugh decades later.
"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" Wiz Khalifa"
"TRIBUTE ON RICHARD FEYI SOYOMBO – (1959 – 2015)
You rose like a colossus and shone bright as the morning star. Yet in a geevalt and like a mist you were cut off the Cosmos. Alas! When we of the great warrior clan, Oyewusi of the Ontoye Compound of Ikereku Idan town in Gbagura, Abeokuta were just getting settled to admire our roots, then the very sad news of your demise cut our throats sore. How painful!; How sad!!; How tragic!!!
We are, however, comforted with great memories of great times you had together among your nuclear and the immediate extended families; the joy, pride and fulfilment you gave our late Uncle, Daddy Femi Soyombo of blessed memory and our loving mama who painfully has had to survive you. Your endearment to your great siblings and immediate family cannot be quantified. We wish them all gracious fortitudes to bear the irreparable loss of such a gem.
We take solace in the assurance of our God, who made us to know and believe that “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints – Ps. 116:15”. We are comforted to know that we shall meet in the resurrection morning and pray that as many of us who grieve over the demise of our dear cousin, Richard-Feyi Soyombo would heed the counsel in 1 John 3: 3; that we purify ourselves just as He is.
Olatunde Oluwatola (Ph. D) & Esther Elemide (Mrs)
On behalf of the Oyewusi Clan, Ontoye Compound, Gbagura, Abeokuta. Nigeria"
""...If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life." Khalil Gibron."
"Soyombo, as I fondly called you, the news of your death is not only a rude shock, but very sad. You are a good friend, and will be sorely missed.
I will miss getting your out of the blue moon phone calls, and being able to call you once in a while, to chat, and just talk and talk, no matter how far in between those calls were.
Thank you for all the times you advised me like a true brother. Always willing to listen, offering good, realistic, matter of fact counsel, and a cheer. Thanks for all the times you were truly and genuinely happy for me, and the times you lifted the heaviness of my heart with your kind and encouraging words.
You are a wise man, a kind man, and will be forever missed.
May God watch over your family.
I hope you are finally at peace, and smiling in heaven.
Adieu my friend!"
"Dear Richard, the world loved you but God loved you more so he called you home. The flesh is temporary, the soul is eternal. You left footprints of compassion, generosity and integrity during your journey on this planet. You will be missed. Rest In Peace, kind sir."
Death is the beginning of immortality.
May your gentle soul continue to rest in perfect peace, Amen.
Sun re o."
"Richard Feyisayo Alabi Soyombo …
On Sat. Apr. 18 2015, I replaced, on my “Wall of Fame”, one photograph of you (wearing a Santa hat) with another wherein you were clowning with your cousins who mobbed you at Yemisi’s (Oluwole) graduation dinner (1992); the affection was obvious, the rapport was glaring! Looking at the photographs, I found myself laughing alone! It warmed my heart tremendously – to see you so unexpectedly, remembering especially those happy years we shared in Boston.
You were my right arm – in more ways than I can recount…mentoring your young cousins (about 15 of them), giving them much-needed guidance, leadership, direction and focus as they journeyed thru life; I even envied how they all doted on you despite the tough love you gave them through tender discipline. Your spontaneous selfless support of all family endeavors never ceased to amaze me, relieving me physically and emotionally, sparing me the details. As I mused over the way you touched my life and that of the entire family, I convinced myself that, the family will continue to prosper – with someone like you there!
But Monday Apr. 20 2015 shook that faith! It is yet to sink in that you left with that day’s sunset! Why? Why so soon? If only we are mindful that “Life is brief and Time is a thief”
Despite my tears, I thank God for your life – short but productive, full of love! There was such a sincere simplicity about you that I cannot forget! Son, how I am missing you so much already!
Now I hear your voice even louder – “Feyi Omo Sho” and you would answer me – “Aunty”
What a joy to know you!
Sleep on, beloved!
God Grant you Eternal Rest!
Mrs. ‘Bunmi Oluwole
"Richard - intelligent, generous and great sense of humor...
You'll be so missed!!
Ray & Maureen Russell"
"Such sad news of the passing of this great and well-respected gentleman. I will most miss his welcoming smile and inviting presence. God benefits now; our memories and Richard's deeds remain.
My heart goes out to his family. You are in my thoughts and prayers."
"Uncle Feyi, odigbere, odarinako, otundoju ala! Your sudden departure from this world is unbelievable and shocking! Little did I know that the conversation we had on March 21st would be the last. Your voice still resonates in my ears as you always calls me "Asholly babe t'emi nikan".You are a rare gem, full of life, always make people laugh with your humorous jokes. God our comforter, is the only one that can fill the vacuum created by your departure. I pray that God will give the family and the community the fortitude to bear this great loss.
Adieu uncle Feyi, Rest in perfect peace until we meet again at the bossom of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Sun re o Egbon mi atata.
""Rest in peace , Mr. RICHARD SOYOMBO.
May the Lord give your family the strength to bear this hreat loss. You were gone too soon. You were always kind to everybody."
Pak US Chamber OF Commerce CA
Pakistan Times USA"
"Feyi Richard Soyombo,
My brother it is with great sadness that I learnt of your earthly exit from the most unlikely of places - your Facebook page. I am writing this tribute in San Diego and I had left messages for you to call me and arrange how we were going to meet on Tango as I am in your jurisdiction. As your classmate in Compro in 1978 we had great fun and since we reconnected about 10 years ago we see at least once in a year either in Nigeria or in the United States. I attest to many of the good things said of you - a man of high integrity,honest,hard working,kind etc. I know of your many aspirations for the country of your birth concerning good governance and human rights. Williams Shakespare said that "the good that men do live after them" so shall it be said of Richard Feyi Soyombo. We pray to God to grant you eternal rest and comfort the family that you left behind. Adieu my friend - Olufemi Fadahunsi ( FADA)"
"Rest in peace , Mr. RICHARD SOYOMBO.
May the Lord give your family the strength to bear this hreat loss. You were gone too soon. You were always kind to everybody."
"I first met Richard as we worked together on an international trade mission including Cote d'Ivoire as well as Bay Area counties. This year we were working together on international friendship and education between Liberian and Skyline College students. We will continue our international involvement in your memory, Richard."
"Richard has always treated me and my wife as family. We owe many of our wonderful memories to his kindness."
"I’m so sad of the news of Richard’s passing but feel so blessed to have known Richard. In the short time that I got to know him, I learned a lot and laughed a lot. His work ethic is incomparable and his intelligence inspiring.
As I drove to work through the fog this morning, I thought about Richard and how passionately he lived. Every action and word was not wasted and intentional in moving a vision into reality so that more can benefit from realizing their potential.
I will miss him but am humbled to have someone of his caliber believe in me."
"Feyi was a friendly, generous and courageous person with a lot of energy. He made time available for whatever he believes in. He was one of those who made my visit to San Francisco, in 2011, enjoyable. He made time and his car available for my shopping, visits to a sea port, restaurants (on him) and Crooked Street. He was fun to be with. He had varied business interests on the drawing board. His desire for a better Nigeria is unparalleled especially his comments on the 2015 elections. When I called him and we discussed at length, three weeks before his untimely death, he was bubbling with full life. There was no hint of his departure! God will comfort all the loved ones and the aged mother that he left behind. Feyi, we love you but the good Lord loves you more. Rest peacefully in His bosom."
"Feyi had an outgoing, warm and caring personality that made a positive difference in the lives of those who knew him. I pray that God will comfort his mother, wife and children."
"The gardener asked who plucked the flower?
It is I said the Lord and the gardener held his peace.
We all have the same story. RIP my friend, schoolmate (MBHS Lagos) and brother."
"Bros Feyi dear cousin, you left us suddenly but God knows why. It's not how long but how well - you impacted many lives as shown by the tributes here, other people's encounter with you and my own personal knowledge of you and the stories we shared. We will miss your cheerful, homourous and generous personality, however, I believe that you've gone to a better place where there is no pain or sorrow. Adieu and may your soul rest in perfect peace, amen."
"Richard always amazed me; he made me laugh, he counseled me on life (tried--ha!), he argued with me, he worked with me to assist clients, he expressed his love for his wife, children, family, and friends, continually revealing a unique, blessed, versatility in coping with life's challenges all the while respecting people's individuality. I knew Richard was special and when I went to visit this online memorial I knew I would read many stories of what a great man Richard was, but I never expected to feel so spiritually uplifted by the words of all the beautiful souls who have shared their love for Richard on this site. I am in awe at what I have read. Blessings to all who knew and loved Richard. My prayers are with Richard's loved ones that soon the fond memories, good times, and love he shared will fill the emptiness that his loss has created. I know my dear friend is in the arms of our Lord."
"AFIYEN as you are fondly called by compronian we reconnected 6 years ago in lagos after about 30 years disconnection and always kept in touch on facebook. You always say Ayanfo fofo bawo ni. You are a rare gem and a jolly good fellow full of life laughter and humor'
We will dearly miss you but God loves you better. Rest in his bossom my good friend.RIP FEYI RICHARDS SOYOMBO. Till we meet again ADIEU.
Dapo Ogunnowo (AYANFO)"
"It was too soon but we have no control of when it is our turn. It is not how long but how well. You touched a lot of lives during this short space of time.
May your soul rest in the bosom of the Lord. May your family and friends have the courage to bear this huge vacuum created by your departure.
Adieu Richard Feyi Soyombo
Dr Steve E O Ogbonmwan"
"It was too soon Richard but we have no control of when it is our turn."
"When a great soul departs, his memories shall never fade. May the Holy Spirit comfort members of the family. I pray that God will give you all strength and light on your path to guide you through this difficult time in Jesus name. May the soul of the departed rest in peace."
"Richard took a bow at a time when he was needed,it is still like a dream playing out sad song. What now happens to his rock? I pray God gives the family left behind the fortitude to bear this loss. It is well. Rest in peace old boy."
"Your smile, our chats about twins and life in general will forever be in my heart. May the heavens rejoice in the homecoming of one of God's angels.
Rest in peace my friend."
"Boda mi Feyisayo,
Little did we know you were speaking in the spirit on Sunday, when you said, 'mo wa lese Jesu' - Jumoke will take care of everything.
Odigba, broda Afiyen, rest in perfect peace."
May God comfort his family.
Rest in peace my friend. You'll be alive in our hearts forever."
"I only got to know Richard over the past month since joining his division, but, what a gem he was to our community. He was so genuine and funny, the only thing that seemed to keep him going was to see others shine. Our college is a less vibrant place without him. Rest in peace and thank you for making every working day a joyous one. I learned a lot from you."
"Earth has one gentle soul less, heaven one angel more. You fell asleep without saying goodbye. Deep in my heart a memory is kept of yoy Feyi and l shall never forget. Will surely miss you. God bless you and keep you in his care."
"“Afiyen”, As I have always known you going back 36 years at Compro, I was looking forward to a golden opportunity to see you again this year but you fell asleep without saying goodbye. May the Lord bless you and keep you in his care. Until we meet again. Memories of you will never die. Sure o"
"A rare gem! Adieu"
"Feyi, what can l say, after 35 years of separation you showed up again like the sun piercing through the clouds and you made the new connection as if 35 years was like yesterday, l will forever cherish our conversations and the love you had for all our old friends and old Crimsonians (Compro) and your desire to unite us once again to see that all is well with each one of us. You stated " I know l have a call of God on my life" which was early this year, yes indeed this was true and you had touched thousands in ways you never knew. It was just recently you got about 8-10 of us chatting on face book after decades of disconnection and we all laughed and laughed and laughed sharing old memories, never to know that was your way of saying goodbye.Thanks so much for your encouragement and support at my dad's passing early this year, give my love to him. I rejoice with you today knowing you are in a better place and back with your maker after fulfilling your destiny and purpose. We want you here with us but who are we to question God. Adieu my brother and friend, I will cherish and miss that voice of yours on the phone calling "Boki Ololo" and may the Lord manifest His presence with your wife, children and family and the Comforter will overwhelm them all the days of their lives in Jesus name."
"I thank the Lord for the opportunity to reconnect for six-months after 38yrs.
I thank you Richard, for the sharing, the encouragement, prayers and especially the friendship that was simple, sincere, humorous and soul touching.
You were not only intelligent, humble and caring but also a man of deep faith. Faith though coated in humour, which became apparent in the last weeks. You were a "beautiful and lovely man" as I always told you though you would laugh.
Remember our last conversation, two Mondays ago when you said" Wemimo be strong and keep praying for me" I prayed Richard, we all prayed but the Lord loves you more and wanted you home.
I didn't understand the "be strong" then but now I do. Goodbye, dear Richard; sleep and take your rest. My deepest condolences to all your loved ones. It is well."
"Dean Soyombo brought so many gifts to our life. I will never forget you Richard, you were the big brother, the mentor, and the good friend.
God bless you"
"Mighty and upright is our God whose love endures forevermore. As sudden and sad as the reality of your death maybe to us, we have every reason to thank God for your fruitful life on earth Mr. Richard Feyi Soyombo. You left an admirable record of your service to the Nigerian community in North America and at home. I thank God for giving me the privilege to serve Nigerians in the Diaspora as NIDOA Secretary under your leadership as NIDOA Chairman. You were a good and visionary leader who knew what our community needed and you were determined to pursue your mission to provide excellent service to the Nigerian people in North America. May God be with your entire family at this difficult time and give them the peace and comfort they need. Rest in perfect peace in Jesus name. Amen."
"Feyisayo Alabi Soyombo “Afiyen”
Tomorrow is not promised!
I couldn’t believe when I heard the news of your passing on to glory and I began reflecting on all the outrageously funny and wonderful times we spent from high school to the good old days.
Afiyen, you were a man of many talents, you could draw anyone with ease, you created and the end result was a gift so sure to please. You had nick names for everyone. You possessed the gift of laughter and you had a zealous passion to share it with the world. You were truly a remarkable friend and those are the memories I will always cherish.
I pray that the Almighty God would comfort your mom, children, your siblings, family and endless friends.
Sun re O,
As you always call me- Ibilola Asabi"
"Iku doro, iku se ika o mu eni re lo, Feyi o di gbere, o di arinako, odoju ala, odi tira tira, o dojo ajinde, o dojo ajinde.
We love you Feyi, but God Loves you most. Go and sleep in the bosom of your father. Until we meet again on that glorious morning in heaven.
Goodnight my brother."
"Richard Feyiṣayọ Alabi Ṣoyọmbọ [I call him Afiyẹn!)
From - Kayọde Oluwọle
I refuse to celebrate death.
I will celebrate his life, memories and more.
All I can see now is Feyi sitting down somewhere with a plate of cooked Goat Meat and a bottle of Red Wine.... watching and enjoying life.
Let us celebrate his life and not be sad about his passing.
Feyi lived his life on his own terms. He encountered trials and tribulations and just kept moving forward slowly but surely.
I miss his 2am, 4am text messages or our phone calls. ...
Sun re o. Afiyẹn !
Now, I can hear his response to my tribute above: 'Ara ẹ ko ya Kayọ ! lets talk about something more important jare...what time is it? oh, yes...I need to catch a flight to Brazil.".
From - Gbemiṣla Oluwọle
The Lord give us life. Today I lost my dear brother, my dearest cousin, and my friend. ( The only one that whistle his nick name for me ) I'm in shock, this cannot be, so very sudden, if the resurrection power can resurrect you, father I pray let it resurrect my brother Richard A. Feyi Ṣoyombọ. I do believe in miracles, Father let your miracle of old cause a breakthrough to resurrect my love one Richard Feyi Ṣoyombọ. Amen.
Need your prayers"
"Indeed let the memory of Richard be with us forever. I met Richard through NNP about 3 years ago. A short time, but it was like we had known each other for longer. Always teasing me. Called me 'Fera'. Said I resembled Miriam Makeba in your younger days. Always checking on me no matter where in the world I was. Always asking me to explain things about Nigeria to him. Confided in me. Had great plans for cultural links between Brazil and Nigeria. Richard was just full of life. Always searching for answers.
Richard's passing came as a rude shock. A very rude one, because we chatted the week before and I did not know it would be the last. He had become like a brother. I'm still trying to process this.
May Richard's soul rest in perfect peace. May God comfort Mama and the loved ones he left behind. Amen. He will be sorely missed."
Reading this that you are gone, is unbelievable. May his soul rest in perfect peace. May good Lord be with the family and be your strength in this time of need and always. Take care. AS"
"Brother Soyombo! We will miss you and know that your time here was well spent. Your understanding and gentleness was expressed in everything you do. Your legacy will be one that will live on and you can never be forgotten. To the Family Psalm 121; He has not left you lookfor strength in the God he will see you through. I know you will miss him but he will be close to you . May the good Lord watch over you as you send him home to be with the glory of God...."
"Brother Bode Soyombo,
Sleep well on the bossom of your heavenly father; No more pain.
"O Death, where is your sting?"-1 Corinthian 15:55"
"When the news got to me last night it was unbelievable. Richard how very quiet you tiptoed into our world, silently, only a moment you stayed.But what an imprint your footprints have left upon our hearts. Richard was a Good jolly fellow. It's with sadness that we lost one of our rare gem, he was one of us that we acknowledge with desolation that he was exceptional. Richard was inimitable,easy going,gentle soul,born leader. He was very forthright, classy and matchless.He was truly a one off, irreplaceable in every sense. The family of NIDOA despondency and grief know no bounds because Richard was a unique gift from God to our nation that he loved so much.He was a very brave warrior who was never scared of death. RICHARD can be proud of the obvious fact that he stood for something while here on earth with us. He was a great Nigeria patriot endowed it's nostalgic memory there in, he never shied away from any difficult national issue or task and he always exhibit uncommon and unparalleled courage in contributing his quotas and always volunteer whenever it mattered most. He so much wanted a better Nigeria for all of us. RICHARD had a hugely successful and unblemished career in international business and he used his talent to make a huge difference wherever he found himself, giving many Nigerian and non-Nigerian a strong voice to be proud of.I know it is never about how long one lives but we'll and I do believe that while it is good to have an end to the journey, this one gone so soon.Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,love leaves a memory no one can steal, although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory of Richard help comfort us tomorrow. I commensurate with immediate family,wife and children Richard left behind and pray fervently that God in his infinitive mercy grant them fortitude and strength to carry on.To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.And as you comprehend this profound loss, let yourself cry knowing each tear is a note of love rising to the heaven.Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower, you will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind.You don't get over it, you just get through it.You don't get by it, because you can't get around it.It doesn't get better; it just gets different. Everyday.....Grief puts on a new face. Adieu Comrade ,Adeiu good soldier. DEATH CANNOT KILL WHAT NEVER DIES."
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