- 56 years old
- Date of birth: Dec 4, 1959
- Date of passing: Dec 26, 2015
- Place of passing:
Ibadan, Oyo, Nigeria
|Let the memory of Temitope be with us forever|
"Thank God for the life you lived, for the family you left behind.You will forever be missed by people who love you and your family, especially your sweetheart Idowu."
"We are short of words... May the Lord grant Sister Idowu and the children the courage to bear this loss. We shall yet praise the Lord as He turns all mourning into dancing and replaces our ashes with His beauty...It is well!!"
"Brother Tope , as we called him , was ahead of me in Christ's School, Ado Ekiti and in University of Ife. It is so sad that you are gone too soon. He would always smile and ask after my well being each time our paths crossed in Ife then. May God strengthen the family he left behind and grant him eternal rest. Bye Br. Tope"
"A Poem For Emmanuel...
I saw the joy you brought to the room
Your wonderful smile..as Idy swooned
Your heartfelt words, full of courage
Kind, generous! What a wonderful marriage
Between two people in love with life
Don't give up Idy!!! Life is a fight
Fight for your memories, fight for your love
Keep Emmanuel at heart..he was your dove
Your prince, your knight, In shinning armor
To have felt his love was a wonderful honor
Move with a smile and be at your best
Till the time you meet again as Emmanuel Rests
Gone too soon.
"My dearest friend, Temitope. When you called me in December and we chatted for hours, talking about those days, you casually mentioned you are going to Nigeria on holidays and you would call me when you are back. I wish I advised or convinced you not to go, oh! how I grieve my brother, my friend. My heartfelt prayer is that GOD grant your family the grace to bear the loss and comfort everyone touched by this, myself included. My sincere condolence to you Segun Ogunleye, Tope's wife and children."
"What a shock! What a loss! I was still hoping that one day I will run into him. My condolences to the family. May the Lord grant you the fortitude to bear this tremendous loss. Wow! Please take solace in the fact that it's not how long we live but how well. Debo Ranti Ajayi, ex-ACA, and from Emure-Ekiti too."
"Bro. Tope, May your gentle and caring soul rest in perfect peace!!! May God almighty continue to comfort and console your loved ones!!! Thanks so much for looking out for me as my senior in Aquinas!!! Till we meet and depart no more......"
"May your soul rest in peace amen and also the the wife of ABAYOMI."
"To the family and relations of Tope Ogunleye;
Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the sudden passing away of Tope last month.
When I read about the sudden passing away of Tope on a Facebook posting last month, I was so shocked, as his thought came to my mind days before he died, when I was discussing Emure town with someone, and I mentioned him as an icon of the city.
In our days in Acquinas College Akure, Tope carried himself with dignity, composure, rightness and rectitude, and he was a good role model to all of us at such a young age.
May the good Lord accept Tope's soul into His heavenly bosom, may he find perfect rest in the Lord and may the perpetual light of God shine on his soul forever.
And I pray for God's guidance and protection over your family, may we not hear of untimely death of young people in the family again.
By Tonie Akano
(Tope's classmate at Acquinas College Akure)"
"Dear Uncle Tope, still feels so unreal. We remember being with you last Christmas and new year. You made our stay so wonderful. You were so pleasant and fun loving. We remember your smile every time you saw Makayla walk up to your desk. You had a great spirit, a wonderful husband and father, a movie lover, great counsel, and much much more and we will never forget that. We love you. May God by His infinite grace complete all the wonderful plans you had for your wife and children. Leke, Seyi & Makay-Makay (as you call her)."
I am blessed that our paths crossed in this life. God truly shined through your spirit. You were my co-worker and friend. I appreciated working with you on cases and hearing you talking about your family. I appreciated the stories you shared with me about your family road trip vacations. You were very comical and pleasant to be around. Your expressions when you shared stories about your family, the events you attended to support the family and how much you loved your daughters and sons where filled with much love. I will miss you Emmanuel but I know God sent His angel for you because you were ready."
"Peace perfect peace.May God grant you eternal rest.Anti Do! The sun will shine again."
"Dear Super Emmanuel,
I can believe you are no longer with us. However, there are so many memories of you that come to mind, and sincerely they are all good. Honestly, I am writing this with tears on my eyes. Unfortunately, this tragedy comes as big and very unexpected surprise to all of us. I constantly think of what I could have done differently to prevent it. Since I found out about it last week I was numb and could not believe what we all lost.
You and I worked together since you arrived in Texas and work side by side with me at the Social Security Adminstration and then at the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor (US DOL). You were always so humble and took so much pride in helping others and never saw the need to show off your prizes or possesions to others, and I admired that characteristic of you so much. We joked around so much while working at the SSA and then at the WHD, and had so much fun together in doing our jobs. As a matter of fact when Mei Lee left SSA she told me that she wanted to see me leave the agency and look for better opportunities for myself and my family. I left SSA 52 weeks later, and when I left I remember that I told you the same, that I would look for any opportunities that would open within the WHD to help you transition to better career opportunities for yourself and your family. Shortly thereafter, only about four months after I arrived at the WHD you also came to work at my same office and I was so happy, not only for yourself, but for me as it gave me another opportunity to work with you, which I enjoyed.
I remember when managment asked me if I thought you would be a good fit for the agency, as I was a referral you had listed in your application. My response was that "I thought you were a better fit than myself". You were so happy and so grateful, both for the opportunity and to come to work again with me. And as I knew you would do, you made me proud that I had referred you and you turned out to be more suitable for the job than myself.
Many might ask why the quote "Super" in front of your name. This was our constant joking behavior with each other of calling each other Superman, or Super Jose, or Super Emmanuel. It all started at the SSA when I would reply to request for assistant from other co-workers that they did not have to worry about it that Super Jose or Super Emmanuel would get it done. We knew this was not in any way an attempt to minimize the request for assistance from others, but rather an expression to others that they would be assured that whatever the request that it would be done to the best of our abilitiers and we would give it our best.
Then this behavior of calling each other Superman, SUper Jose, or Super Emmanuel, continued at our current jobs at the WHD. When you excelled I would called you Superman or Super Emmanuel and you would do the same to me. I saw this as I reminder that we were always willing to give 150% of ourselves as public servants to improve the lives of those that have the least amount of power in their positions and needed our help.
Rest in peace my dear friend, Super Emmanuel."
"May perpetual light shine on you, may your faithful soul through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen."
"I still remembered once I introduced you to Japanese Tappanyaki and you LOVED the food. You were so happy and was so appreciative that I took you there :). Your bright smiles and your positive energy which were undeniable that made you such a great person. Everything seems so easy to you even though something was not so simple. How did you do that? Although we did not work together for long due to various reasons, I have a lot respect for you, your sense of humor, considerate, respectful, easy going etc...I hope you knew that you were a great person who had influenced many lives.
I saw your daughter left you a message. She is such a strong girl and definitely you raised her in a right way. I would continue to pray for you and your family. You will be missed badly. Rest in peace.
"Dear Ucle T,
Uncle T as my children call you, can someone so alive go so unannounced, you were going on a short visit, not a journey of no return. You were so knowledgeable, so pleasant, so witty and so full of humour, the Oba l'ola who had all manners of jokes, never a dull moment with you. A counsellor per excellence. The Omage family will miss you, adieu, rest in peace"
"Life is as a candle in the wind that is extinguished without prior information. Uncle T, thanks for the love you gave the family.
Idowu, accept my heartfelt condolence. Damola Ogunbowale SFH"
"Good night Tope,, we shall meet again at the Lords bossom on the resurrection morning. .we were all looking forward to seeing you at Ife reunion after over 32years . We shall surely miss you.
To the wife and family, ,be strong, the Lord will arise on your behalf. Affliction will not arise a second time.....Nkoyo Egbedi"
"Dear Tope or really your family:
I am so sorry to hear of your passing. All our colleagues at NLS 84 forum are saddened by your passing. We were all just getting reconnected after all these over 30yrs of law school and suddenly we were hit by this bad news. Our colleagues who knew you closely have been talking about how nice and generous you and your wife are. I pray that the lord accept your soul in peace and protect your family that are left without you. A good name is worth more than million dollars, and your name and reputation is that you are a man with a heart of gold. I am so sorry we lost you so soon Tope.
Vera Chigbufue Elue-
"I have deleted this tribute many times. I recall vividly our tutorial group at the Unife Law faculty those days. You were such a dependable complete gentleman. You carried yourself with the dignity of a prince that you were but only a few knew you were because of your humility. Only God understands this. Tope rest in peace."
"Sad, sad, sad! Gone too soon. Too long ago to remember, but memories of youth spent in school. Go well and may your loved ones find the strength to bear this loss. Esohe Aghatise, Esq."
"Words cannot express my shock and grief when the news of your passing was announced to law school class of 84, a few days ago. And i asked in disbelief 'Tope at Gani Fawehimi?' I remember our days at Gani working 24/7. You were so kind and encouraging. Always fun. I had always thought that one day i will see you again. 30 years later, i hear the sad news. Rest in the bossom of our Lord. Forever. Hon Justice Roli Harriman"
"My Prince,as I fondly called you and forever will.The News of your passing on was a rude shock to me.Your gentleness,meekness and loving kindness will be greatly missed.Our Consolation rests on the assurance that a child of God does not die but sleeps in the Lord. The Lord will uphold your loving Wi fe,beautiful Daughters and Family.Sleep on 'My Prince '....A Wonderful In-law..
Love Mrs Remi Alade."
Before I started writing this message, I stared at your picture for several minutes with disbelief. I thought about the times we spent together with you and your family, the jokes, the encouragement and above all the passionate feelings you have for others, the passion to help, to share, to support especially for the needy. Then I said to myself with tears running down from my eyes: God but why? But realizing that God is the reason we are here - nay the Alpha, and the reason we depart to be with Him - nay the Omega. May the Good Lord protect the family you left behind and May your beloved soul rest in God's bosom - Amen!. Adieu Mr. Ogenleye!
-Thomas & Mariagoretti METU"
This is like a bad dream that I am yet to wake up from. Your candle will forever burn brightly in our hearts. Your sense of humor, laughter, wisdom, and compassion will always be remembered."
"My dear Brother...
You were such a cheerful and fun loving man.. Your words of encouragement and counseling, to all who knew you, still resonate in our hearts.. You wil be missed, though you have gone to be with the Lord.. The Lord will strengthen and keep Idowu & the girls.. It is well.. Adieu"
"Mr. Emmanuel was a good man that I had the pleasure of meeting. His wife and I are colleagues and friends. It's difficult to lose someone suddenly, but it's harder to lose someone who had such knowledge, expertise, wisdom, and so much to give to his family, friends, and society. I remember having lunch with Emmanuel and Idy about a month ago. He bought me more food than I could eat and then ordered more food to take home for my kids. I think we ate for like two days. Lol. That's just how generous he was and of course, that left a lasting impression! I know that time and prayer will heal deep wounds as such. So, appreciate the time you had and continue to pray that Emmanuel is forgiven for his sins and granted paradise."
Thanks for teaching me the rules on american sports, i never would have understood without your help and also trying to help me get the best career opportunities. I still can't believe you're gone. May you rest in perfect peace with God."
"Dear Bro Tope
I'm still in shock, can't really think. We met in Houston I stayed in your house, we had fun together (we loved the same kind of film and stayed up wacthing some)the husband of my best friend. We even made plans for the future. I thank God or the little time I spent with you I'm a better person for it.Rest in Peace my Brother."
"My prayer goes out to your family, for the strength to carry on with ease and grace. Your little Emma and my granddaughter Lola have been friends all through school. You brought Emma to Lola's birthday party. May you rest Peace."
I wish I was writing a tribute with respect to an invention or an achievement but definitely not on your passing. No not as this time! The past few days have been very difficult to comprehend that we will be seeing your face no more. Under the present circumstances,I have particularly taken solace in the fact that you are presently in a deep sleep from which you will be awakened sooner or later.
As I write this tribute, I wish I could stand as an arbiter before the throne room of God to plead my case on why we so desperately need you on planet earth in this present times, but who am I ? as the saying goes:
“Who plucked that flower? The Master of the garden did, and the gardener had nothing more to say; what could he say? Wisely, he held his peace. The Master’s decision was final. He owns the garden and only He knows His reason for plucking the flower”
I in turn also hold my peace.
Rest in the bosom of the Lord Temitope , till we meet at Jesus’ feet, to be separated no more"
"This is really one rude shock. I honestly thought and prayed that it was a mix up or something. Truth is I was looking forward to seeing the Ogunleyes when we visit Texas in May. I pray for strength for ID and the kids, and the grace to trust God's judgement, wisdom, and sovereignty for allowing this. It is well."
"Although I am still in shock I am now coming to terms with the fact that this is real. I keep replaying our last conversation, you were encouraging, supportive and understanding. You told me to call you anytime and I know you meant that. Now I wish I would have took you up on that offer. I know you are smiling down from heaven, I hope you know you have left a life long impact on a lot of people. I will keep your wife and daughters in my prayers. Rest peacefully my friend."
"As I light this candle, tears are running down my face still -- as I cannot believe that this world no longer has your warm smile and kindness enclosed in it. The only thing that makes me smile is knowing that you are truly one of God's angels. I pray that your beautiful wife and children feel God's love in this time of need and know that, heaven must have desperately needed you more than we did here for God called you home in our eyes way too soon my brother. I have know many people in my short life, because this life is truly short, but I have never known someone so full of life, kindness, professionalism, love and understanding as you. You gave me the best gift of all....your friendship, never waiving, never condescending, never judgmental, never ending....I have always and will always be your friend..."
"It was an honor and privilege to know and work with you. You will be missed by everyone who knew you. You touched the lives of so many people. We will always remember you."
"What a loss! I was looking forward to a day I will meet Tope since the last time we were together at Gani Fawehinmi' Chambers. A wonderful and pleasant personality. May God grant repose to your soul and the souls of all faithful departed. Amen!."
"The news of your departure came as a rude shock. I pray that the Lord will comfort all of us. May the peace that passes all understanding be the portion of "auntie Doh" and the children. Amen"
Are you really gone? It's still like a dream I hope to wake up from...really soon. You were going to bring us Nigerian bread, we were going to open our Xmas presents when you get back; I still can't believe I won't see you again. But guess what daddy? We'll be fine. Mummy is really hurting; we all are, but we will be fine eventually. Thank you for all the good memories, for pushing me to stay at the top of my classes, for being a great dad, and for your support in every areas of my life.
You will be forever missed.
"Still in shock, still refuse to believe. I remember and still have the notes from our chat last summer in Texas. I still follow the business advice you gave me. The confidence, knowledge and love shared. We'll be strong for your princesses and Aunty Doh."
"Uncle T, news of your home going came as a rude shock. Thanks for giving me the space to gist with your wife ('Sta a Idowu') each time I called. Rest well in God and may the Holy Spirit's comfort be copious on your family."
A true friend, highly intellectual and dependable. You will be sorely missed. This was so sudden but we are not without hope. God loves you the most. Rest in peace. Rest in the Lord. Orun re o!"
"Bourne Ultimatum was on TV the night after I heard the sad piece of news. How appropriate. You enjoyed movies to the core. Thanks for sharing that love of movies with me and introducing me to good movies such as the Bourne series. Thanks for being there for me, when you could. I pray comfort over your family"
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