ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Anthony Akpeki. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Tesse Akpeki on May 21, 2021
Tony you were a record of noble purposes, generous service and works well done.  Most of us don't get to choose when or how we're going to die, but we all get to decide how we're going to live. That is the legacy to those who follow us. You lived with love, laughter, fun, generousity and kindness. Thank you for the rich legacy you have left us. Your life brought light to a dark world. The light was within you and shone through your life. God sees with love how much we miss you!
Posted by Antoinette Hallinan on February 22, 2021
Tony, where to start. People can be quick to judge by what they see. Let me paint a picture, guy with dreads who could obviously snap you in two.....attempting to dance an Irish jig with you in the pub he was working security! He was hopeless, but that was my 1st meeting with Tony over 20 years ago. Never heard him say a harsh word, he always tried and succeeded in making you smile. Loved and thought the world of his family, he will always be with you no matter what. Keep smiling and laughing Tony, can't believe you're gone. Heaven obviously needed another angel xx
Posted by Tesse Akpeki on February 11, 2021
Bros T thank you for bringing us together to celebrate your birthday. While you were not physically with us, we could feel your loving smile, your tenderness and your wit in our midst. We love you today and always. Rest in peace xx
Posted by John Akpeki on February 10, 2021
Happy Birthday Bros T

I have left below a poem from the 1989 Film called Sea of Love.

It says:

I live alone within myself like a hut within the woods.
I keep my heart high upon the shelf, barren of other goods
I need another’s arms to reach for it, and place it where it belongs.
I need another’s touch and smile to fill my hut with songs.

Thanks Bro for reaching out to us when we needed you, thank you for your jokes, touch, smile and laughter that filled us all with songs and made us better people for knowing you.
Posted by UFUOMA AKPEKI on February 10, 2021
My love we would have been celebrating your 60th birthday today. But some how heaven is the place where you are to celebrate this great number. We miss you but you are in a happy place where there is no sickness and death. Continue to rest my love until we meet again at Jesus feet. Always in my heart.
Posted by John Akpeki on February 10, 2021
Happy Birthday Bros T

We love you, We miss you. You will always be in our hearts.
Posted by FIONA MAKIA on February 1, 2021
Tony, we were definitely not ready to let you go, not ready for so much sorrow
No way where we prepared to no longer say “see you soon!” or “tomorrow!”
Who is going to stand out in the crowd and light up every room?
Who is going to sing louder than the choir with that melodic “boom! boom! boom!
They say it’s not for us to question, ours is to accept, and so with heavy hearts we just simply obey.
We Know that you’ve changed address to a better higher place, but for sure your memory will live on
in those you’ve left behind.
We know you must be entertaining the residents up above, charming all the angels and sharing lots of jokes.
Our hearts are broken and we are still so confused, it’s all far too soon, but your race is done, it’s time for you to relax.
Rest Peacefully Tony
Posted by Nikky Oyinlola on January 31, 2021
Took me so long to come to this site, because it signals the finality of Tony’s passing. What a loss! I pray the good Lord to give the family his peace through this most trying of tones. That the sweet memories of Tony- his joi de verve, generous spirit and live for friends and family, will console you through the coming days and years. The Lord, who let it happen, had a higher purpose. Trust in Him. He will take care of you.
Take heart
Nike
Posted by EDIRIN IDUMWONYI on January 30, 2021
Bros T I still want to wake up from this dream but unfortunately it's not a dream. I recall how you want us to come over to the house and tell me about the food Ufuoma had prepared and most times with your support and you ask me to taste it and you look at my face and ask "e make sense" and I say yes Bros e make sense oh. We would play music in the kitchen , dance and laugh and you would say your sister nor dey like me play music. Oh Bros T continue to rest in the lord. We love you.
Posted by KeKe Igere on January 28, 2021
Uncle T yesterday at your Requiem Mass the Priest summed it up nicely... "you impacted people with love and kindness" a selfless being to all you came across. Heaven has gained another angel with a resounding voice for singing
Rest on brother until we meet again
Posted by Mirabel Edozie on January 27, 2021
Tony,
It’s still very difficult for me to come to terms with the fact that I will not see you again.
The picture of your smiling face, and you calling me “Mira Mira “ keeps coming to my head.

You had such a joyful and beautiful soul. Always making one laugh with your jokes; I admired how much love and happiness you shared with everyone around you.

Even as you sleep, your memories still puts a smile on my face and makes me laugh.

Rest In Peace my dear friend!
Posted by ngozi oluonye on January 28, 2021
Tony, your life was full of joy and wry humour! You’ve left a legacy that is not easily forgotten. God will bless your family left behind and keep them in perfect peace until we meet to part no more. Jer49:11
Ngozi Oluonye
Posted by Evuen Uchechukwu on January 27, 2021
Bros -T it's still difficult to accept the fact that you are gone never to be seen again, it's so sadden, sometimes ,I wonder why the good ones don't last. The only thing I take solace in are those lovely memories that you left behind, you were so compassionate and a philanthropist. Everyone, you came across with will always be wanting to see you again because of you lovely disposition. I thank God, our paths crossed. As you are laid to rest today, May God accept your soul and grant you eternal rest. Amen.
Posted by Dodson Akpobaro on January 27, 2021
Uncle Tony. I will miss you. You was taken from us too soon. You was one of the biggest influences in my life and a part of me growing up and staying out of trouble was all down to you.

You gave me the platform to succeed when nobody else would. You gave me work and experience when nobody else would. Those years when I leaned on you you always had my back. You treated me like a brother, a son, one of the family.

Not only was you a great influence to me you did wonders for our whole family. Always there for us in the good and bad times.

Just your presence in a room was amazing. I spent some wonderful times with you in London and in Benin City.

I have lost part of my spirit. You was truly a shining example to everyone’s life you touched.

Rest in peace my friend.

See you on the otherside. Amen.
Posted by Agnes Nakirijja on January 27, 2021
Dear Ufuoma, I was deeply saddened to hear of your husband’s passing. Please accept my deepest sympathy. I grieve dearly with you and so well understand your loss and feelings. As you are already aware, I lost my husband the same date you lost yours, it has therefore been very painful and very hard to deal with. Please accept my condolences. Agnes
Posted by Grace neburagho on January 27, 2021
Still cannot believe what has happened, My condolences to the entire Akpeki family, Tony's candle will continue to burn for ever.

Shall miss seeing you on my daily morning walks passing me on Fraser road, rest on my brother!!!
Posted by Greg Ekhator on January 27, 2021
I was shocked to learn of your passing on.
We last met only just over a year ago.
The world has lost your spark of positive energy.
May your soul rest in peace.
Amen.

My condolences to the family left behind.
Posted by Moorene Gilding on January 27, 2021
Mr Tony,

I shall always remember you as a pleasant and respectful gentleman. Always with a big smile. You showed dedication to your wife and kids. I admired the family bond you created and showed daily in your interactions. I shall miss seeing you walking early in the morning, looking so content and relaxed. May you rest in peace and your memories live on through the legacy of love you gave to your family
Posted by Abel O on January 27, 2021
Tony, i am still in disbelief and denial, We were together that morning !
Thank you for the constant smile, good chats and advice. I thank God I got to meet you in this life.
Your light shines on the family and fond memories you left behind.
Rest in peace brother.
Posted by Abi Olabiyi on January 27, 2021
Death is the last chapter in time, but the first chapter in eternity. REST IN PEACE.
Posted by Biodun Agbelese on January 27, 2021
Bros T,

From the first day I met you a few years ago to the last time I saw you in December, you were smiling.

God has broken our hearts just to prove to us that he only takes the special ones. Rest in peace sir, you will be missed but never forgotten.

Posted by Frank Odiase on January 27, 2021
This is not Goodbye.
Bros Tony;
You came to this "dark" world we live in
But you lit it up....
To everyone that you came across
You left a huge smile.....
To every occasion you attended
You brought grace and joy....
This is not good good bye bros
But a journey to where light resides....

Heaven will glow even brighter with your light
Farewell Bros T,......but this is not Goodbye
The memories lives on in the presence of the love ones you left behind....

Adeus from all of us at casa d'Odiase.....
Posted by Joy ABOIM on January 27, 2021
The suddenness of your lost, pricks me more every day.
It is hard, so very hard to come to terms with.

The depth of your voice, the largeness of your presence
Will be greatly missed by us down here,
And a blessing to them up there, in heaven.

Rest in Peace, Tony. Rest now, in Peace.
Posted by Samuel Ekpo on January 27, 2021
Brother Steve as fondly called “ you will be dearly missed, however continue to rest in the hands of God your creator.” From the Ekpo’s family in Netherlands, Nigeria and Australia.
Posted by Frank Kadiri on January 27, 2021
Looking back, all I remember of Tony is jokes, laughter, smiles. Never a dull moment with Tony, No, never. A very sad day. A man I foundly call BOBs. He is gone from here but lives on in Heaven. Peace my friend, peace.
Posted by Onome Agbro on January 27, 2021
A great light has been extinguished but Tony's legacy lives on forever because he brightened every step of those he came in contact with. Rest in peace.
Posted by CHINONSO OSONMA on January 27, 2021
I first met Tony through his dear sister, Tesse and I was drawn to Tony's happiness and smile. I fondly remember him bringing so much fun and excitement to our wedding reception party. We were saddened to hear of his moving on from this world. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tony's family and friends at this time. Rest peacefully in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen

Chi and Tim Osonma
Posted by Osaheni Pius-Usiobaifo on January 27, 2021
Uncle T

It is still difficult to come to terms with the reality that you are no longer with us physically.
You were a rear gem, a life lived for others.
The cold hands of death may have taken you away from us physically, but you live on within each and everyone of us, even as you rest in the bosom of God almighty.
And so, death is at loss.
Posted by Nkechi Orjih on January 27, 2021
Tony,

Everyone has summed you up, the warmth, life and soul of the party, jokes and laughter. Whenever we met you, we would laugh so much. You always geniuely wanted to know how things were. You will be so missed by all of us who have had the pleasure of knowing you.

You were cruelly taken away from us but we will always remember the laughter you brought our way to warm our hearts.

Rest in Perfect Peace Tony.

Nkechi&Tony
Posted by Eucharia Obia on January 26, 2021
Uncle T, since I heard about your passing away, it has been very difficult to accept. Sometimes I feel miracles could happen, so that you could come back, but as days passes on, the hope fades away. Death is very painful, sad, traumatising for the loved ones. It is very heartbreaking as it is everlasting journey. You left so soon, you offered advices and support whenever asked. Your death is so touching and sudden. You will really be missed. May your gentle soul rest in bosom hands of the Lord.   By UK
Posted by stella okeahialam on January 26, 2021
Tony,

You were the life of every party,
So full of energy and joy,
Your jokes always had everyone in stitches,
Oh, I remember how we used to laugh.

You will be greatly missed but we will hold on to all the amazing memories you have left us.

Rest in perfect peace my brother.
Posted by Justin Onyeka on January 26, 2021
Tony, everything about you was upbeat – your smile, infectious laugh, your outlook on the world and the advice you always offered up to young and old alike. It’s one of the reasons we chose you as godfather to our eldest son, Jordan. Whenever called on, your generosity was admirable. You will be sorely missed. We treasure our memories of you. May God bless your family and may you rest in peace – Justin, Yvonne, Jordan and Jared
Posted by Christa Smith on January 26, 2021
Dear Anthony,
I don't believe that you are gone. So the words are not coming easily to me. I know you were kind and always helping people. A lot of people will miss you. Although you are my cousin, you acted like my big brother. I remember when we would gist very early in the morning on my way to work and you were walking long distances(exercising), advising and encouraging on my new job. Thanks for your very strong faith in my abilities. I never told you that I really appreciated it.
I also remember how you liked it when I would greet you "Migwo Uncle Tony" instead of "Hey Tony". It made you very happy because you enjoyed responding "Vren Vren Vren do". Glad that I did.
Rest in peace my brother Tony.. You will be missed.
Posted by Judi Stead on January 26, 2021
Gone too soon: Bros Tony was the kindest, most caring, generous bros. He was also a good cook. I remember when he brought Sr Ufuoma and the boys to our house to see me and my family (I just had my 3rd baby then). They brought us lots of food. I remember bros telling me he made the meat pie and it was the most delicious meat pie I had eaten. You will forever be missed bros. When I first heard you had been snatched by the cold hands of death I could not believe my ears and I told Sr Ufuoma to stop talking. I didn't want to hear it. I couldn't believe it. It is hard to believe that you are gone! You and Sr Ufouma used to visit me I was in London, you would both call to check on me. You were a truly amazing and good person, a great man with a big heart. You will always be missed. And you will forever live in our hearts. May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace. Amen. And may God's protection always be on the loving family you left behind. Rest In Peace Bros Tony. 
Posted by Edmund Odoi on January 26, 2021
I first met Tony in 1999 when he transferred to the London Bridge Jobcentre where I worked. We hit on immediately and were inseparable. It was like we used to say, brothers from another mother. It was like best friends at first sight. By the end of that year Tony had introduced me to the security business. We worked together, watching each other’s back through some rather tough times.
Over the years our friendship developed. We caused trouble in our office together, and even when he transferred to Peckham Jobcentre, I soon joined him. We stood up to our rather difficult customers together, backing each other up as we did when doing our security work. I managed Tony, but in spite of our friendship Tony always, always, gave me the respect as his manager, which I reciprocated when I worked for him at security jobs.
I remember when I met my future wife Sarah, Tony was probably the first person I told. In the very same way, the day after Tony met Ufuoma, he brought her to my house to introduce her to me and told me “my brother, I will marry this lady”.
When I decided to buy a property, who else would I turn to than my friend Tony? We looked at properties within walking distance of his house but finally found one about 6 minutes’ drive away. Even after I viewed the property the first time, I went to pick Tony up and we drove past to get a second opinion and with his approval I put in an offer. I was ecstatic I lived quite close to my friend.
Tony and I always knew we could talk frankly to each other and give compliments and support to each other, but we knew always that what we said was from the heart and honestly said. That is what friendship is.
Tony is the godfather to my first son who is also named after him. Forever I will see my son’s name and remember Tony.
Tony was a friend not just to my immediate family, but my wider family and friends. Everyone who met him remembered him and always asked after him. When I was to travel to Ghana in 2014 to commemorate the first anniversary of my father’s passing Tony said he would go along with me. For a long time, I thought it was a joke until he bought his ticket. What a time we had! My siblings are pained by his passing – my oldest sister cried when I informed her. They all asked that I express their condolences to Ufuoma and the family, as have colleagues we worked with – Beverley Smith, Mohammed Bah, Mark France, Victor Oyetunji and others.
Tony always was the life of the party, the glue that brought strangers together at any event. Tony put himself forward to help and gave himself up to his friends and family, a generous person, an open heart, my friend.
It still hasn’t hit me, I still cannot believe it, I shed my first tears as I wrote this tribute, and still…yet still… But I must say “Good bye my friend, sleep well, rest well in the hands of our Maker, until we meet again”. Sarah and I will miss you.
1 Thessalonians 4:14 – For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.
John 11:25 – Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live”.
Rest in Perfect Peace!
Posted by Beverly Smith on January 26, 2021
Tony,
It was a sad day when I heard of your passing. I remember the days spent at LBJC and walking to the bus stop after work. I got to know the real you, your smile and jokes was infectious. You served the people at LBJC and colleagues with courtesy and warmth. You will be remembered with fondness. Bless. Beverly
Posted by Erere Akpobaro on January 26, 2021
To Uncle Tony. The life and soul of the party. I will miss your funny stories and the way you would make us all laugh. You have always been so generous and kind with our family. Whenever something is happening in our family you are always there for us. I will miss how you light up a room when you enter.
May God bless you and may you rest in peace.
Blessings and my sincere condolences to the family. Amen.
Posted by Blue Kings on January 26, 2021
Wao I call you boss. This is quite tough for me, I was shocked when Yomi told me you had gone to be with the Lord. You took me in when I came to this country 18 years ago and gave me job directly and you keep telling me to face my studies and work .I am what am today because of your generously you n bee owned anybody salary for a week, yet you keep asking about our welfare. I will forever cherish the memories of you I hold on my mind. May God grants you eternal rest. Amen Sleep well boss.
Posted by Victor Olaoye Oyetunji on January 26, 2021
Tribute To Anthony Akpeki

It was the day after you were cruelly taken away from this realm of the physical by share carelessness of a reckless woman driver that Edmund your closest pal informed me 18th of December 2020 precisely. It was very difficult for me to assimilate your unexpected transition as you were a diehard fitness guy who was walking for miles daily to keep trimmed. We met at DWP and you were ever so friendly and pleasant. You were a proactive and zealous individual who always seek after opportunities to make extra money. Tony you leered a very polite and respectful person and you left an indelible impression on me as you always “ Digwe” for me even in Sainsbury’s Stores at Crayford Kent. I would have wanted God to allow you about 30 to 40 more years on planet Earth because of your young wife and children but God knew better. May your pleasant Soul Rest Peacefully In your Maker and your lovely Spirit lives on. And God to console your wife, children, your siblings and other families. Adieu Anthony Ciao Tony Good Nite Akpo. Shalom
Posted by Aghogho Ekpiwhre on January 26, 2021
Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us everyday, unseen, unheard but always near. Still loved, still missed and still very dear because what we once enjoyed deeply, we can never loose. All that we have loved deeply becomes a part of us.....Rest In Peace Big brother cos that was who u were and will always be
Posted by Sandy Adirondack on January 25, 2021
Oh Tony, whenever anyone mentions Jurassic Park I still always remember that Christmas time how long ago? 20 years? when Darren and Kimberley were very young and we watched the film on TV at your flat. I haven't seen you in person very often since then but when I did you were always so warm, open, cheerful and loving. Sister Tesse kept me up to date with what you were doing and I was devastated at the news of your death. Rest in peace knowing I will hold her and your family in my heart for you.
Posted by Derek Uweri on January 25, 2021
Tonero,

I just cannot believe you are gone. Taken away from your loved ones so suddenly. One minute we are talking on the phone and the next minute, we are hearing this devastating news. Wow! so unbelievable.
I’m just lost for words Bros T.

You will never be forgotten & will always be in our hearts.

Your spirit lives on.

May your soul rest perfectly & peacefully.

Love Always,

Derek & Lynda Uwerhiavwe 
& Family

Posted by Turi And Family on January 25, 2021
It is hard to accept the fact that you have left us so soon. You were such a happy person that made everyone around you happy. Old and young were comfortable around you, putting a smile on people's face came naturally to you. The news of your death hit hard because a bright light had been turned off so quickly. We will forever miss you. How you loved and supported everyone you called family is something that will never fade from our memories. Rest in Peace Tony as we fondly called you, the King is coming.
Posted by Hetty Jacobs on January 25, 2021
May your soul forever rest in the lord and May God protect your wife and children. Your cheerful and fun nature will forever be missed.
Posted by Jennifer Williams on January 25, 2021
Brother Tony I cannot believe that you are no longer with us. It had been many years since I last saw you, however we would speak whenever I was in touch with Tesse and you always had something to say which would leave me in fits of laughter. Heaven is a richer place because I know that the laughter will continue. Rest in peace and in the presence of our beloved Saviour Jesus Christ. We will meet again at the throne of God and laugh again.
Posted by Tega Nelly Okeme on January 25, 2021
Dear Uncle Tony
Aka the Oviri Rasta
'The Life of the Party'
My Uncle Akpome Patrick's Best Friend
Your going to be with the Lord was so sudden and heart breaking but I thank God you ' Lived ' and impacted lives.
Though I didn't really know you much,
I'm sure glad I spent few hours being in your lively company on the ride to Big Mommy's Burial ceremony in year 2018
We would celebrate you and remember all the good memories you created for so many people.
I pray God consoles your family and loved ones.
Rest on in the ONE who loves you the most.
Posted by jane adenuga on January 25, 2021
Bros T, as we face the reality of your passing, we fondly remember the beautiful memories we have of you.....your hearty laugh, wicked sense of humour and your amazing ability to connect with people no matter their age or gender. Though our hearts are broken, we take solace that you rest in the bosom of our Lord. We will never forget you.....
Posted by Augustine Igere on January 25, 2021
My one of a kind senior brother. You are truly blessed.

Everywhere you went, people would smile and even laugh. No place could be gloomy where your light shines. You brighten the room with your mere presence. You touched everyone who came across you positively. You are truly a force of nature.

Although we have lost you, I know your light is shining for the benefit of God’s angels. There, may you rest in perfect peace.
Amen.
Posted by Obatarhe Uwadiae on January 24, 2021
Bros T,
What can I say? You were full of life, a great entertainer, and a welcoming man who touched the lives of so many in various ways. I believe that on the day of your exit a star fell from heaven. When I heard the news, my heart dropped. I cannot believe that you are gone, but we cannot question God. Good night, Bros. May your soul rest in perfect peace.
Posted by Victoria Inyama on January 24, 2021
Tony......You always put a smile on my face....We chatted for a bit the day before at the school gate.....Tony.......Rest in Power... You Remain our jolly good Fellow.....I will miss you, your jokes and banter.......Goodnight my Friend
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Posted by Tesse Akpeki on May 21, 2021
Tony you were a record of noble purposes, generous service and works well done.  Most of us don't get to choose when or how we're going to die, but we all get to decide how we're going to live. That is the legacy to those who follow us. You lived with love, laughter, fun, generousity and kindness. Thank you for the rich legacy you have left us. Your life brought light to a dark world. The light was within you and shone through your life. God sees with love how much we miss you!
Posted by Antoinette Hallinan on February 22, 2021
Tony, where to start. People can be quick to judge by what they see. Let me paint a picture, guy with dreads who could obviously snap you in two.....attempting to dance an Irish jig with you in the pub he was working security! He was hopeless, but that was my 1st meeting with Tony over 20 years ago. Never heard him say a harsh word, he always tried and succeeded in making you smile. Loved and thought the world of his family, he will always be with you no matter what. Keep smiling and laughing Tony, can't believe you're gone. Heaven obviously needed another angel xx
Posted by Tesse Akpeki on February 11, 2021
Bros T thank you for bringing us together to celebrate your birthday. While you were not physically with us, we could feel your loving smile, your tenderness and your wit in our midst. We love you today and always. Rest in peace xx
his Life

Anthony (Tony) Akpeki - a life well lived

Anthony Onioriode Akpeki was born in London on 10 February 1961.He was the third child of Late Justice Patrick Akpeki and Mrs Veronica Akpeki . His older brothers were Patrick Joseph Akpeki and Gerard Akpeki. A lovely child, happy and playful he spent one of his early years with Chief Mrs and Chief Mr Anthony Igere. He remained close to the Igeres through his life. Later in life, Eddie Smith who married Christa Igere became a close companion.He was closely followed by his sister Teresa (Tesse) and brother, John . Other brothers followed, Emmanuel and a sister Mary  another brother Martin and a sister Annemarie. From an early age Tony delighted his parents, uncles, aunties, cousins and friends with his humour, his wisdom, his insight, his laughter and his love for life.  Forever a generous person he held nothing back as a child, a practice he continued into adulthood.  At the age of five, Tony moved with his parents and siblings to Northern Ireland, Belfast.In 1966 he went to Nazareth  Lodge where he was a solid and stabilising,  loyal and dependable presence for his sisters Tesse and Mary and his brothers John and Emmanuel.  In December 1971 he went with his siblings to Nigeria. He fell in love with Nigeria, a relationship which continued till his untimely death at the hands of a hit and run driver on 17 December 2020.  Tony went to University of Benin, Abraka campus where he studied History.   He loved teaching and enjoyed travelling round Nigeria with a drama club performing in universities. 

In May 1988 he decided to come back to London to see what future he could create for himself.  Ever the adventurer he arrived in London with no money other than the fare to get to Sudbury Town where he turned up on the door of Lawrence Onwufuju. Tony had never met Lawrence before, but it was friendship at first sight, and a life long relationship was formed. Lawrence took Tony in and introduced him to another friend Akpome Akpobaro. The three musketeers were solid in their support for each other and were inseparable as friends. After his arrival he ensured that his doting sister and brother Tesse and John joined him in London. 

Tony, John and Tesse moved to London Road in 1989 and then moved to 11 Eton Avenue in Sudbury Town in 1992  Tony's love to serve made him join the Police and he trained in the Metropolitan Police Training School, Hendon as a special constable - a role he enjoyed before joining the Job Centre. .It was in 1993 he met and  married Fiona  and had his first son Darren Anthony and beloved daughter  Kimberley.  He was a loving dad to his two lovely children. In 2004 he met Ufuoma.  He described the  attraction as "love at first sight".  They got married in 2006..  He moved from Bridge Meadow  to Northumberland Heath and had two sons, Kevwe  and Noel.

A family man, Tony was always keen to provide for his wife and children. He would do anything to be autonomous. He was keen to be self-employed. Tony took the biggest leap in life when he left the government service to start his own security business.  Never a person to stray away from hard work , he took service as an honour and his clients as a treasure. He always said that " service was an honour and that hard work never killed anyone". The highlight of his life was ensuring that his family was ok. He doted on his mum and dad and took care of them till the day they died. He had an extraordinary bond with this parents -in -law, visiting all parents regularly to ensure they were ok. He always wanted to relocate to Nigeria, a plan he held till the day he died .He did not feel that London in his words ‘was a place for old bones’.

On 17 December 2020, the sad day that his life was cruelly cut short , he was working, serving the NHS with a smile on his face. He joked with the care home staff as he picked up the package and they remember the smiling man with dreadlocks who  made them laugh. A happy man to the very end, he  will be sorely missed. His has left a gap in the family, the world, in our community and in our lives. Daddy, Anthony (Tony) you had a big heart, you had a brilliant spirit, you were loving, caring and simply brilliant.  We will always remember the flavour the joy, the light,  the excellence you added to our lives.  We will never forget you.   Your legacy lives on in our hearts, our minds, the works of our hands and in our spirit.  May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace. 

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Shared by Tesse Akpeki on June 20, 2021
Bros T this first Father’s Day without you is so painful.   You have left a big deep hole behind.  I will forever cherish your fatherly heart.  Love you lots.  

First father's Day without you.

Shared by UFUOMA AKPEKI on June 19, 2021
My love, it is that time of the year when we argue about another Father’s Day gift and what I will be getting for you. When it comes to such argument you always win because you never disappoint me when it comes to birthdays, Mother’s Day and Christmas presents. I cannot believe that you are not with us to celebrate Father’s Day physically again but we will always celebrate you every second of our lives. It is sad and still unable to comprehend that it is 6months now that your voice, laughter, jokes and love is gone. We live each day drawing our strength from the lord and he is the reason why we smile above this great loss we are going through knowing that the good lord is upholding us.

Continue to rest in the lord until we meet at the feet of Jesus.

Love always

Sunshine.

I miss you

Shared by Tesse Akpeki on April 18, 2021
My love there is no day that passes without your presence being missed. The house is empty without your laughter, love and voice.  I have asked myself every day what you will expect of me.  I couldn't find the words to summarise what you will want from me.  Then my friend did this art work.  The words spoke to me.  I knew these would be your words.  This is what you would want from me.
You will want me to believe in myself
You would want to to say positive
You would want me to know I am loved
You would want me to live in the moment
You would want me to follow my heart
You would want me to believe I am awesome
You would encourage me to do what I love
You would encourage me to have faith
You would like me to be brave
You would wish  me to give a smile to life
You would remind me not to give up knowing that everything is possible.  
I know all these are true  - you would want these things of me.   You are watching my dearest husband.  You are at peace and you are wishing me the best.   Thank you my love.  

Your dearest wife and friend, Ufuoma.