ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Bamidele Adepoju 70 years old , born on June 8, 1949 and transitioned to glory on December 19, 2019.


Interment
Date: December 27, 2019
Time: 9:00am - 9:45am
PlaceGilbert Memorial Park Cemetery & Funeral Home,
           2100 E Queen Creek Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85297

Following the interment, refreshments and brunch will be served at:
The Oasis Church
4875 S Greenfield Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85297
10:00am - 11:00am

Memorial & Thanksgiving Service
A memorial and thanksgiving service will be held in his honor in Ilorin, Nigeria.
Date: February 8, 2020
Time: 10am
Place: ECWA Chapel
  No. 10 Ahmadu Bello Way (Challenge Area)
  Ilorin, Kwara State
Reception: M&M Event Center Offa Road, Ilorin
                    (Next to St. Anthony Sec. School)

Questions / Inquiries?
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+1-480-842-2232
Posted by Adeyeni Joy on December 22, 2019
Daddy i missed you so much ,you have been like a father to me and my family. I thought i will be able to pay you back. You took my children as your own grand children. I cant say it all. We love you but Jesus loves you more.
May your gentle soul rest in peace ALANU MI, you did not die but slept in the Lord.
Posted by Olubunmi Adewole-Babatund... on December 22, 2019
I wish I had said these words to Daddy before he left. Daddy and Mummy have been amazing friends to my parents and that made me so glad. At a particularly tough time in my life, my Mum asked him to talk to me and he was so kind to do so. Even though I didn't open up, he kept the relationship going so much so it seemed he was a support through a hard time. Over the years, Daddy would call from the blues and just ask after me and when I got married, developed such a smooth rapport with my husband. I am grateful for that Sir.

Daddy (and Mummy) I appreciated your warmth, wisdom, candour, counsel and joyful spirit. 

Daddy treats you like you were at par with him. He was so approachable and down-to-earth. He was humble and lovely to be around.

I give God thanks for your life and while we would miss you, I am proud of you and particularly loved your relationship with Mummy.

I hope this isn't harsh to say at a time like this but thinking about you brings so much smiles to my face, it feels like sparks of glory and joy all in one life. I can only imagine how much laughter and joy you are cracking up among the angels and saints Sir. E ku ise Daddy.

God pls comfort the entire family. I can only imagine the vacuum he has left behind. 

Mummy, much love.
Posted by Dupe Ademola-Popoola on December 22, 2019
It is unbelievable that Daddy Adepoju, as we fondly referred to him is gone. It’s difficult to write this. Daddy Adepoju was very dutiful, a caring neighbor and child of the most High God.
Even while in the US, he kept asking about Bacita road community and wanted to know what his financial commitments were.
It will take us a long time to get over your passage to your Lord, to a place of no pain, no sickness, no sorrow.

I shall missed your voice, care and concerns.

The Lord will uphold mummy, his children-biological and adopted, Church, other members of the family.
Sweet is the memory of the just. Dupe Ademola-Popoola
Posted by Murtala Osuolale Salami on December 21, 2019
I am writing this tribute as a difficult duty for I hate to believe that Dele Adepoju is truly gone! This is one death that confirms the vanity of this life. After the ardour task of secondary school, Hsc, first degree at the Kongo campus, the Masters degree which wahala, all pale when considered with what hassle you had to go through for your PhD at Unilag. At the end, your resilience saw you through. Getting your Doctorate was one thing, getting promoted to a professor at BUK was another. Yet you soldiered on. At the end, your retirement for a well deserved rest with your family came in June this year. It was the fulfillment of that rest that took your wife and you to Arizona, USA, to spend some time with your kids. But God, the all knowing felt that you deserve a permanent rest. Who are we to question Him?
Sad as your departure is, your immediate family will take solace in the good jobs that you have done to youths, particularly Erin-Ile ones, in encouragin their education and getting involved in securing admissions for scores of them. You ran a good race. May God forgive your shortcomings and grant your soul eternal rest until the Day when we will meet to part no more in Aljannah firdaus. Sun re oo, Dele, ana mi, ore mi.
Posted by Falilat Salami on December 21, 2019
Brother Dele, it is indeed the greatest shock of the year to learn about your eternal call by the Almighty God our creator. We have been close since our secondary school days , ABU Zaria and UNILAG and thereafter you have been a Counselor, motivator and a true senior brother even though you were my maternal cousin. You contributed a lot to my professional growth and even in June when we spoke last you still encouraged me to do my PhD in Nursing not minding my age because you believed that age is no barrier as I am capable. You assisted 4 of my siblings to gain admission to BUK and many others from our community and beyond. You were an erudite Professor of Business administration and an Academician extraordinaire who was also family oriented. It is true that" Life is really but a walking shadow " and Yoruba also say "Igi to ba to ki pe ninu igbo" . All I can say is@ A o pade lese Jesu, nibiti a ko ni ya ara wa, a o ri' rawa a o yo mo'rawa Jesu Christi ni yio se alaga wa" Adieu brother and good night. May God console your immediate family, those of us that you touched our lives positively, Esha's compound and Erin Ile Community in general. May God open the gate of Paradise for you.
Posted by Femi Olawole on December 21, 2019
Brother Dele, I'm still trying, almost in vain, to write or speak about you in past tense. I keep thinking about our discussion this last Thanksgiving day when you took me down a long memory lane as we reminisced over the good, old days. You're such a "people person" that I'm already wondering how the entire extended Ojo Family will cope in your absence. May God grant you eternal rest and console those of us and, especially the immediate family, you left behind.
Posted by Catherine Tomilayo on December 21, 2019
I remember the very first day I met Daddy, and on hearing my name 'Tomi', he said 'God has sent me another daughter' and we both laughed. He didn't know me from Adam yet he took me like his daughter and never made me miss my parent all through my undergraduate days. He would always want to know how I was fairing in all phases and if I needed anything.

My driving skills today was made possible all thanks to him (he kept to his promise on hearing I got a good grade in college) . He always wanted the best for me in every phase and never grew tired in dishing out fatherly advice whenever I called. Prayer time with him was always interesting. Dad was all shades of Amazing, a strict disciplinarian yet so loving (once you can pay attention to details, you gat no problem with him), a wonderful father, so accommodating (always a great host), a God lover, a man of valour, a role model, a man of his words, a giver, the list is endless.....

It's so hurting to know I won't be hearing from you anymore and you won't be there in your Agbada to watch me walk down the aisle just as we always talked about. The prayers we had early this year still keeps ringing in my head.
Indeed, heaven has gained an angel!!!!
I'll miss your sweet sense of humor, fatherly love,care, prayers and helpful advice. You were a blessing to me and I'm glad you lived to fulfill purpose.
Keep resting in the Lord's blossom, till we meet again to part no more.

Your 'Tomi' will forever miss you.
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Posted by EMMANUEL OMOTOSHO Olukann... on February 14, 2020
Professor Adepoju is not just my teacher, he is truly a father who gave in many things to put me on. May the Lord be with the family and grant him eternal rest.
Posted by Samiat Adeola Adepeju-Oju... on February 6, 2020
Daddy! Daddy!! Daddy!!!
How can you say welfare to someone that lives in your heart, that's always a part of your daily live, is it your encouragement, your concern to others, your love always to everyone who cross your path, your love to humanity transcend beyond religion, ethnic, race & gender.
I bless the day I met you, introduced by my husband many years ago, you've remain a wonderful father in law, you always look out for us in an environment where caution is the order of the day. Am going to miss our jokes, you always remember our fasting period with provisions. You always look out for family and friends.
Daddy you encouraged me to achieve alots, so how can I say goodnight. There are lots I need to discuss with you, I was waiting for your return from US but God knows best. Daddy I didn't know am hearing your voice for the last time when you call me from USA, I would have talk longer with you, I was just joking with you that you should be resting that am going to tell your girlfriend (as i call Mummy) to seize your phone. You laughed as you always does when we joke that me and Mummy should continue our plot. Your voice of aunty deola ( has you fondly calls me) keeps ringing in my ear - Daddy how can I say goodnight. Halimat keeps asking so I will not see grandpa again - you always remember their resumptions with back to school items - Daddy how can I say goodnight.
May God uphold all of us the family and friends he left behind, especially the children and Mummy.
You will forever be missed.

Adieu Prof Bamidele Adepoju.
Posted by Tunde Awonusi on January 24, 2020
Daddy, I'm glad I didn't deny myself the opportunity of meeting you on August 17,2019.
I can recall very fond memories of you.
We spoke at length that day and you were very full of life.
I've got no iota of doubt that you've left indelible foot prints in the sand of time.
You will be sorely missed.
We love you but God loves you more.
Adieu great man of valor, God's general and father to many.
his Life
Bamidele Adeboye Adepoju was born on the 8th of June 1949 - the first of six children to Josiah Olabisi and Juliana Adepoju (nee Ojo) of Ile Esha compound, Erin-Ile, Kwara State Nigeria. 

After graduating from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1976 with a B.Sc. First Class (Honors) in Business Administration, he came under the employ of Bayero University, Kano as a Graduate Assistant in 1977. He rose up the academic ranks, dedicating 42 years of his life to teaching, scholarly writing and mentoring, retiring in June 2019 as a Professor of Business Administration, with a Specialization in Marketing and Finance .

Dele as he was fondly called by friends, was a devout Christian and follower of Jesus. Throughout his life he served faithfully and supported the body of Christ with specific attention to Missionaries and the welfare of Pastors and Widows. He was a dedicated member of the Chapel of Victory, Bayero University Kano where he earned the moniker "Baba Ijo" and of ECWA Chapel, Ilorin, Kwara State. He was also an ardent member of the Kano Family Fellowship in Nigeria. 

Daddy was extremely passionate about education, particular about excellence in all aspects of life and meticulous to a fault. We will remember him as a strict disciplinarian who had a large sense of humor and a presence that filled a room. Everyone will agree that Daddy Adepoju had an extraordinary grace for networking and he was truly a people person- eager to meet their needs irrespective of race, tribe or religion. 

Bamidele Adepoju was a devout husband to his wife of 42 years & 2 days- Bolaji Adepoju; a father to four children- Oluwatomi Adepoju (deceased), Oluwatunmise Adejare, Ibukun-Oluwa Abejirinde and Toluwase Adepoju; as well as their spouses- Michael Adejare, Oladapo Abejirinde and Titobiloluwa Adepoju. Grandpa will be dearly missed by his five grandchildren- Fiyinfoluwa, David and Daniel Adejare; TanitOluwa and TifeOluwa Adepoju, and many adopted children. Adepoju is also survived by five siblings- Mrs. Florence Iyabo Bukoye, Mrs. Christiana Taiwo Olukose, Mrs. Adedayo Caroline Dare, Mr. Adeyinka Festus Adepoju and Mr. Gbemileke Clement Adepoju.
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A FATHER OF ALL NATION

Shared by Samiat Adeola Adepeju-Oju... on February 6, 2020
Prof Adepoju is not a father to the Christians alone, he loved the Muslims as well, he will load his car with provisions during Ramadan and go about sharing it to his Muslim friends just as he always do to his Christian friends during Easter or Christmas, if he is not around, Empire Travel Services Ltd is his distribution point, he either has me to call, deliver or has beneficiary to pick it up. When Daddy see someone with you today, he will just add the person to his network of friends and he will always look out for the person.
Daddy name open door and respect for me in National Open University. Even when he was strong and told to rest, he will still be thinking of the student he is supervising, he will still visit others that are sick, he will check on friends he has not seen in days, he will still attend one program or the other. 
Daddy wants the world to be a better place for all. He always support others financially, morally and Physically. 
May God uphold all that you left behind and your legacy save the world.
Shared by Olukunle Iyanda on January 2, 2020
Only a few days ago, I tried to speak to Dele, just to exchange Seasonal greetings as usual. There was no answer
 Thought I would try again, not knowing he was gone!!! Dele was a complete gentleman, a true Christian, in word and deed. He was humble, respectful, and generous. He was my doctoral student but our relationship developed into a close personal one involving some of my family members. Dele was a conscientious person, hard working and always prepared to lend a hand to any one in need.
I am shocked and sad. But as Christian's, we must be thankful to God for the life he lived, the legacies he left in academics, Christian missionary and evangelism, and in sacrificial friendship.
I had thought the worst was over as he fully recovered last year. Well, we can only pray that the Lord would comfort his darling wife, his children, his relations and us his friends. May the Almighty God grant Dele's soul eternal rest.
If anyone knew the wife's phone number, pls put it on the platform.
A very sad day for me. Very sad.


TRIBUTE TO MY HERO

Shared by Roseline Omale on December 27, 2019
So painful........
I have lost my guardian,teacher,father,mentor,adviser,friend and coach....the list is endless.
My heart is broken and my tears have refused to dry.Every stage of my life has a touch of professor Bamidele Adepoju.
I was speechless when I heard the news of your demise and I find it so hard to believe that you're gone.Ever since then,I have gone through memory lane several times flashing back at all the wonderful moments spent with this angel in human form.
I never knew that my "good bye" to you in June at the Mallam Aminu Kano Intl Airport on the day you were leaving Kano to Ilorin with our lovely mummy after your retirement would be the last time that I would see your face.I didn't realize too that my conversation with you in November would be the last time that I would hear your voice.
Right from my entry into Bayero University Kano and all your effort to ensure that I secure admission into the university can never be forgotten.
*The role you played in my marriage as my adviser etc and introducing us to Kano Family fellowship just a week after our wedding has really shaped my marriage till date.
*You have always been my guarantor on all my jobs throughout my banking career and till date.
*You are always there for us as our adviser on investment,academic and career growth/development.
*You have helped me through my Christian living/faith.
*I can call you on phone or visit you if I need elderly and sincere advice on general issues.
Who can fit into your shoes?
I have learnt five or more fundamental things from you.......How to be humble,how to keep relationships,hard work and diligence,how to love and serve God
unconditionally,absolutely trusting God in whatever circumstances.
Your faith in God is second to none.You are very honest and open minded.You have a high sense of humour that you blend with both the young and old.My kids are so found of you especially whenever you visit us and introduce yourself as"their classmate" and we all burst into laughter.You're an inspiration to many.You're so loving,caring,generous and kind.You're so selfless and you lived all your life serving God and humanity.
How can I accept that I've lost someone as precious as you are?
The Bible says "Precious in the eyes of God is the death of a saint"......Indeed you're one.
We have lost you,but I am assured of the fact that the angels are welcoming a saint home.
Your memory is forever cherished.I will always remember your words of wisdom.We will surely miss you.We love you,but God love you most.
Rest in perfect peace our beloved daddy.
Adieu!Adieu!!Adieu!!!