ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Bede Uku, 64 years old, born on January 13, 1957, and passed away on February 10, 2021. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Ofure Rita Obidike on February 25, 2021
You have finished your race here on earth. May the Lord grant your Soul Eternal Rest! May He comfort your loves ones and fill the vacuum you have left in their lives. In Jesus name. Amen
Posted by Harry Izevbigie on February 20, 2021
Bede’s loss hurts but we take solace in the fact he has gone to a much better place. I have known Bede since 1974 when I was introduced to him by my cousins. We remained in touch through our his US college and grad school sojourn and reunited with him again when I worked with Shell in Warri. My wife and kids visited him and his family a couple of times at his Warri GRA residence where his neighbors called him “Baba Landlord”. Bede was the consummate gentleman and his personality drew him to people. Sad to see him go and may our Good Lord bring comfort to his wife, three boys and siblings.
Posted by Gloria Ogidi-Gbegbaje on February 19, 2021
My condolences to the Uku family on this sad loss. May the Lord comfort your family at this difficult time. On behalf of the OGIDI-GBEGBAJE family.
Posted by SMART IDEMUDIA on February 18, 2021
What a shock when I heard the news of your passing, my old friend, Bede.
The years have passed so very quickly from our days at Southern University and Avenue F.

May you rest in the bosom of our dear Lord, forever.
May the Lord strengthen and console the family during this difficult time. Amen
Posted by kennedy otobo on February 18, 2021
MAY HIS GENTLE AND KIND WARM SOUL REST IN PERFECT PEACE. MISS YOU BEDE. MY CONDOLENCE TO THE UKU FAMILY AND EXTENDED FAMILIES.
Posted by Bridget U on February 17, 2021
Pepe,
Hearing of your passing was a huge shock to Henri and I. We are deeply saddened, and I’m still unsettled. As first cousins growing up on the same road I have so many wonderful childhood memories. Thankful to have spent quality time with you at the recent Uku family reunion. You were always so gentle. You always welcome us with that smile that would light up your face. Pepe you really have left us too soon, but God loves you more.

May your gentle soul Rest in Peace. I know you are in heaven smiling down at us. Ajua
Posted by Femi Bankole on February 16, 2021
.....death is a transition but we will miss Uncle Tosan greatly. We give glory and honor to the Almighty God for a life well lived. Adieu our beloved Uncle.
Posted by Joseph Asaya on February 16, 2021
Uncle Bede, I'm still in disbelief of your passing and could only gather little strength today to spill just a few words in expressing my heartfelt pain for you leaving us too soon. May your tranquil soul continue to rest in Power and shower consolation on your immediate families & friends that you left behind. You smiles will continue to radiate in us all... Thanks for the wonderful moments we shared together both when I visited you in Canada plus the LOONG drive you did to mine in Boston few years back.... Rest in Power my dearest Uncle...
Posted by Omawumi Urhobo on February 16, 2021
Thank God for the life my dear Bede. I am very glad for the privilege of joining the funeral service today from lagos Nigeria. I have always looked forward to you coming back to Nigeria one day but who are we to question our all awesome God. May the warm and gentle soul of my dear Bede rest in peace peace.Amen!!!!
Posted by Isi Inyang on February 16, 2021
We bade Bede goodbye today....Still surreal.. .But our God knows best. Bede is in a better place but remains alive in our memories. Rest in perfect peace 
Posted by Francis Ukposidolo on February 16, 2021
Beds uku
My beloved friend that was like a brother. It is sad to see go so soon
We were both looking forward to a time when we shall seat and watch our children grow but ....you have to go to the lord. I take solaces that you did your best and in my opinion you completed well.
Psalm 128: 3-6 is fulfilled in your life,and God has blessed you with children who has given you a befitting burrial Eccles 6:3
On behalf of the Ukposidolo's
Rest in perfect peace in Jesus mighty name Amen
Posted by Akhere Ikuenobe on February 16, 2021
Rest in peace , Uncle Bede
Posted by Roli Ede on February 16, 2021
Adieu Pepe! Gone too soon indeed!
May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace
Posted by Daniel Douglas on February 16, 2021
As a kid I remember you to be a soft spoken, well behaved gentleman. Big Cozz Pepe, you lived a good life. May your soul rest amongst heavenly saints, the good lord comfort your immediate family.
Posted by Titis Aggreh on February 16, 2021
Sorry to hear this recent bereavement. Although I did not know him well, but met on some occasions , he was always kind, good-humored and respectful. Please accept my sympathy for this sad loss.
Posted by Babs Uku on February 16, 2021
Bede, your departure has left us in shock. I cannot believe I will not see your smile again, or hear your big laugh. But you ran a good race, you can rest now. Adieu Pepe
Posted by Joanne Ukposidolo on February 16, 2021
My deepest condolences to the Uku Family. Uncle will be remembered as a wonderful man who radiated peace and compassion. May his soul rest in perfect peace.
Posted by Matthias Obiaya on February 16, 2021
My most profound condolences to Bede's and the larger Uku family. I pray that you are all blessed with all that you need, to address this very great loss. May his soul rest in perfect peace.
Posted by Mukkie Jay on February 16, 2021

The news of your passing came to us as a Shock..... Hmmmmm
We can't question our creator.
Your infectious smile and that signature laughter .....
You were a part of our family... you will be sorely missed.
We pray the Lord comforts your immediate and extended family.
Rest in perfect peace PEPE.

THE OJEME's
Posted by Popo Ogiamien-Hill on February 16, 2021
My heartfelt condolences to Bede’s family. Wishing you peace and comfort in the precious memories you all share. Rest in peace Bede.
Posted by Vincent Eweka on February 16, 2021
This was actually a sad and an unpleasant news. We just spoke some few days into the New Year. Still in disbelief. You were a shining example of what a true friend should be. We all will take solace with the memories and the amazing family you left behind. Rest in peace my dear friend.
Posted by Alero Otubu on February 16, 2021
Pepper my brother
I was shocked when I read from Aliwere's status on Thursday morning saying fare uncle Bede just like that my gentle, quite, loving, kind always smiling friend and cousin Rest in perfect peace till we meet to part no more peppes good Night.
Posted by Omonigho Coker on February 16, 2021


It was a huge shock to hear of your passing. You certainly have gone way too soon.

Will always remember with joy your very hearty laughter which instantly lifted my spirit.

I pray our Lord comforts all of your family at this difficult time.

Rest in perfect peace dear Bede.
Posted by Johnny Uku on February 16, 2021
Bede, the news leaves us speeechless!
Rest in Perfect Peace brother!!
God’s comfort to the family and those left behind!!!
AMEN.
Posted by Isaac Omudu on February 16, 2021
Eng Bede my oga , senior brother and a friend, the news of your departure from planet Earth on 11th Feb 2021 was of a great shock and heart breaking. Where will l find your kind of person, to no avail.Your memory will never die in me, you were a man what's emulating ,l miss
you dearly,rest in the bossom of Abraham .
Posted by Stellamaris Moronkeji on February 16, 2021
May the soul of Uncle Pepe rest in perfect peace. May God comfort the love ones left behind. You will surely be missed. My mom (Aunty Vero) sent her condolences

Stellamaris Moronkeji.
Posted by Musa Omosun on February 16, 2021
One of those days you wish would never come. Uncle Pepe(hardly know him as Bede)was infectious to who ever had a close contact with him. The Uku "smile and laughter" was never far away from him.
Hearing of his passing away is still like a dream wishing that he was just sleeping and would soon wake up. He indeed he had woken up, but with the Lord.
Happy to have met one of the most humble human being. Trying to recollect if ever I have seen him get annoyed.
To the Uku family, my deepest sympathy.
GOODNIGHT, Uncle P
Posted by TED IWERE on February 16, 2021
Good night, Pepperito!

We wish you a restful sleep in the eternal peace of the Lord.

We miss you!
Posted by Matt Egbe on February 16, 2021
It is with shock I received your passing Bede. Rest In Peace brother.
Posted by Bernard Ekunwe on February 16, 2021
Thoughts of you will always linger in my heart. I always looked up to you as a gentle giant with contagious smiles of care towards all you came across. These fondest memories keeps you alive in our thoughts. Rest on brother in Jesus mighty name. Amen
Posted by Israel Ede on February 16, 2021
Words can't express how I feel about your sudden departure from this sinful world,but we shall seek solace In the Lord and pray that he grant your family the strength to bear this irreplaceable loss.

Rest well Big bros !
Posted by Onoriode Idumu on February 15, 2021
May the Lord grant your gentle soul eternal rest in his bosom as the Holy Spirit comforts the entire Uku family at this difficult time.
Posted by Adesola Bello on February 16, 2021
Rest in perfect peace dearest brother. Bede the gentleman. Met Bede many years ago at the Uku's cosy home in Benin! A friendly and humble man full of laughter like all the Ukus. May your path be blessed. God will comfort and strengthen all your loved ones.
Posted by Roli Pogoson on February 15, 2021
Hmmmm Brother, we certainly didn’t see this coming, not so soon at least! You gave us much love and joy in your usual gentle way. An advocate for a stress free life you finally got perfect rest! We will miss you but certainly never forget you. Sleep well!!!
Posted by vivian otite on February 15, 2021
Gone too soon, but God knows best .
Praying for Gods strength on his family and the entire Uku family.
Also thanking God for a life well spent .
Sleep peacefully brother Pepe
The ORORHO’s
Posted by Taiwo Caxton-Martins on February 15, 2021
We commiserate with our dear sister and in-law Bimbo and the entire Uku family and convey our deepest condolences on the passing of their dearly beloved brother, cousin and uncle Bede Oritsematosin Uku. We extend our sympathy to Bede’s wife and children and pray that the Lord grant them the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.



May the soul of Bede Oritsematosin Uku rest in perfect peace and may perpetual light shine on him.



From:



The F A Durosinmi-Etti family
Posted by Austine Inemute on February 15, 2021
The 11th day of February would always remain indelible in my mind. I received a message from Mrs Uku that my oga has passed on. Which sent a chill down my spine. I wept that day as I have never wept before. The discussions I had with you the previous week was still fresh in my mind. You talked about visiting Nigeria soon and I told you I am waiting for you sir.
Oga, you were a true father, friend and oga to me,one among hundred men. The virtues you imparted on me are guiding me in my various duties as father and my field. Nobody can fill the vacuum except God. I and my family love you but God love you more. Rest peacefully in the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ until we meet to part no more! Amen.
From Mr and Mrs Austine Emuobonuvie Inemute
Posted by Tonu Aboaba on February 15, 2021
Stunned and shocked is an understatement to describe my reaction on hearing of your passing.

My thoughts are with your immediate and extended family at this time - may God give them the fortitude to bear your loss.

Eternal rest grant unto your soul, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon you. May you rest in peace. Amen.
Posted by Dan Mor on February 15, 2021
Dear Leo

Sorry to hear about your father's passing. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

Danny M
Posted by Helen Lola-Ebueku on February 15, 2021
Words are inadequate to describe our feelings when we received the news of your demise.
We surely will miss your ready smiles and your youthful looks. But God alone knows why he called you home this time. May your path be smooth as you journey home and may the Almighty God grant your gentle soul eternal rest.
Posted by Oladotun KPIASI on February 15, 2021
Uncle Bede (as I always called him) was one of the most gentle human being I know. I have never heard him raise his voice to anybody. He always has a smile for any situation.
I will forever remember his Sunday breakfasts that he prepares whenever I stay with them. On my last visit, the cabman said many beautiful things about him.
Uncle Bede, " to live in the hearts of those you love is not to die "
You will remain in our hearts
forever. God in His infinite wisdom will console your wife, your children and grandchildren and entire family. May your soul rest in perfect peace
Adieu!
Posted by Joseph UkposiDolo on February 15, 2021
A calmful presence whenever I would come over to the house, Uncle had an amazing aura of peace during my interactions with him. To request that he rests in peace is to say something that has done throughout his entire life. I pray that his tranquil spirit and his serene, peaceful disposition run throughout his family and everyone he has touched during his fruitful life. For that, I wish he Rests in Power. Gone but never will he be forgotten.
Posted by Anthony Ajuyah on February 15, 2021
My heartfelt condolences to his siblings, Onogho and children. Indeed you left us too soon. But God has a reason for calling you home like you middle name depict “Oritsematosan” (God knows what is best). I firm believe you will rest in God’s bosom because you served God with your heart.

You were a honest and hard business man and ever willing to make those around you smile.
You smiles will always remind me of your dad; a complete gentle man.

I am still finding hard to believe that you have gone. Because I clearly remember your 60th birthday party at Parkview and Mummy’s burial.

Gentleman rest in PEACE. It is really hard to come to reality. Good night
Posted by Charles Iyore on February 15, 2021
Adieu “Pepe”
“Time and chance holds it all”
Bede and I got together as pupils, excited about starting in a Secondary School (Government College Ughelli), and also cherishing the idea of the independence of being “grown up” and now able to make our decisions, beyond the closed shelter of our homes. 
All that was soon shattered by the existing regimen in the school and the strict pecking order, which meant we (as form 1 pupils), could only be seen and not heard. And so bonded together by our common doubts and fears, we began to lay the roots of real adult independence. –We slowly found our voices, dissolved our doubts and conquered our fears.
The joy of riding our hired bicycles on the streets of Ughelli on our free days, the joy of playing tennis on the house clay courts and the central hard courts, the weekly social events on Saturdays, and the personal organisation that secured the grades in our academic subjects. These demonstrated abilities of personal discipline gave us courage to take on new challenges.
The courage to drive cars and run errands for our parents, the courage to date girls, and eventually to find partners we could commit to. Then the children come along and another cycle is established. Our independence now reinforced by a sense of responsibility, dedication and duty.
These are the underlying sentiments which make these motely crowds in Oleh House and the class of 68 at large, stop in their tracks knowing that a part of them (Pepe) has gone.
Pepe took it all in his stride and with remarkable calmness, always with a smile.
May God grant you eternal rest and your wife and family the fortitude to bear the loss, Amen.
Adieu “Pepe” and thanks for sharing your life with us
Charles Iyore for the Iyores
Posted by Florence RHODES on February 15, 2021
My heartfelt condolences to Henrietta on the passing of your brother Bede. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. And to live in the hearts of those we love is not to die. May God bring comfort to the entire Uku family. May Bede's wife and children be strengthened during this time of grief. May his soul rest in peace. Hetty God knows !
Posted by Tina Ideh on February 15, 2021
To my dear Onogho , Children and my cousins - Bede was the cousin we looked forward to seeing in Sapele we played and grandma’s corridor till it was time to leave as children when we visited . We were classmates in Emotan and remained in close contact .The holiday in America was not complete with visiting Baton Rouge I stayed with him went out together and met all his friends. When he was leaving Nigeria I felt sad but he wanted a better life for the kids . He became Guardian to Tosan Jr in Canada - knowing that he was there with his wife made the difference . My last call in this Covid period I requested he changed to video we chatted and laughed good memories the tears well up as I write . We will miss the characteristic smile -God rest your soul till we meet on the resurrection day . He will console all the family at this most difficult period .
Posted by Ed Edoghogho Enabulele on February 15, 2021
Dear Sir Leslie,

My sincere and heartfelt condolences on the passing of your senior brother Sir Bede. May God’s grace and tender mercies grant Sir Bede eternal rest in peace with Him in heaven. Amen 

May God also comfort and strengthen the family left behind at this difficult time so that they have the fortitude to bear the loss. Amen 

Stay strong my brother.
Posted by Franklin Imarhiagbe on February 15, 2021
It is a shock that you left us so soon. As you know, each time we talk on the phone, we always reminisce about our good old days at Southern with the group of us that came from Nigeria, August 1975. We were like one family despite the fact that most of us did not know our selves in Nigeria before coming here. You were our youngest brother. You were a good, friendly youngest brother to me, even when we spoke on the phone about four weeks ago. “Yeah man” as you will always say. You will always be remembered pleasantly in my memory. I pray to God almighty to rest your gentle soul in perfect peace. Adios my friend.
Posted by Emoro Efetie on February 14, 2021
Dear Bede, what a shock it’s been to hear that you’re gone. You’ll be dearly missed. I remember our childhood growing up in Benin and times going to and from school at Government College Ughelli together. Beautiful memories. Friend and brother, your gentle, kind and friendly disposition will never be forgotten. May Almighty God comfort and strengthen Pepe’s wife, children, siblings and other family members in this very difficult time. So sad this departure, but God knows best. May He be our Comfort. Amen.
Posted by Oti Nwosu on February 14, 2021
My big cousin whom we fondly called, “Pepper”. the news of your passing was a big shock.We are comforted by the life you lived . Your big smile shall always be in our memories. Rest In Peace Bede.
Page 1 of 2

Leave a Tribute

 
Recent Tributes
Posted by Ofure Rita Obidike on February 25, 2021
You have finished your race here on earth. May the Lord grant your Soul Eternal Rest! May He comfort your loves ones and fill the vacuum you have left in their lives. In Jesus name. Amen
Posted by Harry Izevbigie on February 20, 2021
Bede’s loss hurts but we take solace in the fact he has gone to a much better place. I have known Bede since 1974 when I was introduced to him by my cousins. We remained in touch through our his US college and grad school sojourn and reunited with him again when I worked with Shell in Warri. My wife and kids visited him and his family a couple of times at his Warri GRA residence where his neighbors called him “Baba Landlord”. Bede was the consummate gentleman and his personality drew him to people. Sad to see him go and may our Good Lord bring comfort to his wife, three boys and siblings.
Posted by Gloria Ogidi-Gbegbaje on February 19, 2021
My condolences to the Uku family on this sad loss. May the Lord comfort your family at this difficult time. On behalf of the OGIDI-GBEGBAJE family.
his Life
Bede Oritsematosan Uku was born in Sapele on 13th January 1957 to Late Chief Bede James Alaba and Dorothy Temietan Uku. He was the first of six siblings and hailed from Okere, Warri in Delta State of Nigeria.
Upon his parents departing to study in England, he lived with his grandparents in Sapele until his parents returned back to Nigeria in 1964. There, his grandmother gave him the nick name ‘Pepe’ a name he was fondly called by his siblings and extended family.
He reunited with his parents and three sisters in Benin upon their return. 

He attended Emotan Preparatory School from 1964-1968. 
In January 1968, he began his secondary school life at the renowned Government College, Ughelli and completed his studies there in 1972. He remained, until his demise, an active and bonafide member of the class of 1968 of his alumni by attending school reunions in the United States and most recently their zoom meetings a couple of months ago.

Bede proceeded to the United States for his undergraduate studies in 1975 where he obtained a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the Southern A&M University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA in 1979.
From 1979 - 1981 he went further to acquire a Post graduate degree - M. Eng.  Engineering from the Tennessee State University, Nashville.

Thereafter, he returned to Nigeria where he did the mandatory NYSC in Port Harcourt between 1981 and 1982.
A year later, Bede relocated to Warri where he worked with Waratem Engineering Ltd. He was also the Managing Director of Waratem Transport before going into private engineering practice.

In April 1987 he got married to his beloved wife, Onogho and the marriage is blessed with three sons: Bede “JJ’ Uku, Leonard Oritseweyinmi Uku, and Mark Eyinmisan Uku.

In 2002, Bede relocated with his family to Toronto, Canada. Whilst in Canada, he saw all three sons through university. Bede went on to have a fulfilling career with the Mechanical department of the Estee Lauder Group of Companies. 

Bede enjoyed watching sports, particularly football and basketball. He also enjoyed completing DIY projects around the house. He took pride in doing things himself and constantly upgrading his house. He was also ever willing to help family and friends with their home renovations.  

Bede was a loving, intelligent, humble, generous, and selfless man, who always had a cheerful and positive outlook in life. He was always easy going with a great trademark smile and infectious laugh. He had positive energy which he always brought with him. 
Bede was a gentleman to the core and a dependable friend. He was an ardent Catholic who practiced the faith to the end. A proud Itsekiri man blessed with a rich cultural knowledge of his roots. He was without question a reference point for relating and tracing historical family lineage.
A great family man, Bede will be sorely missed by his immediate family, siblings, cousins,  friends and colleagues.

The curtain fell  on February 10th 2021 but we thank God for the lovely memories shared in his lifetime. He will be deeply missed!

He left behind his wife, three children, a grandson and five siblings.
May God have mercy on him and grant him peaceful rest in the arms of the Lord.
Amen!
Recent stories

Tribute from the Kyei Family

Shared by Alex Kyei on February 16, 2021
We were first introduced to Bede in 2015 by our son-in-law, Leonard and we immediately fell in love with him. His smiles and laughter were so infectious that at that moment we knew our daughter was joining a good family and that was what matters most to us. His jokes, laughter and personality made us forget about our strong dowry demands.
A gentle soul, peace maker, we will cherish your memories forever. You're gone too soon!

May you rest in peace in the bosom of the Lord.

The Kyei Family

Shared by Anthony Ajuyah on February 16, 2021
My heartfelt condolences to his siblings, Onogho and children. Indeed you left us too soon. But God has a reason for calling you home like you middle name depict “Oritsematosan” (God knows what is best). I firmly believe you will rest in God’s bosom because you served God with your heart.

You were a honest and hard working business man and always making those around you smile.
You smiles will always remind me of your dad; a complete gentle man.

I am still finding hard to believe that you have gone. Because I clearly remember your 60th birthday party at Banana Island and Mummy’s burial.

Gentleman rest in PEACE. It is really hard to come to reality. Good night

Tribute to Gentleman Bede

Shared by Edekin Imoukhuede on February 14, 2021
What do I say about a man like Bede? I grew up knowing Bede. I do not recall anyone introducing him to me. After all, was part of the famous Uku family of Bata Factory road, Benin City.

Bede was friendly beyond words - a gregarious man with a hearty laugh. There was never a dull moment with him. There was always this unassuming nature about him. Beneath it all was a powerful personality. He was always a loyal friend. Many of our mutual friends will attest to part of his nature.

Bede was an integral part of a company of friends of yore. Even when we all had to part to pursue our various paths in life, whenever we encountered each other, we continued from where we left off. Bede searched out friends, he communicated, he empathized and he shared. He was an embodiment of true friendship.

To his immediate family - I know that Bede must have transmitted some of these timeless values to you. Keep them, use them - they will serve you well on your journey through life. May the Lord comfort you with the comfort only He can give. 

Thank you Bede for the love you shared, the faithfulness you displayed and the good times we had together.

Adieu dear friend till we all meet to part no more.