ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Dozie Ogbuefi, 56 years old, born on January 23, 1965, and passed away on April 13, 2021. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Jide Nzelibe on May 24, 2021
Dozie: You were a kind and giving person. You would always light up the room with your smile.  You were also quick to lend a friendly hand, and be present when others needed your company. My condolences to Adaora and your wonderful children. You will be sorely missed.
Posted by Unoma Okonkwo on May 24, 2021
Hmmmmn....still feels so unreal, like a really bad prank. I still can't comprehend it. I delayed in writing this tribute thinking that it will sink in but...nope. hoping that it will be easier...no way! To write about Dozie in past tense is so difficult! Well....God is sovereign!

Dozie was the true definition of cool, calm and collected. Always willing to advise and counsel without judgement. It was always so easy to talk to you!
One thing that he didn't joke with was family....to think that anytime he is in Nigeria, he always calls me(even as a much younger cousin) to say he's around! Anytime he comes into Lagos, he will always calls to say he was in my town and I'm glad we always made out time to visit and spend time with him. So I won't receive those calm but cheerful voice calls again?

I recall once I mentioned that I was in the US with family, he was upset that I did not call him or include a trip to Chicago in my itinerary! So I had to always call whenever I get in the US to mark register....and his question was always so when are we getting to Chicago? My response- next trip & he will say ooh and laugh....

Oh Dozie, you will be greatly missed but your memories live on deeply in our hearts......to live in the hearts of loved ones is never to die at all! God know best and is unquestionable!

Je nke oma....
Posted by Lola Odusanya on May 18, 2021
What a legacy you have left! We will continue to comfort, support and uphold Ada. I know you are watching over Nonye, Kiki, Kemkem, Kene and Ona as they do you proud and carry on your name. May your soul rest in peace Dozie.
Posted by Chu-Chu Nwajiobi on April 28, 2021
My dearest darling brother, my friend, my confidant.....when I heard that screaming news from my mum, my world collapsed again. How on earth did this happen? How?.....How ever it did happen, Jesus is still Lord! I do still try to reconcile and gather myself together as I have tried to talk to the family to convey comfort but I find they are the ones comforting me. Our Lord is Awesome and Awesomely you rest powerfully with no more pain in peace with His love. Dozie that Sunday i was going to call you for gist but I never made that call...my darling brother I am so grateful for all the wisdom and love you have shown me. To the Ogbuefi Family that love you have reigning amongst you is more than all the gold in the world and Dozie not only gave it, he felt it ❤ I really am missing you....love you all❣ Our Lord is your strength
Posted by Mezuo Nwuneli on April 25, 2021
I am truly saddened by the loss of Dozie. Dozie warmly welcomed me when I got married to Ndidi - his wife's sister over 20 years ago. We shared many great conversations over a glass of nice wine or whiskey during my visits to Chicago, his visits to Lagos, and during our many joint family celebrations and holiday trips. Dozie was kind and generous. He was extremely supportive during a trying time in my life in 2007; when he, Adaora, and their children generously opened their home to my family and I for several months. He often brought gifts for the children and trendy shirts for me during his trips to Lagos. The last time I exchanged messages with him was in January 2021. I reached out to him on his birthday, and he sent a hearty and jovial response. Little did I know of the health challenges he was going through. We will truly miss him, but God knows best. My prayers are with Adaora, and his amazing children - Nonye, Kiki, Kemkem, Kene and Ona, who made him very proud and will continue to do so! I also pray for Dozie's parents and siblings during this difficult time. God bless you. RIP Ogo! Best wishes, Mezuo
Posted by Chinedu Ikediugwu on April 25, 2021
Dozie,

Your absence is still unreal to me, I can't believe you are gone only to be reunited with in heaven, you are irreplaceable!

I will always remember our discussions, your sound advice, and your kindness towards me and my family.

You had an adept way of making difficult conversations easy. You were always jovial, social and caring. There was never a dull moment with you, you could always break the ice and reach out to various generations of younger cousins and relatives.

Adieu Dozie, I miss you.
Posted by Nneka Obasi on April 24, 2021
My condolences to Dozie’s wife, and my dear friend, Adaora and their beautiful children. My condolences also to the Ogbuefi family.
Dozie, I remember your passion and dedication to the CIC Alumni association. I had the pleasure of working with you and Adaora to plan a reception in my home and other events during the Chicago meeting. You were so determined that everything should be just so and Adaora was so determined to make sure you would not be disappointed. She worked behind the scene to make sure everything was excellent. What a team!
My memories of you include how you, Adaora, Uzo, and Anwuli would attend my events. These events let me see a lively fun-loving side of the quiet, reserved Dozie many knew.
Dozie, you have left behind a young family who even though they are thriving and excelling would still benefit from your presence. However, the Almighty knows best. It hurts to let go, but let go we must. Ijeoma, nwannem. Transition in peace.
Posted by Nkiru Chigbo nee Nwuzor on April 24, 2021
What a great loss!!! May the soul of the faithful departed rest in perfect peace.
May God grant the wife, children and entire OGBUEFI Family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss...... It is Well...
Posted by Rachel Wasira on April 22, 2021
My sincere condolences to my friend Adoara, the kids, and the entire Ogbuefi's family. May your Soul Rest in Peace Dozie
Posted by Gina Okolie on April 21, 2021
It is with such a heavy heart that I write this. I got the news on Tuesday morning, April 13. I thought it was a horrible joke, I even dialed Dozie's number expecting him to answer, with his very jovial voice. Alas, it wasn't so!
We met as kids when they visited their relatives in Lagos, who were my family friends.
" The Doze" as I fondly called him was a good man. He was humble, thoughtful and very much abhorred unnecessary attention. He supported me in our Queens school projects and would always insist to list his donations as anonymous.
I am so grateful to God, that our conversations were all about faith and God's abundant love for us. He always talked about his children and you could feel the pride, especially when his daughter got in to medical school. He adored his father... first time I heard him break down was talking about his dad.
It is really difficult to comprehend he is gone. He was making plans to go visit his parents, particularly with the dad being sick. The "Doze" was particularly private. He never shared his illness with me and he was still the same person before and after the onset of his battle. But he was able to share certain things and he knew that it was important to let go and let God. He was prayerful.Infact I taught him some catholic liturgy/ prayers even though he wasn't catholic.
To the parents and siblings, may God console and sustain you, to his children, please know that your father was a good man who always talked about you with pride and love, and to his CIC Sempers, he was proud of you all and to all his numerous friends, may you keep him alive in your hearts.
He has flown home, where the angels and saints have welcomed him into God's eternal paradise. He has run into God's hands and resting on God's bosom. There is no more pain or sorrow. On the day the Trumpets shall sound, Dozie, along with all the souls of the faithful departed shall rise again! We shall not mourn like unbelievers for we know through blessed assurance that those who have fallen asleep in the Lord shall gain eternal life.
Yes, it is painful ; young and gone too soon but we commit you now into God's hands. You will never be forgotten. Adieu my dear brother and friend, may you rest in perfect peace. Amen
Posted by Bevan Das on April 21, 2021
My condolences and prayers to Dozie's family.

I first met Dozie a long time ago, twenty years maybe?, and have worked with him off-and-on over that time. At first, he was a technical expert to be consulted in a particular area; and I learned that he was helpful and supportive of beginners with lots of questions. More than that, over time I learned more of Dozie as a good person to be around: calm, peaceful, knowledgeable. He will be deeply missed.
Posted by Anthony Okoye on April 20, 2021
Lost a very dear friend Dozie Ogbuefi.
Dozie always cared for the less privileged, very loyal, had a generous spirit and loved his family to bits. His faith in God gives me the confidence to say that he is a better place with our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.

Pray that the good Lord will grant us and his loved ones the fortitude to bear the loss.
Posted by Obiora Nwankwo on April 20, 2021
What a shock my brother Dozie on hearing about your death. We will all miss you. May your soul rest in perfect peace. It is well
Posted by Esther Nwakor on April 20, 2021
May God grant Dozie's soul eternal rest, and his family the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.
Posted by Ifeanyi Anakor on April 20, 2021
May his gentle soul rest in God's bosom. The Lord knows best.
Posted by stephanie ANI on April 20, 2021
May your soul rest in peace.A Saint has gone to be with God returning home to whom sent you.But is too soon.we cannot question God we missed you the staffs of Dannic hotels Enugu you are caring ,accommodating humble whenever you are around you ask us about the business and how we are coping and even our personnel life given us hope that we have a brighter future ahead putting a smile on our face .OGA Dozie your words of encouragement we forever leave in us.journey mercy Ezigbo Madu
Posted by Eli Kedmi on April 20, 2021
I am very shocked and very sad to hear that Dozie is not with us anymore.

Dozie was a loved colleague, his willingness to help, his optimism, his kindness, were just few of his known characteristics.

I haven't met Dozie, we work in remote sites, but from my discussions with you, from your kind voice,
I learnt you were a special, modest, kind and a gentle man. These qualities in you, I will miss.

Rest in peace dear friend.

For Dozie's family and relatives, sending out my thoughts and prayers to you, in your difficult time.
Posted by Lotanna x on April 20, 2021
My Dearest Uncle Dozie,

The most chilling part about death is its finality. As I grapple with the fact that you are no longer here with us, I can't help but reminisce. Reminisce about the times we spent together, the memories we made, and the privileges I enjoyed, simply because you were my uncle.

I was very fortunate to spend some time with you during my high school years in Indiana. I loved going to your house on the weekends not only to spend time with my cousins but because of how well you took care of me. If uncle Dozie was around, I knew I had nothing to worry about. From the times you would drive to O'Hare to pick me up and drive 2 hours to drop me off at school. To the time you were visiting NYC a few weeks after I had just moved there, and you invited me over to spend the weekend with you and your kids.

None of this is lost on me, and it's sickening to know that you will never see me grow or be here to enjoy the fruits of my labor like I enjoyed yours.

The last time we spoke, I told you I was graduating from college in a few months. Although your pitch for me to get an MBA was pretty much dead on arrival, I appreciated the faith and confidence you had in me. It's heartbreaking to know that you will not be here to see me graduate from college.

I can't help but feel selfish for praying and wishing you could stay longer, knowing that you were in so much pain. Thank you for blessing me with your kindness and teaching me the importance of family and brotherhood through the relationship you had with my dad.
I love you and miss you, but I find comfort in knowing that you are at eternal peace, surrounded by God's heavenly glory in an abundance of love. And what more could be greater than that?

Your niece,
Lolo
Posted by Onyebu Ezeagabu on April 20, 2021
Ezigbo onye Nibo. Although short seems the number of years you lived on earth, definitely well seems your life. Your contributions to your fellows have been designed to remain forever in our hearts.
I pray that your soul Rest In Peace. Nibo has lost an icon indeed. May God bless and keep all those you left behind to mourn you. May they find the peace to bear your irreparable loss in Jesus' Name. Jee nke oma, nwaannem.
Posted by Dave Nkwonta on April 19, 2021
Dozie, my good friend, may your gentle soul find comfort and peace with God. I pray for your family to find the strength in God to accept your sudden exit. He knows more than we do.
Posted by Grace Chu on April 19, 2021
I am deeply shocked for this sad news and so sorry to Dozie’s family and our colleagues for the loss. Dozie was such a remarkable person on our team, he was so dedicated to all his commitments and delivered the best result for the product quality. He was a great team player and always available to assist others. We have so many wonderful memories of Dozie. He will be missed from all of us! May the soul of Dozie rest in peace.
Posted by Nnadi Benneth Ndubuisi on April 19, 2021
Dozie is only sleeping for he passed on in Christ. Toby my treasured friend, may the word of God in 1Thess 4 : 13 - 18 be a source of solace to you, your wife and your beloved brother's family.
Posted by Giuseppe Pirrone on April 19, 2021
I was deeply saddened to learn of Dozie's passing. His talent, the passion and the dedication that he demonstrated at work have always collected my sincere admiration. Dozie had a gentle spirit and the uncommon ability to make everybody comfortable around him, either during hectic working times or during the occasional relaxing breaks. He was a special colleague and he will be missed.

To Dozie's family: I know how this must be painful to you. I am so sorry for your loss.
Posted by Nwofor Uche on April 19, 2021
Dear Dozie, your death came as a very big blow, you were a pleasant fellow, with smiles always. It's hard to let go and say 'Goodbye', but you have entered into your rest. May the journey back to your maker be a peaceful One
Posted by Ikechukwu Okoye on April 19, 2021
May the soul of beloved brother and friend rest in perfect peace. And May the good Lord strength and console the family as they go through this difficult time, Amen!
Posted by Udoka Anyanwu on April 19, 2021
Because I could not stop for Death
He kindly stopped for me-
The Carriage held but just Ourselves-
And Immortality.

‘Because I Could not Stop for Death’ Emily Elizabeth Dickinson - Dec 10, 1830 - May 15, 1886.

Rest in Peace Dozie, until as is the pattern with all creation, we meet to part no more. Your passing was indeed a painful one.
Posted by Adeyombo Sonaike on April 19, 2021
Truly sorry for this huge loss.
Posted by Jianming Tsai on April 19, 2021
It is still shocking with the realization that Dozie would no longer with us when we would finally return to work. I have worked with Dozie ever since I joined the MME/WMM/CMM team in Nokia. He was passionate about his job, and fearless when embracing any projects or field issues coming his way, no matter how big or small; how complicated or tricky they might be. No problem was a big problem for Dozie. He was kind and respectful with his colleagues. His energetic voice and his infectious laughter have resonated along the 2nd floor hallway of building 6. He has touched many of us, and will forever have. Rest well, Dozie.
Posted by Emma Onua on April 19, 2021
A fine and dapper gentleman, no question.
Fleeting his lifespan may be, but many lives he did touch with his passion and compassion. Rest well, Dozie.
Posted by Kalajine Anigbogu on April 19, 2021
Dozie my gentle brother,
May the Almighty God grant you eternal rest in His bosom.
We spoke not too long ago; this is a rude shock!
Gaa ije gị nke ọma.
Kalajine Ejike Anigbogu
Posted by Chinyere Odeluga on April 18, 2021
I cannot believe this is true. You were one of us. No chance to say goodbye. I pray for your children to remember a dad with solid dignity.
The pandemic obscured all info and chance to sit together at usual gatherings and celebrations. Dozie it is well, ga nke oma!
Posted by Adaeze Chinelo Okonkwo n... on April 18, 2021
So sad hearing of your death, but who are we to question God and his ways. May your soul find perfect peace in the bosom of the Almighty God. Rest on, till we all meet again.
Posted by Chukwudi Chinwuba on April 17, 2021
Dozie gone too soon. This still feels like fake news. I can’t believe you have gone to be with the lord.
We will miss you brother. God knows best.
Rest In Peace bro
Posted by Osi Obuekwe on April 17, 2021
Dozie. May the good Lord bless your soul. I did not know that seeing you at the CIC Convention in Charlotte in 2017 would be the last time that I would ever see you again. God will protect the family that you left behind. Rest on, bro.
Posted by Peter Irono on April 17, 2021
Dozie
Your sudden departure has really touched many.
We are truly saddened.
May your soul rest in peace till we meet again.
Posted by Kay Solomon-Okoli on April 17, 2021
Dozie journey well. This call to glory was too soon. Only God knows best. May your soul rest in peace.
May all the memories comfort and strengthen your family. Adaora, may God give you the strength. It is well.
Posted by Uchenna Ezeagwu on April 17, 2021
Very hard to believe that my dearest cousin world class, Dozie, has gone to be with the Lord. May his kind soul rest in the bosom of the Lord. May his wife, children, parents, siblings and true friends be comforted at this time and always.
Good night my brother, Dozie.
Posted by ifeyinwa Okpala Orji on April 17, 2021
Dozie may Ur soul find rest.
To Adaora, it is well My dear, the Almighty God will comfort & grant U d strength to go on for it is not easy. Take heart.
To Aunty Angy - Aunty me please take heart, what can We do? We can't question God for He knows it all. May God grant U d ,grace
fortitude & strength to go on especially dis trial period. It is well with U
Ifeyinwa Orji-Okpala
Posted by CC Aningo on April 16, 2021
Gone too soon...shattering heartbreak...!
May his African collective—his family—be sustained at this extremely difficult times by the loving memories of him.
He’s already in Eternal Bliss.
C. C. Aningo
Posted by Victor Ezike on April 16, 2021
Simply unbelievable, still in shock, can't stop thinking about the last time we spoke, everything seemed so normal. You never let on like anything was wrong, such generous spirit, didnt want us to worry or be concerned. Dozie you were truly a gem, one of a kind, one the best friends i could ever wish for. The pain i still feel is just unbearable, but have to trust in God's plan. May your soul rest in perfect peace and may your family find the strength to bear this irreparable loss. Rest in Peace bro.
Posted by Ken Chigbo on April 16, 2021
Dizzy, when I heard the rumours, I prayed that it wasn't true. It turned out to be true. “The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21). He gave you to the world and He has called you back because you belong to Him.

We are left with the memories. Mine are so long and go way back to House 2A in CIC, Enugu. Both our families lived in New Haven and we would connect after school. After CIC, I lost contact, then bumped into you at the airport in Lagos in the 90s, you were returning to Chicago and I was heading back to London.

You hadn't changed much from CIC days and I recognised you immediately. But I was no longer the skinny kid from way back and you didn't recognise me. CIC Old Boys conventions from 2005 became the place for us to catch up and you hardly missed a convention.

The last time I saw you was at the convention in Charlotte, NC in 2017. We hung out, and on the Sunday after the convention, we all went to the same restaurant for lunch and we headed to the airport in the same taxi. Little did I know that this was going to be the last time.

When you didn't show up for the convention in Seattle in 2019, I just thought you were tied up with other things. This sad news revealed why we didn't see you. I can just imagine how you dealt with the difficulties you faced - in the same way you dealt with most things from way back in House 2A - cool, calm, collected and dignified.

I remember the CIC convention in Atlanta in 2006 when the Guest of Honour and our old principal Father Charles Ikeme joined us for the business meeting in the morning. All attendees regaled "Odobro" about their memories of him as principal - we told of how he dealt with us during various schoolboy escapades. When it was your turn, you said you had no interesting story to tell because you never had any trouble with Odobro. That just summed you up - low key, no drama, and not a bad word to say about you.

Fair thee well my brother.
Posted by Fred Nwankwo on April 16, 2021
Dozman. Tears in my eyes bro... I didn't see this coming. When we spoke barely 3 weeks ago, I had no idea you were sick. Our conversation was normal, upbeat as always. You kept this so private because in your typical way, you didn't want to burden anyone. I will miss you Doz. Your friendship was priceless. Go well bro. Rest in peace!
Posted by Joel Converse on April 15, 2021
May your soul rest with your creator, and may your family and loved ones receive grace to bear this loss from the lord thy God. This is my prayer.
Posted by Kani Okeke on April 15, 2021
My brother,Ezigbo Mmadu,may God give your family and friends the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.The CIC family will miss you but be rest assured that you left an indelible mark on us forever.
I will cherish the memories,I will miss the advice,may your soul rest in peace nwannem........SEMPER FIDELIS.

           Kanayo Okeke (Agunachiochi)

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Posted by Jide Nzelibe on May 24, 2021
Dozie: You were a kind and giving person. You would always light up the room with your smile.  You were also quick to lend a friendly hand, and be present when others needed your company. My condolences to Adaora and your wonderful children. You will be sorely missed.
Posted by Unoma Okonkwo on May 24, 2021
Hmmmmn....still feels so unreal, like a really bad prank. I still can't comprehend it. I delayed in writing this tribute thinking that it will sink in but...nope. hoping that it will be easier...no way! To write about Dozie in past tense is so difficult! Well....God is sovereign!

Dozie was the true definition of cool, calm and collected. Always willing to advise and counsel without judgement. It was always so easy to talk to you!
One thing that he didn't joke with was family....to think that anytime he is in Nigeria, he always calls me(even as a much younger cousin) to say he's around! Anytime he comes into Lagos, he will always calls to say he was in my town and I'm glad we always made out time to visit and spend time with him. So I won't receive those calm but cheerful voice calls again?

I recall once I mentioned that I was in the US with family, he was upset that I did not call him or include a trip to Chicago in my itinerary! So I had to always call whenever I get in the US to mark register....and his question was always so when are we getting to Chicago? My response- next trip & he will say ooh and laugh....

Oh Dozie, you will be greatly missed but your memories live on deeply in our hearts......to live in the hearts of loved ones is never to die at all! God know best and is unquestionable!

Je nke oma....
Posted by Lola Odusanya on May 18, 2021
What a legacy you have left! We will continue to comfort, support and uphold Ada. I know you are watching over Nonye, Kiki, Kemkem, Kene and Ona as they do you proud and carry on your name. May your soul rest in peace Dozie.
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Shared by Patrick Nosike on April 15, 2021
Farewell Dozie. Rest in peace