ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our very special loved one, Robert Olatunji  (RO) Adebowale, 77 years old. A father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, friend, mentor to so many, who will be remembered  forever.

Pa RO Adebowale, we celebrate  and honor you forever! His professional life as a Pharmacist and Optician were exemplary. Pa RO Adebowale was a champion for providing affordable healthcare including pharmaceuticals and eye care, for all people regardless of their economic status. Pa RO Adebowale was a well-respected member of the Pharmaceutical and Optical professional community in Nigeria and many other parts of the world. Pa RO Adebowale was an Educator and a mentor to so many. 

Pa RO Adebowale  was truly a blessing to his family and the countless people that he met on his journey through life. He was an excellent listener, full of compassion, kind and generous at heart, righteous with God.  He was loving and loyal to family and friends. Pa RO Adebowale finished his journey, 35 years ago, leaving a vacuum that could never be filled but we are thankful for the grace and mercy of Almighty God. Pa RO Adebowale was blessed to be a blessing by Almighty God and this legacy continues forever from generation to generation in the mighty name of Jesus.
Posted by Abimbola Adebowale on June 19, 2022
Papa,
Happy Father's Day!

A Father's Day Prayer
Dear God,
I thank you for the gift of our Father, Pa RO Adebowale during his lifetime. I thank you Lord that you are the greatest Dad ever, Abba Father, and I know that you cover me in your great love, strength and power. I hold fast to you today as I have done since Papa went home to be with you in glory. I know that you are with me always and cover me in your love, power and strength. Thank you God for the truth of your Word in Hebrews 13:5 that says: Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,

“Never will I leave you;
  never will I forsake you.


Posted by Adenike Grange on April 15, 2022
It is difficult to believe that thirty-five years have passed already since you left us to pass into the Glory of our Heavenly Father. Today and always, we celebrate your life of hard labour, humility, selfless service to your community, and loving care of your family. We try to sustain against all current odds the values of hard work, honour, dignity, honesty, contentment, justice, and peaceful coexistence that were your watchwords. This is the legacy that we try to pass on to our grandchildren and great-grandchildren, so help us, God!
Posted by Adekunle Adebowale on April 14, 2022
Late Robert Olatunji Adebowale was a gentleman, a family man per excellence. He cared for humanity. He served humanity through his professionalism in Pharmacy and optics.
He is forever missed for his kindness and caring for his family.
Rest in perfect peace with the Lord . Worthy is the Lamb. Hallelujah  
Kunle Adebowale.
Posted by Abimbola Adebowale on April 14, 2022
Papa, today marks 35 years since you went home to be with the Lord in heaven. It seems like yesterday. I remember going to work with you on April 13, 1987 and how you were thanking all your customers for their faithfulness to you for several decades, giving them hugs and big smiles with great humility. Then I saw you give one big smile and then a great laughter. It seems like you saw heaven and you were happy. I remember that you said goodbye to me and smiled continuously at me that night on April 13, 1987 as I fried plantains in the kitchen and then walked up the stairs to the apartment where I stayed at the back of your house. Those memories are so precious to me. Well, Papa, a lot happened in 35 years, some good, some rough but God has been faithful and so good. As you know, Yinka and Biola went home to join you in heaven but through it all, God's love, mercy, faithfulness and grace has been immeasurable. Thank you for all your prayers Papa. Heaven must be enjoying you all. By the grace of God we will all sing praises at the throne of God's grace in heaven at God's appointed time.
Posted by Abimbola Adebowale on March 11, 2022
We celebrate you today Papa. I give God all the glory and honor for blessing me with you as my father. I thank God for his love poured into my heart by the power of the Holy Spirit as I remember your loving kindness toward me. God loves you more and heaven's gain is our loss. When we all get to heaven, we will shout Hallelujah, Victory!
Posted by Abimbola Adebowale on April 10, 2021
Thank you Papa for being the best father that God could ever have given to me. I love you and miss you but God loves you more. It has been quite a journey since you left but I praise God for redeeming all circumstances (good and evil) for His Glory.Thank you for praying for me and for the beautiful bible that you gave to me. This precious priceless gift has been my instruction book through the many trials and good times after your departure from earth. The Lord answered all your prayers. I came to know God as my father and my friend through his word in the Bible and faith in His saving grace through Jesus Christ. God's faithfulness, goodness and mercy have never failed me. I am forever grateful. See you in heaven Papa! What a glorious day that will be! We shall shout Hallelujah! Victory! Praise the Lord! Jesus will wipe away every tear from our eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away (Revelation 21:4). Amen.

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Posted by Abimbola Adebowale on June 19, 2022
Papa,
Happy Father's Day!

A Father's Day Prayer
Dear God,
I thank you for the gift of our Father, Pa RO Adebowale during his lifetime. I thank you Lord that you are the greatest Dad ever, Abba Father, and I know that you cover me in your great love, strength and power. I hold fast to you today as I have done since Papa went home to be with you in glory. I know that you are with me always and cover me in your love, power and strength. Thank you God for the truth of your Word in Hebrews 13:5 that says: Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,

“Never will I leave you;
  never will I forsake you.


Posted by Adenike Grange on April 15, 2022
It is difficult to believe that thirty-five years have passed already since you left us to pass into the Glory of our Heavenly Father. Today and always, we celebrate your life of hard labour, humility, selfless service to your community, and loving care of your family. We try to sustain against all current odds the values of hard work, honour, dignity, honesty, contentment, justice, and peaceful coexistence that were your watchwords. This is the legacy that we try to pass on to our grandchildren and great-grandchildren, so help us, God!
Posted by Adekunle Adebowale on April 14, 2022
Late Robert Olatunji Adebowale was a gentleman, a family man per excellence. He cared for humanity. He served humanity through his professionalism in Pharmacy and optics.
He is forever missed for his kindness and caring for his family.
Rest in perfect peace with the Lord . Worthy is the Lamb. Hallelujah  
Kunle Adebowale.
his Life

Robert Olatunji Adebowale

Robert Olatunji Adebowale  (March 10, 1910-1April 14, 987), popularly known as Robin, was a Nigerian pharmacist, optician  and business man. 
Pharmacy and Optical Career
Adebowale attended the Pharmacy School,  Lagos, Nigeria, where he qualified as a Chemist and Druggist (now referred to as Pharmacists).  He was a notable pharmacist in Nigeria. (Health Professional in Nigeria, An Interdisciplinary Analysis by Joseph Abiodun Balogun,  page 110). Around 1944 to 1947, Adebowale went to London and qualified as an optician. He was a founding father, shareholder/ Chief Managing Director of Commercial Medicine Stores, Limited (Registered in 1958)  for 29 years. He also served as the National Treasurer of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria from 1955 to 1965. Adebowale was a Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria.  This is considered the highest professional award of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria. Adebowale was the President of the Nigerian Optometric Association from 1968 to 1976. https://noang.org/leadership/
Commercial Medicine Stores Limited
Adebowale's name was synonymous with Commercial Medicine Stores Limited and the pharmacies associated with Commercial Medicine Stores Limited (especially the main branch in Lagos) was sometimes referred to as "Adebowale Medicine Store" because he was totally committed to the company and very instrumental in the success of the company. Commercial Medicine Stores Limited was a retail pharmacy establishment registered in 1958 and operated in Lagos, Nigeria from the period 1958 to 2012. The company was started by Robert Olatunji Adebowale and Mr. Solomon Tanimomo Hunponu-Wusu who was also a pharmacist. Adebowale and Hunponu-Wusu worked together as pharmacists at the West African Drugs Company Limited (a British subsidiary) in the 1940’s. They decided to leave and establish a pharmacy company to be called Commercial Medicine Stores.  Mr. O.Onayemi (a business man) and Dr. (Mrs) A.Awoliyi (a physician) were invited as shareholders and made non-executive directors of the company. A fifth shareholder/director, Chief A.I. Kinoshi was later appointed in 1983. Adebowale who was also an optician  introduced optical services into the retail component of Commercial Medicine Stores, Limited.
After the death of the Adebowale in 1987,  and the other directors, the company was managed by the children who inherited the shares from their respective parents. The company succeeded in giving 54 years (1958-2012) of continued community pharmacy service to the people of Nigeria.
Real Estate Business Career
Adebowale was also the founder and Managing Director of Robert Properties Limited and Fulani Properties, Limited, real estate businesses in Lagos. He died on April 14, 1987. 
Personal Life
Robert Olatunji Adebowale was married and had multiple children. He died at the age of 77 in Lagos, at his home, on April 14, 1987. His Legacy Lives on!



Life History

Late Pa Robert Olatunji (RO) Adebowale was a renowned Pharmacist and Optician. He was the Founder and Managing Director of Commercial Medicine Stores Ltd, Lagos and also the Founder and Managing Director of Robert and Fulani Properties limited, Lagos.

Pa RO Adebowale was born on March, 10, 1910 to Mr. Jonathan Adebowale and Mrs. Adebowale (nee Abadalari) in Ijebu-ode, Ogun State, Nigeria. He attended the Ijebu-ode grammar school and then completed his secondary education at the St. Gregory's College, Lagos, Nigeria.  Pa Adebowale then went on to study pharmacy at the Pharmacy School, Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria and then around 1944 to 1947, Pa RO Adebowale went to London to study optics. Pa RO Adebowale was honored with the highest professional award of the Fellowship of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, FPSN. Pa RO Adebowale, served as the National Treasurer of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria for about 10 years. Pa RO Adebowale was a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ who walked and lived life by the power of the Holy Spirit and served his family, patients and customers with humility, love and compassion. His relationship with God was also evidenced by his daily recital of Psalm 23, trusting the good shepherd to meet all his needs and protect him and also his activities as a member of the Methodist Church, Tinubu, Lagos Nigeria.

His Father, Mr. Jonathan Adebowale was a trader who apparently had a chauffeur driven car before 1930. The Adebowale family home at the time was  located at No. 46 Ishoku Street, Ijebu-ode. His mother was also a trader, dedicated leader of the trading women in Lagos and a devout Christian member of the African Methodist Church.

Pa RO Adebowale was blessed with seven children: Professor (Mrs) Adenike Grange, Mr. Adekunle Adebowale, Mrs. Adeyinke Olumide (deceased), Dr. Abiola Adebowale (deceased), 
Dr. Abimbola Adebowaleeyo, Mr. Olatunji Adebowale and  Miss Olusola Adebowale.

Pa RO Adebowale is blessed with several grandchildren and great grandchildren as follows:
Grandchildren: Omolola Grange Ajose-Alatise, Trinidad Grange-Kyner, Folakemi Amu, Robert Adekunle Adebowale, Andrew Kendal Adebowale, Vivian Adebisi Adebowale, Phillip Ademola Adebowale, Cynthia Adebimpe Adebowale, Adebola Olalekan Adebowale, Rosemary Adejoke Adebowale, Tolulope Olumide Yeboah, Olufunmilayo Eniola Olumide, Ayotunde Olumide Johnson, Adetoun Olumide, Olumuyiwa Olumide, Deborah Adedoyin Adebowale, Florence Adebowale Ramos, and Prince Etim Eyo.
Great Grandchildren: Beatrice Ajose-Alatise, Andrew Ajose-Alatise, Alexander Kyner, Joshua Kyner, Tifeoluwa Amu, Oluwadurotimi Amu, Theophilus Olasuubomi Amu, Janet Oluwatoyosi Amu, Joshua Toluwanimi Adebowale, Timothy Richardson-Adebowale, Oluwajomiloju Adebowale, Sifeoluwa Adebowale, Iziah Famutimi, Jaden Oluwadarasimi Fetuga, Jacob Oluwanifemi Famutimi, Leandro Ramos, Valentina Ramos and Adriel IretiOluwa Johnson.

Commercial Medicine Stores Limited Company History

Writing the history of Commercial Medicine Stores Limited is in essence writing the history of Mr. RO Adebowale as his commitment to the company was total and his total life activities were centered around the company. Pa RO Adebowale's name was synonymous with the company. Pa RO Adebowale, being a pharmacist and optician introduced optical services into the company.
Commercial Medicine Stores Limited was a retail pharmacy establishment registered and operated in Lagos, Nigeria from the period 1958 to 2012. The Motto of the company was ServiceCivility and Satisfaction. Commercial Medicine Stores Limited started as partnership venture between two eminent Lagos pharmacists, Pa RO Adebowale and Mr. Solomon. T. Hunponu-Wusu-Wusu. Both of them had met and worked as pharmacists with the West African Drugs Company  (WADCo)(a British subsidiary) in the 1940's.  The mission of the two founding fathers was encapsulated in the above three words in the motto.The fortuitous meeting of Pa RO Adebowale and Mr. Hunponu-Wusu was of great significance to both because that was where the idea of partnership venture came about. There was a close relationship between them despite the 10 years age difference between them. They decided to leave and establish a pharmacy company to be called Commercial Medicine Stores. 
The company made giant progress and became a registered limited liability company in August 1958 with three retail outlets in Lagos, Apapa and Yaba. Two of their friends Dr (Mrs.) Awoliyi and Mr. O.Onayemi were invited as share-owners and made non-executive Directors of the company.Afifth share-owner, Chief A.I. Kinoshi was later appointed in 1983.
Recent stories

Humility in Service

Shared by Adenike Grange on April 14, 2022
From my childhood days, my Daddy has been my Role Model in many ways and I can tell quite a few stories to illustrate the inestimable values he stood for and passed on to me. However, his extraordinary show of humility is one of my most vivid memory of him and I shall illustrate this by an incident that got both of us laughing almost uncontrollably. 
One fine day, I walked into my Daddy's retail pharmacy store wearing a pair of dark glasses. As I was walking in, my Daddy started walking as usual towards the entrance to meet his "new customer" with his usual greeting, "Good afternoon Ma; what can I do for you Ma?"  Before I could finish saying "Daddy, it is me, your daughter", he recognised me and we both burst out laughing. He then humorously reassured me that he would be happy to prioritise my needs even though I was not a customer!

God is Great

Shared by Abimbola Adebowale on April 14, 2021
Thank you Lord for your Greatness, Faithfulness, Mercy and Grace!
"4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)"Amen.
"And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, 
"Great and amazing are your deeds,
O lord God the Almighty!
Just and true are your ways,
O King of the nations!
Who will not fear , O Lord,
and glorify your name?
For you alone are holy,
All nations will come and worship you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed." (Revelation 15:3-4)"

Legacy Prayer for Pa RO Adebowale's family

Shared by Abimbola Adebowale on April 13, 2021
  

The greatest legacy that one can pass on to his children and grandchildren is not money or other things accumulated in ones' life. It is character and faith. (Billy Graham). Heavenly Father, thank you for giving Pa RO Adebowale your vision for the precious souls that he called family.  Thank you for his consistent prayers. Thank you Lord, for hearing his prayers.   As he departed this earthly home for heaven he surrendered his  concerns to You, resting in the knowledge that You, O God, are sovereign.  We thank you Lord with praises and thanksgiving as an offering of love and worship. You guided him to leave a legacy of character and faith, an inheritance for many generations to receive. Thank you God for this precious gift of prayer and your faithfulness in Jesus  mighty name. Amen.