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, 34 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 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 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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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 1950 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. 

Mr. RO Adebowale making a drug sale at Commercial Medicine Stores, Lagos plus "Like comments"


Drug sale is made to Mr. Bowles, president of 10000 stores Rexal drug store in the US by Mr. RO Adebowale, general manager of Commercial Medicine Stores chain in Lagos. (Source: Ebony, November, 1962).

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Dede Olutoyin Yebovi: "Commercial Medicine Store...OMG! Now I wanna cry! I remember the place so vividly. One of the best stocked pharmacies in Lagos."
Prince D Owoaje: "Wow! that was where I got all my glasses starting from 1965 until 1975.Mr Adebowale did all the vision tests for me, he must have been an optometrist too. Mr. Adebowale personified the store. When you say you are going to "Adebowale" it was easily understood you were going to Commercial Medicine Store."
Dayo Olokodana: "There was Commercial Medicine store in Lagos Nnamdi Azikwe Street too. It was very popular for giving children dewormer medicine. In those days there wil be a long queue of people who have brought their children to Adebowale for a dose of the popular dewormer."
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God is Great

Shared by Abimbola Adebowale on April 14, 2021
Thank you Lord for your Greatness!

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.

Fond memories of my Father- A Good Man

Shared by Abimbola Adebowale on April 13, 2021
Dear Papa,
You were my father and mother from the age of 6 when my dearly beloved mother went home to be with the Lord. You, dear Papa were an amazing "Super-Daddy." You gave me the best that any earthly father could provide for his child and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You worked hard from sunrise to well after sunset to provide food and shelter for your family. Thank you for instilling the fear of God and the value of hard work into me. You were my dearly beloved father, my best friend, my mentor and my colleague. I remember when I sat on your lap at the age of 8 and told you that I was going to be a pharmacist (I could hardly say the word) just like you. You worked hard to provide me with the best education that enabled me to accomplish this by the grace of God.  One of the  greatest honor for me was to work with you and learn so much from you for the 4 years that the Lord gifted to me before you departed to heaven. I was blessed to have you as my professional mentor. I have been blessed to be able to use all that I learnt from you for God's greater glory. I appreciate you and bless you for your love and kindness to me. I pray that by the grace of God, I will also pass the blessing that God has bestowed upon me through you to others in the mighty name of Jesus.

You obeyed God, your good shepherd and he met all your needs and blessed you to provide  for your children's future and also your grand children's future. You Papa were a Good Man as per  Proverbs 13:22: “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children's children.” (NKJV). Thank you for making me a part of your vision and goals.

I remember this phrase from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, that you always quoted to me where Brutus talks to Cassius saying, “There is a tide in the affairs of men. ... "  You would interpret this to me by saying  when the tide comes I should seize the opportunity because it may never come back to me since it has go to about 7 billion other people in the world. I am happy to let you know that by the grace of God, I have been blessed with several tides and the Lord has helped me to seize them all according to His Will and given me success God's way. God is faithful.